Square Outage Leaves Millions Of Small Businesses Unable To Run Transactions

Square did not offer an explanation for the widespread outage nor did it state when engineers expected systems to be up and running again.

  • Popular small business point-of-sale (POS) system Square experienced a massive disruption on Thursday that prevented millions of its customers from conducting business.
  • An estimated 64 million small businesses use Square to facilitate credit card transactions, pull sales reports, review profit percentages, and manage inventory.
  • A disruption that began midday on Thursday, however, left those customers without the ability to run their businesses effectively unless clients paid cash.
  • Despite hundreds of people taking to social media to complain about the severe interruption, Square did not acknowledge the issue until Thursday evening.
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