Twitter’s data center knocked out by extreme heat in California
The social media company said it lost a “large amount of data and network service” in the last 24 hours. It had a backup power supply, but that “did not fully restore service,” it said in a statement.
Twitter’s outage is the latest in a string of large outages for tech companies hit by extreme weather events. Facebook, Twitter and Apple were among the companies taking down some users’ feeds and suspending others after lightning strikes in Texas earlier this month.
Some of the tech’s biggest names, including Google and Microsoft, saw an outage of their services last week following heavy rain in India that left millions of people in the country without access to electricity. In late January, Facebook had to shut down a vast swath of its global operations as Hurricane Florence approached the U.S.
The outage is the second at Twitter, whose service was first knocked out on Wednesday, a day after it was hit by California’s statewide power grid failure.
The Twitter outage wasn’t the only sign of extreme weather across the U.S. that day.
But those were the “large amount of data and network service” Twitter lost, its spokesman said in a statement. It was not immediately clear exactly how much data was lost, but the issue was compounded by the outage of its own data-transfer system. The company first said in the last 24 hours it lost a “large amount of data and network service” but later reported it had a backup power supply, but that did not “fully restore service.”
A spokesman for Twitter said the company was able to “recover a small amount of service and data.”
The company did not immediately have an estimate of how long Twitter had been down.
The outage is the second major one for Twitter over the last month — the first was in late January after the company’s chief of engineering Mike Vols made a public call for Twitter to be prepared for the worst. In that outage, Twitter’s