United States President, Donald Trump’s
Twitter account, @realdonaldtrump, was deactivated and deleted by a
Twitter Inc employee, who was leaving the company, on Thursday, the
social media company has said.
Twitter revealed that the account was down for 11 minutes, before it was restored.
Recall, that Trump has 41.7 million
followers on Twitter, and has made extensive use of it to send messages
attacking his opponents and promoting his policies, both during the 2016
Presidential campaign, and since taking office, in January.
“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”, Twitter said in a tweet.
“We are continuing to investigate, and
are taking steps to prevent this from happening again”, the company said
in an earlier tweet.
Thursday evening’s incident, raises a
host of questions about how Twitter secures Trump’s personal account,
the official @potus Presidential account, and other accounts that could
potentially influence world events.
It comes at a moment when technology
companies, including Twitter, face sharp attack from US Lawmakers, for
failing to stem the spread of Russian propaganda, and misinformation on
Twitter in particular, has long faced criticism for not doing enough to police its platform, and respond to complaints of abuse.
The temporary deletion of the Trump’S account sparked a flood of criticism on Twitter itself.