Twitter is back after suffering surprise downtime related to API issues

A phone with the Twitter logo on the display, placed next to a cup of coffee and a keyboard
(Image credit: Nick Sutrich / Android Central)

Update (Mar 6, 1:20 pm ET): After about an hour of being down, Twitter should be working normally again.

What you need to know

  • Twitter was suffering from a variety of issues on Monday morning.
  • Users were unable to post images, and opening links returned an odd API error.
  • It seems the cause was related to Twitter's URL shortener service. 

If you've been waiting for your chance to start tweeting out pictures or sharing links, you're in luck. It appears as though Twitter is "working as normal", which has been confirmed by the official Twitter Support account

If you tried to log onto Twitter on Monday, chances were you noticed that the social media network was not only slow, but viewing or sharing any links or photos was practically impossible. As we learned, when tapping a link from Twitter, an error code would appear, stating that "Your current API plan does not include access to this endpoint."

After reports of the outage surfaced, Twitter Support eventually published a response stating that it was aware of the issues and that they were due to an "internal change that had some unintended consequences."

Twitter Support confirming isseus with the service

(Image credit: Twitter)

According to Ben Collins at NBC News, this outage could have been due to an issue with Twitter's built-in URL shortener and redirect service. Attempting to navigate to the service results in the same error message, including the same error code. 

Twitter images and links are not working

(Image credit: Ben Collins)

This is the latest in the recent series of issues plaguing Twitter, as we have seen various outages and an odd "daily limit" error message when sending a Tweet. Additionally, it's not limited to just those on the desktop or using either iOS or Android, as it's affecting all of Twitter.

Fortunately, the outage didn't appear to last for too long, and Twitter was quickly able to get things back on track.

Andrew Myrick
Senior Editor - Chromebooks and tablets

Andrew Myrick is a Senior Editor at Android Central. He enjoys everything to do with technology, including tablets, smartphones, and everything in between. Perhaps his favorite past-time is collecting different headphones, even if they all end up in the same drawer.