Departing Twitter employee deactivates Donald Trump's account

President Donald Trump's Twitter account briefly disappeared on Thursday after it was deactivated by a customer support worker on their last day.

Friday, 3rd November 2017, 9:44 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 4:52 am
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Shortly before 7pm on Thursday (11pm UK time) reports surfaced suggesting the president's personal account, @RealDonaldTrump, was unavailable, providing the error message that the user "does not exist."

The account was restored by 7.03 pm and Twitter took responsibility for the outage.

In a statement, the company initially said Mr Trump's account was "inadvertently deactivated due to human error" by one of its employees but restored 11 minutes later.

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Twitter later said the deactivation "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 company said.

A spokesperson for the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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