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Liberals cheer Twitter employee for taking down Trump’s personal account

For about 11 minutes on Thursday, President Trump’s personal Twitter account was unavailable, giving visitors an error.  Twitter initially called it “human error,” then later said it was done by an employee on his/her last day.  Naturally, leftists who apparently hate the First Amendment and the president cheered the employee.

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“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 said.

“Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day. We are conducting a full internal review,” the company said.

Breitbart News said it “reached out to Twitter for comment but was told by a Twitter spokesperson that they didn’t have ‘anything further to share beyond our Tweets tonight but thank you for checking.'”

Reaction from leftists was predictable:

https://twitter.com/elongreen/status/926239913007296514

https://twitter.com/shan_801/status/926240516378828801

California Democrat Ted Lieu even offered the employee a pizza.

“Dear Twitter employee who shut down Trump’s Twitter: You made America feel better for 11 minutes. DM me & I will buy you a Pizza Hut pizza,” he tweeted:

Another person suggested a GoFundMe account:

https://twitter.com/chachimax1/status/926292297133604864

The Washington Post added:

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 alone 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.

Trump tweeted five times Thursday night after his account was reactivated but never mentioned the outage.

The president was aware of the issue, and the White House was in touch with Twitter, said an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter.

Buzzfeed also noted:

A former senior employee told BuzzFeed News that “a lot” of employees have the ability to suspend a user’s account and that fewer, in the hundreds, can deactivate one. The former employee described the system like a dashboard, meaning employees might not need engineering skills to suspend or deactivate an account.

“It’s one click if you have the rights to access the tool,” the person said.

The source noted that Twitter was aware that its suspension permissions could be abused but did not change its protocol.

This is the modern left.  As we have said before, liberals don’t really support free speech — they reserve it for themselves.

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