Instagram down – Users hit by glitch that breaks images with strange lines affecting posts

Instagram users across the globe are reporting a strange glitch tonight which sees lines distorting images posted on the popular website.

The problem appeared to begin around 8pm tonight with hundreds of reports now appearing across social media.

Independent website Down Detector has also received hundreds of reports that Instagram is having trouble this evening.

The outage tracker monitors social mentions around certain topics to detect outages across the world.

Hundreds of Instagram fans have also tweeted about the problems with one user saying: “So, #Instagram isn’t down, BUT it’s having a major glitch of sorts.”

And another confirmed, “Instagram is putting lines across everything.”

There’s currently no word on what is causing the glitch but it seems to only affect some images posted to the site. has tried posting to Instagram and has witnessed the issues first hand with the image below showing the scrambled photo.

This Instagram issue comes after O2 customers have been left without 4G access all day today.

The mobile network began having trouble at around 5.30am this morning with many users still unable to access data on their phones. 

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O2 have just confirmed that they are working on a fix with the issues expected to be sorted by tomorrow.

Speaking about the outage Mark Evans, CEO, Telefonica (O2) UK, said “I want to let our customers know how sorry I am for the impact our network data issue has had on them, and reassure them that our teams, together with Ericsson, are doing everything we can.

“We will continue to work with Ericsson, through the night, who have assured us that a full service will be restored for customers by the morning. We fully appreciate it’s been a poor experience and we are really sorry.”

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