Twitter had a serious outage on Thursday


Jack Dorsey, CEO and Co-Founder of Twitter, speaks to students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, India on November 12, 2018.

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The Twitter website was unavailable on Thursday afternoon. Users who tried to visit the service were greeted with an error message.

A notice posted on the company's status website indicated that Twitter was investigating an anomaly with its application programming interface (API). The company's mobile app didn't seem to be working properly either.

The service appeared to be at least partially restored for some users around 7 p.m. ET after being downstairs for over an hour.

"The latest problem was caused by an accidental change to our internal systems," the company tweeted. "Twitter should work for everyone for the next few hours."

The outage comes a day after Twitter and rival Facebook made the unprecedented editorial decision to limit the reach of a New York Post story alleging "Smoking Gun" -related emails related to the Democratic Party Show Presidential Candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

The company suffered a serious service failure earlier this year when the Twitter accounts of some of the country's most famous people were compromised in July as part of an overt Bitcoin scam. The victims included Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla.

A company spokeswoman admitted it was dealing with problems.


Katherine Clark