X, formally known as Twitter, was hit with a worldwide outage – the second time the platform has crashed in 24 hours.
Issues appeared around 10am ET and plagued the website, app and server connection – but the glitch appeared to be fixed about one hour later.
Users reported posts were not loading properly – the same problem they experienced on Monday.
Tuesday’s outage came as Musk said he would start charging everyone to use X.
X, formally known as Twitter , was hit with a worldwide outage – the second time the platform has crashed in 24 hours
DownDetector, a site that monitors online outages, showed the outage was hitting major cities across the US, including Boston, New York City and Los Angeles.
Other countries like the UK and parts of Europe and Asia were also experienced problems.
DownDetector showed a majority of users were experiencing issues with the website, followed by the app and server connection.
What triggered the outage is unknown.
Users saw error messages that read: ‘Something went wrong, but don’t fret – it’s not your fault.’
Musk revealed Monday that ‘the only way to protect against bot accounts’ is to charge everyone who uses X – but ‘a small monthly payment.’
Users report posts were not loading properly – the same problem they experienced on Monday
Tuesday’s outage came as Musk said he will start charging everyone to use X
X currently charges $8 a month for its Blue Membership, which gives paying users the verification checkmark and access to premium features.
It is unclear how much Musk would charge for those without the blue tick and what benefits they would receive.
Musk revealed his plans to charge users during a live-streamed conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
‘I’d say the single most important reason we’re moving towards having a small monthly payment for the use of the X system is that it’s the only way I can think of to combat vast armies of bots,’ Musk said.
‘A bot costs a fraction of a penny, but if somebody has to pay a few dollars or something… you have to get a new payment method every time you have a new bot.
‘Prioritizing posts that are written by X premium subscribers, we’re actually going to come up with a lower tier pricing.
‘We want it to be a small amount of money.
‘It’s a longer discussion, but in my view, this is the only defense against vast armies of bots. As the AI gets really good it’s getting better at passing the captcha tests than humans.’
However, Musk’s news has sparked a movement among X users who are not threatening to delete their accounts if they are forced to pay.
‘The day Twitter becomes a pay only service is the day I move on,’ one person wrote on X.
Another added: ‘I am done with Twitter the minute Musky tries to charge me for spending a minute here. Find me on Threads. It’s free.’
‘If Musk starts to charge for twitter, I’m out of here,’ some else chimed in. ‘Start using Threads exclusively. Twitter will lose a few hundred million of users.’