Wednesday, Twitter had a major outage. For several hours, tens of thousands of people around the world couldn’t access the popular social media site or use its most important features.
Since billionaire Elon Musk took over as CEO of Twitter at the end of October, this seems to be the first big problem that affects a lot of people.
Downdetector, a website that tracks outages from a variety of sources, including user reports, showed that at the peak of the disruption, more than 10,000 users in the US, about 2,500 in Japan, and about 2,500 in the UK were affected.
Most reports came from users who said they had trouble using their web browsers to get to the social network. The number of reports of Twitter being down dropped sharply by Wednesday evening, and some users later said that service had returned to normal.
When asked for a comment, Twitter didn’t answer immediately, and the social network’s status page showed that all systems were working.
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Later on Wednesday, Musk tweeted that “significant backend server architecture changes” had been made and that “Twitter should feel faster.” Still, he didn’t say anything about users’ downtime.
During the outage, some users said they couldn’t use their desktops or laptops to log in to their Twitter accounts. Some users said the problem also affected the mobile app and features like notifications.
New Twitter policy is to follow the science, which necessarily includes reasoned questioning of the science
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 28, 2022
Others posted updates and memes on Twitter about the service outage, and the hashtag #TwitterDown became popular on the social media.
ℹ️ Note: Twitter is experiencing international outages affecting the mobile app and features including notifications; incident not related to country-level internet disruptions or filtering #TwitterDown pic.twitter.com/eA3n5ow1aZ
— NetBlocks (@netblocks) December 29, 2022
When some desktop users tried to log in to Twitter, they got an error message that said, “Something went wrong, but it’s not your fault. Let’s try once more.”
Musk said in a tweet that he could still use the service.
When a user asked if Twitter was broken, Musk posted, “Works for me.” Two months ago, Musk finished his $44 billion takeover of Twitter, which has been full of chaos and controversy. Now, Twitter is down.
Twitter users are reporting various bugs that began late Wednesday evening, including the inability to log in (or the inability to STAY logged in), problems publishing tweets and timeline loading errors. https://t.co/YahwjOiemU
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) December 29, 2022
Some estimates say that hundreds of Twitter employees left the social media company in November, including engineers who were in charge of fixing bugs and keeping the service from going down.
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Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.