Out­go­ing Twit­ter worker de­ac­ti­vated Trump ac­count

Global Times - Weekend - - WORLD -

A Twit­ter em­ployee on the last day with the com­pany was re­spon­si­ble for tak­ing down Don­ald Trump’s ac­count for 11 min­utes, the so­cial net­work said, an event that didn’t draw com­ment from the tweet-prone president un­til Fri­day.

Vis­i­tors to @realDon­aldTrump around 7:00 pm on Thurs­day 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 done in­ten­tion­ally by a de­part­ing worker.

Trump did not re­act on Twit­ter to the tem­po­rary re­moval of his ac­count un­til nearly 12 hours later.

“My Twit­ter ac­count was taken down for 11 min­utes by a rogue em­ployee. I guess the word must fi­nally be get­ting out-and hav­ing an im­pact,” he tweeted.

Trump has 41.7 mil­lion fol­low­ers on his per­sonal Twit­ter ac­count, which he uses to blast con­tro­ver­sial and at­ten­tion­grab­bing com­ments.

The out­age sparked dis­cus­sion of the se­cu­rity of Trump’s ac­count, given the po­ten­tially dire con­se­quences of mes­sages falsely at­trib­uted to the president.

“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,” the so­cial me­dia com­pany said on the of­fi­cial Twit­ter Govern­ment ac­count.

“We are con­duct­ing a full in­ter­nal re­view,” it added.

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