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#TwitterDown: Mass Outage Hits Millions of Twitter Users The outages began early Thursday morning.

By Emily Rella

entrepreneur daily

Where do people turn to when Twitter is down?

It's a question Twitter's millions of users asked early Thursday morning when the site unexpectedly shut down for around 40 minutes.

According to DownDetector, users cited issues with the site around 7:58 a.m. when 5,286 reports of the social media platform being down were recorded, peaking at 8:13 a.m. when around 29,050 users reported outages.

The service resumed around 8:40 a.m. when Tweets began posting and loading.

#TwitterDown was still one of the top trending topics on the website as of 10:00 a.m., with hundreds of thousands of users posting memes and jokes about the earlier outages.

Twitter Support acknowledged the outage on its account around 9:10 a.m. EST.

"Some of you are having issues accessing Twitter and we're working to get it back up and running for everyone," the company said. "Thanks for sticking with us."

Thursday's outages come at a contentious time for the company, which sued billionaire Elon Musk on Tuesday for dropping out of his bid to acquire the company for an estimated $44 billion. The social media giant is hoping to bring the deal to completion.

Twitter has not yet revealed what may have caused the mass outages.

Twitter was down around 48% in a one-year period as of Thursday morning.

Emily Rella

Entrepreneur Staff

Senior News Writer

Emily Rella is a Senior News Writer at Entrepreneur.com. Previously, she was an editor at Verizon Media. Her coverage spans features, business, lifestyle, tech, entertainment, and lifestyle. She is a 2015 graduate of Boston College and a Ridgefield, CT native. Find her on Twitter at @EmilyKRella.

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