Twitter users are reporting massive global outages with many unable to access the website and its features.
According to downdetector.com, which tracks the site’s traffic, the website was unavailable just before midnight GMT (11am AEDT Thursday, 7pm EST Wednesday) and the outage was on the website, not the app. best reported.
Within an hour, the website had over 10,000 user reports of problems accessing Twitter.
Internet monitor based in London net block “Twitter is experiencing an international outage impacting features including mobile apps and notifications,” it said.
“This incident has nothing to do with internet disruptions or filtering at the national level.”
Many users were still able to use the platform, while others received the error message, “There was a problem, don’t worry. It’s not your fault.”
One user from Ireland reported, “I’m having a hard time logging into Twitter tonight…I should be sleeping and now I’m seeing news stories about the global Twitter crash.”
Elon Musk, who acquired Twitter for $44 billion in October, responded to users reporting problems by tweeting, “It works for me.”
Concerns about longer and more frequent outages grew when Twitter cut up to half its workforce with little notice during Musk’s tenure.
About 7,500 staff were laid off in Musk’s first week. In his second week, about five of his 5,500 contractors at the company had four of them laid off.
Massive layoffs have reportedly destroyed teams responsible for human rights, machine learning ethics, curation, communications, and accessibility.
In July, before the job losses, Twitter experienced one of the longest outages in years, rendering the social network unavailable to web and mobile users for nearly an hour.
Musk confirmed earlier this month that he would step down as CEO if a suitable replacement was found, citing the company’s finances as a reason for delaying his promised resignation.