Twitter seems to be President Trump's preferred method of communication these days. @GOPPollAnalyst wrote: "Why does a Twitter customer support employee have enough access to delete the President of the United States account?"
Twitter later said the deactivation "was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee's last day". For a full 10-11 minutes thousands of Twitter users were shocked, wondering if the President suddenly made a decision to stop his use of the social media platform and delete his account as well as all 36,300 tweets that he has accumulated over the last several years.
The temporary deletion of the Trump account sparked a flood of criticism from Twitter users, though numerous president's critics also said they were happy to see the account disabled.
Trump has an official Twitter account as president - @POTUS - that he rarely uses. The account was restored by 7:03 p.m. And he has used Twitter in office like no president before him (and maybe no president who comes after him will). We are conducting a full internal review.
Trump has spoken publicly about his reliance on Twitter before.
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Trump responded to the outage Friday in the most Trumpian fashion.
After investigating the incident, Twitter administration figured out exactly what happened. Accounts violating that rule may be subject to a temporary or permanent suspension, Twitter warns.
In September he tweeted: "Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!" In an interview with Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business Network last month, Trump credited his use of social media as among the reasons he was elected. As for Trump, he's back to tweeting and hasn't missed a beat since the account went down.
Following that tweet he launched into a tirade of messages against regular targets including "Crooked Hillary" and "the Dems".
Trump has credited the social platform for helping him win the White House, but some close to the president reportedly worry that his prolific and often controversial tweeting could have dire consequences.