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Trump Twitter account shut down by employee on last day of work

Trump Twitter account shut down by employee on last day of work”

The internet held its breath, as searches for the president's @realDonaldTrump personal Twitter account brought up the message on screen that that handle "does not exist".

At first Twitter said that it was just "human error" that led to Trump briefly being dumped from his favorite platform.

Trump's Twitter account has been under scrutiny, not only because he's the U.S. President, but because he uses it a lot.

Around 10 p.m. EST Twitter's @TwitterGov account tweeted to let everyone know what happened and said they learned it was done by a Twitter employee on his last day and they were conducting "a full internal review" When it was discovered that a Twitter employee chose to push the button and delete the president's Twitter account on their last day, Twitter quickly reacted to the news and praised the now-former Twitter employee. Anyone visiting his Twitter profile was met with the standard "account suspended" page.

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The Twitterati have in the past accused Trump of violating the platform's guidelines - by issuing a clear threat of violence. Twitter said it would be conducting a full internal review.

Trump has spoken publicly about his reliance on Twitter before.

Early Friday, Trump's Twitter page showed inaccurate information - a mere 5,809 followers, even dwindling down to 4,202 at one point. In an interview with Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business Network last month, Trump credited his use of social media as among the reasons he was elected.

Reuters could not determine how many Twitter employees had the authority to delete accounts or tamper with them in other ways, such as by sending bogus Tweets. As for Trump, he's back to tweeting and hasn't missed a beat since the account went down. But he insists on tweeting - spelling errors included - as a weapon against "fake news".



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