Twitter users reported broad problems accessing the service Thursday afternoon across the U.S., Europe and other parts of the world, with the technical issues lasting for more than two hours.

According to DownDetector.com, reports of problems with Twitter began to spike just after 5:30 p.m. ET, and soared to over 53,000 complaints by 5:58 p.m. Those began to taper off about 20 minutes later.

In an update posted at 8:14 p.m. ET, Twitter’s communications team wrote, “The recent issue was caused by an inadvertent change we made to our internal systems. Twitter should be working for everyone within the next few hours.”

Earlier, a company rep told Variety, “We know people are having trouble tweeting and using Twitter. We’re working to fix this issue as quickly as possible. We’ll share more when we have it and tweet from @TwitterSupport when we can – stay tuned.”

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