Twitter takes security measures after 'rogue' employee disables Donald Trump's account


Steve Gomez, Former FBI Special Agent in Charge and now ABC News Contributor says any disruption to the President's Twitter account could be disastrous.

Hundreds of employees are able to access the accounts of so-called Very Important Tweeters, or VITs, and can take actions like disabling the accounts, reported the Times, attributing that information to current and former Twitter employees.

Twitter users expressed shock regarding the temporary suspension of President Trump's account.

"At a high level, this implies a level of complacency, that organizations generally are perhaps trying to convince themselves they have technology risk managed", said Yvette Connor, chief risk officer at Focal Point Data Risk, which consults with boards and executives on technology security.

The aforementioned incident is one of many cases where Twitter has faced accusations of censorship.

The rogue Twitter employee hailed as a social media hero for shutting down the President's account was hired as a contract worker, according to new reports. Twitter said that the employee responsible was working their last day with the company, in the customer support sector.

Twitter said on Thursday a review of the outage was ongoing.

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Twitter declined to comment beyond its tweets on the incident released Thursday.

There's "just a tool that naturally a small group of people for safety and abuse and hacking etc have access to that got abused by one person for eleven minutes", the former Twitter executive told CNN.

"What it showed was that the president's Twitter account could be manipulated by somebody other than the president of the United States", Glees said. We need to do better on this, and will. Twitter is committed to transparency and keeping people informed about what's happening in the world. An account can be reactivated during that period simply by logging in. The official feed for the USA president, @POTUS, wasn't affected.

On Thursday, 2 November 2017, U.S. president Donald Trump's beloved Twitter account was shut down for a total of 11 minutes before administrators realised what had happened and reinstated it.

"Trump's Twitter deactivated for 11 min, and I suddenly thought I'd jumped back into the real timeline where things aren't so damned absurd", tweeted Star Trek actor turned social media personality George Takei.

Others on Twitter have called Trump's fiery rhetoric against North Korea a violation of the social network's terms of service, which prohibit threats of violence. "Among the considerations is "newsworthiness" and whether a tweet is of public interest".