Internet reacts to brief disappearance of President Donald Trump's Twitter account

Trump's Twitter account temporarily disappeared

The most reliable way to prevent someone at Twitter commandeering Trump's account would be to have two staff always next to each other, monitoring each other, he said.

Last night, millions of people visited President Trump's Twitter account only to discover it was deleted. The reason this happened? After a lot of speculation as to what would have caused the deactivation, Twitter initially said the account had been inadvertently deactivated "due to human error by a Twitter employee".

"My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee". The company said it suspended McGowan's account because the actress had tweeted a private phone number, a violation of its terms of service.

The brief disappearance of the president's Twitter account got the internet buzzing.

Mr Trump, an avid user of the site, has yet to comment.

Visitors to @realDonaldTrump expecting to find his latest missives around 3:55 p.m. PT were instead greeted with a message that the page didn't exist.


"Liberals were celebrating for the 15 minutes that Trump's Twitter disappeared, proving once again they love censorship and hate free speech", one popular tweet read. "We are conducting a full internal review", Twitter said in a tweet late on Thursday.

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

Trump responded to the outage Friday in the most Trumpian fashion.

- Security concerns -"It is shocking that some random Twitter employee could shut down the president's account".

Twitter has struggled in recent months in how it enforces, and explains, its procedures for managing accounts that violate its policies created to prevent hate, harassment and other abuse of the platform. However, for the President's critics who have long called for Trump to be banned from the service, it is a small victory in a world that badly needs more of such things.

Trump addressed his account's suspension in a tweet early Friday.

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