Twitter Users Encounter Error Message


Twitter app on a phone | Image by Sattalat Phukkum

Twitter users were experiencing technical difficulties for a short period on Monday, as links and images prompted an error message across the entire platform.

When clicking on a link, an error message read, “Your current API plan does not include access to this endpoint, please see https://developer.twitter.com/en/docs/twitter-api for more information,” according to a report from Engadget. 

Twitter users also encountered an error message when clicking on the link, and other users received a similar message when accessing TweetDeck, Engadget reported. 

Images on the timeline were also disrupted.

As of 11:43 p.m. CST, the service appeared to be fully restored, the outlet noted. 

It was the second significant disruption on Twitter after suffering another outage less than a week ago. The technical problem came shortly after Twitter laid off dozens more employees, according to Engadget.

“Some parts of Twitter may not be working as expected right now. We made an internal change that had some unintended consequences,” Twitter shared on its support account. “We’re working on this now and will share an update when it’s fixed.” 

Elon Musk chimed in after venture capitalist Marc Andreessen tweeted a screenshot of multiple Twitter topics trending about its disruption. Musk responded by saying, “A small API change had massive ramifications. The code stack is extremely brittle for no good reason. Will ultimately need a complete rewrite.” 

Some users and industry insiders questioned Twitter’s ability to run efficiently after Elon Musk took over the company in October and fired thousands of employees, according to Engadget. 

Between the time Musk took over Twitter and late January, the outlet reported that 80% of Twitter’s full-time employees had left the company. 

On November 18, Melissa Ingle, a senior data scientist contractor whom Musk laid off, claimed to the MIT Technology Review, “There’s just not enough technical expertise anymore to keep the site running,” and predicted the site would not last through the month. 

While Musk quelled that notion, the latest disruption may spark continued conversation as to whether Twitter’s headcount can meet the demands of its ambitious owner. 

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Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson
20 days ago

Is this a newspaper or an old paper? This story is as stale as Rudy Giuliani’s breath.

Also, people are still using Twitter? Are they still using dial-up as well?