Twitter at first didn’t tell the truth about the deletion of President Donald Trump’s Twitter, but then came clean.
First a report on how Twitter first described what happened. Then we’ll get to the truth.
Daily Caller News Foundation
An employee at Twitter deactivated President Donald Trump’s Twitter account Thursday night, according to a statement released by the company.
Twitter released a statement Thursday evening saying an employee had “inadvertently deactivated” Trump’s personal Twitter account, calling it a “human error.” Once Trump’s account was deactivated there was an immediate reaction among Twitter users until the account reappeared several minutes after.
“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 said in a statement shortly after the incident.
Twitter declined to comment about the employee who deactivated the president’s account when contacted by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Uh, apparently not.
Excerpt from The Guardian
A Twitter employee deactivated Donald Trump’s personal account on their last day of work, the company said on Thursday, likely meaning the action was deliberate.
The move by the employee – who has not been named – meant that the president’s @realdonaldtrump account was down for 11 minutes.
During the brief period of downtime, shortly before 4pm Pacific time (11pm GMT), anyone going to the @realDonaldTrump Twitter page would see the message “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”
After widespread speculation about what had happened, Twitter initially said the account had been 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,” the company said in a statement.
But soon after the company’s @Twittergov account posted another statement revealing the outage was due to an employee’s action on their final day in 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,” the new statement said.
The company did not immediately reply to Guardian requests to clarify the process.
If the deleter is identified, I wonder if it will help him or her get a new job at a liberal tech firm. I would speculate that it would make it more difficult since the deleter has shown that he or she can’t be trusted.