Twitter Goes Dark Hours Before Dueling Presidential Town Halls

Just as Twitter traffic was set to surge on a night of dueling presidential town hall events, the social media platform stopped working for many users.

“Something is technically wrong,” a message on the company’s corporate website said. “Thanks for noticing — we’re going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon.”

Users could see some of the usual features when the went on the platform, but the main feed displayed the message “Sorry, something went wrong” instead of displaying tweets.

Reps from Twitter did not immediately respond to a Deadline request for an update.

The website Down Detector said the problem was mostly on the network’s website but was also affecting the iPhone app. Geographically, the northeast U.S. appeared to be the hardest-hit, but California and other places on the map have been knocked offline, as has Japan.

Twitter has been a familiar refuge for President Donald Trump throughout his presidency, but especially lately, as he heads toward Election Day with a deficit in most polls. His overall level of tweeting has reached a crescendo in the final weeks of the campaign. Earlier in the day, he been railing against many of his usual targets — NBC, debate officials and Democrats — just before the outage hit.

NBC has resisted a fierce backlash from and has persisted in its plan to feature Trump in a town hall event, opposite one on ABC featuring Democratic nominee Joe Biden, forcing viewers to pick one to tune in.

The split plan developed in the absence of a regularly scheduled debate, which was scuttled when Trump declined to take part in a virtual event. Organizers had recommended a virtual approach due to Trump being infected with COVID-19. He refused, and his doctors have said he has since tested negative for the virus.

A groundswell of criticism of NBC has grown through the past couple of days, with Twitter hashtags and celebrity-driven appeals to the network to change course.

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