Twitter goes down in a big blow to Elon Musk. The microblogging platform is experiencing a breakdown in India.
As the Twitter offices close on Friday for a large-scale layoffs, Twitter fell in for Indian users. On the morning of November 4, many Twitter users reported problems with the microblogging site saying they were unable to log into their accounts. The problem seems to be for the web version of the website. But the app seems to work fine. A popup that says “Something went wrong, but don’t worry – try again” appears when the feed page first loads.
Many users have reported this matter on the online fault monitor DownDetector. At its peak, there were over 143 reports of this issue. It is not known why this problem occurred at this time. The matter is still ongoing at the time of writing, with about 92 new reports popping up every minute.
Twitter is going down in India
“I can’t access Twitter and get an error message… Something went wrong, but don’t worry – let’s give it another chance. Try again,” wrote one social media user.
The outage reportedly started around 3 a.m. and saw a relatively large spike around 7 a.m.
Meanwhile, thanks to Elon Musk, Twitter has been in the news for other reasons as well. Last week, he took control of Twitter and fired the top executives.
He has also started mass layoffs today. According to an unsigned internal memo seen by The Verge, Twitter employees were notified in the email that the layoffs would begin.
Employees will receive an email on Nov. 4 at 9:00 a.m. PST confirming whether they have been fired or not, according to the internal memo, which also states that access to employees’ Twitter offices will be “temporarily closed”.
“We recognize that this is an incredibly challenging experience to go through, whether you are affected or not,” the memo reads.
“Thank you for continuing to adhere to the Twitter policy that prohibits you from discussing confidential business information on social media, with the press or elsewhere,” the memo added.
Musk is expected to cut about half of Twitter’s roughly 7,500 employees.
Musk has already indicated he would be cutting jobs at Twitter, telling employees at a town hall meeting this summer that there needs to be “a workforce rationalization” on the social network.
In April, Twitter accepted Musk’s proposal to buy the social media service and make it private. However, Musk soon began to cast doubt on his intentions to honor the agreement, claiming that the company had not sufficiently publicized the number of spam and fake accounts on the service.
In July, in a surprising turn of events, Musk, who had long expressed his interest in buying Twitter, ended the deal. The Tesla CEO did this by claiming that Twitter violated their mutual purchase agreement by misrepresenting the number of spam and fake bot accounts on its platform.
After Musk released the deal termination announcement, the market saw a sharp drop. Later, Twitter sued Musk, accusing him of using bots as a pretext to make a deal. Again, last week, Musk confirmed that he would proceed with the buyout of Twitter at the originally agreed price of $54.20 per share.