Twitter outage hits thousands of users worldwide

Dec 28 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc suffered a major outage on Wednesday, preventing tens of thousands of users worldwide from accessing the popular social media platform or using its key features.

Downdetector, a website that tracks outages through a range of sources including user reports, showed over 10,000 affected users in the US, around 2,500 in Japan and around 2,500 in the UK at the height of the disturbance.

Twitter outage reports dropped sharply on Wednesday evening, according to the website.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The social network status page indicates that all systems are operational.

During the outage, some users were unable to log into their Twitter account via desktop or laptop computers. The issue also affected the mobile app and functionality, including notifications.

Others took to Twitter to share updates and memes about the service disruption, with #TwitterDown trending as a hashtag on the social media site.

Some attempts to log in to Twitter from the desktop resulted in an error message saying, “Something went wrong, but don’t worry, it’s not your fault. Let’s try again.”

Twitter CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he was still able to use the service.

“Works for me,” Musk wrote in response to a user who asked if Twitter was broken.

The outage comes two months after Musk’s $44 billion takeover of Twitter was marred by chaos and controversy.

By some estimates, hundreds of Twitter employees left the social media company in November, including engineers tasked with fixing bugs and preventing service outages.

Other big tech companies have also been hit by outages this year. In July, a nearly 7-hour outage at Canada’s largest telecommunications operator, Rogers Telecommunications, cut off access to banking, transportation and government services to millions of people.

Reporting by Akriti Sharma, Mrinmay Dey and Shubhendu Deshmukh in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri and Sam Holmes

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