WASHINGTON — For a few minutes, President Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account appeared to be deleted Thursday afternoon — 36,300 tweets gone, replaced by Twitter’s boilerplate message “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”
Twitter said the account was deactivated because of human error. It was restored after 11 minutes.
It didn’t take long for “Trump’s Twitter” to start trending after it went down around 4:50 p.m. MDT, but the account was restored 10 minutes later.
It’s still not clear what prompted the error message.
During the Trump Twitter outage, his presidential handle, @POTUS, appeared unaffected.
Trump’s last tweet from his personal page was at 4:35 p.m., announcing his nomination of Jerome Powell as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.
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.
— TwitterGov (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017