US President Donald Trump's Twitter account briefly disappeared on Thursday but has since been restored, Twitter said.
Trump's Twitter feed shockingly went offline for 11 minutes before 7 pm on Thursday, giving rise to speculation that the President’s account had been deactivated. Users were shocked to see a different message: "Sorry, that page doesn't exist!".
"We are conducting a full internal review," Twitter said in a statement while it was unclear how a “costumer support” worker had obtained clearance to deactivate such a high-profile account. The president has tweeted more than 36,000 times and has nearly 42 million Twitter followers.
It was later discovered that a retiring Twitter employee had brought down the US President’s Twitter account for 11 minutes on his last day at office, the micro-blogging platform confirmed.
In the meanwhile, Twitter users posted witty comments on the social networking platform. Twitter’s Government team tweeted: “Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee.
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,” the team said. “Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day. We are conducting a full internal review,” they added. Thousands of Twitter users reacted to the incident in a mixed manner.
Trump did not immediately react to this incident but instead tweeted about the GOP tax plan. "Great Tax Cut rollout today. The lobbyists are storming Capital [sic] Hill, but the Republicans will hold strong and do what is right for America!"
To recall, earlier this year in an interview with the UK’s Sunday Times, the President said that he was proud to declare that he had a combined 46 million strong following and yet in another interview to Germany's Bild Trump said, "I thought I'd do less of it, but I'm covered so dishonestly by the press -- so dishonestly -- that I can put out Twitter -- and it's not 140, it's now 280 -- I can go bing bing bing..".
According to the Washington Post, President Trump who has almost 42 million followers on Twitter and leverages the platform to disseminate statements and attack his critics, credited social media for its role in getting him elected.