Instagram is owned by Facebook is easily one of the most popular social media networks in the world.

But this afternoon it seems the service is suffering from an outage – leaving many unable to use it.

Independent outage monitor Downdetector has registered over 420 reports from users insisting Instagram is not working as normal this evening.

A map on the site showed regions across the world, including the UK and US, being affected.

In response to the outage, a deluge of Instagram fans have migrated to Twitter to express their disappointment at the outage.

One said: “Instagram is down right now it’s like they want me to process my emotions instead of posting them on my spam.”

Another wrote: “So Instagram is down, and it made me remember that I don’t have a life.”

A third declared: “Is Instagram down again or is it just my phone/internet?”

A number of users posted images of their feed failing to load as a clear sign of the outage.

At the time of writing, Instagram has not commented on the outage.

It is currently unclear when Instagram will be working as normal again. will be updating this page with the latest server status for Instagram.