Some Twitter users say they have been locked out of their accounts

Some Twitter users said Monday that they were unable to log into their accounts via web browsers, the latest complaint of a technical issue since CEO Elon Musk cut several service employees.

The increase in reported issues began around 3 p.m. ET and lasted about three hours, according to Downdetector, a company that monitors complaints about online services.

Other ways to access Twitter, such as apps on mobile phones, appear to be unaffected.

“Desktop Twitter” was among the top trending topics on Twitter in the US as people found other ways to post and express their frustration with the service. Some people have posted screenshots to Twitter asking them to create new accounts to get back into it.

It was not immediately clear what caused the outage. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the complaints, and Musk did not tweet about them until 6 p.m. ET.

The reports echoed an episode in early February, when some people said they got error messages when they tried to post to Twitter.

Musk, who bought Twitter for $44 billion six months ago, has laid off the majority of its staff as he tries to contain costs and pay down debt.

Some former employees said the cuts were taking a toll on the reliability of Twitter, which relies on a complex network of extensive computer servers and algorithms.

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