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When Instagram is down, it's time for 'Instagram is down' jokes

When Instagram is down, it's time for 'Instagram is down' jokes
The Instagram app is displayed on a smartphone in December 2012. (Lionel Bonaventure / AFP/Getty Images)

Photo-sharing app Instagram had an outage Thursday that lasted more than an hour, and people turned to Twitter in droves to lament and joke about the situation.

"Instagram is down! Such a shame because I'm hungry but now there's no point in eating until it is back up," MetaFilter founder Matt Haughey said.

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"Instagram must have taken the ice bucket challenge," said YouTube personality Claire Marshall.

"What's happening with your food? Are your dogs and cats okay?" TV producer Elan Gale posted.

"Instagram is down. Great. Well, there's no point in ordering dessert now," entertainer Lilly Singh said, immediately following it up with: "Instagram is down? Hell yeah! Time to rewear all my past outfits."

"Instagram isn't working. Thanks Obama," tweeted an account named Thanks Obama.

Ricky Gervais claimed responsibility: "I can't believe I crashed Instagram. Really sorry."

The app's makers acknowledged the problem. "Instagram is experiencing some technical issues. We're aware and working on a fix," Instagram said on Twitter.

Around 2:30 p.m., many users were saying Instagram was working for them again, and the tweet acknowledging the technical issues disappeared.

An Instagram representative did not reply to an email asking for details of the outage.

For more news, follow @raablauren on Twitter.

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