Yes, kids, last night, a Twitter employee celebrated their last day at work by deactivating Trump’s account. In response, Twitter said it has
“implemented safeguards to prevent this from happening again.”
Twitter declined to offer any explanation for how it would restrict access to tools that have been accessible to a range of Twitter employees, including contractors. Former employees say the company has known about the risks of rogue employees for years — and that Trump’s 11-minute deactivation isn’t the first time an employee targeted an account on their way out of the company.
The rogue employee, who has not been identified, is an immediate source of fascination and one former employee told The Verge.
“We’re now referring to this individual as ‘the legend.’”
Twitter declined to comment beyond a handful of tweets from its TwitterGov account.
“We won’t be able to share all details about our internal investigation or updates to our security measures, but we take this seriously and our teams are on it.”
An open question is whether the former employee who took down Trump’s account could be subject to criminal charges. A person familiar with the situation said Twitter had not yet been contacted law enforcement.
Like many Americans, Bette Midler was THRILLED!
“Oh, someone from Twitter took down that idiot’s account for 11 minutes? BRAVO!!! Wish there was a hero at the IRS.“
We’ll take up a collection on Kickstarter for their legal defense.
(via The Verge)