Twitter suffered a disruption on Wednesday, leaving tens of thousands of users around the world unable to access the popular social network or use its key features for several hours before the services appeared to be available again.
It’s the first widespread disruption to Twitter’s service since billionaire Elon Musk took over as the company’s CEO in late October.
Downdetector, a website that tracks outages through various sources, including user notices, showed more than 10,000 affected users from the United States, about 2,500 from Japan and about 2,500 from the United Kingdom at the time of the greatest disruption.
Most of the notices came from users who claimed to have had technical problems accessing the social network through the web browser.
Twitter’s outage notices dropped dramatically Wednesday afternoon, according to the website, with some users later commenting that service had returned to normal.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment and the social network’s status page showed that all systems were operational.
Musk tweeted later Wednesday that “significant changes had been made to the backend server architecture” and that “Twitter should go faster,” but his message made no reference to the downtime flagged by users.