Twitter suffers widespread outage, shares down

Shares of Twitter Inc. traded lower on Thursday after users across the globe reported issues with accessing the microblogging platform.

“We are currently investigating issues people are having accessing Twitter,” a company spokeswoman said.

Twitter, however, did not provide any details on the outage.

Outage tracking website Downdetector.com showed that there are nearly 70,000 incidents of people across the globe reporting issues with Twitter.

The site also showed a series of outage reports starting at 1846 GMT, concentrated in Europe, North America and Japan.

Users trying to access Twitter saw a message saying: “Something is technically wrong.”

The outage occurred as US President Donald Trump convened what he called a “social media summit” where conservative critics of Silicon Valley were expected to voice grievances.

Trump, who has more than 60 million followers on Twitter and uses the platform extensively, nonetheless has complained that it suppresses some political viewpoints.

Earlier this month Facebook experienced an outage of several hours due to what the company said was a bug triggered by a maintenance operation.

Shares were last down nearly 1% at $37.12 in afternoon trading. (Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva)

— With a report from Agence France-Presse

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