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posted by n1 on Wednesday November 08 2017, @08:14AM   Printer-friendly
from the sad! dept.

The President of the United States of America lost the crucial ability to Tweet for an 11 minute timespan on Thursday (Nov. 2), following the temporary deactivation of his Twitter account by a Twitter employee who was being let go by the company. The incident has raised questions about the safeguards in place for high-profile Twitter users:

This is the way the world ends: not with a bang but a deleted Twitter account. At least, so it appeared for 11 minutes Thursday evening, when visitors to President Trump's personal account, @realDonaldTrump, were informed that there was no such thing.

[...] Amid a presidency that has seemed, at times, to be conducted primarily in 140-character pieces, this was a seismic event — and what was left of Twitter erupted. It was a raucous, modern-day town-square gathering of the sort not seen since ... well, since five months ago, when Mr. Trump coined a new word in the middle of the night.

[...] The answer, revealed three hours later, was something straight out of "Office Space." After saying in an initial statement that the account had been "inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee," Twitter announced that a rogue customer support worker had done it on his or her last day at the company.

Previously: Twitter Shadowbans Republican Frontrunner
Twitter Co-founder: I'm Sorry if We Made Trump's Presidency Possible


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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by inertnet on Wednesday November 08 2017, @12:48PM (1 child)

    by inertnet (4071) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday November 08 2017, @12:48PM (#594020)

    What amazes me is that it only took 11 minutes to get it back up again. The president probably didn't even have time to complain, maybe he didn't even notice during that short period.

    Any other account would have taken hours, if not days to get reinstated again.

    Which makes me curious as to what exactly happened during those 11 minutes, who did what, who called who et cetera.

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  • (Score: 2) by stretch611 on Wednesday November 08 2017, @06:05PM

    by stretch611 (6199) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday November 08 2017, @06:05PM (#594174)

    What amazes me is that it only took 11 minutes to get it back up again. The president probably didn't even have time to complain, ...

    He didn't have to complain. In 11 minutes, he probably had a bunch of followers complain when they couldn't access it.

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