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Twitter Employee Deactivates Trump's Account During Their Last Day At Work

Twitter Employee Deactivates Trump's Account During Their Last Day At Work

The social network later admitted that the deactivation was the lone act of "a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee's last day". Once a user chooses to do so, Twitter retains that data for 30 days, after which it begins the process of deleting the account from its systems.

For a brief moment Thursday afternoon, Donald Trump's Twitter account disappeared from the internet.

A spokesperson for the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Trump reacted on Twitter nearly 12 hours after the shutdown.

He added: "Seriously, what if this person had tweeted about a fictional nuclear strike on North Korea?". Many said that the tweet violated Twitter's policies against violent threats and targeted abuse. Could this be someone preparing to sew confusion in the wake of any findings and indictments by the Mueller investigation?

Around 7 pm, Twitter users started noticing that the president's extremely active Twitter account seemed to have vanished.

"The employee could be in a lot of trouble".

The US President's love for the platform is well-documented. It remained there for 11 minutes before the account was reinstated.

The president brushed off the outage in a new tweet on Friday, suggesting it showed the impact he was having.

Trump has used the platform to announce important policy shifts, including his July proclamation that he planned to ban transgender people from serving in the military.

More importantly, it is a definite black eye for tech, which is already under siege in Washington, D.C., where Twitter, Facebook and Google had a rough week. The Dot shared data from SocialRank indicating that some 13 million of Trump's followers may be of the fake variety. However, the world still is not privy to what the US president think of the issue since what Trump said was confusing, to put it mildly. The fact that a company employee removed the U.S. president's Twitter account certainly won't change that perception and will, in fact, reinforce it.