If Twitter isn’t loading well for you, you’re not alone. Tens of thousands of users complain that they can’t access Elon Musk’s social network, but instead see dozens of strange error messages. Some are greeted with a blank page, while others sign out of the service, they said. Many users said they couldn’t see their replies, reply to tweets, or follow trending topics.
Twitter also showed “rate-exceed limit” to some users, suggesting that the servers couldn’t handle the incoming requests. The hashtag #TwitterDown is trending on the platform.
The outage, which appears to be affecting international users in the UK, Canada, Germany, Italy and India, began around 4 p.m. Pacific time. Third-party web monitoring services, including NetBlocks and DownDetector, have confirmed receiving reports from users. DownDetector says the vast majority of complaints suggest Twitter is largely facing a desktop problem.
Many also don’t have access to TweetDeck, a power user-oriented service from Twitter. NetBlocks additionally added that the “widespread” incident is not related to “internet disruptions or country-level filtering.” Twitter has yet to acknowledge a malfunction.
Musk acquired Twitter for $44 billion at the end of October. He has tried to reduce Twitter’s costs by eliminating thousands of employees. Musk has also focused on making the Twitter experience faster for users by removing bloat code from the service.
The service was up and running “even after I disconnected one of the more sensitive server racks,” Musk tweeted Dec. 24. blocked traffic from about 30 mobile carriers primarily in the Asia-Pacific region as part of an effort to rid Twitter of spam, Platformer reported.