‘This place is falling apart!’ Twitter’s latest glitch is logging out desktop users without warning – and won’t let them log back in
- Twitter users are complaining that they have been logged out of their accounts
- They are then unable to log back in through the desktop website, twitter.com
- This is the latest in a line of glitches that have plagued the site since February
Twitter has inexplicably been logging desktop users out of their accounts and refusing to let them back in again.
This is the latest in a long line of glitches that have overcome the platform since Elon Musk took over as CEO last year.
The platform suffered a number of outages in March, where users were unable to send tweets or view photos, and the billionaire himself admitted the site was ‘so brittle’.
In February, it was struck with a ‘number of internal and external’ issues, meaning users were told they had hit their tweet or follow limit without actually doing so.
Coincidentally, that was the month that Musk laid off 200 employees, bringing Twitter’s workforce down to under 2,000.
Twitter has inexplicably been logging desktop users out of their accounts and refusing to let them back in again. This is the latest in a long line of glitches that have overcome the platform since Elon Musk took over as CEO last year
The issue does appear to have largely subsided on its own, as Down Detector received its peak number of problem reports at about 21:00 last night
He began slashing Twitter staff in November last year, sending home 3,700 of the initial 7,500 employees.
READ MORE: Twitter suffers outage just days after fresh layoffs
Musk tweeted in reference to the newest job cuts at his company
At the time, Musk defended the decision, saying: ‘There is no choice when the company is losing over $4mn/day.’
Currently, no incidents have been reported on Twitter’s API Status Page, but this is contrary to what users are experiencing.
Last night, one user tweeted: ‘I literally got logged out as I was logging in. This place is falling apart.’
Another added: ‘As the editor of a website that covers fashion, I absolutely love to be logged out of desktop Twitter 2 hours before the Met Gala starts and unable to get back in.’
Twitter is yet to acknowledge the latest outage, responding with only a ‘poop’ emoji to a request for information from The Verge, as has become customary with Musk’s regime.
However, Twitter user @RecDTRH claims that the glitch is because the platform is ‘is giving people a corrupt cookie’.
‘Clear your cookies and try again,’ they wrote.
The issue does appear to have largely subsided on its own, as Down Detector received its peak number of problem reports at about 21:00 BST last night.
Down Detector gets network status updates from various sources including social media and reports submitted to its website.
A frustrated user wrote: ‘I literally got logged out as I was logging in. This place is falling apart’
Logging everyone out may have been a way to prevent a hack that brought back a user’s ‘legacy’ blue tick from working going forward (stock image)
Yesterday, many Twitter users started implementing a hack which let them bring back their ‘legacy’ blue tick, after losing it last month.
Legacy badges were those instated prior to Musk’s takeover of the platform, and let people know that an account of public interest was authentic.
Now, a tick simply indicates that an account is paying up to £11/month for the Twitter Blue subscription service, as all legacy ones have been removed.
However, users discovered they could go to ‘Edit Profile’ and click ‘Save’ to bring their legacy tick back, but this only worked until they refreshed the app.
Logging everyone out may have been a way to prevent this hack from working going forward, or the two could be unrelated.
Since becoming Twitter’s CEO, Musk has pushed for Twitter Blue as a way to increase the site’s revenue, and getting rid of legacy ticks was one way of doing so.
When Twitter Blue was first rolled out, users took advantage of the fact they were able to essentially buy a blue tick, and began impersonating famous people and corporations.
This forced the second richest man in the world to halt the verification process, but not before worried advertisers pulled their contracts.
In March, he admitted that his platform is now worth less than half of what he paid for it, but has since confirmed the company is ‘roughly breaking even’.
THE LONG ROAD TO ELON MUSK’S TWITTER TAKEOVER – AND THE CHAOS THAT FOLLOWED
Musk’s takeover of Twitter all began on April 4, when Musk disclosed a 9.2 per cent Twitter stake, becoming the company’s largest shareholder.
The world’s richest person then agreed to join Twitter’s board, only to balk at the last minute and offer to buy the company instead for $54.20 per share.
Twitter accepted the offer later in April, but the following month Musk said the deal is on hold pending a review of bot accounts.
His lawyers then accused Twitter of not complying with his requests for information on the subject.
The acrimony resulted in Musk telling Twitter on July 8 he was terminating the deal, and four days later, Twitter sued Musk to force him to complete the acquisition.
Twitter accused Musk of buyer’s remorse, arguing he wanted out of the deal because he thought he overpaid.
On October 4, Musk performed another U-turn, offering to complete the deal as promised. He managed to do that one day ahead of a deadline to avoid a trial.
Since becoming owner, Musk – who also runs Tesla and SpaceX – has wasted no time making significant changes to Twitter, including firing top execs and dissolving the board of directors.
He’s also confirmed going to make Twitter users pay $8 per month to have a blue tick next to their account name, calling the current ‘lords and peasants’ system ‘bulls**t’.
Musk previously mulled a $20 per month blue tick verification fee, but appeared to lower the cost following criticism from horror author Stephen King;, among others.
Musk has also already specified his intention to form a content moderation council with ‘widely diverse viewpoints’.
‘No major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes,’ he said.
He has also reportedly brought more than 50 of his Tesla staff who were mostly working on the electric car company’s autopilot team to review and work on code for Twitter.
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