Instagram is unavailable for users around the world. 

The Facebook-owned site crashed for users around the world.

According to the website Down Detector, users in North America were worst hit, and it showed thousands of users reporting errors, which began at 7:21pm.

Many users took to Twitter to vent their disappointment. 

Users trying to access the site on the web were met with a server error message, while on mobile they were told ‘feed cannot be refreshed’.

Last week it was revealed Facebook is planning to merge Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp by letting users message one another across all the services, according to the New York Times. 

The shock decision would mean that all of Facebook’s sprawling social media properties would be integrated for the first time. 

Each of the services would remain as standalone apps, but Facebook would create a new way for users to communicate with others across the apps.

The company is still in the early stages of the work and plans to complete it by the end of this year or in early 2020, the report said.

After the changes, a Facebook user, for instance, will be able send an encrypted message to someone who has only a WhatsApp account, according to the report.

End-to-end encryption protects messages from being viewed by anyone except the participants in the conversation.

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