Instagram announced that it is testing a new feature that will notify you in your Activity Feed when there’s an outage or technical issue, and when it is resolved.
This comes after the Facebook-owned platform suffered an outage last week.
In helping users understand what’s going on with their accounts, Instagram says the new feature about outages and their account status, will be directly in the app.
Per the published statement:
We’re testing a new feature that will notify you in your Activity Feed when we experience an outage or technical issue, and when it is resolved. We won’t send a notification every single time there is an outage, but when we see that people are confused and looking for answers, we’ll determine if something like this could help make things clearer. This test will run in the US and go on for the next few months. Just like any experiment, this may be something we roll out more widely, but we want to start small and learn. And if it makes sense to, we’ll expand to more people.
In addition, Instagram will also introduce a new tool named called “Account Status”. Account Status will a one-stop-shop to see what’s happening with your account and content distribution.
“We’ll start by making it easier for people to know whether their account is at risk of being disabled. In the coming months, we plan to add more information to this tool, giving people a better sense of how their content is being distributed and recommended across different parts of Instagram,” per Instagram blog post.