Twitter responds after Trump's account briefly deactivated by departing employee

The masthead of US President Donald Trump’s @realDonaldTrump Twitter account

On Thursday President Donald Trump's Twitter feed went down, unfortunately it was restored 11 minutes later. According to The New York Times, via unnamed sources, the person responsible was a contract employee.

Twitter said in a tweet on Friday: "We have implemented safeguards to prevent this from happening again".

Micah Zenko, a national security analyst at the Chatham House global affairs think tank, said it was "amazing" how Twitter mishandled Trump's account.

A Twitter customer support employee performed the community service on his last day.

Trump has often stirred up controversy with his tweets, making straightforward remarks or announcing domestic and foreign policies, which were rare among former presidents.

A Twitter spokeswoman referred to the company's earlier remarks, noting it is conducting an internal investigation into the matter.

President Donald Trump's Twitter account briefly disappeared at around 7 p.m. on November 2, 2017.

Reuters could not determine how many Twitter employees had the authority to delete accounts or if any had the ability to tamper with them in other ways, such as by sending bogus tweets. But deleting the Twitter feed of the most powerful man in the world, if only for a few minutes, is truly epic.

A spokesman for the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Twitter initially said the account had been "inadvertently deactivated due to human error", but later indicated it was done intentionally by a departing customer support employee.

Trump, who has almost 42 million Twitter followers, responded to the temporary loss of his account by boasting about his wide reach on the service. "I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact", he wrote.

The outage sparked discussion of the security of Trump's account, given the potentially dire consequences of messages falsely attributed to the president.



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