A now-former Twitter employee just rocketed to #1 in the “Last Day On The Job Revenge” Hall of Fame when he deactivated Donald Trump’s Twitter account on his or her way out the door.
“Trump’s account disappeared at around 7 p.m. ET Thursday, when visitors to the page were met with the message, “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!” For about an hour, even after the account returned, the Twittersphere joked about the short-lived window of history without @realDonaldTrump.”
Trump's Twitter account has vanished pic.twitter.com/B0hQpBO9OW
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 2, 2017
Twitter released a statement around 8:05 pm, about the same time Trump was tweeting some bullshit about his reverse Robin Hood “Tax Reform” scam. The social media giant said that Trump’s Twitter “account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee.”
“The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored,” Twitter’s statement read. “We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again.”
However, just two hours after that statement, the company came clean and confessed that it was no “accident.” The said that after a preliminary investigation they discovered the account was taken down “by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day.”
Trump tweeted five times (too many) after his account was unfortunately re-activated. However, he did not mention the outage. A White House official said that they were in contact with Twitter during the outage.
“A lot” of employees at Twitter can suspend a user’s account, a former employee of the company told BuzzFeed. But far fewer — only hundreds — have the power to deactivate one. There was some discussion at the company about special protections on verified or high-profile accounts, but that extra measures were “never implemented,” the unnamed source said.
The brave former Twitter employee now enjoys the thanks of a grateful nation. Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) said it best.
Dear Twitter employee who shut down Trump's Twitter: You made America feel better for 11 minutes. DM me & I will buy you a Pizza Hut pizza. https://t.co/ruzaVBcQp1
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) November 3, 2017
Let’s hope this brave soul can find a better job and that other fed up social media workers will follow in this amazing patriot’s footsteps.
Many people may be wondering what those 11 painful minutes were like for Trump. Allow me to give you a visual.
You’re welcome 🙂