A Twitter employee briefly shut down Donald Trump’s Twitter account yesterday, is the hero we need
Let’s be honest — this is something many people in the world have probably dreamed about. And yesterday, one person experienced what it felt like. A Twitter employee “inadvertently” shut down Donald Trump’s Twitter account for 11 minutes.
The Twitter Government account tweeted an explanation for President Trump’s deactivation, in which they blamed “human error” for the upset and let users know that they are looking into what happened in order to prevent any future account shutdowns.
"Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee," the Twitter Government tweet read. "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."
People make mistakes, Twitter Government!
But, actually, this may not have been a mistake. According to another tweet from Twitter Government, this “mistake” happened on the customer support employee’s last day at the company. It seems, perhaps, that whoever it was knew exactly what they were doing and were trying to make a statement — though we’ll likely never know for sure.
And although Twitter wasn’t pleased with its employee’s “human error,” many on Twitter demanded this person be rehired and given the biggest raise possible.
As for Donald Trump? He responded to the incident with the following tweet once his account was restored:
In all seriousness, it is unsettling to think that Twitter employees can arbitrarily shut down accounts because they happen to disagree with the user (because if it can happen to Trump, it can theoretically happen to any of us). Let’s hope this was a one-time thing…as hilarious (and appropriate) as some out there may find it.