Twitter Employee Marks Last Day at Work by Taking Down Donald Trump's Account
"Earlier today @realdonaldtrump's account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee," the company said in a tweet.
File photo of US President Donald Trump
Visitors to @realDonaldTrump around 7:00 pm (2300 GMT) were greeted with the message "Sorry, that page doesn't exist!"
Twitter initially said the account had been "inadvertently deactivated due to human error", but later indicated it was a prank by a departing worker.
"Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee's last day," it said.
Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day. We are conducting a full internal review. https://t.co/mlarOgiaRF— Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017
"We are conducting a full internal review," it said on the official Twitter Government account.
The outspoken president has 41.7 million followers on his personal Twitter account, which he uses to blast controversial and attention-grabbing comments — often in the form of early morning "tweetstorms."
The outage ignited speculation over whether the account had been deliberately disabled by Twitter, but when normal service resumed the debate gave way to online mirth.
"Trump's Twitter deactivated for 11 min, and I suddenly thought I'd jumped back into the real timeline where things aren't so damned absurd," tweeted Star Trek actor turned social media personality George Takei.
Trump's Twitter deactivated for 11 min, and I suddenly thought I'd jumped back into the real timeline where things aren't so damned absurd.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 3, 2017
Trump Twitter accidentally deleted for 11 beautiful minutes. Unfortunately, HE’S BAAACK!— Laurie A O'Bryne (@adair1946) November 3, 2017
trump thought that if he deleted his twitter that was like resigning— sonia saraiya (@soniasaraiya) November 2, 2017
@jack I need to very seriously tell you that the 70 seconds that Trump's twitter account went away were the happiest 70 seconds of my year.— Cabel Sasser (@cabel) November 2, 2017
Polls suggest deleting his Twitter is like the most popular thing Trump could do other than require background checks on all gun purchases— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 2, 2017
I hope someone makes a movie someday about that minute the whole world was happy.— Aaron Durand (@everydaydude) November 2, 2017
So is trump done on Twitter cause pic.twitter.com/hbRITB3xJU— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) November 2, 2017
Trump's official White House account, @POTUS, which has 20.9 million followers, was apparently not affected by the outage.
After the account was restored Trump did not tweet about the vanishing act, but made several posts on other topics.
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