Thursday, February 9, 2023

Twitter is scrambling to restore service as many users are unable to tweet

 Additionally, when accounts attempted to follow another Twitter user, they encountered difficulties, receiving the message "You are unable to follow more people at this time" and a link to the company's follow limit policy.

Numerous Twitter users were unable to tweet, follow accounts, or access their direct messages on Wednesday due to a slew of widespread technical issues on the platform owned by Elon Musk.

For some of you, Twitter may not be working as expected. I'm sorry for the hassle. From its "support" account, the company tweeted, "We're aware and working to get this fixed."

The company's press account did not respond to an email seeking additional information Wednesday afternoon. Twitter's media relations department has been eliminated.

When users attempted to send tweets and received a message stating that they had reached their "tweet limit," they became aware of the issue for the first time. Although the number of tweets an account can send has been limited by Twitter for years, the limit is 2,400 per day, or 100 per hour, which is significantly more than the majority of regular, human-run accounts send on the platform.

Additionally, when users attempted to follow another Twitter user, they encountered difficulties and received the message "You are unable to follow more people at this time" along with a link to the company's follow limit policy. The maximum number of accounts a single Twitter user can follow in a single day has always been 400, which is more than a typical Twitter user would typically follow on any given day.

Since Musk fired most of the people who worked on keeping the platform running, experts and engineers at Twitter have been warning that the platform is at an increased risk of fraying. The cause of Wednesday's meltdown is unknown. Already in November, engineers who left Twitter explained to The Associated Press why they anticipate a great deal of discomfort for Twitter's more than 230 million users now that well over two-thirds of the core services engineers who worked there before Mushroom appear to have left.

Even though they don't anticipate a collapse in the near future, the engineers said that Twitter could get very rough around the edges, especially if Musk makes big changes without doing much testing off-platform.

In November, a Twitter engineer who had previously worked in core services told the Associated Press that engineering team clusters were down to three or four before even more resignations, from approximately 15 prior to Mush (excluding team leaders, who were all fired).

After that, additional institutional knowledge that cannot be replaced immediately left the building. The programmer warned, "Everything could fail."

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