Twitter employee deactivates Donald Trump's account for 11 minutes

Trump's Twitter account temporarily disappeared

President Trump responds to his Twitter account being deleted on Thursday for several minutes.

This means, during the brief period of downtime, which was shortly before 4:00PM Pacific time (4.30AM IST), anyone going to the @realDonaldTrump Twitter page would see the message, "Sorry, that page doesn't exist!" The reason this happened?

The unidentified now ex-employee took the unprecedented step on Thursday of deactivating the personal account of President Donald Trump, prompting Twitter to go into full-scale investigation mode. The account was restored by 7:03 p.m.

"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.

And that they were "conducting a full internal review".

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Trump, who has almost 42 million Twitter followers, responded to the temporary loss of his account by boasting about his wide reach on the service.

Early Friday, Trump's Twitter page showed inaccurate information - a mere 5,809 followers, even dwindling down to 4,202 at one point.

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". Accounts violating that rule may be subject to a temporary or permanent suspension, Twitter warns. Oddly enough, given how much he likes to tweet, he hasn't posted anything about the deactivation.

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. But he insists on tweeting - spelling errors included - as a weapon against "fake news".

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