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Twitter is down for users around the world

[Update: Twitter appears to be functioning normally again after an outage that lasted around two hours.]

Twitter is down for users around the world, according to internet tracking company Downdetector.

It appears that the microblogging service started to suffer around 5:30 AM ET (2:30 AM PT) on Wednesday, March 1.

The outage appears to be affecting all platforms, and users are currently unable to see new tweets in their feeds or post messages to their followers.

It is not yet clear what caused the outage. Twitter has not yet acknowledged this issue on their website.

When major online services go down, many people usually turn to venting their frustrations to Twitter. In that case, they would have to go elsewhere.

The outage is one of several to hit Twitter since Elon Musk acquired the company at the end of last year in a $44 billion deal.

Since then, the new boss has come under fire for making sweeping job cuts at the San Francisco-based company — job cuts that some fear left the service vulnerable to an outage like this one.

The latest round of job cuts occurred in recent days when the company was reported to have laid off as many as 200 additional workers — about 10% of Twitter’s remaining workforce of 2,000, according to The New York Times. When Musk arrived on site last year, the company had 7,500 workers.

When the story came out, Musk tweeted: “Hope you have a good Sunday. First day of the rest of your life.” It is not clear if the two events were related or not, but some saw it as a farce aimed at those who had just lost their positions in the company.

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