This is the first clear widespread service disruption for the Twitter site since Elon Musk took over as CEO in late October.
Twitter Inc suffered a major outage on Wednesday, leaving hundreds of thousands of users worldwide unable to access. The popular social media platform or use its core features for several hours before services came back online.
The incident is the social media site’s first clear widespread service disruption since billionaire. Elon Musk took over as Twitter CEO in late October.
Downdetector, a website that tracks outages through various sources, including user reports. Shows more than 10,000 affected users from the US. About 2,500 from Japan and about 2,500 from the UK at the peak of the disruption.
Most of the reports come from users who have encountered technical problems accessing the social network through a web browser.
Reports of Twitter’s outages dropped sharply by Wednesday evening, according to the website. With some users later commenting that service had returned to normal.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. And the social network’s status page showed that it was all systems go.
Musk tweeted later Wednesday that. “Significant backend server architecture changes” had been rolled out. And that “Twitter should feel faster. But his post made no mention of downtime reported by users.
During the outage, some users said they were unable to log into their Twitter accounts via desktop or laptop. A small number of users said the issue also affected features including mobile apps and notifications.
Others took to Twitter to share updates and memes about the service disruption. With #TwitterDown trending as a hashtag on the social media site.
Some attempts to log into Twitter from the desktop prompted an error message: “Something went wrong. But don’t worry – it’s not your fault. Let’s try again.”
Musk tweeted that he was still able to use the service.
“Works for me,” Musk posted, responding to a user who asked if Twitter was broken.
The outage comes two months after Musk completed his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter. Which has been marked by chaos and controversy.
According to some estimates, hundreds of Twitter workers left the social media company in November. Including engineers responsible for fixing bugs and preventing service outages.
Thousands of Twitter users suffered global outages in February and July before Musk took over.
Other big tech companies have also suffered outages this year. In July, a nearly 19-hour service outage at Rogers Telecommunications, Canada’s largest telecom operator. Shut down banking, transportation and government access for millions of people.