22 Jun '12, 1am

Twitter Downed by Bug

Twitter blamed an internal error for a large outage that took the popular microblogging service offline for a couple of hours today. The outage began after noon Eastern Time, before service was briefly restored to its 140 million+ users about an hour later, only to go down for a second time just a half hour later. By 2:08 p.m., it was all systems tweet, leading to #WhenTwitterWentDown and #WhileTwitterWasDown becoming trending topics in the aftermath. "Today's outage is due to a cascaded bug in one of our infrastructure components," the company said shortly after service had been restored, emphasizing that the site wasn’t hacked. The cascaded software bug caused a failure across other systems, which lead to an outage or slowdown for the entire service, Twitter explained "One of the characteristics of such a bug is that it can have a significant impact on all users, worldwi...

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