Fasten your seatbelts, we are going through a turbulent area. Instability continues at Twitter, with another outage disrupting service for an hour on Monday, the third in less than a month.

While access to Twitter wasn't cut off this time, web links, images, lists, or all experienced issues, with an error message stating, "Your API subscription doesn't include access at this point."

"Some features of Twitter may not work as expected. We made an internal change that had unintended consequences," the network said at 18:19 p.m. (Paris time), as many users reported problems. Everything returned to normal after 19:00.

A small API change had massive ramifications. The code stack is extremely brittle for no good reason.

Will ultimately need a complete rewrite.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 6, 2023

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"A small change to the API had massive ramifications. The code is very fragile for no good reason. It will have to be completely rewritten," Musk said.

End of free API access

The API is the programming interface that allows third parties (developers, researchers, etc.) to connect to Twitter data, for example to create bots (automated accounts) and services.

Last month, Twitter announced the end of free access to its API, ostensibly to fight spam and bad actors, with a basic subscription offered at $ 100. Faced with the anger of small developers, Elon Musk had partially backtracked, ensuring that a basic non-paid access would be kept for bots "offering free quality content".

Since he bought Twitter, Elon Musk has taken very aggressive steps to cut costs. Nearly three out of four employees have been laid off or resigned. A data center near Sacramento was closed, and another in Atlanta was reduced. And Twitter hasn't paid some of its bills to Amazon Web Services, according to The Information.

According to Plateformer, on February 8, an employee had accidentally deleted data on the maximum number of tweets allowed, causing a vast outage, which lasted several hours because the team taking care of these functions... no longer exists.

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