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Micro-blogging Giant Twitter Goes Briefly Down in Various Parts of the World for Nearly Half an Hour

The outage took place after WikiLeaks - the whistleblowing website responsible for releasing Hillary Clinton's private emails

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Washington, November 8, 2016: Micro-blogging giant Twitter was briefly down in various parts of the world for nearly half an hour early Monday morning, the media reported.

The outage took place after WikiLeaks — the whistleblowing website responsible for releasing Hillary Clinton’s private emails — claimed a cyber attack on its e-mail services, the Independent reported.

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The outage began at around 12.15 am (India time) on Monday and continued for around half an hour though reports suggested the impact varied from user to user.

The social media site did not confirm the loss of service via @twitter or @support.

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The outage was experienced shortly after WikiLeaks posted a message to its Facebook account claiming an ongoing denial-of-service (DoS) attack on its servers following reports of a brief outage.

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“We are still under a DoS attack on our e-mail publication servers and it appears that Twitter is down as well, we are unable to confirm if this is an attack on Twitter at this time,” the report said.

According to Downdetector.com, many Twitter users were still experiencing problems in Japan more than a couple of hours later. (IANS)

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A couple in the US has seen outpouring of support from thousands of people when they set out to raise money on Facebook for reuniting immigrant parents with their children, helping them raise $3.4 million in a matter of three days, the media reported.

Charlotte and Dave Willner, set a target of raising $3.75 million, the USA Today reported on Monday.

The money raised from the Facebook campaign, “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child,” is channelled to RAICES, a Texas-based nonprofit that provides free legal services to immigrants and refugees.

Over 83,000 people have contributed to the cause on Facebook so far.

“The funding we are receiving will save lives. It will keep people from being deported to unsafe countries,” Jenny Hixon of RAICES was quoted as saying.

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“It speaks to the outrage the cruel policies at the border have provoked. It honestly gives us hope in what has felt like a very dark time,” she added.

The US administration policy that separates immigrant parents from their children at the Mexico border has drawn criticism from different quarters, including the US First Lady Melania Trump.

According to the the Department of Homeland Security, nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families after illegally crossing the US border in April and May.

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Launched in 2017, Facebook’s fundraiser platform allows people to raise money for different causes, including personal causes.

Personal fundraisers allow people to raise money for a friend, themselves or a sick pet directly on Facebook.

The social media giant waived fees last year for nonprofit fundraisers. (IANS)