Twitter employee briefly shuts Trump account, putting controls in question

Twitter employee briefly shuts Trump account, putting controls in question

Twitter employee briefly shuts Trump account, putting controls in question

"My Twitter account was off by 11 minutes a rebellious employee".

Twitter users were swift to point out the potential security implications: "It is shocking that some random Twitter employee could shut down the president's account".

While the momentary outage led to a moment of frenzy and - for some - jubilation over Trump's absence on Twitter, there are serious questions being asked about what a bigger hack could do.

"We have implemented safeguards to prevent this from happening again", Twitter said via its Twitter Government account.

As reported, the account trump on Twitter Thursday, November 2, was "inadvertently disconnected" and didn't work for 11 minutes.

The San Francisco-based firm said it would not specify what the new safeguards are, however, citing security concerns after a reported contract worker briefly disabled Trump's account.

"You're talking about the Twitter account of the President of the United States who uses it to talk to 41 million people on a daily basis and this person probably could have tweeted whatever they wanted and maybe even started a war", said Ekeland.

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Reuters could not determine how many Twitter employees had the authority to delete accounts or if any had the ability to tamper with them in other ways, such as by sending bogus tweets.

This incident highlights the need for companies, especially those with a lot of data, to bulk up their monitoring capabilities and keep track of which employees have administrative control and access to information, Connor said. "I'm not sure anyone at Twitter can tweet from someone else's account".

But in a conference call with investors earlier this week, the social network said many of these will likely not be full-time employees; the company will largely rely on third-party contractors. "Ain't that a bind?"

Twitter shares were up 1.9 percent in afternoon trading.

The statement left many question from the tech community and Washington unanswered, including how many people had access to Trump's account and what were the security protocols in dealing with accounts of influential personalities, especially those related to USA national security.

On Thursday, 2 November 2017, USA 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. "I guess the word must finally be getting out and having an impact".

He has used Twitter to attack opponents and promote his policies, both during the 2016 presidential campaign and since taking office in January.

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