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Twitter is down sparking confusion across the world in the third major outage on Saturday.

The reason behind the latest failure is not yet known with first reports coming in late afternoon.

Website downdetector.co.uk's says a spike of problems were reported at around 1am.

They flattened out before spiking again between 1pm and 2pm and again shortly before 5pm.

It comes after millions of users were shut out of Twitter on Saturday as the social media platform suffered its second major outage in the space of only a few hours.

The monitoring site Downdetector recorded the second incident shortly after 1.30pm UK time.

It followed an hours-long outage in the early hours.

The issue appears to be worldwide.

Web users are being met with a message saying: “Something went wrong. Try again,”

App users are being met with an error screen reading: “Tweets aren’t loading right now”.

Some users are reporting they are unable to log in while others aren’t able to refresh their feed.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, some 40,000 users reported outages on the social networking site.

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In a tweet, Twitter Support wrote: “Tweets may not be loading for some of you. We’re working on fixing a problem and you’ll be back on the timeline soon.”

On April 8, social media websites and apps Facebook and Instagram mysteriously went down disrupting users around the globe,

The exact reason for the outage was not immediately reported with issues of people having problems accessing the platforms emerging at around 10.30pm.

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When users attempted to log on to Facebook an error message read: "Sorry, something went wrong.

"We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can."

While those using Instagram were presented with a similar message, which read: "Oops, an error occurred," or "5xx Server Error".

It comes nearly a month after people were unable to connect to Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for around an hour.

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The three social media tools, all owned by Facebook, failed across the world on March 19.

Social media users were also left unable to connect to the platform's own Messenger service.

A relieved Facebook user wrote on Twitter: "Relief after realising that I'm not the only one facing issues with Facebook."

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