2. March 2024

Twitter Outage Hits as Jack Dorsey Launches Decentralized Social Network

• Twitter suffered another outage on March 1 as thousands of users flagged issues with the platform.
• Jack Dorsey’s new project, Bluesky, went into beta testing at the same time.
• Reports indicate that users in different parts of the world experienced issues including “Following” and “For You” feeds not displaying any tweets or content.

Twitter Outage

Thousands of Twitter users were unable to view tweets on March 1st due to an outage, while Jack Dorsey’s decentralized social network, Bluesky, grabbed attention online. Data from Downdetector showed thousands of issue reports from Twitter users from 9 am UTC. 59% of the reported problems were from mobile app users, while a further 35% of issues were flagged by website users.

Cause Of Outage

Twitter is yet to issue any updates on the cause of the outage but various reports indicate that users in different parts of the world experienced issues with their “Following” and “For You” feeds not displaying any tweets or content.

Layoffs

The New York Times reported that a further 200 employees had been retrenched from the company over the weekend since Musk took over the social media platform. Product managers, data scientists and engineers were among those who were let go by the company and staff numbers have gone down from over 7,500 to under 2,000.

Bluesky Beta Testing

The outage took place as Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s new project was going into beta testing called Bluesky which is a decentralized social network alternative for people who are tired of big tech companies controlling their information online.

Resolution

Issues slowly started being resolved over a five-hour period however Twitter has still not issued any updates on what caused this widespread disruption across all platforms and devices used to access their service.