Twitter employee deactivates Trump account on last day

Ann Santiago
November 4, 2017

The account was unreachable for 11 minutes. The reason this happened? Twitter doesn't appear to have apologised for the error.

The account was down for 11 minutes, and Twitter is now investigating.

The story of President Donald Trump's Twitter account being temporarily deactivated by someone on their last day of work at Twitter is internet gold, isn't it?

Meanwhile, former Republican member of Congress, David Jolly, wrote: "Just gonna say it, the employee at Twitter who shut off Trump's account for 11 mins could become a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize". Anyone visiting his Twitter profile was met with the standard "account suspended" page.

It remains to be seen if Twitter will divulge anymore at this point, particularly since Trump has brushed off the issue.

And that they were "conducting a full internal review". Many Twitter users sent out screenshots of the temporarily nonexistent page.

It has declined further explanation, raising questions not only about its own safeguards but on Trump's heavy reliance on a single platform to broadcast his views.

Twitter's rules forbid using the service to make violent threats, either direct or indirect. Suspensions aren't uncommon on the site.

Trump has other accounts he can tweet from besides his personal account, which has 41 million followers.

"This is real collusion and dishonesty", he said in a second tweet. However, for the President's critics who have long called for Trump to be banned from the service, it is a small victory in a world that badly needs more of such things.

In 2013, hackers took control of the main account for the Associated Press and tweeted that explosions at the White House had injured then-President Barack Obama, causing stocks to briefly plunge.

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