Twitter was gradually returning to normal Thursday evening after a worldwide blackout of two good hours a priori of a technical nature, an incident which the social network would have gone well after a controversy over its management of a political article in the middle of the presidential campaign American.
“Twitter has been a mess for a lot of you and we’re working on getting everyone back to normal,” the California group tweeted.
“We have had issues with our internal systems and have no evidence of a security breach or computer attack.”
At around 7:00 p.m. it was possible to perform certain actions, such as retweeting a message, but many users were still unable to send a new tweet. They continued to receive the message displayed when the outage started.
“Something went wrong, but don’t worry. Try again, ”the network told several users who tried to tweet.
On the Downdetector site, reports of Internet users banned from using the platform were coming in from all over the world, particularly from densely populated areas in the United States and Japan.
The outage appears to have started around 4:30 p.m.
“We are continuing to monitor the situation, which appears to be returning to normal,” the application programming interface said at 7:11 p.m.
This outage came at the wrong time for Twitter.
The social network has suffered since Wednesday morning the anger of the American right and many observers, unhappy that the platform has decided to block the sharing of an article based on pirated documents and compromising for Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, given a winner by most polls.
The platform giants regularly experience large-scale outages.
Twitter had experienced an hour-long one in July 2019, an hour-long one a year ago, and yet another last February.
But these technical failures worried users much less than computer attacks.
In July, the Twitter network was the victim of a spectacular cyberattack: the accounts of American personalities, including Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama as well as the founders of Amazon (Jeff Bezos), Microsoft (Bill Gates) , and Tesla (Elon Musk), were hacked.
Messages posted to 130 accounts in all, most of them quickly deleted, gave Internet users 30 minutes to send $ 1,000 in bitcoins in order to earn double that value in return.
Several young Americans, aged 17 to 22, have since been charged. They reportedly targeted a handful of Twitter workers through a phone phishing operation to obtain their credentials.
In September 2019, the blue bird platform also faced a brief, but embarrassing attack: the account of Jack Dorsey, boss and founder of Twitter, had been hacked and insulting or racist messages had been posted in his name. .