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 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.
Most users were impacted by a service outage when accessing Twitter via web and mobile apps. Service is restored. Thanks for your patience!— Twitter Support (@Support) March 11, 2014
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.
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