#TwitterDown Trends as Worldwide Outage Hits Social Network

Social networking giant Twitter appeared to be suffering issues earlier today, with a serious of outages hitting the main website and its TweetDeck dashboard app.

DownDetector, a website that tracks problems with popular websites, said it had received more than 1,200 reports of issues. A live outage map showed Europe and Japan appeared to be the worst hit, although some users in the U.S. were starting to experience trouble.

Twitter quickly said its engineers were well aware of the outages. The site said: "We've been experiencing outages across Twitter and TweetDeck.

"You might have had trouble Tweeting, getting notifications, or viewing DMs. We're currently working on a fix, and should be back to normal soon.

"Service should now be resuming. In its most recent update, Twitter added: "The issue is just about fixed. You should be able to access Twitter as usual. If not, give it a few more minutes! Thanks for waiting."

On an external support page, the hours-long issues were blamed on a "system irregularity." The website said: "The Twitter data team is investigating a system irregularity affecting all products/APIs that occurred starting on October 2 at approximately 00:50 UTC. Data may be delayed or missing at this time. We will provide an update as soon as we know more."

The sharp spike in social media complaints and discussion led to the outage becoming a trending topic on the very platform that appeared to be experiencing issues. Under the hashtag #TwitterDown, users shared their frustrations (and memes) with the world.

"I apparently can't tweet GIFs right now and I am crushed," one person wrote. Another user joked: "Twitter is down...So I spent some time with my family. They seem like nice people." Others shared screenshots of a Twitter pop-up that stated: "Something went wrong."

Others enjoyed the moment by taking a political slant. Referencing the outage, one user noted: "For about an hour and the world was peaceful and no panic because Trump couldn't tweet."

The issue is just about fixed. You should be able to access Twitter as usual. If not, give it a few more minutes! Thanks for waiting.

— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) October 2, 2019

Earlier this week, Twitter confirmed a different glitch had hit some users.

"We're currently experiencing a problem displaying new follower counts for everyone in https://analytics.twitter.com. We're looking into it and will be following up with updates," it explained in a tweet yesterday. It was not clear how many people were impacted.

This morning, TweetDeck users were still experiencing connection issues that appeared to be lingering from an earlier outage that started yesterday evening at about 8 p.m. As previously reported, TweetDeck was found to be redirecting users to the standard Twitter screen. "We are aware of issues with TweetDeck and are investigating," a spokesperson said at the time.

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