Twitter went down late Sunday evening, a little more than 24 hours before Election Day in the United States.
The site stopped just before 10 p.m. PT on Sunday. I first noticed the outage on Tweetdeck; the website and mobile app don’t work for me, either. Down For Everyone Or Just Me notes that Twitter is down; people were posting about the outage on Facebook.
It’s not clear what is causing the problem. We’ve reached out to Twitter for more details and will update this post when we hear back. Update: Twitter was back online for me at 10:18 p.m.
Twitter had an outage last month, but was part of large group of sites like Amazon, Spotify, Reddit, and others that also suffered from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
Those sites were working Sunday evening, so it seems this is isolated to Twitter.
Given that Election Day is Tuesday, this week is perhaps the most crucial time in Twitter’s history, at least in terms of how many users will be engaged with the platform, and the impact the site could have.
Twitter has played an important role during this election season, particularly concerning the presidential candidates, both of whom are active on the site.
Twitter was front-and-center already this weekend, as Donald Trump reportedly had his Twitter access revoked by campaign staffers. President Barack Obama called Trump out on Sunday, noting that “if somebody can’t handle a Twitter account, they can’t handle the nuclear codes.”
Update, 10;25 p.m.:
Here’s some of the chatter on Twitter about the outage:
A little over 6 years ago yet, when it comes to news, not much has changed… https://t.co/dX41ArRMIR
— Chris Sacca (@sacca) November 7, 2016
Where did you go, Twitter? This is a terrible time to go down!
— Katie Jacobs Stanton (@KatieS) November 7, 2016
How do we talk about Twitter going down if Twitter is down?
— Nadeshot (@Nadeshot) November 7, 2016
OH MY GOD I CAN FINALLY TALK ABOUT TWITTER BEING DOWN ON TWITTER THANK GOD
— JP (@itmeJP) November 7, 2016
oh my god twitter is down on the last monday before the election its happening whatever it is its happening
— jomny sun (@jonnysun) November 7, 2016
When Twitter’s down, I feel disconnected from the world. There are literally zero other good places to check what’s happening *right now*.
— dustin curtis (@dcurtis) November 7, 2016