Elon Musk admits Twitter is hit by ‘multiple internal and external issues’ – as tech collapse keeps users from liking and reading posts
- Twitter CEO Elon Musk admitted: “Today, multiple internal and external issues at the same time. Should be back on schedule later tonight’
- Users could not like tweets, nor could they access their direct messages
Twitter users were unable to properly use the social media site on Wednesday night after a series of “internal and external” problems.
Users on Elon Musk’s site realized they could no longer follow accounts or access their direct messages — while the platform experienced a slew of widespread technical issues.
The company tweeted from its “support” account: “Twitter may not work as expected for some of you. Sorry for the trouble. We are aware and are working to resolve this.
Elon later admitted, “Several internal and external problems at the same time today. Should be back on schedule later tonight.”
Musk said the app was experiencing a slew of technical issues on Wednesday
A sign at Twitter headquarters is shown in San Francisco, December 8, 2022
Users first noticed the problem when they tried to send tweets and received a message that they had reached their ‘tweet limit’.
According to DownDetector, there was a spike in the number of people saying they were having problems with the social media site around 6 p.m. EST.
While Twitter has for years limited the number of tweets an account can send, it sends 2,400 per day — or 100 per hour — far more than most regular human-controlled accounts on the platform send.
Users also had issues when they tried to follow another Twitter user, receiving a “You can’t follow more people at this time” message with a link to the company’s follow limit policy.
Twitter’s long-standing limit on the number of accounts a single user can follow in a single day is 400 – again, more than a regular Twitter user would normally reach in any given day.
It’s not clear what caused Wednesday’s meltdown. But Musk assured users that everything would work again later in the evening.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Elon Musk broke the world record for amassing the biggest losses on his personal fortune in history — swiping £135 billion ($165 billion) from his fortune between November 2021 and December 2022, according to Guinness World Records.
It comes after share value in Musk’s electric car company Tesla crashed by about 65 percent after he bought Twitter last year, a move that spooked investors.
The losses surpass the previous record of £47 billion set by Japanese technology investor Masayoshi Son in 2000.
In December, Bernard passed Arnault Musk – now worth around £152 billion – as the world’s richest person.
The figures were based on those of publisher Forbes.
Guinness said Musk’s actual losses could be higher than the figure given.
His acquisition of Twitter for £36 billion sparked investor concerns. Musk paid insufficient attention to Tesla.
The estimated loss is based on the value of his shares, which could recover their value. The value of Tesla stock fell about 65 percent in 2022.