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Instagram down in parts of Europe as ‘lost followers’ bug continues

Instagram down in parts of Europe as ‘lost followers’ bug continues
Instagram is down in areas across Europe, causing serious anxiety among its users. According to down detector, hundreds of reports of the popular photo sharing site being down began to trickle in at about 2.20pm GMT.

The outage comes the same day as numerous Instagram users reported losing large chunks of their followers. It isn’t clear if the two incidents are related.

Instagrammers are reporting that their feeds are not updating and the app is working slowly. “A lot of lag time and slow to generate likes,” one user said. “Can't refresh feed,” said another.

Some people said they were unable to refresh their Instagram Stories.

Users began reporting they had lost large numbers of their followers on Wednesday. At first, people thought it may have been Instagram purging the site of bot and fake followers. However, the company later confirmed that there is a bug affecting users’ followers.

“We’re aware of an issue causing a change in account follower numbers for some people right now,” it said. “We're working quickly to fix this.”

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