UPDATE: Twitter Government’s verified account says the employee who temporarily deactivated President Donald Trump’s personal account Thursday did so on that employee’s last day with the company.
The account @realDonaldTrump was deactivated for about 11 minutes, and Twitter initially stated the issue was inadvertent and due to “human error.”
In a second statement released just after 8 p.m. MDT, Twitter stated they have learned the employee in question was working their last day with the company when the incident occurred and that a “full internal review” is underway.
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For a few minutes, President Trump’s personal Twitter account appeared to be deleted Thursday afternoon – 36,300 tweets gone, replaced by Twitter’s boilerplate message “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”
It didn’t take long for “Trump’s Twitter” to start trending after it went down around 3:50 p.m. PST, but the account was restored ten minutes later. It’s still not clear what prompted the error message.
During the Trump Twitter outage, his presidential handle, @POTUS, appeared unaffected.
Trump’s last tweet from his personal page was at 3:35 p.m., announcing his nomination of Jerome Powell as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.
This is a developing story.