Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Trump's Twitter account goes dark for 11 minutes, reappears

Trump's Twitter account temporarily disappeared Twitter 'inadvertently' turns off Trump's account
Juana Turner | 04 November, 2017, 00:28

Trump has been a member of Twitter since March 2009 and has 41.7 million followers. Just before 7PM EST the President's account vanished from Twitter. The reason this happened?

Twitter initially posted a statement Thursday night saying Trump's "account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee".

On the last day of work, a Twitter employee deactivated Donald Trump's personal account.

"It's not surprising that even the brief shutdown of the president's Twitter account has provoked debate", said Jameel Jaffer, executive director of Columbia University's Knight First Amendment Institute, which filed a federal lawsuit last month challenging Trump's practice of blocking Twitter users who criticize him or his policies.

Mr Trump joined Twitter in March 2009. Twitter said it would be conducting a full internal review.

Mr Trump's Twitter output has always been a source of controversy, especially since his entry into politics.

Free speech social network Gab also weighed in on the incident, declaring, "A random triggered customer service employee at Twitter can ban the President of the United States". "Twitter needs to ensure that only the right people have access to such actions and these have to go through process permissions, approvals and logging before any action is taken by an employee". Many Twitter users sent out screenshots of the temporarily nonexistent page.

There are easy arguments to be made that he's violated Twitter's terms of service with some of the terrible things he's tweeted, including his antagonistic tweets towards North Korea, but Twitter has, so far, made excuses for allowing him to remain active. Many have wondered why some of his tweets aren't being deleted by the social media platform, despite their apparent violation of its rules.

The company has suspended other high-profile accounts in the past for violating its terms and conditions.

In 2013, hackers took control of the main account for the Associated Press and tweeted that explosions at the White House had injured then-President Barack Obama, causing stocks to briefly plunge. As for Trump, he's back to tweeting and hasn't missed a beat since the account went down. "What if they instead had tweeted fake messages?"

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