Top 10 Biggest Internet Outages Of The First Half Of 2023

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Published on September 7th, 2023

Do you know which were the Biggest Internet Outages during the first half of 2023? Explore the 10 largest global internet outages of the first half of 2023, and discover how these disruptions impacted users worldwide, as reported by Downdetector.

10 largest global outages of 2023


1. May 21, 2023 – Instagram

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While competing social media platforms battle fiercely for supremacy, Instagram endured the most significant setback of the first half of 2023, earning the dubious distinction of hosting the largest outage on our list.

Commencing at approximately 10 p.m. UTC and persisting until around 2 a.m. UTC, users found themselves unable to like photos, engage in direct messaging, or even peruse content to satiate their curiosity.

This outage affected over 2.4 million users globally, solidifying its position as the most extensive disruption of 2023 thus far.

2. March 14, 2023 – Reddit

Securing the second spot on our ranking of the most significant global outages during the first half of 2023 is Reddit.

With more than 1.2 million users worldwide unable to engage in discussions or downvote undesirable content in r/AskReddit, they turned to Downdetector to report the issues plaguing Reddit.

The reports started pouring in around 7 p.m. UTC, and normalcy was restored globally approximately six hours later, at around 1 a.m. UTC.

3. January 14, 2023 – Spotify

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Late in January, Spotify encountered a substantial outage, prompting more than 489,000 users to register complaints on Downdetector.

People around the globe found themselves deprived of their music, podcasts, and newly introduced audiobooks as the service worked to return to normalcy.

Peak reports inundated the service between approximately 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. UTC, with a few users enduring lingering issues for several hours.

4. January 28, 2023 – Roblox

This list underscores the seriousness with which gamers view interruptions in their gameplay.

Roblox claims the fourth spot on our largest outages list, as irate players experienced game disruptions on a Saturday night, citing problems with server connections and gameplay.

On January 28, more than 470,000 reports inundated Downdetector, marking it as the most significant gaming outage of 2023 thus far.

5. June 8, 2023 – Diablo


Welcome to the top five outages! On Thursday, June 8, server connections for the game Diablo experienced a widespread disruption, leaving more than 338,000 frustrated gamers voicing their discontent on a weekday.

The peak of reports occurred at 8 p.m. UTC and persisted throughout the night until 12 a.m. UTC.

6. June 25, 2023 – Steam

Steam, a renowned video game distributor, encountered service disruptions on Sunday, June 25. More than 308,000 users encountered problems with the website, primarily related to server connections and login difficulties.

The highest volume of reports surged around 11 p.m. UTC, disrupting players’ essential late-night gaming sessions.

7. February 9, 2023 – YouTube

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On February 9, the internet was devoid of cat videos, old Vines, vlogs, and Mr. Beast challenges as more than 300,000 users turned to Downdetector to flag issues with streaming videos on YouTube.

An equal number of reports poured in from users grappling with access problems on both the website and mobile application.

8. May 4, 2023 – EA

On May 4, 2023, a multitude of EA accounts and games faced disruptions, thwarting players’ attempts to connect to servers or access their accounts.

Numerous EA gamers grappled with account access issues throughout the day, with the highest influx of reports occurring between 9 a.m. UTC and 6 p.m. UTC. In sum, over 298,000 gamers submitted reports detailing their troubles.

9. January 25, 2023 – Microsoft 365

In January, a significant outage disrupted the routines of more than 240,000 Microsoft 365 users, hindering their access to critical business and education tools.

A suite of Microsoft products, encompassing Teams, Outlook, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Microsoft Graph, bore the brunt of the disruption.

Reports commenced at 7 a.m. UTC and persisted throughout the day, gradually tapering off around 7 p.m. UTC, causing disruptions during morning business hours worldwide.

10. May 13, 2023 – League Of Legends

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During a significant service disruption in mid-May, League of Legends enthusiasts from around the globe swarmed Downdetector to register gameplay issues.

Hour by hour, throughout the day, users faced difficulties accessing the game, culminating in nearly 200,000 reports.

Summing Up

The biggest internet outages of the first half of 2023, impacted services like Instagram, Reddit, Spotify, Roblox, and more.

Millions of users faced disruptions, from social media hiccups to gaming woes, shedding light on the global reliance on digital connectivity.

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