Social network Twitter experienced an outage on Thursday, July 11th, when some users could not access the messaging service for an hour.
Site users had a “something is technically wrong” message, and app users saw a “tweets aren’t loading right now” message. According to Twitter’s status website it was due to an “internal configuration change.”
The outage happened during President Donald Trump’s social media summit at the White House, a forum where the conservative critics of Silicon Valley were expected to air their complaints. Trump, however, who has more than 60 million followers on Twitter, and uses the platform extensively, nonetheless has complained that it suppresses some political viewpoints, and Twitter was not invited to the summit, AFP reported.
And in an article recently published in the North Western Business Review, Twitter’s status as an important new political arena was examined, and its impact on politics was investigated during former President Barack Obama’s first campaign. And its new ability to rally citizens to an unprecedented extent, as shown from Obama’s regular activity on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Part of the success of his campaign is credited to his commitment to using these platforms.
Twitter has also played a significant part in Trump’s 2016 presidential election as he successfully used it to engage the electorate. As a single tweet can shape political conversation and drive media coverage, and “Twitter’s enforced brevity ensures that more people make it to the end of the message, a 140-character statement takes only moment to read and retweet,” according to the Review.
This is the second time this month that a social platform has witnessed an outage problem, Facebook experienced a break of several hours, due to what the company said was a bug, which was triggered by a maintenance operation.