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Twitter suffers outage

by on10 February 2023

Musk censors everyone 

After taking over Twitter to make sure that right-wing voices were heard on the social notworking site, Supreme Twit Elon [Look at me] Musk accidentally censored everyone.

For those who came in late, Musk has been financing his take over of Twitter by making one or two cost cuts. This has made updating the site's software a bit tricky and means that staff who are supposed to repair faults allocated to creating new services. This sounds insane to us, but then we are not "business geniuses" 

The disruption came just hours after Twitter rolled out a new product to Twitter Blue subscribers that allows them to send tweets with up to 4,000 characters. The company was in the process of ending its free access to the application programming interface (API) on 9 February. Twitter users were unable to post instantly on the website for almost an hour on Wednesday, users attempting to tweet were informed by the platform they had hit their daily limit – despite many of them reporting having not tweeted at all that day.

The outage affected not just new tweets but retweets and replies. Users also reported not being able to access their direct messages.

Bizarrely there was a workaround. You could schedule tweets a minute into the future which was rather useful for time travellers. The service eventually returned at nearly 11pm GMT, however at the time of reporting, direct messages were still missing.

Apparently in the middle of the crises Musk told Twitter staff to pause “new feature development” to maximise stability on the platform. In otherwords Musk took all the staff who were working on upgrading the product to fixing it -- business genius.


Last modified on 10 February 2023
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