Twitter announced late on Sunday that an issue, which prevented many users from signing into the social networking site from desktop computers as well as through third-party mobile applications, has been resolved.
The company had earlier confirmed on its official blog that engineers were working on fixing the problem, which stopped some users from accessing the microblogging site through online and mobile apps, including Twitter for Android, Echofon and Twitterific. The issue also caused tweets that were posted using Tweetdeck to be backdated by almost a year, TechCrunch reported.
The issue that prevented some users from signing in to Twitter has been resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience: http://t.co/7BlGvFMC3e
— Twitter Support (@Support) December 29, 2014
“This issue was due to a bug in our front end code, which has been patched. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this,” Twitter said.
While Twitter has not said what exactly caused the outage, a Twitter user -- @AnonyPress -- posted a picture that suggested the company’s servers might have assumed the date to be Dec. 29, 2015, which likely caused the forced log-out for many users.
— Anonymous (@AnonyPress) December 29, 2014
According to another Twitter account @TheAnonMovement, which appears to be related to the hackers group “Anonymous,” the issue was an internal server error and was not linked to any cyberattack.
— Anonymous (@LatestAnonNews) December 29, 2014
Many Twitter users took to Reddit late on Sunday to complain about the sign-in issue, which reportedly did not affect users of Apple's iOS operating system.
“I'm sitting beside a Twitter employee... he was wondering why he was logged out of his Android account. He just logged in through his corporate laptop and it's working for him there. Twitter is aware people are being forcefully logged out,” a Reddit user wrote.