Twitter’s micro-blogging platform suffered a major global outage Thursday.
Twitter Inc. (TWTR) – Get Twitter Inc. Report suffered a major outage Thursday, blocking access to thousands of users, as the social media group navigates its controversial $44 billion takeover deal with Tesla (TSLA) – Get Tesla Inc. Report CEO Elon Musk.
Downdetector, which tracks outages across major internet platforms around the world, said it had received more than 54,000 reports on Twitter from U.S. users by 8:20 am Eastern time. The first reports, collated from users, noted at around 7:44 am Eastern time, with subsequent complaints coming from countries such as the United Kingdom, Italy and Brazil.
Twitter suffered its longest outage, which it put down to an “internal configuration change,” in 2019 that kept the micro-blogging website dark for more than an hour.
Twitter share were marked 0.2% higher in pre-market trading amid reports of the outage, indicating an opening bell price of $36.82 each.
Part of the Twitter support may be linked to an upgrade from analysts at Rosenblatt Securities, which lifted its rating on the group to “buy” from “neutral”, calling the stock “an unusually appealing near-term opportunity, in a market otherwise hammered by macro concerns.”
Rosenblatt noted that Twitter, which sued Elon Musk earlier this week for attempting to back out of his $44 billion takeover proposal, could leverage its case in the Delaware Chancery Court.
Musk said last week he was ‘terminating” the deal and accused Twitter of hiding the true extent of so-called ‘bot’ accounts on the platform and failing to co-operate with his requests to audit them.
“Twitter’s disclosure of very detailed efforts to explain its spam bot calculations to Musk, and Musk’s reluctance to engage, largely ends our skepticism about Twitter, and instead makes us skeptical about Musk,” said Rosenblatt analyst Barton Crockett.
Noted short seller Hindenburg Research said Wednesday it had accumulated a ‘significant’ long position in Twitter, noting that its court case poses a ‘credible threat’ to Musk’s business empire.
Securities and Exchange Commission filings published in late April indicate that Musk, by some measures the world’s richest man, will be required to pay a $1 billion termination fee if his effort to buy Twitter and take it private fails.
Twitter is also required to pay Musk a similar amount, the filings indicated, although both sides will have the option of walking away if the takeover isn’t completed by October 24. Twitter is also able to accept — but not solicit — a superior bid to Musk’s if one is proposed.