What happened to Donald Trump’s Twitter account?
For a few minutes, President Trump’s personal Twitter account appeared to be deleted Thursday afternoon – 36,300 tweets gone, replaced by Twitter’s boilerplate message “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”
It didn’t take long for “Trump’s Twitter” to start trending after it went down around 3:50 p.m. PST, but the account was restored ten minutes later.
More than two hours after the account went down, Twitter’s government and elections team blamed it on an employee, saying:
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.
During the Trump Twitter outage, his presidential handle, @POTUS, appeared unaffected.
Trump’s last tweet before he was temporarily booted from Twitter was at 3:35 p.m., announcing his nomination of Jerome Powell as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.