An employee at Twitter who was leaving their customer service job at the company deliberately deleted the profile of the most powerful man on the planet in a mischievous act on their last day of work.
President Donald Trump’s Twitter account disappeared for 11 minutes on Thursday evening after the rogue employee at the social networking company removed the entire profile.
The sabotage took place shortly before 7 p.m. on Thursday when social media reports surfaced that the president’s personal account @realdonaldtrump was unavailable, providing the error message that the user ‘does not exist.’
After a brief investigation Twitter owned up and took responsibility for the outage.
In a tweeted statement, the company said Trump’s account was ‘inadvertently deactivated due to human error’ by one of its employees.
‘We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again,’ the statement continued.
But in a second statement, Twitter confirmed it was an employee on their last day.
‘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.’
Just before 7 p.m. EDT, visitors to the 45th President’s Twitter profile were greeted with both a frustrating and confusing message: ‘Sorry, that page doesn’t exist! You can search Twitter using the search box below or return to the homepage.’
Twitter users were confused as to what could have caused the brief account shutdown with some correctly speculating it was deleted by Twitter and others wondering if the President did it himself. Others simply rejoiced:
‘Donald Trump doesn’t exist according to Twitter,’ wrote one, ‘I was there for the great vanishing of Donald Trump’s Twitter account,’ chimed another.
‘Feel like I need to re-evaluate my life choices after reflecting on my reaction to Trump’s Twitter,’ joked one correspondant.
‘The greatest trick Donald Trump’s twitter account ever pulled was making us all hope that it didn’t exist’ tweeted one.
A short time later, the account page reappeared and seemed to be functioning as normal. His government account remained active throughout.
About half an hour earlier, Mr Trump had tweeted a video about his nomination of Jerome Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.
Hundreds of Twitter users posted witty comments and memes on the social network enjoying the brief respite from the President’s feed.
‘@RealDonaldTrump finally became president… for those brief few minutes when his personal Twitter account was down,’ joked one user.
‘We’ll all remember where we were during the 10 minutes of peace while Donald Trump’s Twitter account was down,’ said another.
‘If Trump’s Twitter account did in fact get deleted, that would be the first bit of good news we’ve gotten in a while,’ another quipped.
The President’s account, which has almost 42 million followers has proved to be a vital tool in the way Mr Trump communicates to the outside work, it being the main channel of communication he uses to disseminate statements and attack his critics.