Twitter is down for at least tens of thousands of users around the world this afternoon.

After about half an hour, the social network started to come back for some users.

Thousands of people in the UK and US have complained to web monitoring service Down Detector.

By 1.30pm UK time there had been 29,266 complaints and 54,994 in the US.

Users in other countries, including Mexico, Brazil and Italy, have also reported problems.

When loading the site, an error sign appeared on the page and users were asked to try again.

Most of the reported issues were related to accessing the Twitter app and website.

Soon after that they started to return.

This is Twitter’s first major outage since problems in the US in February due to a technical error.

October 4, 2021 FacebookInstagram and Whatsapp became unavailable for six to seven hours.

The failure was caused by the loss of IP routes to Facebook servers.

On Saturday Elon Musk has pulled out of a deal to buy Twitter for $44bn (£36.5bn).

Tesla’s CEO reached a deal to buy Twitter in April, but began expressing doubts after spam allegations.

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