Rogue Twitter employee ‘shuts down’ Donald Trump’s account

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President Donald Trump’s Twitter account briefly disappeared Thursday evening, but is now back up and running, according to the social messaging company.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday, social media reports surfaced that the president’s personal account, @RealDonaldTrump, was unavailable, providing the error message that the user “does not exist.”

US President Donald Trump. Picture: Getty Images

US President Donald Trump. Picture: Getty Images

Twitter has reported that a customer support worker was on his or her last day on the job and “inadvertently” deactivated Trump’s account briefly Thursday evening.

The account was restored by 7:03 p.m.

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Twitter took responsibility for the outage.

In a tweeted statement, the company said Trump’s account was “inadvertently deactivated due to human error” by one of its employees.

The account was unreachable for 11 minutes.

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“We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again,” the company statement continued.

Trump tweeted: “My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact.”