President Donald Trump’s Twitter Account Deactivated by Company Employee

President Donald Trump’s Twitter account, which he uses frequently to speak directly with the American people, briefly disappeared from the social media network Thursday.

Sometime shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday evening, anyone who tried to access the president’s Twitter profile, @realDonaldTrump, instead wound up landing on a blue landing page that read, “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”

According to Fox News, the account reappeared at 7:03 pm, after which Twitter issued a statement in which it attributed the apparent malfunction to “human error.”

“Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee,” the social media network’s own official Twitter account announced. “The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored. We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again.”

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A subsequent statement released hours later revealed the deactivation had been performed by an employee on his or her last day of work.

“We are conducting a full internal review,” Twitter promised.

While many Twitter users responded to the controversy by positing conspiracy theories or just making sarcastic jokes, as noted by CNN, some took the matter very seriously.

Among those worried about the wider implications of what happened Thursday were those at Gab, a competing social media platform that emerged last year as a free-speech alternative for those frustrated by Twitter’s censorship of conservatives.

“Why does a random customer support employee have the ability to ban the President of the United States of America?” the platform said on its own Twitter account.

It added, “If a random customer support employee at Twitter can delete the President’s account, could they also tweet as him? Imagine the consequences.”

The president himself responded to the controversy Friday morning, tweeting, “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.”

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This uproar comes only days after Twitter’s general counsel Sean Edgett admitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee that during the presidential election last year, the social media network had censored tweets pertaining to WikiLeaks’ release of leaked emails from the Democrat National Committee and then-Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“(O)ur automated systems at the time detected, labeled, and hid just under half (48%) of all the original Tweets with #DNCLeak,” he said, as reported by LawNewz.

He likewise admitted that roughly one quarter of tweets tagged with #PodestaEmails were also hidden from searches.

This post was last modified on March 15, 2018, 2:36 pm