Twitter is experiencing an outage that began in the early evening on Thursday, with some users reporting problems sending tweets and refreshing their timelines starting shortly after 5:30PM ET. We have seen no new tweets cross our timelines since then, though we were able to find a tweet sent as late as 5:40PM ET using Twitter’s search tool.
User-generated reports on Downdetector.com are skyrocketing as well, but there’s no communication from the company itself as to the nature of the outrage. Twitter’s last major outage, occurring in February of this year, still allowed users to circumvent that outage by scheduling tweets. This does not appear to be a useable workaround right now.
Verge staffers are seeing the outage across the United States and in the UK, though we have been able to send a few DMs through the platform.
Twitter’s API status website initially said everything is operational. After roughly 30 minutes, the API page posted a message reading, “Investigating — We are currently investigating this issue. More updates to come.”
Here’s Twitter’s statement as of 6:17PM ET:
We know people are having trouble Tweeting and using Twitter. We’re working to fix this issue as quickly as possible. We’ll share more when we have it and Tweet from @TwitterSupport when we can – stay tuned.
Update 6:11PM ET: Added an update detailing the note on Twitter’s API page.