Twitter users have seen their fair share of erratic policy changes and weird bugs lately, but today they can’t even tweet through it.
Many users reported that they were suddenly unable to tweet on Wednesday, starting around 2 p.m. PT. Right now, the bug appears to be affecting all non-scheduled tweets. Tweets that were scheduled previously or ones scheduled moving forward still seem to get through, from our testing. The error is consistent across the web and mobile versions of the app.
On mobile, users are seeing an error stating that Twitter wasn’t “able to send your Tweet.” On web, users are seeing an error informing them that they’ve exceeded the tweet limit — a message that suggests this could be an error or bug related to Twitter’s API rate limit configurations somehow.
Twitter actually does have a daily tweet limit but you won’t exceed it until you cross the threshold of 2,400 tweets in a single day. Based on the experience of having tweeted zero times today before receiving the error, something appears to be quite wrong on the platform at the moment.
Another error is apparently preventing users from following new accounts and many Twitter users report seeing a pop-up notifying them that they “are unable to follow more people at this time.”
Many users are also reporting problems with sending direct messages on Twitter. When we tried to send a test DM for this story, the page failed to load and displayed an error message. Twitter client TweetDeck also stopped working on Wednesday afternoon but it’s not yet clear if the problem is related. All told, the platform is barely usable right now, though outbound non-scheduled tweets appeared to be functioning for some people again by around 5 p.m. PT.
Twitter acknowledged the widespread issues on Wednesday but has yet to offer specifics about what was wrong or when it would be resolved.