Poetry, peace: What Twitter users said in the 11 minutes Trump’s account did ‘not exist’
US President Donald Trump’s @realdonaldtrump Twitter account was deactivated by a Twitter Inc employee who was leaving the company on Thursday and was down for 11 minutes before it was restored.Updated: Nov 03, 2017 11:39 IST
It lasted 11 minutes.
Shortly before 7 pm on Thursday, social media reports surfaced that the US President’s personal account @RealDonaldTrump was unavailable — showing an error message that the user “does not exist”. The account was restored minutes later.
This short span of time was commemorated by many as the ‘Trump Twitter Outage of 2017’. Some users heaved a sigh of relief, revelling in the silence, while others mockingly warned against forgetting this day.
People speculated over why the account was down, with some suggesting it could be a conscious but shocking decision by Trump. More elaborate theories linked the move to Robert Mueller’s probe into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia for interfering in the 2016 US election.
The US President’s love for the platform is well-documented. With over 40 million followers, Trump has indiscriminately voiced his opinions on Twitter — often evoking the wrath of critics who consider his unfiltered outpourings “unpresidential”. Trump has tweeted threats of war with North Korea, posted an edited video of him “tackling CNN to the ground”, and lashed out at rivals, among other controversies.
Trump's twitter account was shut down. Those few precious minutes was like when Andy played the opera on the Shawshank PA system— Swami Tommy (@swami_Tommy77) November 3, 2017
Don’t ever let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was Camelot.— Lauren Santo Domingo (@TheLSD) November 2, 2017
The Doomsday Clock moved one minute away from midnight during this.— Bart Bruyninckx (@FrostPegasus) November 2, 2017
It was the best of times.— Angela (@AngelaQueensNY1) November 2, 2017
When future generations ask, "Where were you during Covfefe and the Trump Twitter blackout of 2017? Man, that must have been amazing!"— Natasha @ Luscious (@myLusciousLife) November 2, 2017
Any chance that the temporary downtime was due to Twitter handing data over to Mueller? Or deleting it, paid by Trump?— Jordan Myers (@FidgetyWizard) November 3, 2017
I don’t want Trump’s Twitter taken down. Every tweet is evidence. Keep tweeting, Trump. No one tell him Mueller can see them🕵️ #TrumpRussia— Scott Dworkin (@funder) November 3, 2017
The hoopla refused to die down even after Trump’s account was restored.
Twitter’s statement that Trump’s account was deactivated by an employee who was leaving the company sparked another line of jokes and memes. Many claimed the unnamed employee went out “with a bang” on his/her last day at work, and even suggested that the company reinstate the “true American hero” with a raise.
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
Shouldn’t he be promoted?— Ethan Savage (@ethansavage) November 3, 2017
way to go out with a bang, buddy. 👌— molly (@mollymermaids) November 3, 2017
An occasional voice of support propped up:
Pathetic.. he/she deserved getting the boot for attempting to silence the president.— Rai Mix (@RM3Q2) November 3, 2017
When everything was over, Trump went back to tweeting like the ‘outage’ had never happened. And the White House remained silent.