Donald Trump’s account on Twitter was deactivated for 11 blissful minutes Thursday evening. It turns out, it was the doing of an employee on their last day of work, with a mic drop heard around the world.
Twitter quickly tweeted about the incident, citing human error at first. “Earlier today
@realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee,” they wrote. “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.”
Two hours later, they issued a new statement, admitting the account had been taken down by an employee on 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,” they tweeted. “We are conducting a full internal review.”
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
We’d really like to meet this person who did this noble deed. Their our favorite person of 2017 and we think they deserve their own cover of Time magazine, unlike President Trump.
A few celebrities responded about the incident. Out actor George Takei wrote, “Trump’s Twitter deactivated for 11 min, and I suddenly thought I’d jumped back into the real timeline where things aren’t so damned absurd.”
This isn’t the only recent drama Twitter has had with high profile account. Last month, the social media platform suspended the account of actress Rose McGowan following a tweet where she accused Ben Affleck of knowing about Harvey Weinstein’s misconduct.
Many thought Twitter was silencing McGowan by choosing to suspend her account, though Twitter later argued that it was because McGowan had violated the company’s user guidelines by posting someone’s personal phone number.
Now all we can do is pray that Trump missteps too and violates one of the company’s user guidelines so they can take down his account forever.