Is it possible for an employee to access/deactivate an account of a President?
President Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account created in 2012 and has more than 40 million followers was temporarily removed on Thursday after a Twitter employee purposefully deactivated the account.
President Donald Trump’s Twitter account, @realdonaldtrump, disappeared from the site for around 11 minutes on Thursday around 4 PM.Twitter company initially blamed human error for the fault but then revealed it was done by an employee on the final day in the job.
The last tweet posted to the account before the issue was a video clip announcing Jerome Powell as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.
Such an event raises deep and troubling questions about who has access to the president’s account and the power that access holds.People who searched for Trump’s twitter page on Thursday around 4 PM met with a message, “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”.
But then at around 5 pm, Twitter posted a statement saying “Trump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee.We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again.”
However, After two hours, Twitter admitted that the deactivation wasn’t an accident at all. In fact, the account was taken offline.
A spokeswoman from Twitter said no new information about the investigation would be released Thursday night. It was still unclear who the employee was, how that employee got access to the president’s account and whether any security breaches led to the subsequent deactivation.