"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," Twitter said in a statement late Thursday night.
For eleven minutes around 7 p.m. ET Thursday, visitors to the president's @RealDonaldTrump Twitter page were greeted with, "Sorry, that page doesn't exist!" That account has 41.7 million Twitter followers.
Initially Twitter said in a statement, "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."
Not surprisingly, the chattering classes jumped at the opportunity to share their thoughts on the commander in chief -- and they were not particularly kind.