Social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, suffered outages globally early Thursday, according to Downdetector.com. Users couldn’t view posts on the platform for more than an hour.
Some users on X who were willing to post something could still do it. But they were unable to view posts on the social media site and only saw a message that said "Welcome to X!"
Another message, saying “Waiting for posts,” greeted users who encountered loading issues on X Pro, formerly TweetDeck.
Over 47,000 US users faced access issues with X and X Pro, according to Downdetector data. However, the outage was registered in other parts of the world as well – users in Canada, Britain, France, and other countries reported issues with accessing both X and X Pro
Downdetector tracks outages by collating status reports from several sources including users. Other global internet trackers at Netblocks also noted a “significant international outage” that wasn’t linked to any country-level blocks or filtering.
At about 1:30 AM ET, however, access to timelines was restored. But there was still no news about what might have caused the issue – emails to X’s notoriously unresponsive communications and support teams are bouncing back.
The social media platform faced upheaval and uncertainty following Elon Musk's $44 billion acquisition, leading to layoffs, including numerous engineers responsible for fixing and preventing service outages, sources have previously told Reuters.
Users took to rival Meta's app, Threads, to discuss the outage, citing difficulties in accessing posts, replies and profiles on X.
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