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Twitter suffers global crash on White House Social Media Day

On the day Trump hosts right-wing media at the White House, his go-to social media site Twitter (which was not invited) crashes.

Twitter suffers global crash on White House Social Media Day
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Twitter is down for millions of users around the world. The cause, for now, is unknown, as is the exact number of users affected.

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DownDetector.com says things started to go wrong at around 2:46 p.m. Eastern Thursday.

Currently, the Twitter website is greeting users with an error message reading “Something is technically wrong. Thanks for noticing—we’re going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon.”

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In the mobile app, the error message reads “Tweets aren’t loading right now.”

In a statement Twitter said: “We are currently investigating issues people are having accessing Twitter.”

The outage comes on the same day that President Trump is holding his Social Media Summit at the White House. Twitter is Trump’s go-to platform for spreading information and disinformation about his administration and for blasting his critics and political enemies. But the president has also accused Twitter of arbitrarily reducing his follower numbers and censoring conservative voices.

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Twitter was not invited to the summit, nor were Facebook and Google.

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Fast Company Senior Writer Mark Sullivan covers emerging technology, politics, artificial intelligence, large tech companies, and misinformation. An award-winning San Francisco-based journalist, Sullivan's work has appeared in Wired, Al Jazeera, CNN, ABC News, CNET, and many others.

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