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Taco Bell's free taco giveaway may prove too popular for the fast food chain's website and mobile app. The website and app were unavailable to many users, according to social media reports.

At 9 pm On EDT Tuesday, the following message appeared on the Taco Bell website: "WE EXPERIENCE HIGHER THAN NORMAL TRANSPORT."

At around 9:20 pm, the message was removed and the site appeared to allow online ordering.

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From 2pm to 6pm. In local time, consumers could receive the giveaway, but had more time to use the deal when ordering via Taco Bell's mobile app or website.

Taco Bell's technical difficulties occur days after the nationwide drop in Target's registries on the same day as a Google Calendar outage.

"The only thing people love more than tacos are undoubtedly free Doritos Locos tacos," Taco Bell said in a statement to the US TODAY. "The overwhelming excitement of our fans caused delays online redemptions, so we're working hard to get the affected fans to get the free tacos we promised."

Social media comments

"Online orders have not worked, and I'm hungry I go to @Wendys, "wrote the Twitter user @ pmunoz50 .

"I just tried to get the free taco for lunch, and your iOS app was a complete mistake loaded so slowly If at all, and I could not even go through the checkout. Do not bother with these app actions if they can not handle the traffic. @tacobellcare, Twitter users @rybo213 tweeted.

"That's great and all, pity that you can not even order on the app or website." The price of the taco comes with the app So it's fun to have a free taco worth $ 2 worth of effort. " @ Ziggy4532 wrote. [19659021] Follow Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko

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