Instagram suffers worldwide outage

Instagram experienced a worldwide outage on Friday morning, Australian time. Credit:Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Social media giant Instagram is experiencing a widespread outage, with users across the world unable to refresh or load content.

Users who tried to access the Facebook-owned photo sharing platform on Friday morning were met with messages which said "server error" or "couldn't refresh feed".

It was also down on web browsers.

Downdetector.com, a site that monitors social media sites for user-reported outage claims, registered more than 50,000 outage reports for Instagram within just a few minutes on Friday morning, Australian time.

The outage apparently was first reported about 2.30pm Pacific Time on Thursday, or about 7.30am AEST on Friday.

Instagram confirmed just before 9am AEST that it was "working quickly to fix the issue".

Facebook didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The hashtag #instagramdown quickly started trending on Twitter as the outage continued.

It came a few hours after a widespread disruption of the Playstation Network.

Users were unable to log into their PSN, however services were up and running shortly after the issues were addressed.

 – With AAP

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