Twitter crashes in India, Indonesia and other countries.

As reports come hour after hour from mass layoffs, office closures, emergency sessionsand general Muskian mayhem, are ex-Twitter employees Warning of upcoming problems, and users in the United States are preparing for the impending death of the platform. Reasonable enough considering that massive exits have the teams responsible for traffic, content moderation, front and back-end engineering, content moderation, 24/7 technical support, community management, system libraries, story curation, trust and security policies, and user information , really hit . The infrastructure has proven resilient enough that the social network is unlikely to collapse completely — at least not yet. Which could happen instead, like some former tweeps and digital observer in my opinion, is that bugs and glitches keep piling up without enough task forces to fix them.

Twitter’s user base outside of the United States is already facing these issues. “Twitter is very slow in India, Indonesia and many other countries,” Elon Musk tweeted on Tuesday. “That’s a fact, not a ‘claim’. 10 to 15 seconds to update homeline tweets is common. Sometimes it doesn’t work at all, especially on Android phones. The only question is how much lag is due to bandwidth/latency/app.” This is not a new problem: Indian desktop users reported plenty of service disruptions earlier this month.

Musk may acknowledge the concerns here, but he’s also rid his company of the people who actually know what to do about it. If you think US job cuts and departures are bad — which they are — check out how Musk has cleaned up elsewhere. Twitter services for the entire African continent were scooped just four days after the opening of the Ghana office. About 90 percent of Twitter employees in India, the site’s third-largest market, are also unemployed. Corresponding rest of the world“The company fired virtually all of its marketing and communications teams” across Southeast and East Asia, while there were also widespread layoffs offices in Mexico and Brazil. These regions claim some of the largest number of Twitter users; The app is located in these countries plays a oversized role in national discourse, activism, politics and culture. Not coincidentally, they are also the places where tweeters have reported slowdowns throughout the UX, mistake while logging into the service, and incorrectly restricted accounts.

No two Twitter experiences (or feeds) are the same, and some user reports of website bugs in different countries on Thursday evening were himself admitted jokes. But there were posters about it mourn what has become of the platform– an occasion Musk called “All time high in twitter usage lol“ – there appeared to be a higher than usual number of network outages around the world. That night alone, hundreds of such reports came from important countries such as Singapore, India, Brazil, Mexico, Pakistanand South Africa, per data scraped by downdetector. These are, of course, some of the countries where misinformation and disinformation are most prevalent, where censorship and takedowns are routine, and where dedicated knowledge workers are most needed to avert such catastrophes. They are also countries that really like football, which makes some fans think so Worries about what might happen online during World Cup Kickoff Sunday.

Already in July, Twitter experienced its worst global outage in years, with services being completely unavailable everywhere for a total of almost three hours. If it took so long to fix the network in a moment when Twitter had 7,500 employees, what will happen when the next outage occurs with only a few thousand people on top?

Musk clearly won’t be directing his energies towards it. He tweeted about it the day after the mass corporate layoffs New properties: the “deboosting” and demonetization of “negative/hate tweets” and the recovery of suspended accounts of Kathy Griffin, Jordan Petersen and Babylon Bee (though not Donald Trump or Alex Jones). The New York Times further reported that Musk was “are considering closing one of Twitter’s top three US data centers‘, which would ‘potentially give the remaining servers less backup compute capacity in case something goes down’. (Which can easily happen!) This is despite the fact that after Musk’s own round of layoffs, there was no one left to monitor the servers at Twitter’s New York outpost leading to the room where they were housed overheat and affect Wi-Fi capacity. “Fractures are already happening slowly and piling up,” one Contributors to The Washington Post.

That makes sense then Australia’s online regulator works with other government agencies in Fiji, Ireland and the UK “to create new laws to combat abusive, harmful content and illegal material on social media,” the Canberra Times reported this week. (That official account for the French Embassy in Fiji(e.g., preparing to leave Twitter altogether.) After all, while Elon Musk continues to mess things up, someone needs to keep an eye on the service — even if the prospect of such regulation also raises complicated free speech issues.

Whatever it’s worth, every time I tried to dig up Musk’s tweet inviting users to do so Scroll Twitter for comments on this weekend’s World Cup, I was constantly told that the tweet is now unavailable. so much for that then.

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