Twitter is temporarily affected by a major outage

(New York) A major outage temporarily affected access to Twitter Thursday, and many users around the world found themselves facing an error message, a new disruption to the social network already mired in a fight with Elon Musk.

Updated yesterday at 8:59

The extent of the outage was not immediately known and the platform did not respond to a request from AFP. But netizens in Canada, the United States, France, Iraq and Libya have reported that they can no longer access the platform.

Downdetector has identified nearly 55,000 reports of netizens being banned from using Twitter, the first appearing around 7:50 a.m.

“Tweets could not be retrieved at this time. Please try again later,” it was posted to users’ accounts.

The service appears to have been gradually resuming a little over half an hour after the outage began, with internet users seizing the opportunity to gently mock the network.

“I had the most productive 30 minutes in years. If not, it looks like Twitter is down for 30 minutes,” wrote on the platform @joelyagar.

Outages regularly disrupt digital platforms, with long service outages remaining the exception.

This technical hurdle comes at a sensitive time for the group, which this week entered into a legal battle with Elon Musk.

Twitter wants to force the billionaire to honor the agreement he signed in April, when he announced his intention to buy the platform for $44 billion, before withdrawing last week.

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