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Twitter’s service mostly restored after apparent global outage

Bloomberg October 16 | Updated on October 16, 2020 Published on October 16, 2020

Says it saw no evidence of a security breach or hack, but was investigating internal causes for the problems

Twitter Inc suffered an apparent worldwide outage on Thursday that lasted about an hour and a half, affecting users of its social network from New York to Sydney. Some service was restored and tweets began appearing again at about 7 p.m. New York time.

The company earlier said it saw no evidence of a security breach or hack, but was investigating internal causes for the problems. San Francisco-based Twitter had said on its status website it was looking into an irregularity with its APIs, the technology that lets different software systems interact with each other.

Downdetector.com, which tracks outages, received at least 50,000 reports about problems with the social media platform, starting at about 5:15 pm. The number of Twitter reports on the site had declined to less than 6,000 as of 7:03 p.m.

“We know people are having trouble Tweeting and using Twitter. We’re working to fix this issue as quickly as possible,” a Twitter spokeswoman told Bloomberg.

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Published on October 16, 2020
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