TWITTER has gone down across the world – with users complaining about not being able access the social media site.
The cause of the fault was due to an “internal configuration change” as more than 17,000 users had reported problems trying to get on to Twitter this evening.
Twitter down – what’s happened
Online outage tracker Down Detector tracked the thousands of reports flooding in from around the world starting at 7.46pm local time.
The issue appears to have affected a range of Twitter services, including the website, Android app, and iPad app.
Users who tried to visit the site were greeted with a “Something is technically wrong message” and those who went to the app saw a “Tweets aren’t loading right now.”
Many had said the site is not working or not loading as they get to the social media platform via the app or on a web browser.
Large parts of the UK have been affected including the South, the Midlands and parts of Scotland.
The US has also been seriously hit as large parts of New York and California are dark red – mean a high volume of reports are coming from that area.
Before 9pm local time, some users reported Twitter had regained some functionality.
Twitter down – but why?
Here are some of the top reasons websites go offline…
- Hardware failures – servers that host websites can go wrong, and that can take a website offline
- DNS issues – the DNS is the system that directs your computer to a website, so problems with the DNS can make websites appear as if they’re not working
- DDoS attack – hackers can flood a website’s servers with fake ‘pings’, overloading them and causing them to crash
- Hack attack – hackers could also get access to a website’s systems and take it offline through a host of different methods
- Scheduled maintenance – sometimes websites have to go offline for big changes to be made
- Emergency maintence – if a very important change needs to be made quickly, users might not always be warned in advance of downtime
What has Twitter said?
The site’s status website currently says: “The outage was due to an internal configuration change, which we’re now fixing.
“Some people may be able to access Twitter again and we’re working to make sure Twitter is available to everyone as quickly as possible.”
“Twitter is one of the world’s largest social networks, serving around 330million users every single month.
In 2016, it’s believed that around 6,000 tweets were sent every second on Twitter.
That works out at around 350,000 tweets per minute, 500million per day – and 200billion per year.
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