Instagram service restored after two hour outage

Instagram has fixed a privacy loophole that allowed photos posted to the social network from “private” accounts to be publicly viewed on its website.
About a year after launching in-stream Instagram advertisements in the U.S., and months after doing the same in the U.K. and Australia, the company began rolling out the first ads to Canadian users on Monday. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

UPDATE: Instagram service was restored to users after a two hour outage. The company did not specify what caused the widespread outage.

TORONTO – Photo sharing app Instagram is down, much to the disappointment of users trying to share their #TBT (throw back Thursday) photos.

Users’ feeds are not refreshing and some are reporting a “503 Service Unavailable” error message on the mobile app.

“Instagram is experiencing some technical issues. We’re aware and working on a fix,” read a tweet from the company at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The outage appears to be affecting both iOS and Android users.

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