Twitter went down for millions as users reported a range of issues with the platform – from links not opening to images stopping loading and more – because there was only one person handling the platform’s application programming interface (API). Was.
When users click the link, they are greeted with a cryptic error message that “Your current API plan does not cover access to this endpoint”.
Images also stopped loading and some users said they could not access TweetDeck.
About 85 percent of users had problems with the web version of Twitter, while 13 percent had problems with the mobile platform.
In a tweet, the company said that “some parts of Twitter may not be working as expected right now.”
The company’s support account tweeted, “We made an internal change that had some unintended consequences.”
According to the platformer, the change in question was part of a project to close free access to the Twitter API.
Last month, Twitter announced that it would no longer support free access to its API.
This eliminated the existence of third-party clients and greatly limited the ability of outside researchers to study the network.
As The Verge reports, the change had wide-ranging consequences inside the company, leading to a reduction in public-facing APIs as well as Twitter’s internal tools.
Musk tweeted on Tuesday: “A small change in the API had massive implications”.
“The code stack is extremely brittle for no good reason. Will eventually require a complete rewrite,” he posted.
There have been at least six high-profile Twitter outages this year as Musk furloughed thousands of employees handling APIs and code.
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