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@realDonaldTrump Temporarily Deactivated by Rogue Twitter Employee

Accepted submission by takyon at 2017-11-03 07:22:39


The President of the United States of America lost the crucial ability to Tweet [] for an 11 minute timespan on Thursday, 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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