Trump’s twitter account temporarily deactivated by rogue former employee

Trump’s twitter account deactivated by rogue employee

Donald Trump’sTwitter mouthpiece was silenced for 11 minutes yesterday by a rogue employee after a customer service assistant deactivated the presidential platform in their last act with the social media firm.

@realdonaldtrump has become the first port of call for anyone wishing to stay abreast of the president’s policy announcements, attacks on ‘fake news’ media and patriotic musings; drawing 41.7m followers and cementing Twitter’s position as the go-to social media platform for political gossip.

Responding to the outage in a tweet Twitter stated: “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.”

Trump appears to have taken the unexpected downtime in his stride however, resuming his tweet salvo as though nothing had happened when normal service was resumed, writing: “Great Tax Cut rollout today. The lobbyists are storming Capital Hill, but the Republicans will hold strong and do what is right for America!”

Twitter is now conducting a full internal audit to discover how its internal systems and checks failed so spectacularly, raising questions about its ability to manage even its most high-profile accounts in the face of mischief making employees.

Twitters misfortune follows an admission that it had miscounted user numbers as revenues decline.

John Glenday

John Glenday is responsible for compiling The Drum's daily morning bulletin and ensuring that overnight breaking news is covered while you're still brushing your teeth. Can also make a mean cup of tea.

All by John