A Twitter employee who deleted Donald Trump‘s account on their last day has come in for high praise from the internet.
The US President’s account was deactivated, disappearing for 11 minutes and leaving only the notice: “@realDonaldTrump does not exist”.
Twitter initially said the account was deactivated “due to human error by a Twitter employee” but later said an investigation had revealed it was done by a customer support employee who did it on their last day.
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. https://t.co/mlarOgiaRF
— Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017
The employee’s bold move sparked a flurry of praise from fellow Twitterati, with many suggesting the disgruntled employee should should be in line for a hefty bonus.
Others compared the customer support worker to a hero.
In response to Twitter’s statement about its investigation, one user said: “I am assuming you’re investigating who should get a million dollar bonus?”
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Others had similar ideas for what should happen to the departing employee.
Whoever disabled Donald Trump's Twitter account shouldn't be sacked. They should be promoted.
— Chris Ward (@yorker129_7) November 3, 2017
Please get the departing Twitter employee who deactivated Donald Trump’s account on their last day a medal, a knighthood, a magnum of champagne and a small tropical island.
— misery magnet (@ElenaBjxrn) November 3, 2017
Someone out there is about to put "deleted Donald Trump's twitter account" on their resume…
— Krysti Wilkinson (@krystiwithakay) November 3, 2017
Roger Sterling compared the defiant move to the scene from blockbuster ‘Shawshank Redemption’ when inmate Andy Dufresne defies Warden Sam Norton by playing an opera aria over the prison’s PA system.
So Donald Trump’s twitter account was shut down. Those 11 minutes was like when Andy played the opera on the Shawshank PA system… pic.twitter.com/2S9Y1TiqWr
— Roger Sterling (@NYRogerSterling) November 3, 2017
Other Twitter users suggested the deactivation should be a permanent state of play for Mr Trump’s account.
Oh how I'd LOVE to see that message on a permanent basis! Not just on Twitter.
— rednorsk (@rednorsk) November 3, 2017
Trump's Twitter was down
We've heard the news;
Was the term Twitter used.
But why inadvertent?
Why not make it for keeps?
And spare us dangers
His account daily reaps?
So @twitter, how ‘bout it?
Make it right:
For good tonight
— The Seuss is Loose (@SeussIsLoose_) November 3, 2017
Mr Trump has regularly used his Twitter account to post controversial comments about his political rivals in the US and abroad, as well as on contentious issues.
The US President has not yet tweeted about the deactivation of his account and a spokesperson for the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.