Twitter: employee who deactivated President Trump’s account was working their final day

Posted at 5:24 PM, Nov 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-02 22:27:04-04

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.

Previous story continues below:

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.