– News from elsewhere covered by Quincy Quarry News with commentary added.
President Donald Trump’s personal Twitter page was shut down for eleven minutes yesterday by someone on his or her last day working for Twitter.
Needless to say, Twitter quickly went into full damage control mode.
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
In turn, President Trump launched a tweet storm shortly after his account was put back on line.
My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017
As per its usual, The New York Times ran a thoughtful piece on the wide range of security shortcomings at social media companies and how contractors in particular can readily – and in this case did – wreak havoc on VIT’s (“Very Important Twits”).
Most annoying, if not even more so than the resumption of Twitter service for the President, was the often mindless chattering by political talking heads about the woefully conflated claims of the importance of social media to our national security, if not also international security.
After all, it’s not like social media are real news media.
President Nixon's account has been active since 2008, regularly since 2012; we guard against interference. – RZ
— Richard M. Nixon (@dick_nixon) November 3, 2017