Twitter users frustrated by global outage

Social network down completely for about an hour on Tuesday morning

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Twitter users frustrated by global outage Twitter acknowledged the problem in a tweet, which few users could read (Getty Images)
By  Tom Paye Published  January 19, 2016

Many Twitter users were left frustrated this morning, as the social network experienced service problems that resulted in a total blackout for around an hour.

The problems started at around 12pm GST, according to Down Detector, and while the service was back on its feet by around 2pm GST, many users still struggled with intermittent access to the social network. The issue appeared to be global.

Twitter acknowledged the problem in a tweet (which few users could read, due to the service being down), but gave no clues as to what caused the outage.

"Some users are currently experiencing problems accessing Twitter. We are aware of the issue and are working towards a resolution," the @support account tweeted.

The issue meant that access to the service via web and mobile was all but impossible. Developers also reported that access to the Twitter APIs had also failed this morning. According to the social network's developer status board, every API apart from the User Streams one had been affected by "service disruption".

At the time of writing, The Friends, Twitter Stream and User Streams APIs were operating normally. However, the Tweet Search API was still facing service disruption, while the Home Timeline API was facing performance issues.

Twitter has around 300m active users on its network.

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