Twitter faces second outage in a week, Musk blames “brittle” code stack
Twitter was partly broken on Monday, the second such outage in less than a week. Several users reported problems with links and images on the platform. The social network didn’t load images properly and also didn’t let users view links. An internal code change caused the issue that lasted for more than an hour. CEO Elon Musk said Twitter’s code stack is “extremely brittle” and needs rewriting.
“Some parts of Twitter may not be working as expected right now. We made an internal change that had some unintended consequences. We’re working on this now and will share an update when it’s fixed,” the company tweeted at 12:19 pm ET/9:19 am PT on Monday. Less than an hour later, it tweeted again: “Things should now be working as normal. Thanks for sticking with us!” According to Ookla’s web monitoring tool Downdetector, users started reporting issues with Twitter at around 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 am PT (via). The issues lasted for almost two hours.
Twitter didn’t elaborate on the cause of the problem. But it appears the company made some changes to its API and ended up breaking something. “Your current API plan does not include access to this endpoint, please see https://developer.twitter.com/en/docs/twitter-api for more information,” the app’s error message read when users clicked on any links. The social network blocked free access to its API last month, breaking many third-party Twitter clients. It plans to launch a paid version.
Twitter CEO blamed ‘brittle” code stack for this outage
Elon Musk, meanwhile, blamed Twitter’s code stack for giving in easily. “A small API change had massive ramifications. The code stack is extremely brittle for no good reason,” he tweeted about Monday’s issues. “Will ultimately need a complete rewrite,” the Twitter CEO added. While Musk may be speaking the truth, the social network has been facing more issues than before since he took over the company last year. The new owner has fired more than 80 percent of the company’s global workforce. The remaining staff seems to be finding it difficult to maintain the platform.
Last week, thousands of Twitter users around the world reported issues with timelines and other parts of the app. That was preceded by another glitch that blocked users from following others last month. Around the same time, some people also saw an error saying they were over their “daily rate limit”. A similar problem surfaced in December as well. At this rate, we wouldn’t be surprised if Twitter faces more downtime in the coming weeks. We will keep you posted.