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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 08 2017, @11:19PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 08 2017, @11:19PM (#594301)

    Don't let the real point hit you in the ass on your way out.

  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Wednesday November 08 2017, @11:37PM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday November 08 2017, @11:37PM (#594308) Journal
    There's no danger of that. But I think you need to learn how to make a point. I couldn't tell from the initial post what in the world you were trying to say and your snooty reply shed no light on that matter. I get you're whiny about something having to do with libertarians and well, I don't care.

    But if you're willing to try to make that point in a way that I would interested in responding to, then I'm willing to try to listen.