Major outage hits Twitter service in US, parts of Europe -AFP.

Twitter went down this afternoon for at least tens of thousands of users around the world. After about half an hour, the social network appeared to be returning for some users.

Thousands of people in the UK and the United States complained to the web monitoring service Down Detector. There had been 29,266 complaints by 1.30pm UK time, and 54,994 in the United States. When loading the site, the page displayed an error sign and asked users to try again. Most reported problems were to do with accessing the Twitter app and website.

Soon after it began to return.