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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

[Twitter glitch - fixed] Some users were unable to tweet, got an error message or were locked out

A few of the people I follow on Twitter have mentioned that they've been unable to tweet when using the desktop version of Twitter and it turns out they're not alone.

Twitter's issued a status update for Tue Feb 10th 2015 (sent '18 minutes ago' which I'm reading at 00.28pm UK time on Wed 11th Feb) which acknowledges that

Some users unable to Tweet 18 minutes ago

We are aware of an issue where some users are unable to Tweet and have received a notice telling them they’ve been locked out. 
Our engineers are currently investigating this issue.

Examples of errors seen include

Locked account
"Your account has been locked. Your account appears to have exhibited automated behaviour that violates the Twitter Rules. To unlock your account, please click the button below and confirm that you are the valid account owner. [Unlock my account]"

Unable to tweet
"This request looks like it might be automated. To protect our users from spam and other malicious activity, we can't complete this action right now. Please try again later."

I've been able to tweet from desktop Twitter during this glitch (though I've only sent replies to people, no 'new tweets'), but those who did have difficulty seemed to be able to send tweets from Tweetbot for iOS or Twitter for Android, but this might not be particularly reliable information if the glitch crops up somewhere else.

Oh, and as I am about to press 'Publish', it appears to have been solved (I am now reading this at 00:36) and am making the post title reflect the 'past tense' status of this glitch :)

Some users unable to Tweet 28 minutes ago

[ Update 16:21 PST ]
Between 15:18 and 16:11 PST today, some users were unable to Tweet and received a notice telling them they’ve been locked out.

This issue has now been fully resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this.

We are aware of an issue where some users are unable to Tweet and have received a notice telling them they’ve been locked out. 
Our engineers are currently investigating this issue.




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