Updated 14:30, 15:05
Users were forced to avoid using the service’s website and instead to use third-party applications, after a series of malicious security exploits spread like wildfire over the microblogging platform.
Shortly after noon, users began seeing large chunks of blacked-out text in timelines, which – when hovered over by users mistaking the message for blacked-out formatting – automatically filled the ‘New Tweet’ space on the page and tried to post the message.
The rapid proliferation of such malicious messages across the site that the Twitter security staff were forced to issue a short-notice update to the site, so as to stop such tweets from constantly republishing themselves.
Perhaps ironically, one version of the bogus “link” purported to direct to a fictional site called a.no – or, if read aloud, “Ah No”. Naturally, no such site exists.