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Why did the president’s Twitter get taken down?

There would have been celebrations around the world for some people—crying and smiling—and then it’s all over in just 11 minutes. President Donald Trump’s personal Twitter was taken down in that span and brought back up.

But why was it taken down in the first place?

On Thursday night near 7 p.m. eastern time, a Twitter employee who was working their last day for the company in the customer support area, took down the 45th president and media personality’s personal Twitter.

This would had the screen you would gotten if you looked up the president's Twitter during the 11 minutes it was down; photo from howldb.com
This would had the screen you would gotten if you looked up the president’s Twitter during the 11 minutes it was down; photo from howldb.com

Twitter said in a statement “Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee.” Twitter also noted that this was the employee’s last day with the company.

The president has been targeted multiple times on Wikipedia, changing his public information. The attacks got so bad, Wikipedia decided to limit his page to only high-rank employees.

Due to the numerous times Trump’s comments on Twitter have led to people calling for the suspension of the account, it comes as little surprise that one particularly daring soon-to-be ex-employee would find themselves tempted.

However, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended the president’s use of Twitter back in May of 2017 by saying, “I believe it’s really important to hear directly from our leadership.”

Trump did not make a statement but did suggest on his restored Twitter page that “the word must finally be getting out – and having an impact.”

Just last month, President Trump became the most followed world leader passing Pope Francis of the Catholic Church with over 42 million Twitter followers.

Twitter is conducting a full internal investigation into how the employee got access, as well as how to prevent future attacks on the president’s page.

 

 

 

Twitter Introduces New Changes and Updates

You are finally out of the dark ages of running out of space to type your longwinded tweet on Twitter. There’s more room now to get your message out there and yes, a chance of fewer tweets from President Trump.

The 280 character system had been in beta since September. Only a small group of users got the privilege to test the system  while most celebrities and even the president didn’t  get the honor to test it.

 An example of Twitter's old character limit of 140 and the new limit of 280; photo from czaal.com
An example of Twitter’s old character limit of 140 and the new limit of 280; photo from czaal.com

On Tuesday, November 7th, Twitter announced that users in almost 40 different languages would get the 280 character limit.  Later in that evening, everyone got the new limit.

Interestingly, after the new 280 character limit was released to the beta group, only 5% of tweets went above the original limit of 140 characters while  just only 2% of tweets went over 190 characters.

The testers argued that instead of adding more characters, Twitter should be more worried about the content of the tweets.

Just last week, Twitter updated their rules to be more straight forward in the definitions and policies towards harassment, threats, and adult content.

If you are suspended under these rules, you now will get a email telling you why your account has been suspended.

These rules were implemented after Rose McGowan’s account was suspended for violating policy as some thought she was suspended for tweeting about the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Twitter responded to these rumors, stating that McGowan was suspended for posting someone’s phone number.

Lastly, Twitter has increased the character limit for usernames from 20 to 50.