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Instagram restores service after overnight outage

Instagram restores service after overnight outage

Instagram's service returned Wednesday morning after an outage affected users across North America, Europe and elsewhere for several hours.

Reports on the website DownDetector indicated the site's service resumed across North America on Wednesday while showing outages across parts of Europe, including the United Kingdom, while other outages persisted in parts of Australia and Japan.

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Users flocked to Twitter during the outage, where the hashtag "#InstagramDown" trended for hours.

"Instagram being down is not a police matter. You can post photos of food again soon enough #NoFilter #InstagramDown," one police department in Queensland, Australia tweeted early Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for Instagram told The Hill in an email that the issue was the result of "a temporary technical issue which has now been resolved," but did not offer any other details.

The outage comes just days after the company's two founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, announced their departure from the company last week amid reports of friction between them and Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Social media struggles with new forms of misinformation | US, Russia decline to join pledge on fighting cybercrimes | Trump hits Comcast after antitrust complaint | Zuckerberg pressed to testify before global panel Lawmakers from five countries pressure Zuckerberg to testify in front of global panel Ex-Facebook exec ousted from company sparked controversy with pro-Trump views: report MORE, CEO of parent company Facebook. The company also named a new CEO.

“We are thrilled to hand over the reins to a product leader with a strong design background and a focus on craft and simplicity — as well as a deep understanding of the importance of community,” Systrom and Krieger said in a statement Monday.

Instagram is an important part of Facebook's company as the social platform's user base, which trends towards younger users than Facebook or Twitter, is still growing while other social media platforms have seen lagging user counts.

Updated at 11:40 a.m.