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Twitter Employee Deactivates Trump's Account on Last Day

04 November 2017

Twitter has been internally investigating how Trump's infamous account went offline for 11 minutes on Thursday night.

The tweet was referring to an incident on Thursday when an employee cut off Trump's personal account for 11 minutes, creating confusion on social media. "Lone employees shouldn't be able to change statements from the President". It has declined further explanation, raising questions not only about its own security measures but on Trump's heavy reliance on a single platform to broadcast his views.

Anthony Glees, security expert and professor at the University of Buckingham, agreed that the breach should be taken seriously.

The outspoken president has 41.7 million followers on his personal Twitter account, which he uses to blast controversial and attention-grabbing comments. "We live in an instantaneous world and these outages are very risky".

"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.

"Whilst it might cause an immediate reaction, I am reasonably confident that the wheels of diplomacy - globally speaking - still move sufficiently slowly that it would be unlikely to lead to anything major", Lawson said.

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The fact that U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter account was deactivated by a rogue employee has raised questions about how much access and control Twitter Inc.'s workforce has over an individual user's account.

Critics say the president should be more careful of what he says, while the White House says the account gives him unfiltered access to his supporters.

After the snafu, Twitter announced it's launching an internal review, but Lawson says addressing a breach involving a former employee could prove hard for the company.

"Different types of access", the former employee said. "And if that individual - an insider threat, if you like - has the access and is motivated to do something, it is very hard to put any measures in place". Some Twitter users blocked by the account have sued in court, demanding access to the account's tweets, which have been deemed official public statements. "But this incident shows how that principle is no longer good enough".

The issue with Mr Trump's Twitter account could not seemingly have come at a more inopportune time for the company, with all of Twitter, Google and Facebook all facing hearings in the US Congress about the Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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.

Twitter Employee Deactivates Trump's Account on Last Day