Twitter Hit By Global Outage: ‘Something Is Technically Wrong’

The app and desktop site have went offline at about 11:30 a.m. PST

Last Updated: July 11, 2019 @ 2:35 PM

Update: Twitter was running again “for most people” at about 2:10 p.m. PST, the company said on its update page. “We’re working to get to 100% soon,” Twitter added. 

Twitter’s desktop site and its mobile app went offline on Thursday morning, with an error message reading that “something is technically wrong.” The phrase greeted users as they went to tweet or view other users’ tweets.

“We are currently investigating issues people are having accessing Twitter,” a company spokesperson told TheWrap. The Twitter rep added the company will keep users updated here. No timetable for the site and app’s return was provided.

The issue appeared to occur between 11:30 and 12:00 a.m. PST. DownDetector.com, a site dedicated to tracking major outages, spiked to more than 10,000 reported issues during this time. Most of the reports came from the West Coast and East Coast of the U.S. and Western Europe. Twitter was still down at 12:30 p.m. PST.

What Twitter users were greeted with as they opened the site on Thursday

Twitter’s outage comes on the heels of Instagram going down twice in the past month. In those cases, frustrated Instagram users quickly scrambled over to their Twitter accounts to vent. With that option unavailable on Thursday, some Twitter users headed over to Reddit — which had also experienced a brief downtime earlier in the day. The irony was not lost on some commenters.

“The best thing about this situation is we would normally be tweeting about a site going down lmao,” Reddit user “Kiwimuch” said.

“Yeah, it took me a few minutes to think about where to go to find out if Twitter was down,” replied “Piratemud,” another Reddit user.

Twitter’s outage also comes at the same time President Trump is hosting a social media summit at the White House. President Trump tweeted on Thursday morning that a key topic at the summit would be the “tremendous dishonesty” of some of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies.

Reps from the major tech companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter were not invited to the summit.