A Twitter employee, on his last day at the job, deactivated the account of Donald Trump on the social network.
The Twitterverse was Trump-free for several minutes, and the internet exploded with various kinds of reactions to what happened.
Twitter Account Of Trump Taken Down
For 11 minutes, Twitter users who searched for Trump's account were met with the familiar page that shows up when you look for an account that doesn't exist.
Twitter in September reiterated that it will not be taking down Trump's account, and a change of mind for the social network after just over a month was not likely. After Trump's Twitter account returned, details on what happened started to surface.
The first details from the official Twitter Government account made the incident look like an accident. That was not a big deal, as there have been other cases wherein human error affected the internet. Twitter even once mistakenly banned the account of its CEO, Jack Dorsey. The Twitter Government's next tweet on the matter, however, painted things in a new light.
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. — Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017
Suddenly, this unnamed Twitter employee became an internet hero after executing a plan to shut down Trump's account on the social network. The President's account was only offline for several minutes, but it was enough to make the internet go crazy.
Twitter's Reactions To Suspended Trump Account
The ex-Twitter employee-turned-internet hero is still unidentified, but whoever he is, it is clear that there are a lot of people who want to thank him for what he did.
We'll all remember where we were during the 10 minutes of peace while Donald Trump's Twitter account was down. — Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) November 2, 2017
Twitter employee whose last day at work was spent deleting Trump's Twitter account. pic.twitter.com/0qqMMCrJN7 — MzFightDiva40 (@MzFightDiva40) 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
New Twitter employee mistakenly deactivates Donald Trump's Twitter account pic.twitter.com/gZ50xWC2bo — Alex Marr (@Alexmarr98) November 3, 2017
live look at the twitter employee after taking down trump's account on his last day pic.twitter.com/ugToOmqU6b — bad hombre (@TeeHaitchGee) November 3, 2017
The suspension of Trump's account for 11 minutes actually didn't do much. However, for the President's critics who have long called for Trump to be banned from the service, it is a small victory in a world that badly needs more of such things.