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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffer outages

The website Down Detector reported that thousands of people globally had complained about the Facebook-owned trio being down from 11.30 BST onwards.

Facebook users were presented with the message: "Something went wrong."

At 14:50, the site said it had resolved the issue after some users "experienced trouble connecting" to the apps.

A spokesman for the company added: "We're sorry for any inconvenience."

Facebook did not comment on the cause of the problem, or say how many users had been affected.

Instagram users see significant follower losses

Celebrities like Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez were among the most affected, with Mashable reporting their drops at around two million each.

YouTuber James Charles says he lost up to 500,000 followers.

There was speculation Instagram had just carried out a 'purge' of "inauthentic" followers, but a statement from the Facebook-owned company suggests it could be something else.

Watch out influencers - Instagram is culling your fake followers

Instagram blunder lands Steven Adams in strife

At least, if his story is to be believed, one of his sizeable fingers has.

Adams was sprung liking an Instagram comment which said "all of them except Melo" on a post asking fans to choose the most valuable Thunder player between Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and himself.

The 24-year-old promptly realised his mistake and reached out to Oklahoma City staff to clarify it was simply one of his big fingers which had accidentally hit the "like" button.

Actress demands Instagram bans celebrity weight accounts

The star of The Good Place shared a screenshot from a Selena Gomez fan account on Monday, which compared the alleged heights and weights of Gomez, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift.

"What are we doing to our girls?" she wrote.

"Social media is great but so dangerous when ignorant MORONS give misinformation to women. Why do we want girls to agonise over this? Why is this what we write about three of the most successful powerhouse business women of our generation?

See Rihanna’s latest response to body shamers

After some unflattering photos of the bad gal surfaced online, a few internet trolls started commenting that the 29-year-old had gained some weight. But nothing gets by RiRi, of course, who took it upon herself to perfectly respond to the body-shaming commentary.

Instagram's Snapchat clone is more popular than Snapchat

Facebook-owned Instagram on Thursday said more than 200 million people use Instagram Stories every day. Snap (SNAP), the parent company of Snapchat, reported that it has 161 million daily active users ahead of its IPO last month.

The 200 million figure represents how many people watch stories on Instagram every day. The company wouldn't share how many users actually post stories.

Instagram rolls out live video and disappearing photos in the UK

The photo-sharing service first announced it was introducing the feature in November but only in America.

Facebook, which owns Instagram, launched live video last April while Twitter rolled out in-app broadcasting in December.

Instagram fixes Singapore viral 'bug'

Some users claimed the apparent hack increased the chances of a post reaching the coveted Explore page on the photo-sharing app.

Posts in that section are likely to get many more likes and attract followers.

Instagram confirmed to the BBC that it was a "bug that impacted engagement" when posts were tagged with Singapore.

Like on Facebook, what appears on your Instagram is based on the firm's algorithm. The spokesperson added that they have now fixed the issue.

The 'Singapore boost'

Instagram launches live 'disappearing' video and changes direct messaging

Following in the footsteps of Facebook, which owns Instagram, YouTube and Twitter's live-streaming app Periscope, Instagram has released a new feature that allows its users to broadcast live at any time.

Anyone watching can comment and react by posting emoji that pop up on the live video screen.

If it sounds familiar, it is.

But there's one major difference.

As soon as you finish your broadcast, it will disappear forever.

FB launches a unified inbox for businesses on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram

Benji Shomair, Facebook’s global head of Pages, described the new functionality as “one of our most frequent requests.”

Previously, if a businesses wanted to respond to customers on Facebook and Instagram, they had to open separate apps — an increasing challenge as more and more of their communication is happening on social media. (Facebook says Pages alone are seeing “nearly 5 billion comments, messages and visitor posts” each month.)

“There were some people even carrying multiple phones so that they can quickly respond to all the different things coming in,” he added.