Twitter experienced an outage that began on the evening of Thursday, 15th October 2020. Many users across the world reported problems sending tweets and refreshing their timelines.
However, not long after, things began returning to normal as tweets began to cross timelines. The cause of the outage is unclear but while users were unable to send tweets, they could send DMs.
“We have no evidence of a security breach or hack, and we’re currently investigating internal causes,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. Twitter also posted a similar message to its status page and on the @TwitterSupport Twitter account.
Twitter has been down for many of you and we’re working to get it back up and running for everyone.
We had some trouble with our internal systems and don’t have any evidence of a security breach or hack.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) October 15, 2020
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Many Nigerians who had been anticipating that the government would shut down its internet due to the calls to #EndSars and #EndPoliceBrutality initially feared the worst had come. However, armed with a VPN and calling friends across the world, they realised it was a general thing.
Shortly before the outage, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey @Jack had lent credence to the #EndSars protests and amplified the protests with a Twitter Icon. Many people thought that the government would try to retaliate.
It’s however apparent that the Nigerian government does not have the required sophistication to take down the microblogging site. Their websites aren’t even up to date and under hijack by the famous hacking group, Anonymous. Therefore, it will be a tall order to believe they can hijack Twitter.
Twitter’s last major outage happened in February 2020. However, users could post tweets by scheduling them. This wasn’t the case in this outage. All is back to normal now and Twitter has been up and running since.
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