The social media giant X, previously known as Twitter, experienced a widespread outage globally, disrupting user access and functionality on the platform. The incident occurred early on Thursday, leaving users unable to view posts and encountering loading issues. Upon attempting to access the platform, users were greeted with the message “Welcome to X!”
X Pro, formerly TweetDeck, also faced loading problems, displaying a message that read “Waiting for posts.” The outage prompted frustration among users who turned to alternative platforms such as Facebook, Threads, Reddit, and Meta’s Threads app to share updates about the disruption.
Downdetector, a service that monitors online outages, reported over 77,000 users in the U.S. experiencing access problems with both X and X Pro during the peak of the outage. Meanwhile, in Pakistan, nearly 1,000 reports of outages were recorded before access to X was restored for users after 12 pm.
As of now, X has not released an official statement regarding the cause of the outage. The platform is currently grappling with various challenges, including an ongoing EU probe, criticism for its response to recent events, and a decline in value following Elon Musk’s acquisition in October 2022.
This recent outage follows a major incident reported by Downdetector in February, affecting thousands of users and involving issues with posting messages and sending direct messages. Internal documents reveal that Elon Musk’s company is now valued at less than half of the $44 billion he paid for it in October 2022. The successive challenges suggest a turbulent period for X, raising questions about its resilience and the impact of recent developments on its overall functionality and user experience.