Twitter faces outage, now back up and running

Microblogging site Twitter was currently down for some users. The issue began sometime earlier today as users were unable to post new tweets or reply to existing tweets on the platform. The Twitter API status page and the Twitter status page, both mentioned that some users may be experiencing issues with the service and that the team was investigating the reasons for the outage.

The Twitter API status page read the following:

The Twitter data team is investigating a possible system irregularity currently affecting all data products and real time APIs. The presence and scope of any customer impact has not been determined at this time, but we will provide an update as soon as we know more.

This meant that not just composing tweets, but also tweets posted through the Twitter API were affected. The team was quick in identifying the issue and rectifying it. However, the firm added on the status page that “data products and APIs may return very low Tweet volume between 21:06 - 21:51 UTC 2020-02-07”.

One workaround to posting tweets during the outage was by scheduling tweets via the Twitter web app or TweetDeck (spotted by The Verge). The service is now marked as operational, so this workaround would likely not be needed. Therefore, in case you are still unable to Tweet or use the service, it shouldn’t be long before the service returns to normal.

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