Twitter suffers global outage as millions of users unable to gain access

Social media platform Twitter on Thursday night suffered an outage in many countries across the world, leaving millions of users unable to gain access on its platform.

The entire Twitter site went down for more than an hour, although some accounts were quickly brought back online while others still experience difficulties.

Those who attempt to post are met with an error message stating Twitter is “overcapacity”, or a note simple stating “Oops, something went wrong”.

The “notifications” and “mentions” feeds are also unavailable.

Users in Africa, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States all reported issues.

A spokeswoman for Twitter told Guardian Australia they were working to resolve the issue.

“We know people are having trouble tweeting and using Twitter,” she said. “We’re working to fix this issue as quickly as possible.

“We’ll share more when we have it and tweet from @TwitterSupport when we can. Stay tuned.”

The outage comes just one day after Twitter took the unprecedented step to limit the spread of a controversial New York Post article critical of US presidential candidate Joe Biden, sparking outrage among conservatives and a debate over how social media platforms should tackle misinformation ahead of the US election.

Twitter blocked users from posting links to the story or photos from the unconfirmed report and users attempting to share the story were shown a notice saying: “We can’t complete this request because this link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful.”

Meanwhile, in Nigeria some users have been connecting the downtime to the #EndSARS campaign in the country.

Recall that a former presidential aspirant under the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adamu Garba, Thursday threatened to sue Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey for supporting the #EndSARS protest.

Jack Patrick Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Twitter, had, on Wednesday night, endorsed the #EndSARS movement by adding his voice and calling for the reform of the police force. He gave his support by using the #EndSARS hashtag and also called for donation of bitcoin for the campaign.

More to come…


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