Twitter Employee Shuts Down Trump's Account for 11 Minutes

Twitter originally attributed the account's deactivation to an 'inadvertent' human error

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The masthead of U.S. President Donald Trump's @realDonaldTrump Twitter account on July 11, 2017
The masthead of U.S. President Donald Trump's @realDonaldTrump Twitter account on July 11, 2017Credit: HANDOUT/REUTERS

U.S. President Donald Trump's @realdonaldtrump Twitter account was deactivated for 11 minutes on Friday.

Twitter posted a notice explaining that an employee on their last day of work deactivated the account, although the social media site originally thought it was "inadvertently deactivated" due to human error.

"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," read the Tweet.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Trump has made extensive use of messages on Twitter to attack his opponents and promote his policies both during the 2016 presidential campaign and since taking office in January. He has 41.7 million followers on Twitter. 

"Great Tax Cut rollout today. The lobbyists are storming Capital Hill, but the Republicans will hold strong and do what is right for America!" he wrote in his first tweet after Thursday's outage.

In a similar incident last November, Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey's account was briefly suspended as a result of what he said was an internal mistake.