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Twitter is investigating outage reports

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Twitter experienced an outage on Thursday. Many users reported problems over sending tweets and refreshing their timelines. The outage was a major setback for Twitter, as it is already defending itself from accusations of bias over its decision to block a news report critical of Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

Repeated attempts by users to post a tweet came across the message, “Something went wrong, but don’t fret — let’s give it another shot.”

The company tweeted “Twitter has been down for many of you and we’re working to get it back up and running for everyone.”

A Twitter spokesperson said that we know that people are facing trouble tweeting and using the platform. We are working and trying to fix this issue as soon as possible.

The Twitter spokesperson also said, “Our internal system had some trouble. However, we have no evidence of a security breach or hack, and we’re trying to investigate internal causes.” Twitter also posted a similar message to the status page of the company.

The company had said on its status website it was investigating an irregularity with its APIs. Twitter posted a message to the API page reading, “We are currently investigating the issue. More updates to come.” Later there was a new message from Twitter saying, “We are continuing to monitor as our teams investigate. More updates to come.”

Twitter said on its status website that it was investigating an unresolved incident caused by irregularities found in Twitter’s application programming interfaces.

Downdetector.com, a website that has been tracking outages, has received at least 50,000 reports about problems. As per downdetector.com, users globally had reported being unable to use the Twitter platform, but the outages were concentrated on the east and west coasts of the US, as well as Japan.

It was the latest technical breakdown to hit Twitter offline. The platform had experienced an hour-long outage in July 2019, one lasting several hours a year ago and yet another major one in last February.

In July, it witnessed an attack when prominent leaders like former President Barack Obama, Tesla chief Elon Musk, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates saw their accounts hacked drawing criticism from lawmakers and cybersecurity experts lasting several hours. The attack targeted about 130 accounts, with tweets on Bitcoin.

The platform has experienced many issues this year also, with the most recent on October 1. However, the incident was quickly resolved. Twitter’s other major outage that took place in February this year allowed users to avoid that outage by scheduling tweets.