Twitter was briefly unavailable to many people, with users reporting problems accessing the site and app around 4 p.m. GMT on Thursday. Users found they were unable to load new tweets or view profiles.
Downdetector received over 4,500 outage reports in just 15 minutes around 4 p.m. About 12% of the reports were about issues with the app, while 86% were about issues with the website.
Twitter told the Independent that the outage was the result of a “technical glitch” which prevents timelines from loading.
Many Twitter users have also received messages stating “Something went wrong” and “Try to reload.”
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At 4:45 p.m. GMT, however, Twitter’s status page showed that everything was working fine with “all systems operational” and suggested there were no major outages. At 5:45 p.m., the website and app appeared to be functioning normally.
The issue occurs less than a week after the site crashed for about an hour on February 11. Tweet deemed the issue resolved after two hours.
In October, Twitter was one of the only major social media giants unaffected by a bug that took Facebook, along with its subsidiaries Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp, offline.
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