A rogue Twitter employee deleted President Trump's personal Twitter account on his last day as a customer support rep for the social network.
The incident took place Thursday afternoon, and most Twitter users jumped to the conclusion that Trump's staff finally managed to convince the President to give up his ill-advised Twitter rants.
Twitter's staff realized what happened and intervened to reinstate President Trump's account soon after. All in all, Trump's Twitter account was down for 11 minutes.
The social network was upfront about the incident and revealed that a rogue employee on the last day of his job was the culprit.
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.— Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017
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. https://t.co/mlarOgiaRF— Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017
The incident also drew a reaction from Trump.
My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017
The incident also happened at a time when Twitter — along with Facebook and Google — was under heavy scrutiny from US authorities for the role it played in delivering Russian propaganda via sockpuppet accounts and paid ads to US users during the 2016 presidential election.
In the meantime, the Twitter employee's actions on his last day of work produced a flood of Internet memes.
leaving your job at twitter after deleting trump's account like pic.twitter.com/VjPopz8JMO— Alan White (@aljwhite) November 3, 2017
Twitter employee whose last day at work was spent deleting Trump's Twitter account. pic.twitter.com/0qqMMCrJN7— MzFightDiva40 (@MzFightDiva40) November 3, 2017
When you delete Trump’s twitter account on you last day at Twitter pic.twitter.com/gooY9YXKgB— Alan Parker (@AlanLondonCity) November 3, 2017
New Twitter employee mistakenly deactivates Donald Trump's Twitter account pic.twitter.com/gZ50xWC2bo— Alex Marr (@Alexmarr98) November 3, 2017
Twitter releases a photo of the employee who disabled Donald Trump's account. pic.twitter.com/09eyLZ75bN— Oonagh (@Okeating) November 3, 2017
Trump’s Twitter was deactivated by a “Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day.”— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) November 3, 2017