Twitter’s website was down Thursday afternoon. For more than an hour, thousands of users in many countries across the worldreported experiencing issues sending tweets or refreshing their timelines. Users began reporting problems with the platform at around 5 p.m., with more than 57,000 complaints logged by 5:51 p.m., according to DownDetector. Those who tried to post were met with an error message saying Twitter was “overcapacity”, or a note simple saying: “Oops, something went wrong.”A note on the company’s status website showed that Twitter was investigating an irregularity with its application programming interface. The service appeared to have been at least partially restored for some users around 7 p.m. ET.
“The recent issue was caused by an inadvertent change we made to our internal systems,” the company explained. “We have no evidence this outage is caused by a security breach or hack,” they added. The outage came just a day after Twitter took the unprecedented step of limiting the spread of a controversial New York Post article critical of the US presidential candidate Joe Biden. People attempting to share the story on the platform were shown a notice saying: “We can’t complete this request because this link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful.”