SAN FRANCISCO – Some Twitter Inc users were unable to send tweets on Wednesday afternoon, instead getting an automated message saying they were “over the daily limit for sending Tweets,” even for users who hadn’t posted yet for the day.

The limit for tweets per day is currently set to 2,400, according to Twitter’s Help Centre. Downdetector, a site that tracks technical outages for apps, also showed a spike in user reports of trouble on the site, rising to 9,500 just after 5.30pm New York time.

“Twitter may not be working as expected for some of you. Sorry for the trouble. We’re aware and working to get this fixed,” tweeted Twitter’s support account on Wednesday.

Glitches also plagued other features within the Twitter app. Some users were unable to access direct messages, and others couldn’t follow additional accounts.

Tweetdeck, the feature for power users who like to manage multiple timelines at once, was also down for some people. 

Users have expressed concern about a widespread Twitter breakdown since billionaire Musk took over the social network last year and immediately fired 50 per cent of the company’s workforce.

Many of those who left Twitter worked on core infrastructure projects that help keep the site operational.

Some users and former employees openly fretted that such a sudden reduction in staff might lead to cascading product outages. BLOOMBERG

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