Widespread Twitter Outage Disrupts Social Media Users Worldwide

‘We are currently investigating issues people are having accessing Twitter,’ the company says on its system status page. ‘We will keep you updated on whats happening.’


A widespread Twitter outage Thursday afternoon cut off access to the social networking site for users around the globe.

Users have been reporting issues with Twitter since 2:46 p.m. ET today, according to downdetector.com, with the number of outages reports peaking at 47,266 shortly thereafter. An outage map on downdetector.com indicates significant problems with Twitter in New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Detroit, Tampa, Dallas, Austin and Portland, as well as throughout the United Kingdom and Japan.

"We are currently investigating issues people are having accessing Twitter," Twitter said in a message posted to its system status page at 2:58 p.m. ET. "We will keep you updated on what's happening."

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Twitter is classifying the service disruption as an "active incident."

Twitter didn't immediately respond for comment about why their website is down. The outage at Twitter comes nine days after an outage at Cloudflare briefly took websites around the world offline, and less than two months after Salesforce disabled access to its Pardot marketing automation software after the deployment of a database script resulted in granting users broader data access than intended.