The social network site Twitter went offline across swathers of the globe on Tuesday.
The technical issues appeared most prevalent in Europe, according to external monitoring sources.
The Twitter problem page began to make its unwelcome appearance on web, mobile and API (application programming interface) at around 10.00am CET with services sporadic at best into the late afternoon.
Twitter confirmed the outage by tweet, but tens of thousands were unable to see the tweet as Twitter was down.
DownDetector.uk, a Twitter monitoring service, claimed the site was down across Britain, France and Germany,
Japan also reported outages but users in other Asian countries said their Twitter service was operating normally.
Users from Scandinavia, Spain and South Africa also reported problems, but it also appears that the blackout was never total.
Third time in a week
It is the third time in less than seven days that the social network, which is currently struggling with a collapse in its stock price, has experienced outages. Previous events took place on January 15 and 18.
Some users may have recently experienced issues accessing Twitter on mobile & web. The issue has now been resolved. https://t.co/RqMBy115xc— Twitter Support (@Support) 15 Janvier 2016
Some users may have recently experienced issues accessing Twitter on mobile & web. The issue has now been resolved.— Twitter Support (@Support) 18 Janvier 2016
Some users are currently experiencing problems accessing Twitter. We are aware of the issue and are working towards a resolution.— Twitter Support (@Support) 19 Janvier 2016
Despite the downing he top trending hashtag on the website was, wait for it, #twitterdown.