For any employee, the last day at work is the day they write history, or as we like to call it, a farewell email, which will henceforth be the legacy they leave behind.
But this now former Twitter employee’s last act on the job just turned them into an Internet hero.
Yesterday, for approximately 11 minutes, the Twitterverse could not find @realDonaldTrump‘s Twitter account. The reason? It was apparently deactivated!
Twitter Government, the social media channel’s official administrative account, issued the following statement, citing the cliché ‘human error’ as the reason for this lapse.
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.
— TwitterGov (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017
A little before 7 pm (US time zone), media channels were in a flurry over news that the POTUS’ personal account unavailable.
A search for the same on Twitter displayed the message “User does not exist”.
However, two hours after their first statement, @TwitterGov was back with a more detailed explanation—it was a former Customer Support employee who had pulled off this feat on their last day of work!
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. https://t.co/mlarOgiaRF
— TwitterGov (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017
The chief concern that most skeptics echoed was how a customer support employee had the requisite clearance to delete a verified official account which has over 41 million followers.
As for the Twitterverse, once they were assured that President Trump’s account was up and running and their source of all tweets Covfefe was indeed safe, they gave a roaring applause to the Twitter employee’s daredevil stunt!
1. There was quite a lot of insight into what said employee’s last moments at work would’ve been like.
TBH, exit interviews do tend to suck!
Exit interview video of the Twitter employee that deactivated Trump's Twitter pic.twitter.com/biyZp6khhB
— Med🍴um R🥩re (@StickAForkInYou) November 3, 2017
I’m outta here!
Swag Level: ∞
Twitter employee whose last day at work was spent deleting Trump's Twitter account. pic.twitter.com/0qqMMCrJN7
— MzFightDiva40 (@MzFightDiva40) November 3, 2017
What you feel when you’re burning bridges you know you never want to set foot on again!
Trump’s Twitter was deactivated by a “Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day.”
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) November 3, 2017
2. Many wanted to shower this unprecedented hero with tokens of appreciation!
Give them that Nobel Peace Prize already!
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
Frankly, I’d do it too for free 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. https://t.co/ruzaVBcQp1
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) November 3, 2017
That employee’s going to be more stuffed than a Thanksgiving turkey!
— Jenn (@8675309Carson) November 3, 2017
3. People just couldn’t help but be sassy AF!
4. Ah! But this wishful thinking!
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.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 3, 2017
5. Writing history, one deleted Twitter account at a time!
I survived the Trump twitter outage
November 2, 2017
6:58PM to 7:04PM #neverforget
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) November 2, 2017
6. And than kids, is how a POTUS’ account got deactivated by a fearless crusader who shall remain unnamed.
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
7. Ha! We finally know who it was!
New Twitter employee mistakenly deactivates Donald Trump's Twitter account pic.twitter.com/gZ50xWC2bo
— Alex Marr (@alexmarr98) November 3, 2017
8. Though Donald Trump didn’t react to any of it, we’re can pretty much imagine his comeback!
Well-played, President Trump! Welcome back.
Trump's Twitter pic.twitter.com/CfNFNLgkbz
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) November 2, 2017
9. The ‘bare’ly there truth!
Twitter must be fixing their algorithms to fight bots. Trump’s Twitter looks way more acurate now. pic.twitter.com/CupWcn1KEJ
— please don't, I'm exhausted. (@AllisonGrey) November 2, 2017
10. And the Oscar goes to….
Not all heroes wear capes. Some just work in customer support and rid the world of