Elon Musk calls Twitter ‘so fragile’ as users hit by hour-long outage: Platform is back online after blocking outgoing links
Elon Musk tweeted how Twitter was “so brittle” when the platform went through an outage lasting more than an hour that affected users around the world.
Users flocked to the social media site on Monday to share error messages they received when they tried to click on outgoing links.
The issue occurred around 11:30 AM ET and impacted the website and app, but was resolved by 12:50 AM ET.
One user, a computer science professor at Princeton University in New Jersey, believes the “mistake” is because Twitter charges itself for API access – “but Twitter couldn’t afford to pay.”
Elon Musk responded to the outage about an hour after it appeared
Clicking a link returned an error message that read, “Your current API subscription does not include access to this endpoint.”
Problem reports began appearing on DownDector, a website that monitors online outages, which revealed that the outage affected the website and smartphone app.
Twitter’s API status page showed “All Systems Operational,” which is far from what users are experiencing.
The social media platform was loading, but the feeds took a few seconds to populate – and the same issue affected TweetDeck.
It appears that the issue is related to Twitter’s move to a paid API, which the company announced in early February.
The shared announcement will charge $100 per month for the basic level of API and is aimed at developers looking to promote on the site.
The phrase ‘Twitter API’ started trending when the issue hit users and now has over 60,000 tweets and is still rising.
A user, a computer science professor at Princeton University in New Jersey, believes the ‘mistake’ is because Twitter charges itself for API access
Twitter was down worldwide on Monday due to a malfunction that blocked outgoing links and images in tweets
“Some parts of Twitter may not be working as expected at this time. We made an internal change that had some unintended consequences,” Twitter shared at 12:19 a.m. ET.
“We’re working on this now and will share an update when it’s resolved.”
It is the second time in a week that Twitter has been out of order. The final issues hit the platform on March 1 and ran for three hours.
During this time, users could not see their tweets.
The “following” tab, which many people have as their home screen on the social media platform, was not working properly or had been removed on purpose.
It came just days after Twitter laid off another 200 employees, about 10 percent of its remaining workforce, in its latest round of job cuts since Elon Musk took over last October.