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11 Apr, 2020 23:30

Lockdown effect? Twitter hit by outages across parts of the Americas & Europe as users report issues with posting

Lockdown effect? Twitter hit by outages across parts of the Americas & Europe as users report issues with posting

Twitter has not been functioning properly for thousands of users across Europe and the Americas, in what appears to be yet another major outage, with many reporting problems with the platform’s website.

Downdetector, which tracks service complaints via social media, reported that outages have been experienced by users in Europe the east coast of the US. The issue has also affected Brazil and Argentina, where most reports are coming from São Paulo and Buenos Aires.

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Most of the users that flocked to the website to report the outage have been having difficulties with the Twitter website (43 percent), while 37 percent reported irregularities while using Twitter on IPhone and IPad.

It appears that many of the users were still able to access the social messaging platform, but were unable to complete basic operations – such as posting new tweets or replying to DMs – with some describing the service as “very sluggish and glitchy.”

While it’s unclear what’s behind the latest outage, some say the site, which has been overwhelmed by messages during the coronavirus-induced lockdowns, just could not handle the avalanche of users.

Problems started for Twitter even before the extended Easter weekend in the US and Europe. On Thursday and Friday, users reported similar issues with the platform, with the majority saying the website itself was malfunctioning, according to Downdetector.

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