President Trump’s Twitter Account Was Deactivated For 11 Minutes
U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account @realDonaldTrump was deactivated by a Twitter
employee contractor for 11 minutes Thursday afternoon.
The company says it was “inadvertent” and the account has been restored.
“Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was 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.”
Twitter later added a few clarifications.
As the incumbent president of the United States, Trump also issues government-related pronouncements on a separate @POTUS account, which was unaffected.
Both the @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS have long been officially verified by Twitter and display the blue checkmark. The @realDonaldTrump account has approximately 41.7 million followers, while the @POTUS has more than 20.8 million.
No word yet on which country the Twitter contractor is from. Many speculators are assuming that he or she is from the United States, India or the Philippines.
UPDATE: About three days before the end of November, it was revealed in media reports that the contractor’s name is Bahtiyar Duysak. He is of Turkish descent, and born and raised in Germany. In interviews, he claims it was really just an accident and he feels no animosity towards the president. He is currently in Germany.
Unnamed U.S. authorities have hinted to the media that it is very unlikely Duysak will ever again be able to get a permit to work in the United States.