Another Twitter fail, links broken for thousands of users

Elon Musk announced his social media app needs a complete rewrite, as Twitter services went down for thousands of users.

For the second time in the past week, Twitter services broke down for thousands of users, causing broken links and issues with loading videos and images from the site.

Twitter users in the US, Canada, and the UK started reporting issues with the messaging platform around 11:48am on Monday, according to the site Downdetector.

A malfunction in Twitter's API had broken all direct links, as well as videos and images, with this message appearing for most users having issues.

Twitter API
Image by Cybernews.

Twitter's support account posted this message to users during the outage, which had over 1.3 million views by 12:19 pm on Monday.

Twitter posted to followers about an hour later, "Things should now be working as normal. Thanks for sticking with us!"

Musk, who has been making waves with Twitter blue checks, malfunctions, and massive layoffs since he bought the platform last October, tweeted about the outage.

Dissing his own company, Musk said the latest outage was due to a "small change to the API [application programming interface] having massive implications" and that Twitter will eventually need a "complete rewrite."

Over 75% of issues reported by Downdetector affected the Twitter desktop and mobile app, as opposed to the server connection.

The TweetDeck social media dashboard application was also experiencing problems.

Last week, Twitter experienced another multiple-hour outage following its latest wave of layoffs in the US.

Musk also announced plans to launch end-to-end encryption for Twitter's direct messaging feature later this month.

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