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Twitter employee on last day of job deactivated Trump’s personal account, company says

President Trump boasted Friday of his social media influence after his personal Twitter account was briefly deactivated by a departing company employee, raising serious questions about the security of tweets the president wields to set major policy agendas, connect with his voter base and lash out at his adversaries.

The deactivation Thursday sparked deep and troubling questions about who has access to the president’s personal account, @realDonaldTrump, and the power that access holds. The deactivation also came at a time when the social network is under scrutiny for the role it played in spreading Russian propaganda during the 2016 presidential election.

Trump’s account disappeared at around 6:45 p.m. ET Thursday, when visitors to the page were met with the message, “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”

By 7 p.m., it was back, and the Twittersphere began joking about the short-lived window of history without @realDonaldTrump.

Then, at 8:05 p.m., at the same time Trump was tweeting about tax revisions, the company posted a statement saying the president’s “account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee.”

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Author: Malea Howard

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