President Donald Trump, an avid user of Twitter, had his Twitter account suspended for 11 minutes on Thursday night.
During that time, Trump no longer had access to his favorite communication tool. A Twitter employee on their last day of work was responsible for turning off the president’s account and it was quickly restored after a few minutes, according to the social network site.
Around 7:00 pm, visitors to the @realDonaldTrump account were greeted with the message: “Sorry, that page does not exist.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 3, 2017
Twitter had originally reported the account had been inadvertently disabled as a result of an employee error. But after an internal investigation, they later clarified the account was taken offline by a Twitter employee who did it during their last day of work.
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. https://t.co/mlarOgiaRF
— Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017
So far, Donald Trump has not mentioned the brief outage. His @realDonaldTrump account is his personal profile, while the @Potus (President of the United States) account is the official means of communication for the President. His personal Twitter account has over 41 million subscribers.
UPDATE: Trump later posted a tweet addressing this outage:
My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017