Twitter Suffers Temporary Global Outage

NicoleMotta on Tuesday January 19, 2016 at 11:08:40 AM

Twitter Suffers Temporary Global Outage

On Tuesday morning, Twitter users across the globe reported issues with the social network on mobile and the web.

Starting at around 3:20 AM EST, Twitter users started seeing error messages claiming that the network was both "over capacity" and experiencing an "internal error." "Thanks for noticing," read a message that appeared on users’ Twitter pages when the site had problems loading. "We’re going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon." Twitter confirmed the issue, saying, "Some users are currently experiencing problems accessing Twitter. We are aware of the issue and are working towards a resolution." The company even managed to tweet this message to users who could connect to the network. Third-party Twitter services such as Tweetbot were also affected by the outage. Twitter has yet to announce a fix for today’s outage, the last support message was about seven hours ago, and some users are still reporting sporadic issues with the platform on Down Detector.

Twitter’s API and Tumblr status pages reveal that this outage may be part of a larger issue, though the API page claims service is back to normal at this time. According to the status page, which is made for developers, Twitter reported major outages which were about 19 hours long and occured three days prior to today’s issues. The previous problems on mobile and the web have been resolved, but Twitter has not yet confirmed a fix for Tuesday’s outage. The hashtag #TwitterDown has been trending on both Twitter, when users could access it, and on the rival network, Facebook.

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