Twitter without @RealDonaldTrump for 11 Minutes

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On Thursday, November 2nd a Twitter employee rid the world of President Donald Trump’s personal account @RealDonaldTrump on Twitter for about 11 minutes. If you haven’t already noticed, the president of the United States really likes using Twitter. He uses the social media platform A LOT. More than any other United States President has in the past. So you would imagine his page just magically disappearing for even a few minutes would get national recognition.

Twitter Responds

Twitter initially said an employee “inadvertently” deactivated the account with the following tweet…

A few hours later it was discovered that one of their customer service employees took down the account on their last day.

The quick suspension of Trump’s account suggests that Twitter employees have access to the company’s most prominent accounts. It was leaked by a former senior employee that a lot of employees can suspend a user’s account. They also said that fewer can actually deactivate one.

The former employee described the system like a dashboard, meaning it would be incredibly easy for employees to suspend or deactivate an account. “It’s one click if you have the rights to access the tool,” the person said. They went on to say that, “There was discussion that for verified accounts or high profile ones, there’d be special protections (i.e. “2 keys”) but it was never implemented.”