A week after Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went down in South Africa and around the world, Twitter suffered similar problems on Thursday night.
From just before 21:00 on Thursday in South Africa, Twitter pages failed to update.
Twitter acknowledged a “service disruption” on its website, and later confirmed that the interruption was due to an internal system change:
Twitter is back up for some people, and we're working to make sure our 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. https://t.co/HXOiFVbgPK
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 11, 2019
The Twitter service appeared to be restored by 22:00 on Thursday night, and users were quick to comment on the impact of the outage:
When you log back on pic.twitter.com/seVApOZZp6
— Michael Batnick (@michaelbatnick) July 11, 2019
The network issues on Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram last week were likely caused by US internet-service hosting platform Cloudflare, technology analyst Arthur Goldstuck told Business Insider SA.
Last week, users were able to launch the Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram sites, but they couldn’t load content to the social media platforms. If someone tries to post something, an error message appears saying “Photo Can’t Be Posted”. Adverts on the platforms appear also not to be loading.
Twitter experienced similar problems on Thursday: The site was live, but tweets were not loading