Twitter users getting unusual notifications

Donna Miller
October 17, 2018

On Tuesday, people received some strange-looking push notifications from Twitter on their phones at around 12:30 p.m.

Devoid of any context, Twitter users were quick to question what it all meant.

In fact, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey himself confirmed he too was getting the notifications, posting a tweet to reassure users that they were aware of the problem.

Is "2e1f6171d05a409e9531a2b139d69928: 14" an error, or a much more valuable clue?

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A few minutes later, Dorsey tweeted that the issue had been fixed and that his team was trying to understand "why it happened". In a tweet, it said that the alphanumeric strings were basically the code Twitter uses to talk to your phone.

Twitter's support account later explained that the red bubbles that appear alongside notifications were being shown as numbers as code, not in their intended form. It's fixed, we're good. The issue caused these notifications to become visible for a short period of time.

Clicking through on notification simply takes you to the Twitter app, with no actual tweet or message popping up.

The unusual development was apparently widespread, as even Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that the same thing was happening with his own account and that he was "on it" in an attempt to diagnose the cause.

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