The social media platform Twitter is now back after a major outage that has left millions of users stranded worldwide. Many users of the microblogging site were unable to login to their accounts.
According to Down Detector, a website that monitors such outages, there were first reports of problems at approximately 12:45 (GMT+1) in the UK, while users in Nigeria started experiencing downtime around the same time.
More than 28,000 reports of issues were logged to Down Detector, with users struggling to access Twitter through both the app and website. About 57% of users had problems with the app, while 38% had problems with the site. Another 6% reported an inability to post tweets.
Most problems were reported in major cities, including London and Birmingham in the UK, as well as New York and Los Angeles in the US. Many users were also unable to access the site in Nigeria during the crash.
It is still unclear what caused the crash, as Twitter has not made an official announcement at the time of submitting this report.
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Why this is important?
Twitter is a popular social media in Nigeria and a go-to platform for businesses, individuals and government. The microblogging site has become a platform for socio-political engagements as people regularly host forums through Twitter Space. Many meetings already scheduled for today would have been canceled if the downtime had lasted longer.