OpenAI Resolves ChatGPT Outage Amid Global User Disruption

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  • January 16, 2024
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OpenAI Resolves ChatGPT Outage Amid Global User Disruption

On January 11, 2024, ChatGPT, a flagship AI tool developed by OpenAI, faced a significant service disruption, affecting users worldwide. This incident, characterized by an ‘Internal Server Error’ and slower page loadings, led to a notable interruption in the tool’s availability and functionality.

Commencing around 3:00 AM ET, the outage rendered ChatGPT inaccessible to many users globally. Both the web and mobile versions of ChatGPT were impacted, disrupting the workflows of numerous individuals and businesses. The issue was categorized as a “partial outage” by OpenAI, indicating degraded service rather than a complete shutdown​​​​.

During the partial shutdown, users faced challenges such as unresponsive pages, very slow load times, and loss of chat histories. This disruption was especially felt by Plus users and those who have integrated ChatGPT into their daily workflows and business processes​​​​​​.

The exact cause of the outage was not immediately provided by OpenAI. However, some tech experts speculated that the issue could be related to ChatGPT’s viral growth, overwhelming its servers, or technical difficulties from recent upgrades aimed at handling increased traffic. The outage highlighted the vulnerabilities and dependencies on artificial intelligence systems, underscoring the need for robust infrastructure and redundancy measures​​​​.

OpenAI acknowledged the interruption in service on its status website and social media channels, identifying it as a “partial outage” and communicating ongoing efforts to resolve the issue. However, by 10:44 AM ET, the company had resolved the issue.

The outage came shortly after OpenAI launched the GPT Store, a platform for users to create and share custom versions of ChatGPT. This development, along with the introduction of a new ChatGPT Team subscription tier, marked significant strides in OpenAI’s AI offerings. However, the timing of the outage raised questions about the preparedness of the infrastructure to handle such expansions.

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