Some Twitter Inc. users experienced technical issues accessing the service through web browsers late Wednesday in what appeared to be the first widespread outage since the company was taken over by Elon Musk two months ago.
Users who tried to log in through their computer browsers on Wednesday received an error message. The Twitter Spaces tab, which allows users to join real-time conversations with others, on the mobile app version of the platform was also not working. Other aspects of the Twitter app seemed to work well for users, including the ability to tweet.
“Error. Something went wrong, but don’t worry, it’s not your fault. Let’s try again,” said a message on Twitter’s web browser login page. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mr Musk, asked on Twitter if there had been any service outages, tweeted “Works for me”. It was unclear which Twitter function Mr Musk used to send the message.
Downdetector, a website that tracks outages, said about 10,000 people reported experiencing a Twitter outage Wednesday night, starting just before 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. The issues seemed to be resolved about two hours later.
Twitter, like many internet platforms, has experienced occasional outages in the past due to technical issues, including one in July.
Twitter’s performance has come under particular scrutiny since Mr. Musk completed his takeover of the company in late October. He later downsized the company, prompting some former employees and outside observers to question whether the cuts would hurt Twitter’s operations.
Mr Musk said last week that the company had laid off nearly three-quarters of the roughly 8,000 employees it had before he took office. He said the cuts were necessary to avoid possible financial disaster.
“This business is like, basically, you’re in a plane going down to the ground at high speed with the engines on fire and the controls not working,” he said. “I now think Twitter will actually be OK next year.”
Last week, Mr. Musk also said he was close to completing his first restructuring campaign at Twitter, although he added that there was still more engineering work to be done.
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