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Many Twitter users were unable to post to the site for about 90 minutes Wednesday afternoon and received a message that read, “You have exceeded the daily limit for sending tweets.”
Tweets could also not be posted from mobile phones. A message appeared saying “Tweet not sent,” followed by “We’re sorry we couldn’t send your tweet. Would you like to try again or save this tweet as drafts?” Users were also unable to send or load Direct Messages.
Service was mostly available again a few minutes after 6:00 p.m. ET, although direct messages were still not widely available. Internet tracking service Downdetector showed that the number of users filing Twitter problem reports skyrocketed from around 4:30 p.m
While the website was down, users were able to tweet by scheduling their posts using the calendar icon at the bottom of the message field.
Twitter hasn’t announced an update to its daily limits, and the glitch appears to be the result of a temporary glitch, based on a tweet from the company later in the day.
“Twitter may not be working as expected for some of you,” the company wrote via the Twitter support account. “Sorry for the inconveniences. We are aware of this and are working to fix the issue.”
The company did not respond to a request for comment.
According to Twitter’s website, the company limits the number of tweets people can send to 2,400 per day. The daily limit for direct messages is 500.
Twitter CEO Elon Musk has laid off around 80% of the company’s workforce since acquiring the company in late October. According to internal records viewed by CNBC, Twitter now has around 1,300 active employees, including fewer than 550 full-time engineers by title.
The company also recently closed a data center in Sacramento, California, to cut costs, the New York Times reported in late December.
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