Twitter has said that its micro-blogging platform was down for many users earlier in the day due to some trouble with its internal systems. The company also clarified that there is no evidence of any security breach or hack. According to outage tracking website down detector, the outage was most prominent at around 3:30AM IST on Friday, October 16, with a maximum of 59,082 outage reports globally. The live outage map on outage tracking website downdetector.com shows that it was a global outage - most number of reports came from the United States and Japan.
Twitter alerted users through its Twitter Support handle. The company sent out the tweet about an hour after the outage, and said that it is looking into the issue, further clarifying that there was no breach. "Twitter has been down for many of you and we’re working to get it back up and running for everyone. We had some trouble with our internal systems and don’t have any evidence of a security breach or hack," the Tweet said. Reports suggested that Twitter was also back up and running about an hour after the outage.
Twitter has been down for many of you and we’re working to get it back up and running for everyone.
We had some trouble with our internal systems and don’t have any evidence of a security breach or hack.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) October 15, 2020
We went and checked ourselves, and all the services now seem to be working perfectly fine on the micro-blogging platform. However, Downdetector still showed about 400 outages globally at the time of publishing this story. Outages on social media platforms is a common thing now. Twitter itself had last suffered an outage two weeks back on October 1. Last month, Facebook-owned Instagram users had also reported more than 75,000 outages according to Downdetector.com.