Twitter was down for about 40 minutes this morning due to a major social network outage. The problems started with the service around 8:05 a.m. ET, with many users reporting “overcapacity” errors and even errors saying “this page is unavailable”. The issues affected Twitter web, mobile, and even the company’s TweetDeck app.
Downdetector had thousands of reports of problems with Twitter, but Twitter’s own status page claimed that “all systems were operational”. While the main Twitter.com domain loaded, many users were unable to login to the service or access tweets. Twitter started coming back to life around 8:40 a.m. ET, and many were able to tweet and access the service again.
At 9:10 AM ET Twitter tweeted“we’re working on getting it working again for everyone”, but it seems most people are already connecting again.
Some of you are having trouble accessing Twitter and we are working on getting it working again for everyone. Thank you for staying with us.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 14, 2022
This is the first major Twitter outage since a series of problems for the social network in February. Twitter went offline twice in a week in February, with users in parts of the US unable to access the service due to a “technical error that prevented timelines from loading and Tweets from being posted.”
These latest problems with the Twitter service come just days after the social network filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk, the world’s richest man. Musk is seeking a $44 billion acquisition deal based on claims that Twitter has failed to comply with requests for information about bot and spam activity on the platform.
Update July 14, 8:55 AM ET: Article updated to note that Twitter seems to be coming back online for many.
Update July 14, 09:05 ET: Twitter is now back online.
Update July 14, 09:27 ET: Added Twitter comment.