Twitter suffered a failure at a sensitive time for Elon Musk

OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP An outage hit Twitter overnight between Wednesday, December 28 and Thursday, December 29 (Illustration photo: Elon Musk on October 4 in Washington).

OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP

An outage hit Twitter overnight between Wednesday, December 28 and Thursday, December 29 (Illustration photo: Elon Musk on October 4 in Washington).

INTERNET – “It’s okay with me”. Undeterred, Elon Musk responded on Wednesday evening, December 28, to a user who asked him if Twitter was ” broken “. A crash affected the platform overnight between Wednesday 28 December and Thursday 29 December. Some users could no longer log into their own account or see certain others.

The Downdetector site has identified up to around 10,000 reports of Internet users struggling to use Twitter, with a peak around 01:35 in Paris before the reports settle down.

The extent of the outage was not immediately known, but AFP journalists in the US and Asia reported having difficulty accessing their accounts. According to the web observatory NetBlocks, these are international outcomes and “not related to national internet disruptions or filtering”.

Outages regularly disrupt digital platforms, with long service outages remaining the exception. However, this technical issue comes at a sensitive time for Twitter, in turmoil since its acquisition by Elon Musk for $44 billion in late October. In particular, the multi-contractor dismissed many employees, including among the teams dealing with the technical maintenance of the platform.

The sulphurous billionaire is also under fire from critics for suspending reporters’ accounts or daily moon publications.

Users using Twitter on the web interface are affected

Outside the United States, the number of users unable to access the service ranged from a few hundred to several thousand.

According to DownDetector’s breakdown, the December 28 outage appeared to primarily affect people using Twitter on the web interface. About 10% of the complaints recorded by the monitor came from mobile app users.

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