If Twitter goes down, who is there to tweet about it?
More than 24,000 users on downdetector.com reported problems accessing Twitter, as of 3:20 p.m. ET. The outage-tracking site's live map showed many parts of the United States, Europe, Japan and parts of South America affected.
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“We are currently investigating issues people are having accessing Twitter,” a message on Twitter’s status page said at 2:58 p.m. ET. “We will keep you updated on whats happening.”
A later update at 3:56 p.m. ET said the outage "was due to an internal configuration change, which we're now fixing. Some people may be able to access Twitter again and we're working to make sure Twitter is available to everyone as quickly as possible."
At 5:10 p.m. ET, an update on the status page announced that Twitter was "now back up for most people. We're working to get to 100% soon."
But around 7 p.m. ET., it appeared the social media platform was briefly down again.
Another message posted on the status page at 7:45 p.m. ET said Twitter "will be undergoing scheduled maintenance during this time."
A Twitter spokesperson reiterated in a statement to NBC that the company will post future updates on its own status page.
Last week, Facebook experienced an outage on its social media platforms, which include Instagram and WhatsApp.
The Twitter outage came the same day President Donald Trump was scheduled to meet with right-wing internet personalities, who the White House said would show "how they have been affected by bias online." Disinformation experts said the event aimed at legitimizing internet trolls and harassers, NBC News reported.