Users Report Difficulty in Posting Tweets and Messaging on Wednesday, Prompting #TwitterDown Trend
Twitter users around the world faced a frustrating experience on Wednesday as they were unable to post messages or send direct messages to one another. This was the latest in a series of technical glitches that have plagued the social media platform owned by Elon Musk.
The issues started around 4:45 p.m. Eastern time when users who tried to post messages encountered a notification stating that they had exceeded the daily limit for sending tweets. Additionally, some users were unable to follow new accounts, while others were automatically logged out of their accounts. Things went down drastically, the search function for GIFs and direct messaging stopped working.
Downdetector, a website that tracks and reports outages, confirmed that Twitter was facing problems. However, by 7 p.m. Eastern time, the features were partially restored, allowing some users to start tweeting again.
The root cause of the technical issues was not specified. Despite the problems experienced by users, Twitter’s official account was still able to send tweets.
The company acknowledged the difficulties faced by users and expressed their apologies with a message that read, “Twitter may not be functioning as anticipated for some users. We apologize for the inconvenience
Neither Twitter nor Elon Musk offered an immediate response to inquiries for a statement.
Since its acquisition by Elon Musk in October, Twitter has undergone substantial changes. The billionaire entrepreneur has undergone a substantial reduction of the company’s workforce, leading to a decrease from 7,500 employees at the time of the acquisition to approximately 2,200 employees. Additionally, Mr. Musk has implemented cost-cutting measures and proposed new revenue-generating strategies for the company
The recent changes at Twitter have resulted in increased confusion and periodic disruptions in its service. In late December, users faced a temporary service outage after the company closed down operations at one of its primary data centres located in Sacramento. This disruption, which lasted several hours, primarily impacted desktop users and resulted in logouts or error messages when attempting to view their Twitter feeds.
Recently, users in Australia and New Zealand also encountered a Twitter outage that lasted for more than 12 hours.