On Wednesday, Twitter Inc experienced a major outage. Over 10000 users globally were not able to access the social media platform or use its feature for several hours.
Downdetector website which tracks website outages through different sources reported that more than 10000 users were affected in the USA, followed by around 2500 users each in Japan and the UK. Thousands of Twitter users globally faced such outages in February 2022 and July 2022 as well.
Most people reported having technical issues accessing Twitter via their web browser. However, some reported the issue with the app including not receiving notifications as well. People were getting error messages and tweets were not showing up on their feeds.
Netblock tweeted, “Twitter is experiencing international outages affecting the mobile app and features including notifications; incident not related to country-level internet disruptions or filtering,”
When a Twitter user named Greg tweeted, “Can anyone see this or is Twitter broken”, Musk replied, “Works for me”. Another Twitter user named Sajith Pai tweeted, “Unable to log in to my web Twitter account. Keep getting this error after login. Anybody know the issue / hack?”
Chaos and controversy
Just two months after Musk took over Twitter in late October such an incident occurred. His takeover has always been marked by controversy and chaos anyway. Hundreds of employees quit in November including engineers responsible for preventing service outages and fixing bugs.
The issues started to get resolved within an hour when the number of reported cases came down to just over 3700. As of now, the issues have been fully resolved and Twitter is fully functional. Many users confirmed the same. Sajith Pai tweeted, “Working now! Phew!”. Elon Musk tweeted, “Significant backend server architecture changes rolled out. Twitter should feel faster.”