Users are reporting an error from Twitter that prevents them from logging into their accounts. While the social media company has no commented on the issue, it appears to be caused by a bug that is causing the Twitter servers to believe that it is already the year 2015.
Twitter has only so far confirmed that some users are experiencing problems logging into their accounts, but did not provide a reason for the issue. Its engineers are currently trying to track down the problem, but a coder who took a look at the Twitter login traffic noted a peculiar problem with the time stamps. The servers appear to think that it is the 29th of December 2015, a whole year ahead of time. While it might be a smaller error, little things like this tend to wreck havoc with authentication systems and prevent people from logging into accounts.
I MITMed Twitter for Android's login to see why it was failing.
The Twitter servers think it's 2015. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/iEu4rEUub9
— @Ninji@wuffs.org (@_Ninji) December 29, 2014
Other users who have managed to remain on Twitter have noted that tweets posted today are being recorded as happening 365 days ago, which would at least confirm the server date problem.
It shouldn’t take long for Twitter to get things working again, but it would be safer for those who are currently unaffected remain logged in and avoid the option to logout.