Twitter is back after a global outage

Printed Twitter logos can be seen in this illustration taken in 2022. April 28 REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

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July 14 (Reuters) – Twitter ( TWTR.N ) said its service was back up after a major outage on Thursday that left thousands of users worldwide unable to access the social media platform.

The nearly three-hour outage affected as many as 50,000 users, according to the outage-tracking website Downdetector.com.

The incident comes days after Twitter sued Tesla CEO Elon Musk for breaching the company’s purchase agreement and asked a Delaware court to order the world’s richest man to complete the takeover. read more

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“We’ve had some issues with our internal systems that have affected many of you around the world. Twitter should be working as expected,” Twitter said.

Twitter is hosted by Amazon Web Services and also uses Google Cloud as a secondary provider, said Wells Fargo Securities analyst Brian Fitzgerald.

The analyst ruled out a problem with cloud providers as the cause of the disruption.

Twitter suffered another widespread outage in February that was blamed on a software glitch. read more

Other big tech companies have also been hit by outages in the past year, with Meta Platforms ( META.O ) shutting down WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger for nearly six hours in October for billions of users. read more

Notorious for its early malfunctions, Twitter was known for using the popular “Fail Whale” illustration, which depicts birds lifting a white whale during such incidents.

Shares of Twitter were down about 1% at $36.42 on Thursday.

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Yuvraj Malik and Nivedita Balu report from Bengaluru; Edited by Aditya Soni and Vinay Dwivedi and Anil D’Silva

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