The Twittersphere lit up Thursday night when President Donald Trump’s official Twitter account @realDonaldTrump had briefly gone offline. Anyone who navigated to his feed was given a generic blue landing page that read, “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”.
Perhaps one of the most defining elements of his presidency, so far is how The President uses Twitter consistently makes headlines and make statements against anyone and everyone. He has even used it for diplomatic purposes, especially, against the North Korean leader.
Initially, one of the social media site’s verified accounts said Trump’s feed was “inadvertently deactivated due to a human error.” But a couple of hours later, Twitter announced further investigation revealed “a Twitter customer support employee … did this on the employee’s last day.”
Twitter are reportedly carrying out an investigation.
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
It didn’t last long though as Trump’s account was restored within minutes. But that did not stop Twitter blowing up with speculation and plenty of sarcastic jokes about Trump’s brief exodus.
We’ll all remember where we were during the 10 minutes of peace while Donald Trump’s Twitter account was down.
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) November 2, 2017
My guess: Trump's lawyers told him to delete his account, because he is in serious legal jeopardy
— David Klion (@DavidKlion) November 2, 2017
Many people have called for Trump to be barred from using the platform, arguing his tweets could plunge America and the world into a nuclear war.
But Twitter declined to bar Trump’s account, saying it must weigh the newsworthiness of Trump’s tweets with its violent rhetoric.
It is a real phenomenon how the President uses his twitter account to communicate and he has done so consistently during his election campaign and now his presidency. He is never shy of expressing his feelings and emotions and allows him to reach out to millions of people within minutes.
It will become a defining moment for all future presidents and Twitter as his social media PR has been imitated by other world leaders now as well.