Updated Jul 11, 2019

Twitter hit with widespread outage

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Twitter was the latest big tech company to be hit with a major outage, going offline for more than an hour Thursday afternoon.

Why it matters: It's exactly the kind of thing we'd all be tweeting about — you know, if Twitter weren't down.

  • "We are currently investigating issues people are having accessing Twitter," Twitter said on a status page, promising to keep users updated.
  • It comes amid a rough few weeks for the Internet, in which Google, Facebook and Cloudflare were all hit with outages.

Update, 3:58pm ET: Twitter appears to be coming back up for most users. "The outage was due to an internal configuration change, which we're now fixing," Twitter said in a statement. "Some people may be able to access Twitter again and we're working to make sure Twitter is available to everyone as quickly as possible."

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