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Twitter down briefly around the world

The social network took a hiatus on Tuesday just as many in the US were in the thick of the morning news cycle.

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For many users, Twitter vanished for a bit on Tuesday.

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For many people Tuesday morning, Twitter did a disappearing act.

Multiple users reported that the web site and mobile apps for the social network weren't working, or were in and out of service sporadically. The down time came as folks in the US were turning there for the latest news in the thick of the morning news cycle or were catching up on overnight posts.

As of 7:45 a.m. PT, Twitter said that the problem had been resolved. It tweeted that report, naturally.

The problem had started about an hour earlier. At 7:15 a.m. PT, outage tracker Downdetector.com showed a spike in twitter outage reports worldwide.

In January 2016, a Twitter outage lasted about six hours. Moments like those remind us all how dependent we've become on social media as a source of news and a place to broadcast our thoughts to the world.

First published April 17 at 7:17 a.m. PT.
Update 7:57 a.m. PT: Added statement from Twitter about the outage's resolution.