Donald Trump’s account briefly disappeared from Twitter last night
Who hasn’t fantasized about leaving a job in a blaze of glory? And who hasn’t fantasized about ripping Trump’s phone out of his hands so he could no longer tweet? One person got to do both of these things yesterday.
Donald Trump’s account disappeared for 11 glorious minutes yesterday, thanks to a Twitter customer service employee on their last day on the job.
Initially, Twitter claimed it was caused by “human error.”
They explained the account was down for 11 minutes, but had since been restored. “We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again,” the account explained. But a couple hours later, the company clarified that it wasn’t a mistake at all.
“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,” Twitter explained. “We are conducting a full internal review.”
Let this sink in for a minute.
A Twitter employee, on their last day of work, deleted the motherfucking president’s account.
Many would agree Trump needs to be silenced on Twitter. As the Huffington Post points out, some have even taken steps to do so in the past after what was seen as “threats of violence” by the president, which is clearly against Twitter’s rules. Remember this tweet?
But Twitter didn’t consider this a violation of their rules. “We hold all accounts to the same Rules, and consider a number of factors when assessing whether Tweets violate our Rules,”
data-beacon-parsed=”true” >the company tweeted. “Among the considerations is ‘newsworthiness’ and whether a Tweet is of public interest.”
Apparently this employee disagreed wholeheartedly.
Trump routinely uses Twitter to bully, harass, name call, and spew lies. This employee did us all a favor — even if for just 11 brief, shining moments.
Heroes don’t always wear capes.
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