The president’s account was quickly reinstated and Twitter announced that the account had been accidentally deactivated by an unnamed employee.
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.— TwitterGov (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017
The mystery of Trump’s disappearing Twitter account may have lasted only a few minutes, but the brief moment in Trump and Twitter history instantly became an iconic meme.
That was like .003 Scaramuccis— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) November 2, 2017
To many, this employee became a folk hero.
promote the employee to ceo you weenies— Your Dad (@InternetHippo) November 3, 2017
Do it again— Nebraska Tim (@timb0nic) November 3, 2017
It wasn't a mistake, @TwitterGov. Think of it as a new feature we all wanted.— Robert Caruso (@robertcaruso) November 3, 2017
Please put it on the dev road map.— Lee Schneider (@docuguy) November 3, 2017
Were they accidentally enforcing your terms of service?— Red Durkin (@RedIsDead) November 3, 2017
Moments after Twitter issued its first statement, the company revealed that the action had been performed by an employee on their last day of work, which instantly made them a folk hero.
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— TwitterGov (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017
Please get the departing Twitter employee who deactivated Donald Trump’s account on their last day a medal, a knighthood, a magnum of champagne and a small tropical island.— elena bjørn (@ElenaBjxrn) November 3, 2017
Just gonna say it, the employee at Twitter who shut off Trump's account for 11 mins could become a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.— David Jolly (@DavidJollyFL) November 3, 2017
On his last day of work, a Twitter employee deactivated @realDonaldTrump, honoring a promise Trump never could:— Noah Kinsey (@thenoahkinsey) November 3, 2017
Making America Great Again
Even Trump, kind of, got in on the fun.
My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017
Although the employee may forever remain nameless, they will live on forever in the internet’s heart.