Twitter down? Users report widespread errors for social service

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UPDATED: Twitter appeared to briefly suffer from large-scale technical issues on Tuesday, as thousands of users reported problems accessing the service.

User error reports for Twitter spiked on services monitoring site Downdetector around 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, with more than 15,000 complaints. By 2:07 p.m., that number had more than doubled.

At 2:32 p.m. ET, Twitter’s support account acknowledged the issues. “Twitter may not be loading for some of you – we’re working on a fix to get you back on your timelines ASAP,” he tweeted. As of 2:45 p.m. ET, error reports on Downdetector had dropped to less than 1,000.

The technical issues appeared to be causing some users to be disconnected from Twitter. The social network was also failing to load tweets and timelines. In some cases, attempting to load the main Twitter feed resulted in only the logo being displayed.

More recently, Twitter experienced an outage of about an hour last month. It had similar issues on Feb. 17, less than a week after another hour-long outage the company attributed to a “technical bug” that prevented timelines from loading and posting tweets.

Twitter’s latest technical issues come amid its legal battle with Elon Musk. On July 12, Twitter filed a lawsuit against Musk, seeking to force the world’s richest individual to complete his $44 billion takeover deal for the company. Musk questioned Twitter’s long-standing claim that spam and fake accounts account for less than 5% of total active users – and told the company he was canceling the deal due to Twitter’s alleged inability to prove the metric. Lawyers for Twitter say Musk is looking for an excuse to back out of the agreed terms after his personal net worth plummeted with Tesla’s falling stock price.

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