Twitter users have reported a massive global outage with many unable to access the website and its features for hours.
According to downdetector.com, which tracks site traffic, the website became unavailable shortly before midnight GMT (11am Thursday AEDT, 7pm Wednesday EST), with outages most reported on website rather than the app.
Within an hour, the website had recorded more than 10,000 user reports of problems accessing Twitter.
The London-based internet monitor NetBlocks said “Twitter is experiencing international outages affecting the mobile app and features including notifications”.
Many users were still able to use the platform, while others were met with an error message that read “something went wrong, but don’t fret – it’s not your fault”.
Musk, who bought Twitter for $44 billion in October, dealt with the problem by telling users that it“works for me.” This is the first time that gaslighting has been used to users in what was clearly a major outage.
A few hours later it seems that someone in Twitter had been brave enough to ring their Supreme Twit and tell him that there was a problem.
Hours later, Musk tweeted that “significant backend server architecture changes” had been made and that “Twitter should feel faster.” Apparently though this “feeling faster” meant did not work at all.
Mass outages at Twitter should be expected because Musk fired half the staff and gutted teams that cover human rights, machine learning ethics, curation, communications, and accessibility. However, the press claimed at the time that all those firings were part of Musk’s financial and business genius which was demonstrated by him being clever enough to be born into a family where he could inherit an emerald mine
Earlier this month, Musk confirmed he would step down as chief executive once a suitable replacement was found, and then said that the company’s finances were a reason to delay his promised departure. So if he is waiting for Twitter to get into black when he can’t promise them a basic service, we suspect he will be there until he retires.