Twitter attributed a brief disappearance of President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE's personal Twitter account on Thursday night to "human error" on the part of one of its employees.
"Earlier today @realdonaldtrump's account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee," Twitter said in a statement posted to the platform.
"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 added.
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 Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017
A couple hours later, Twitter said that the employee's actions occurred on their last day at the company, indicating that it was still investigating the situation.
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. https://t.co/mlarOgiaRF— Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017
Twitter users quickly reacted to Twitter's initial statement, with some offering praise for the employee who deactivated Trump's account.
the first successful coup in american history was conducted by an intern with fat fingers https://t.co/ynzygH66mO— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) November 3, 2017
Pour one out for the hero who made Twitter good for 11 minutes. They did more for their company's vision than anyone else ever has. https://t.co/7pdqZuF73K— Mia Steinberg (@MiaSteinberg) November 3, 2017
ilu twitter employee https://t.co/bxBa6qyHLk— darth:™ (@darth) November 3, 2017
Human Error is a better check on Trump than General Kellyhttps://t.co/oVuJRBSAIM— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) November 3, 2017
You say “human error,” I say “due for a promotion" https://t.co/KHDFFUezsL— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) November 3, 2017
human error.....welcome to the resistance https://t.co/7AOVYUtum3— meaning machine (@EricThurm) November 3, 2017
Social media users erupted in confusion earlier Thursday evening when the president's infamous personal account went dark, displaying the generic message of "Sorry, that page doesn't exist!"
Trump regularly uses his Twitter account to weigh in on current events and often makes news on the platform while jabbing at critics.
Updated: 10:19 p.m.