Millions of people were in shock when they noticed President Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account had vanished. Many on the left celebrated the deletion of Trump’s social media account by making jokes.
Turns out the account was turned off by a rogue employee on their last day working at Twitter. The outage lasted only 11 minutes. During that time when searching for ‘realDonaldTrump’ on Twitter garnered a response of “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”
The incident raised serious questions about the security of tweets the president wields to set significant policy agendas, connect with his voter base and lash out at his adversaries.
The deactivation Thursday sparked profound and troubling questions about who has access to the president’s personal account, @realDonaldTrump, and the power that access holds.
Trump’s account disappeared at around 6:45 p.m. ET Thursday.
Early Friday Trump tweeted “My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact.”
Twitter launched an internal investigation Thursday after a “customer support” employee, reportedly working his or her last day with the company, briefly deactivated the highly viewed account of the president.
“We are conducting a full internal review,” the company said in a statement. The president has tweeted more than 36,000 times and has nearly 42 million Twitter followers.
It is not clear how a “customer support” worker had obtained clearance to deactivate such a high-profile account.
Across the rest of the social media site, people cracked jokes and called the Twitter prankster a “hero” and suggested they should be “given a parade of honor.”
Trump did not immediately address the outage after his account was reactivated. Instead, he tweeted about the GOP tax plan.
“Great Tax Cut rollout today. The lobbyists are storming Capital [sic] Hill, but the Republicans will hold strong and do what is right for America!”
The Washington Post pointed out that Trump credited social media for its role in getting him elected.
The official presidential Twitter account, @POTUS, was not affected.