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(NEW YORK) — Only six weeks after experiencing a widespread outage, Twitter went down again Thursday for most users.

At around 11 a.m. ET, Twitter users started to see their streams come to a screeching halt and were not able to send 140-character messages. Twitter confirmed to ABC News that it was aware of the outage and that its engineers were looking into it.

Twitter attributed the outage in June to a “cascaded bug” in one of its infrastructure components. In other words, major technical difficulties.

As of February, the Pew Internet and American Life Project reported that “some 15 percent of online adults use Twitter, and 8 percent do so on a typical day.”

Twitter is expected to see increased traffic from the upcoming Olympic games. NBC and others have partnered with the social media service to share news, links and videos.

Google’s Talk service also experienced an outage today.

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