A Twitter employee deactivated Donald Trump’s personal account on their last day of work, the company said on Thursday, likely meaning the action was deliberate.
The move by the employee – who has not been named – meant that the president’s @realdonaldtrump account was down for 11 minutes.
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
During the brief period of downtime, shortly before 4 pm Pacific time (11 pm GMT), anyone going to the @realDonaldTrump Twitter page would see the message “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”
“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 company said in a statement.
But soon after the company’s @Twittergov account posted another statement revealing the outage was due to an employee’s action on their final day in the job.
“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,” the new statement said.
The company did not immediately reply to Guardian requests to clarify the process.
Meanwhile, Twitter users took to the platform to rejoice, proving that the attacker was most likely part of a Liberal cartel intent on discrediting and derailing the President.
Well known #Antifa and Russian funded page @Trump_ton tweeted a plea to mark the day as #SilentTrumpDay
— Trumpton (@Trump_ton) November 3, 2017
If and when the Twitter employee is revealed they will never need to buy a drink again, also my advice, just don't follow Trump
— Simon Alvey (@salvey1) November 3, 2017
To the Twitter employee who deactivated Trump's account on their last day… pic.twitter.com/YDhSrCm1We
— Cass (@CassGowing) November 3, 2017
"Dad, when did the killing start?"
"Well son, somebody deleted Donald Trump's Twitter for 10 minutes…"
— Japhy Ryder (@JaphyRyder_) November 3, 2017