The issues appeared to begin right around the same time that Twitter experienced a surge in tweet activity related to the death of Breonna Taylor, leading to some speculation that Twitter was censoring tweets around a grand jury’s announcement this afternoon.
Twitter acknowledged the technical issues but denied they were related to any specific topic. Reached for comment, a spokesperson referred Fast Company to the following tweets.
Earlier today, a grand jury indicted Brett Hankison, a former Louisville, Kentucky, police detective, on three felony counts of “wanton endangerment in the first degree,” a decision that immediately drew criticism. Neither Hankison nor the other officers involved were charged with actually causing Taylor’s death.