UPDATE: Instagram’s SSL error has been fixed and the website is now accessible.
It looks like the IT department at social media firm Instagram is in big trouble. Multiple media sources are reporting that the company’s website is displaying an SSL security error on Thursday morning.
This means that Instagram has forgotten to renew its security certificate. Apparently the SSL certificate it expired at 2 PM Central Time on April 30th. This causes problems for visitors trying to access Instagram’s website on Thursday morning. You have to be willing to click through the scary “This Connection Is Untrusted” message (and not panic and click on the “GET ME OUT OF HERE!” button to actually access the website.
Also of interest, Google’s Chrome currently completely blocks access to the Instagram website.
However, after a quick test it appears Instagram’s mobile apps seem to be working without issues so the problem only affects the company’s web interface. Today’s lesson is that even the biggest companies forget to renew their certificates occasionally.
Instagram has been contacted to request a comment on Thursday’s SSL certificate snafu and we will update when we hear back from them.
Instagram added emoji hashtags earlier this week
As reported by ValueWalk on Monday of this week, Instagram recently updated its service so users can add emoji icons to hashtags and they will now show up in searches.
A blog post from Instagram explained the new emoji hashtags feature: “Over the past few years, emoji have become part of a universal visual language. With emoji hashtags, you can discover even more by adding them to your own photos and videos, searching them on the Explore page and tapping on them when you see them in captions.”