Late Wednesday afternoon, the Elon Musk-owned social network began experiencing international outages, with many users unable to perform basic functions such as tweeting, direct messaging and following accounts.
In ComputerToday we tried to tweet and it was impossible. When we did, an error message would appear saying that the daily limit of tweets had been reached, which was unreal, since we had barely written a dozen tweets and the daily maximum is 2,400 messages to reach that limit.
Independent Internet monitor NetBlocks tweeted that the outages affected Twitter’s website, mobile app, and features like posting and retweeting, and that “were not related to internet outages at the country level“. That is, it was not a matter of the users, but of the platform.
Twitter it does not have a communication department to follow up to confirm whether the apparent interruption is due to an error or a recent product update that had gone wrong, both possible causes reported by the American press.
Some users found they could still tweet by scheduling their posts, while some brands seemed to be able to keep tweeting. Other users immediately started reporting problems. Internet Downdetector recorded thousands of problems with the platform.
One of the users who reported the issues joked that the glitches were related to Twitter’s mass layoffs. If you fire the engineers, don’t expect the app to continue working, right?
Fortune reporter Kylie Robison tweeted that Elon MuskCEO of Twitter, sent an email to staff after the outage began, stating that it might be a data center issue, while saying: “Please pause development of new features for now in favor of maximizing system stability and robustness“.
Early today many users have started tweeting after a sleepless nightwhere the platform has not allowed millions of people to write any tweets, any private messages or follow new accounts. Twitter can’t afford those failures, neither can Elon Musk.