Twitter: Software update caused Tuesday’s outages

FILE - This Nov. 4, 2013, file photo, shows the icon for the Twitter app on an iPhone in San Jose, Calif. Some Twitter users had to do without early Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, after sporadic outages knocked the social media site offline in Europe. Reports of malfunctions began to appear in the U.S. as well, but it was unclear how widespread the outages were. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter says a misbegotten software upgrade interrupted service for about six hours on Tuesday.

The microblogging company is disclosing few details. But it issued a statement blaming what it calls “an internal code change” for the outage.

The glitch affected some users in Europe and the United States. Twitter says it fixed the problem by reinstalling the previous software.

It was the third Twitter outage in five days. The shutdowns come as the company seeks to convince Wall Street it can earn more money from its 320 million users worldwide. In a sinking market, Twitter stock has fallen about two-thirds from its April peak.

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