Why is Nitter Down?

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

Nitter is a free and open source alternative Twitter front-end focused on privacy. It is a fast, lightweight Twitter client that works without JavaScript and doesn’t track your activity or show ads.

Nitter was working fine this morning, but suddenly stopped working (it has been like this for about 24 hours). The cause seems to be a change in the Twitter API that requires authentication and may block third-party clients, which is affecting many people who use services such as Tweetbot or Nitter.

Twitter’s rate limits are meant to prevent abusive data scraping and other forms of bot behavior. However, they’re not stopping the bad actors — they’re just limiting how often a person can request Twitter profile information. As a result, sites such as Nitter have been hit by the rate limit changes and some people have been complaining about them on Twitter.

Fortunately, it’s possible to still access Nitter by following the steps below:

First, try restarting your browser. This can help resolve a lot of technical problems, including issues with websites that are slow to load or not working at all. You can also try clearing the cache in your browser.

If you still can’t access the site, it may be a problem with your network connection or Internet service provider. In this case, you should try using a different device or network to see if the problem persists. Finally, if the issue is not resolved after trying all of these solutions, you should contact your Internet service provider for further assistance.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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