The Twitter desktop app sees a spike in outages as metas threads ramp up

In this photo illustration, the Threads logo is shown on a smartphone with Elon Musk’s Twitter profile in the background. Elon Musk is the current owner of Twitter. Meta will release a social media app called Threads, which will be a competitor to Twitter. Threads is Instagram’s text-based conversation app.

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Twitter is also experiencing a wave of outages meta The brand new competitor Threads registers tens of millions of registrations.

Many Twitter users have been reporting outages over the past 24 hours, with problems appearing to be spiraling around 9:30 a.m. ET on Friday, according to data from the Downdetector website. Downdetector collects its data from users who detect malfunctions and report them to the service.

According to Downdetector, about 70% of Twitter outages appear to be related to the company’s desktop service. Only 13% were tied to the mobile app.

Twitter’s TweetDeck service, which allows users to manage multiple Twitter conversations, also experienced downtime in recent days after the company announced that only verified users can access it. However, the data shows that the main problem appears to be with the core Twitter app.

Meanwhile, the Threads app has seen 70 million signups just a day after its official release on Friday morning, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Threads post.

“We far exceeded our expectations,” Zuckerberg said of the app’s immediate popularity.

On Thursday, Twitter’s new CEO, Linda Yaccarino, who succeeded Elon Musk a month ago, tweeted that the company was “often imitated,” a clear reference to Threads.

Twitter has not commented on this story.

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