Instagram "This story is no longer available": Here's what it means

The famous social media app, Instagram, needs no introduction. The app houses all the big names and influencers to run a platform that is elite and loaded with photos.

Instagram continues to run smoothly most of the time but there have been instances where the app went wonky.


Folks ended up in a similar situation where they have been encountering an issue with the Instagram stories since morning.

As reported, when tapped to view the story, it throws the error “This story is no longer available”.

Yo @instagram you guys good? I keep seeing “this story is no longer available” way too much lately (Source)

is anyone else’s Instagram randomly putting on people’s stories “this story is no longer available” or is it just me? (Source)

Source (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

At first, it would seem that the story is literally no longer available and may be well past the 24 hour period but why would it still pop up on the story bar if that’s the case?

Well, the actual reason why the error makes an appearance is that it has been taken down either by the users themselves or by Instagram.

These are the only two cases where Instagram would throw the “This story is no longer available” error message when trying to view an individual’s Instagram story.

Having been using Instagram for a long time, we know when a user takes down the story, it no longer appears on the story bar for others.

But if it does, there are chances that it is Instagram who took it down on the grounds of a community guidelines violation.


Taking into consideration the sudden surge in reports, it could also be due to a technical glitch at Instagram’s end, and if true, it would already be under maintenance.

Some users also think that this has a lot to do with the ongoing unrest in their neighborhood.

This can’t be denied as Instagram does filter out content that isn’t appropriate for the larger audience, naturally putting it under the community guidelines violation category.

That said, we will keep updating this page as and when more developments take place.

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