Departing Twitter employee deactivates Donald Trump's account

by Ray Hunter November 5, 2017, 1:25
Departing Twitter employee deactivates Donald Trump's account

The news of the deactivation of the outspoken, tweet-prone president delighted many on Twitter, with some even suggesting that the unnamed employee should be given knighthood or nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

"We have implemented safeguards to prevent this from happening again", Twitter said in a statement.

"We have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer-support employee who did this on the employee's last day". In an interview with NBC's Sunday TODAY, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended Trump's use of his platform, emphasizing the importance of hearing from the man himself for the sake of accountability.

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Let the man who hasn't fantasized about shutting up Trump permanently by breaking his baby hands cast the first stone at the Twitter employee.

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

The account was restored by 7.03pm and Twitter took responsibility for the outage.

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Hundreds of employees are able to access the accounts of so-called Very Important Tweeters, or VITs, and can take actions like disabling the accounts, according to current and former Twitter employees.

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. The statements made in the personal account, repeatedly violated the Protocol of the President of the United States, ahead of press briefings and statements by other officials. That employee has since been hailed in social media as a hero and as a scourge for acting against the president, who said the move reflected the impact his Twitter messages have had.

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.

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