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Trump's reaction to his Twitter account being shut down was a true surprise

We weren't expecting this!


Charlie May
November 3, 2017 4:46PM (UTC)

For a quick 11 minutes on Thursday night, President Donald Trump's Twitter account was deactivated, sending the internet into a predictable frenzy. But the most surprising aspect of the whole mess was how the president responded to the incident.

At around 6:45 p.m. Trump's personal Twitter profile, @realDonaldTrump, disappeared without a trace. "Sorry, that page doesn't exist!" was the message greeting users of the social-media platform. Trump's page was up and running again by 7 p.m.

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Shortly afterwards, Twitter released a statement. "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," tweeted Twitter Government, an account that provides updates from the company's Government and Elections team.

Following an investigation by the company, Twitter revealed later that the account was not "inadvertently deactivated," but rather deleted by an employee during their final day on the job.

"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. We are conducting a full internal review," Twitter Government tweeted.

 The internet, as it would, had some stellar reactions to the news.    

Trump responded to the news on Friday with tone that was, surprisingly, more sarcastic than vengeful and conspiratorial. Yes, he touted his own importance and influence in the world of social media, but he was generally factual and perhaps even wry when doing so.

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"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," Trump tweeted.

His reaction to the news was similar to his response after the infamous "covfefe" tweet that left many wondering what the word meant. Sharply, Trump responded to that incident by Tweeting "Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!" It was trollish and smirking, a good job by a epically bad Twitter user.

But business as usual resumed Friday morning as he proceeded to put pressure on the FBI and Justice Department to prosecute Hillary Clinton and the DNC in a series of manic, frightening tweets.

There's our boy.


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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