Donald Trump’s personal account was deactivated by a Twitter employee for 11 minutes on the last day of work, the company said on Thursday.
During the brief period of downtime, shortly before 4pm Pacific time (11pm GM), anyone going to the @realDonaldTrump Twitter page would see the message “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”
After widespread speculation about what had happened, Twitter initially said the account had been inadvertently deactivated “due to human error by a Twitter employee”.
“The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored. We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again,” the company said in a statement .
Shortly, the company’s @Twittergov account posted another statement saying the outage was due to employee sabotage.
“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,” the new statement said.
“It’s like owning your own newspaper – without the losses,” Trump said of the social media tool in 2012.