The places where Twitter really breaks

As reports arrive hour after hour of mass resignations, Office closingsemergency meetings, general market chaos, and former Twitter employees A warning of impending trouble, and users across the United States are preparing for the imminent death of the platform. Reasonable enough, given that Mass departure You’ve already hit the teams responsible for traffic, content management, front-end and back-end engineering, content management, 24/7 on-demand technical assistance, community management, system libraries, story curation, trust and security policy, and user information. The infrastructure has proven robust enough that the entire social network hasn’t collapsed — at least, not yet. What might happen instead, like some ex and digital seducers observers We’ve seen, that constant bugs and glitches will pile up without enough teams working to fix them.

Already, Twitter’s user bases outside the US are experiencing these issues. Twitter is very slow in India, Indonesia and many other countries. Elon Musk tweeted on Tuesday. “This is a fact, not a ‘claim’. It’s common for 10-15 seconds to refresh headline tweets. Sometimes, it doesn’t work at all, especially on Android phones. Only question is how much delay is due to bandwidth/response time/application.” This isn’t a new problem: Indian desktop users reported major service outages even earlier this month.

Musk may be acknowledging the concerns here, but he’s also ridding his company of people who already do Know what to do about it. If you think U.S. job cuts and departures are bad — and they are — you should see how Musk has cleaned up homes in other countries. Twitter’s services were emptied for the entire continent of Africa just four days after it opened its Ghana office. About 90 percent of Twitter’s employees in India, which makes up the website’s third-largest market, were also left without jobs. According to Rest of the World, “the company has laid off practically all of its marketing and communications teams” across Southeast and East Asia, while sweeping layoffs have also hit offices in Mexico and Brazil. These regions have some of the largest number of Twitter users; These are the countries where the application is launched a enormous Function In national discourse, activism, politics and culture. Not coincidentally, they are also the places where tweeters have reported slowdowns in UX in general, errors while logging into the service, and Accounts restricted by mistake.

No two Twitter experiences (or feeds) are alike, and some user reports of website errors in different countries Thursday night were He admitted himself jokes. But as posters gathered to mourn what came at the catwalk — an occasion Musk celebrated as “The highest level of Twitter usage ever—there seemed to be a higher than usual number of network outages around the world. Hundreds of such reports arrived that night alone from major countries like Singapore, India, Brazil, Mexico, Pakistan and South Africa, according to data collected by Downdetector. These, of course, are Some of the countries where misinformation and disinformation are rampant, where censorship and lockdowns occur routinely, and where dedicated knowledge workers are desperately needed to stave off such disasters.They are also countries that really love football, leading some fans to worry about what might happen across the board. The Internet during the kick-off of the World Cup on Sunday.

In July, Twitter experienced its worst global outage in years, with services completely unavailable everywhere for about three hours. If it took so long to fix the network when Twitter still had a workforce of 7,500, what will happen when the next outage occurs and only a few thousand take over?

Obviously, that wouldn’t be where Musk is directing his energy. The day after the company’s collective resignation, he was tweeting about it New features: “unpublish” and demonetize “negative/hate tweets”, and reinstate the suspended accounts of Kathy Griffin, Jordan Petersen, and Babel Bee (though not Donald Trump or Alex Jones). The New York Times further reported that Musk was “considering shutting down one of Twitter’s three major US data centers”, which would leave the remaining servers “with less spare computing capacity in case something fails”. (Which easily could have happened!) This, despite the fact that after Musk executed his own round of layoffs, no one was left to watch the servers at Twitter in New York, warming the room they were housed in. Wifi capacity. “Breakdowns happen slowly and they build up,” one employee told The Washington Post.

It makes sense, then, for Australia’s internet regulator to work with fellow government departments in Fiji, Ireland and the UK to “develop new laws against abuse, harmful content and illegal material on social networks,” the Canberra Times reported this week. (The The official account of the French Embassy in Fijifor one, is getting ready to quit Twitter altogether.) After all, someone has to keep an eye on the service while Elon Musk continues to mess things up — though the prospect of such regulation also raises complex questions about free speech.

For whatever it was worth, every time I tried to search for Musk’s tweet and invite users to it Scroll on Twitter for commentary on this weekend’s World Cup, I was constantly told that the tweet is now unavailable. a lot for this, and then.

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