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Twitter 'irregularity' causing widespread outage

Twitter was experiencing an outage affecting users around the world Thursday evening.

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Twitter was experiencing an outage affecting users around the world Thursday evening, the result of an "irregularity with Twitter APIs," the company said on its website.

Technology-tracking website Down Detector saw an increase in reports of a Twitter outage starting about 5:30 p.m. ET.

The social media platform said Thursday that it had trouble with its internal system and didn't have any evidence of a security breach or hack. It later said that the issue was caused by an inadvertent change it made.

"Twitter should be working for everyone within the next few hours," the company said around 8:15 p.m. ET Thursday.

Of the nearly 200,000 reports received on Down Detector, 50% of issues were reported on Twitter's web platform, 33% on iOs and 16% on Android.

Twitter posted it was investigating the outage at about 6 p.m. ET and updated 35 minutes later to say the investigation was continuing.

Down Detector's outage map showed the majority of reported outages at about 7 p.m. ET were in the United States, England, the Netherlands and Japan.

This story will be updated.