Facebook owned Instagram announced on Monday that it is testing a feature that would alert users of outages or technical difficulties directly on the photo-sharing app, days after two disruptions interrupted the services.
Instagram said in a blog post that the test will carry out in the United States for a few months. On October 4, Users worldwide were unable to access its social media and messaging services, including WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger due to a six-hour outage. The company is also a working on a new feature that warns users if their account is at risk of being disabled.
The popular social media platform been the center of memes and jokes following the outage and is also dealing with former employee turned whistleblower Frances Haugen’s claim that the company repeatedly prioritized profit over cracking down on hate speech and misinformation.