CLEVELAND - The social networking site Twitter had a wide-spread outage Thursday afternoon, and said a bug in its system caused it.
According to the website downrightnow.com , the website twitter.com went down at about noon, referring to it as a major service disruption.
The status page for Twitter reported this information: “Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue.”
Our attempts to access the service, including through mobile apps, were unsuccessful.
The site appeared to resume full functionality a little more than an hour after the outage started, but went back down again.
NewsChannel5 received an email from a hacker group claiming it took down Twitter’s site via what's called a "denial of service" attack, but Twitter said that’s not the case.
“Today's outage is due to a cascaded bug in one of our infrastructure components. We'll provide updated information soon,” posted the company on its blog.
In the early days of Twitter, the site would show a "fail whale" image when capacity was exceeded, but the site did not load at all during Thursday's outage.
If you're a heavy Twitter user, how are you getting by without the 140-character updates from your friends and connections? Chime in via the comment box below.
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