Donald Trump’s Twitter account briefly down due to ‘human error by Twitter employee’ on last day
For several minutes, President Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account was gone Thursday afternoon – 36,300 tweets gone, replaced by Twitter’s boilerplate message “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”
Here’s what happened.
Twitter Government said it was due to “human error by a Twitter employee.” They tweeted, “Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee. 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.”
Later in the evening, Twitter gave an update: “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.”
It didn’t take long for “Trump’s Twitter” to start trending after it went down around 3:50 p.m. PST, but, once again, the account was restored 11 minutes later.
During the Trump Twitter outage, his presidential handle, @POTUS, appeared unaffected.
Before the brief outage, Trump’s last tweet from his personal page was at 3:35 p.m., announcing his nomination of Jerome Powell as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.
Since then, the President has tweeted about tax cuts.