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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.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 08 2017, @07:10PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 08 2017, @07:10PM (#594202)

    Fox seriously opposed Trump in the primary. Since then, Fox has grudgingly accepted that Trump is in fact the president.

    Seeing as Trump is president, every news organization really ought to publish what he has to say. They did it for Obama.

    Fox is much less to the right than it used to be. The leadership has changed. Strong and determined leadership is required to keep a news source from being far-left when it has to depend on employees who are journalists hired in New York. The new leadership isn't fighting that fight.

    Proper comparisons, like the academic one done at Harvard a few years back, put Fox just a tad right of center and put all the other major companies pretty far to the left. When you compare news sources with the views of actual Americas (including rural ones) you find that there really isn't much conservative news. The only big-name one, sort of, is Breitbart. That's it. With Fox slipping left, it may well be exactly center by now.

  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Wednesday November 08 2017, @09:59PM (1 child)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday November 08 2017, @09:59PM (#594259) Journal

    With Fox slipping left, it may well be exactly center by now.

    While I have been surprised at some honesty coming out of Fox News in recent months, I still have to say: Nope. Not even close yet. But certainly closer to center.

    Apparently President Hillary Clinton should be locked up . . . . because . . . if you haven't heard . . . . her emails!

    Groan / Sigh

    With modern TVs you don't have to worry about braking the yolk on the back of the picture tube.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 09 2017, @04:15PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 09 2017, @04:15PM (#594670)

      If it looks far-right, then I have to wonder about your standard.

      Comparing against the other media isn't the correct standard. The appropriate standard is the views of the American people.

      If you happen to live in the wrong place, your opinion of the views of the American people will be skewed.

      Skewing could be: You live on the west coast or in Hawaii. You live in a New England state, in DC, or somewhere between. You live or work in a city of over 250,000 people. You are at a college. All your friends are non-white. All your friends are female. All your friends are LGBT. All your friends are immigrants. All your friends are non-English speakers. (etc.)

      By such a skewed standard, Fox may be on the right. Such a skewed standard is about as useful as the standard of people found at an NRA convention.