Twitter Experiences Several Outages Amid Mounting Elon Musk Tension

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Twitter experienced several different types of outages today, including broken links, buffering images, and a shut down of Tweet Deck, which allows users to plan their tweets to send in advance. This comes after mounting pressure on the social media platform, from the ongoing House Oversight Committee hearing to CEO Elon Musk laying off hundreds of employees and insisting to be followed around by bodyguards at all times.

The outages caused uproar on the popular social media app today, particularly for journalists and media professionals who need to post outbound links and images throughout the day.

One user took to the platform to post a controversial image of Elon Musk standing next to Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell is the ex-girlfriend of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was recently convicted of sex trafficking alongside the late Epstein. The image spoke volumes to many on the character of Musk. Many felt it was particularly ironic due to Twitter’s long standing role as the preferred social media for journalists to distribute news, while Maxwell kept her trafficking a secret for decades.

Musk previously acquired the bulk of his wealth through his cofounding of Tesla, a luxury electric car, artificial intelligence, and clean energy company. Musk’s status as the richest person in the world has ethically come into question lately, primarily over the several changes he’s made at Twitter.

Musk has laid off hundreds of skilled engineers who were with the company for years. He also notably changed the verification process, so that now, any user can buy their way into a blue check mark. The verification process was previously involved a stronger vetting process, and many users have feared for the spread of misinformation in the months since this policy change.

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While Musk does have experience investing in the tech industry, he has little experience with the ethics of social media. Twitter has become a contentious space since Musks’s purchase, and today’s blackouts have many users feeling that Musks’s alleged poor company management and delegation of tasks are what led to the failures.

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The outages opened the floodgates for a barrage of criticisms for the app’s typical functions, and of Musk’s broken promises. One such promise was for users to receive a share of the ad revenue that they generate.

Workplace tensions as a result of the company shake up are reportedly at an all time high. Musk has become so paranoid about the potential of employees raising a “coup” that he has hired two bodyguards to follow him throughout company headquarters.

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While the outages have now been fixed, many feel that they still reflect greater issues present in the company.

Others point to Musks’s other business ventures, which have been financially successful, but not always safe for users.

Elon Musk offered an explanation for the debacle on his own Twitter account, but tech experts say that the errors still could have been avoided with proper internal testing.

 

The controversy around Twitter continues to swirl, and more and more former employees are speaking out regarding the whirlwind of layoffs.

Elon Musk seems to always fire back aggressively at critics, including the BBC.

Musk is yet to face legal repercussions for the layoffs, outages, or numerous other issues with the platform.

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