Users to the popular microblogging website Twitter were locked out of their accounts for around an hour on Thursday.
Visitors to the Twitter website were greeted with a message from Twitter warning that something is technically wrong. It told users it was in the process of fixing it and that things will be back to normal soon.
The problem appeared to occur in the afternoon on Thursday with Downdector, the website that tracks Internet outages, starting to see reports at 11:46 a.m PT. According to the Website, most of the outages reported were in Western Europe and the U.S. It started working again around 3:45 p.m. ET.
In a tweet, Twitter said the service is back up "for some people" and that the company is working to ensure the service is available to everyone as quickly as possible. "The interruption was due to an internal system change, which we're now fixing. We’re sorry for the inconvenience and should be at 100% soon," the tweet read.
Outage Came Same Day White House Held Social Media Summit
The outage on the part of Twitter comes shortly after other popular social media sites had to contend with problems that brought down their sites temporarily. Earlier in July Instagram suffered a technical problem that prevented users from around the globe from sharing images and videos for the majority of the day. Instagram also suffered outages in June.
Ironically Twitter was down during President Donald Trump's social media summit at the White House in which guests, which didn't include Facebook and Twitter, met to discuss social media. The White House didn't release the names of the attendees but according to media reports it included far-right media personalities and some who had promoted conspiracy theories online.
Before Twitter went down President Trump tweeted: "A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination, and suppression practiced by certain companies. We will not let them get away with it much longer. The Fake News Media will also be there, but for a limited period.."