Twitter Temporarily Suspends President Trump's Personal Account
04 November, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Darren Santiago
Hundreds of employees are able to access the accounts of so-called Very Important Tweeters, or VITs, and can take actions like disabling the accounts, according to current and former Twitter employees.
"[If] a temp/contractor can shut down Trump's Twitter acct, what happens when someone hijacks it & "announces" ICBMs headed for North Korea?"
Many praised the temporary shutdown of Trump's account, with users saying the unnamed employee responsible "deserves a medal" and that "not all heroes wear capes".
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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.
The blackout incident came as Twitter is under mounting pressure for allegedly trying to sway last year's presidential election in Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's favor. "We are conducting a full internal review". "We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again", the tweet said.
The teams that are most likely to possess the access to deactivate accounts at Twitter are the Trust and Safety team, who are the employees alerted if a user flags a case of harassment or another safety issue - or the Customer Support team, who are there to help if you find you can no longer access your account.
The President believes that his messages began to read. Twitter's rules let the company suspend accounts for violent threats, gender-based attacks and other forms of abuse and harassment.
Though the company initially said the incident was "inadvertent" and caused by "human error", details that emerged several hours later indicated it had been intentional.
Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at the nonprofit Center for Democracy and Technology, said the suspension reflected a need for Twitter to be more transparent about its ability to control accounts but also demonstrated the perils of a head of state relying on digital technology as a primary mode of communication. "Independent researchers have estimated that up to 15 percent of Twitter accounts - or potentially 48 million accounts - are fake or automated", Mr. Warner said.
While Trump-haters can continue to poke fun at the social media stunt, others are warning that it's not something to celebrate, especially since a New York Times article suggested that the employee responsible was a third-party contractor rather than a full-time employee.
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