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04 November 2017, 12:31 | Lorenzo Hawkins
Donald Trump's Twitter Account Was Deleted - But Like Herpes, It Came Back Again
The account has now been fully restored, even if some unusual things are happening - the president's full follower account hasn't been entirely reset, making it look to some like he has lost his 40 million followers. After Trump's Twitter account returned, details on what happened started to surface. The account was only down for 11 minutes, but given the high-profile nature of the account and the prolific nature of its use, they were a very silent and noticeable 11 minutes.
Twitter later tweeted that they learned it was a customer support employee who deactivated the account during their last day at work.
It's not clear when the account was offline - but President Trump's latest tweet at the time of this writing was sent around 9 p.m. Thursday.
"Liberals were celebrating for the 15 minutes that Trump's Twitter disappeared, proving once again they love censorship and hate free speech", one popular tweet read. Twitter said it would be conducting a full internal review.
It has declined further explanation, raising questions not only about its own safeguards but on Trump's heavy reliance on a single platform to broadcast his views.
Trump responded to the outage Friday in the most Trumpian fashion.
Twitter's government and elections team initially issued a statement on the incident Thursday night. As for Trump, he's back to tweeting and hasn't missed a beat since the account went down. Many said that the tweet violated Twitter's policies against violent threats and targeted abuse.
With any past president, a tweet like that would immediately be assumed as the result of some sort of hack. He believes it is absolutely essential not only to his electoral success but to his ability to end-run the "fake news" media and push his message directly to his supporters.
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