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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, Insightful) by nobu_the_bard on Wednesday November 08 2017, @10:25PM (1 child)

    by nobu_the_bard (6373) on Wednesday November 08 2017, @10:25PM (#594277)

    A better question would be, if you have an employee with that kind of access, a reason to fire him, and go through with firing him- Why did you even give him an opportunity to do something like this?

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by jasassin on Thursday November 09 2017, @07:46AM

    by jasassin (3566) <jasassin@gmail.com> on Thursday November 09 2017, @07:46AM (#594494) Journal

    A better question would be, if you have an employee with that kind of access, a reason to fire him, and go through with firing him- Why did you even give him an opportunity to do something like this?

    I looked into it more deeply, and I found that apparently what happened is that he was laid off five years ago and no one ever told him about it, but through some kind of glitch in the payroll department he still gets a paycheck. So, we just went ahead and fixed the glitch.

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