Twitter suffered a massive outage where its users were unable to tweet, send direct messages and use other features. This was the largest outage ever that Twitter has suffered, the media has reported.
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Twitter was down for about 9,000 users in the US at 5 pm Eastern Time, according to outage tracking website Downdetector.com. The number of outages declined to 2,500 by 6 pm Eastern Time, says a report by news agency Reuters. Company owner and tech billionaire Elon Musk said the social media app should be back up later in the day after some users were unable to tweet on Wednesday, prematurely encountering a message that said “You are over the daily limit for sending Tweets.”
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“Twitter may not be working as expected for some of you. Sorry for the trouble. We’re aware and working to get this fixed,” Twitter’s support account tweeted.
Twitter may not be working as expected for some of you. Sorry for the trouble. We’re aware and working to get this fixed.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) February 8, 2023
The massive Twitter outage comes after billionaire owner Musk slashed the micro-blogging company’s staff after taking over the company in October, thus, raising concerns about the viability of the service with fewer engineers.
According to a former Twitter employee, what was happening as “a massive outage,” in private messages, as reported by Business Insider. In another message, a current employee at a major tech company complained to Twitter that their company’s corporate Twitter accounts were not functioning, saying “this is a huge problem”, the report added.
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Meanwhile, Twitter has reportedly started charging business organisations $1,000 per month in order to retain their Gold-verified badges. The Musk-owned micro-blogging platform introduced Gold, Grey and Blue checkmarks to help users identify different kinds of users/accounts posting on the platform. While individuals have to pay $8 per month on Android and $11 per month on iOS to retain their Blue check marks, organisations may soon have to pay $1,000 per month to retain their Gold checks.
The development was first shared by known industry analyst Matt Navarra on Twitter.