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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: 3, Interesting) by DannyB on Wednesday November 08 2017, @02:33PM (3 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday November 08 2017, @02:33PM (#594050) Journal

    I think it would be better for the @POTUS to get off Twitter and create an official Ministry Of Truth. A website. An App. A television channel, with apps for smart TVs, TiVo, RoKu, AppleTV, etc. Yes, REALLY. And I am deadly serious. Not kidding.

    A real Ministry Of Truth would really be eye opening. Nobody could censor it. It would fit perfectly with Trump's message, style, temperament, and intelligence.

    So Do It, Do It, Do It !!!

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  • (Score: 5, Touché) by bob_super on Wednesday November 08 2017, @05:23PM (2 children)

    by bob_super (1357) on Wednesday November 08 2017, @05:23PM (#594153)
    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Wednesday November 08 2017, @05:27PM (1 child)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday November 08 2017, @05:27PM (#594156) Journal

      There is that. But it is not an official mouthpiece of the US Government.

      Administrations come. Administrations go.

      Which sites are considered 'fake news' changes in the eye of who is in power.

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      • (Score: 2) by canopic jug on Thursday November 09 2017, @05:21AM

        by canopic jug (3949) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 09 2017, @05:21AM (#594450) Journal

        There is that. But it is not an official mouthpiece of the US Government.

        It may not be an official mouthpiece of the US Government, but it is well-documented to be an official mouth piece of those that buy or control said government.

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