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presidents from boasted Friday of his social media influence after his personal Twitter account was briefly be activated by a departing company employee raising serious questions about the security of tweets the president wields to set major policy agendas connect with his voter base and lash out at his adversaries the deactivation Thursday sparked deep and troubling questions about who has access to the president’s personal account at Rio Donald Trump and the power that access holds the deactivation also came at a time when the social network is under scrutiny for the role it played in spreading Russian propaganda during the 2016 presidential election trump’s account disappeared at around 6:00 for 5:00 p.m. ET thursday when visitors to the page were met with a message sorry that page docent exists by 7:00 p. m. it was back and the Twittersphere began joking about the short lived window of history without it real Donald Trump then at 8:05 p. m. at the same time Trump was tweeting about tax revisions the company posted a statement saying the president’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 the statement read we are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again but two hours later the company admitted that the deactivation wasn t an accident that all a preliminary investigation revealed that the account was taken offline by a twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day Twitter said it was conducting a full internal review early Friday Trump blamed the rogue employee for pulling the plug the company has suspended other high profile accounts in the past for violating its terms and conditions but there has not been a case where an employee has acted to take down the account of a well known person seemingly on their own a spokeswoman from Twitter said no new information about the investigation would be released Thursday night it was still unclear who the employee was how that employee got access to the president’s account and whether any security breaches led to the subsequent deactivation a lot of employees at Twitter can suspend a user’s account a former employee of the company told Buzz. Feed but far fewer only hundreds have the power to deactivate one there was some discussion at the company about protections on verified or high profile accounts but that extra measures were never implemented the unnamed source said on Twitter some people made light of the deactivation while others wondered about the potential consequences of employees who have access to an important megaphone used by the President of the United States Trump has used the account since March 2009 he has tweeted more than 36,000 times and has 40 1.
7 million followers his use of the social media platform is no trivial matter the National Archives has advised the Trump administration to preserve all tweets as presidential records and a professor at the US Naval War College is worried u.s. enemies could be using Trump’s tweets to build a psychological profile of the president recent a real Donald Trump tweets about North Korea heightened tensions between the two countries with Trump threatening that they won’t be around much longer and that only one thing will work in the past officials in Pyongyang have responded to Trump’s tweets as declarations of war in September Twitter defend its decision not to remove a controversial Trump tweet that some interpreted as a threat directed toward North Korea Twitter’s rules prohibit violent threats some users pointed out arguing that the Trump tweet fell into that category Twitter said it would not remove the tweet or suspend Trump’s account explaining that the company takes a number of factors into account when faced with controversial user generated content including its news worthiness and whether it has public interest Twitter added that it stands by its commitment to keeping people informed about what’s happening in the world it was Twitter’s clearest ever explanation for its stance toward Trump despite repeated calls from some users that the president’s account be banned earlier this year cow pen the actor and former aide to President Barack Obama urged Twitter to take stronger measures after Trump warned North Korea that the US military was locked and loaded on another occasion Trump tweeted a video of himself beating somebody up outside a wrestling ring with the victims face obscured by CNN’s logo giving the impression that Trump was physically assaulting the news network Trump recognizes the power of the social platform let me tell you about Twitter he said in an interview with Tucker Carlson and March I think maybe I wouldn’t be here if it wasn t for Twitter at once used by a campaigning candidate to disparage his opponents and rally his supporters is now Trump’s favorite online means of promoting his presidential agenda Twitter is a wonderful thing for me because I can get the word out he told Carlson on the campaign trail Trump once described his rapidly growing Twitter following not only as a means to get the truth out but also as a way to get even with his enemies someone said I’m be earnest Hemmingway of 140 characters he told a crowd in South Carolina ere typing into a pretend phone if someone says something badly about you Bing Bing Bing I say something really bad as president Trump has continued to use Twitter as a weapon he repeated his Bing Bing Bing explanation in a recent interview with Maria Bartiromo a Fox Business Network and explained why he finds it such an appealing outlet you have to keep people interested also he said you know you have to keep people interested Bartiromo asked Trump if some of his unscripted tweets get in the way of the larger message his administration is trying to sell Trump acknowledged that he has friends who tell him not to use social media but he said it’s a very useful tool to counter fake news and respond to critics I can express my views when somebody expresses maybe a false view that they said I gave he said Trump whose tweets sometimes contain spelling errors and randomly capitalized words also relayed that he thinks he is well suited for the medium you know they are well crafted he said of his tweets I was always a good student I am like a person that does well with that kind of thing and I doubt I would be here if weren’t for social media to be honest with you because there is a fake media out there I get treated very unfairly by the media the deactivation comes at a time when Twitter and other technology companies are under greater scrutiny for the way they can be abused earlier this week lawyers from Twitter Facebook and Google testified on Capitol Hill as part of the investigation into Russia’s influence of the 2016 presidential election in public statements Twitter acknowledged that it had identified 2752 accounts controlled by Russian operatives as well as more than 36 thousand BOTS that issued 1. 4 million tweets during the election on Thursday Trump used his account to congratulate the Houston Astros for winning the world series call I’m Congress to terminate the diversity Visa Lottery and announce the nomination of Jerome Powell as the next chair of the Federal Reserve Trump was back tweeting at 8:05 p. m. praising the day’s great tax cut rollout before taking aim at some of his adversaries before daybreak Friday he was back at it launching a tweet storm about Hillary Clinton the Democrats and the Justice Department John Wagner avi Selk Bryan Fung and Brian Murphy contributed to this report which has been updated read more Trump shares gift with himself striking Hillary Clinton in the back with a golf ball the Yelp employee who wasn t making 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