Why it should worry you that Trump's Twitter feed went down

Trump's Twitter account temporarily disappeared

Once a user chooses to do so, Twitter retains that data for 30 days, after which it begins the process of deleting the account from its systems. The reason this happened?

The error message is usually for accounts that have been deleted, rather than suspended by Twitter.

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 "newsworthiness" and whether it has "public interest". "We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again", Twitter said in a statement.

Donald Trump's Twitter account vanished for 11 minutes on Thursday.

A Twitter employee, on his last day at the job, deactivated the account of Donald Trump on the social network. The account was restored by 7:03 p.m.

Trump was back on Twitter after his brief and accidental time-out. "We are conducting a full internal review", Twitter said in a tweet late on Thursday.

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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.

The first details from the official Twitter Government account made the incident look like an accident. The page mostly contains retweets of Trump's posts from @realDonaldTrump.

"We hold all accounts to the same Rules, and consider a number of factors when assessing whether Tweets violate our Rules", the company wrote in a long tweet thread on its "Policy" account.

Trump has other accounts he can tweet from besides his personal account, which has 41 million followers.

Twitter acknowledged that Trump's tweet had caused an uproar but said it was allowed to stay because of its "newsworthiness". "If an ordinary citizen tweeted some of what he tweeted, I would think some of them would be taken down".

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