US President Donald Trump's Twitter account was briefly deactivated for several minutes on Thursday (2 November) evening by a rogue employee and the internet erupted with confusion, joy and relief. Or at least they're inactive accounts. Among other things like a history of ignoring abuse for profit, their testimony before Congress, about election interference, has made that obvious.
For 11 minutes on Thursday night at 7 PM ( ET), the personal #Twitter account of the President of the United States was #Deactivated.
"I would want to know that President Trump has a fallback way to issue a message if the tweets stop flowing". While many made light of the situation, some thought it could be a security threat. So they should do it. Fewer staffers have the ability to deactivate an account.
Regardless, he/she is being hailed as a hero to some; some in the Twittersphere want him/her to get a raise and promotion. Tumblr even allows users to claim a new handle later and to restore their dormant content.
Essentially, a celebrity Twitter profile is as vulnerable as the lowly unverified user.
This initial dispatch is characteristic of almost all of his subsequent tweets for the next two years, and was typical of how many public figures interfaced with the platform in its early days (Twitter was founded in 2006). It's simply separating the wheat from the chaff.
But then at around 5 pm, Twitter posted a statement saying "Trump's account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee.We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again".
Anyway, he's back to firing off multiple tweets about 'deleted emails' and 'Crooked Hillary' now, but am I the only one thinking Trump won't leave this here?
It's not clear whether the president's account was suspended, if he deleted it himself, or if it was simply some kind of error. "We are conducting a full internal review". Let's do it more of that, shall we?