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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
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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Wednesday November 08 2017, @05:27PM (2 children)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday November 08 2017, @05:27PM (#594155) Journal

    I remember the Newsweek stories after Romania fell.

    Note the use of the key word, "after".

  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Wednesday November 08 2017, @06:44PM (1 child)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday November 08 2017, @06:44PM (#594187) Journal

    That word 'after' fits perfectly with each and every sentence I wrote after the first sentence.

    With modern TVs you don't have to worry about braking the yolk on the back of the picture tube.
    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by khallow on Wednesday November 08 2017, @07:21PM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday November 08 2017, @07:21PM (#594205) Journal
      I didn't quote those other sentences. All those stories only came out after the repressive government of Romania fell. If it took another 50 years for Romania to fall, then most of those stories would have died untold. That's the true power of censorship when it is effective.