Twitter glitches mount as key features fail
Twitter users around the world reported they could no longer post or message each other on Wednesday, the latest in a series of outages for the social media service owned by Elon Musk.
The problems started around 4:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday, when users trying to post saw a notification saying they had “exceeded the limit for sending tweets per day.” Others found they couldn’t follow new accounts, and some logged out of their accounts entirely. The search functionality for direct messages and GIFs also stopped working.
Downdetector, a service that collects reports of user outages, also said Twitter was having trouble. By 7 p.m. ET, some functionality had been restored, and some users were tweeting again.
The cause of the malfunction is unclear. Twitter, at least, seems to be able to tweet.
“For some of you, Twitter may not work as expected,” the company release“Sorry for the trouble.”
The company and Musk did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Twitter has undergone significant changes since Mr. Musk bought the company in October. The billionaire laid off or laid off more than half of Twitter’s workforce, leaving the company with about 2,200 employees, down from 7,500 at the time of the acquisition. Mr. Musk has also been aggressive in cutting other costs and coming up with new ways for the company to generate revenue.
The changes have caused confusion and occasional outages in its service. Twitter users experienced outages in late December after the company shut down operations at one of its main data centers in Sacramento. The outage, which lasted several hours, primarily affected users using the application on desktop computers, causing them to log out or receive error messages when trying to scroll through their Twitter feeds.
Last month, users in Australia and New Zealand also reported Twitter outages lasting more than half a day.
On Wednesday, users responded to the questions with disbelief and humor. Some people ask if their social media site of choice is really broken. Others speculated on what caused the glitches.
Some people have found their way to the site by using Twitter’s scheduling feature, which allows them to post messages to the site. This sparked countless jokes, as Twitter is known for its immediacy rather than premeditated posts.