News

Actions

NY gov.: President's tweets about attack 'not helpful,' 'not factual'

Posted at 1:14 PM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 13:14:28-04

(CNN) – Twitter says it is launching an internal review after President Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account was deactivated Thursday night for 11 minutes.

Around 7 p.m. ET Thursday, Trump’s verified @realDonaldTrump account went offline.

Anyone who navigated to his feed was given a generic blue landing page that read, “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist.”

The account was restored within 11 minutes.

Twitter’s official Government account said the feed was “inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee.”

But after further investigation, the company announced a Twitter customer support employee deactivated the account on their last day of employment.

The initial deactivation and subsequent statements all met with – what else – a flurry of Twitter activity.

Twitter says it is conducting “a full internal review” following the incident.

Trump makes extensive use of the account to promote his policies and criticize opponents, including the NFL, Democratic and Republican lawmakers and North Korea.

Many have called for the president to be removed from the platform over his controversial tweets, but Twitter has declined to bar Trump’s account, saying his tweets are newsworthy and of public interest.

Copyright 2017 CNN. All rights reserved.