Twitter Outage Hits thousands of users globally
Twitter experienced a massive outage on Wednesday, preventing tens of thousands of users around the world from using the popular social media platform or using its most important features.
Downdetector, a website that tracks security breaches from a variety of sources, including user reports, found that more than 10,000 users in the US, around 2,500 in Japan and around 2,500 in the UK were affected at the height of the crisis.
According to the website, Twitter breach reports dropped significantly on Wednesday night.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The social media status page shows that all systems are up and running.
During the outage, some users were unable to access their accounts from their desktop or laptop computers. The problem affected mobile apps and features including notifications.
Others took to Twitter to share updates and memes about the service’s shutdown, with #TwitterDown as a popular social media hashtag.
The standoff comes two months after Musk’s $44 billion purchase of Twitter was marred by turmoil and controversy.
By some estimates, hundreds of employees are leaving the social network in November, including engineers tasked with fixing bugs and preventing service disruptions.
Other big tech companies have also been hit this year. In July, a nearly 7-hour outage by Canada’s largest telecommunications operator, Rogers Telecommunications, cut off access to banking, transportation and government services for millions of people.
There have been many reports from users saying that they are having technical issues accessing the website through the site.
According to the website, Twitter has been reported to have shut down for good late Wednesday. With some users saying the service is back to normal.
Moreover, Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The social network’s status page indicated that all procedures were underway.