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Twitter suffers major outage due to 'complications' during planned deployment

Social network downed for almost an hour
Wed Mar 12 2014, 10:54

MICROBLOGGING WEBSITE Twitter suffered a major outage affecting most of its users on Wednesday, which it blamed on "unexpected complications" during a planned deployment.

At around 6pm UK time on Wednesday, Twitter went down hard. The service was out of action for over 45 minutes, leaving users unable to access the social network via desktop or mobile apps.

Twitter is currently down for maintenance

Twitter has since admitted that the downtime affected the majority of its 250 million plus users, and said that the outage occurred due to "complications" during a software deployment.

Twitter explained further on its service status website, "During a planned deploy in one of our core services, we experienced unexpected complications that made Twitter unavailable for many users starting at 11:01am.

"We rolled back the change as soon as we identified the issue and began a controlled recovery to ensure stability of other parts of the service. The site was fully recovered by 11:47am PDT. We apologize for the inconvenience."

Awkwardly enough, the outage occurred just as Twitter co-founder Biz Stone took to the stage in Austin, Texas, to speak at the South by Southwest Interactive festival (SXSW), the annual gathering of information technology enthusiasts that helped propel Twitter to national fame in 2007.

It also comes just days after Twitter's last outage, which occurred on 2 March after some celebrities posted a selfie on the microblogging website during the Oscars. µ


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