Twitter attributed a brief disappearance of President Trump‘s personal Twitter account on Thursday night to “human error” on the part of one of its employees.
“Earlier today ‘s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee,” Twitter said in a statement posted to the platform.
“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,” Twitter added.
Earlier today ’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.
— Twitter Government ()
A couple hours later, Twitter said that the employee‘s actions occurred on their last day at the company, indicating that it was still investigating the situation.
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.
— Twitter Government ()
Twitter users quickly reacted to Twitter‘s initial statement, with some offering praise for the employee who deactivated Trump‘s account.
the first successful coup in american history was conducted by an intern with fat fingers
— Max Fisher ()
— Dave Itzkoff ()
Pour one out for the hero who made Twitter good for 11 minutes. They did more for their company‘s vision than anyone else ever has.
— Mia Steinberg ()
ilu twitter employee
— darth:™ ()
Could whoever “accidentally” deactivated ‘s Twitter please look into his presidency next?
— The Daily Show ()
Human Error is a better check on Trump than General Kelly
— Brian Fallon ()
You say “human error,” I say “due for a promotion”
— Pete Blackburn ()
human error…..welcome to the resistance
— meaning machine ()
Social media users erupted in confusion earlier Thursday evening when the president‘s infamous personal , displaying the generic message of “Sorry, that page doesn‘t exist!”
Trump regularly uses his Twitter account to weigh in on current events and often makes news on the platform while jabbing at critics.
Updated: 10:19 p.m.
Receive News & Ratings Via Email - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.