Alarm Raised After Twitter Staffer Screws With Trump’s Account: What If That Guy Tried To Start A War?

The Washington Post reports:

President Trump boasted Friday of his social media influence after his personal Twitter account was briefly deactivated by a departing company employee, raising serious questions about the security of tweets the president wields to set major policy agendas, connect with his voter base and lash out at his adversaries.

The deactivation Thursday sparked deep and troubling questions about who has access to the president’s personal account, @realDonaldTrump, and the power that access holds. The deactivation also came at a time when the social network is under scrutiny for the role it played in spreading Russian propaganda during the 2016 presidential election.

More from Politico:

Trump’s Twitter account – the social media with which he communicates his thoughts and feelings on an almost daily basis – went dark for a period of roughly 11 minutes Thursday just before 6 p.m.

Twitter initially announced that the president’s account had been deactivated due to human error, but said in a follow up post that an employee completing their final day with the company had purposefully deactivated the president’s account.

Twitter said it was conducting an internal review in the wake of the deactivation. Calls for the president’s Twitter account to be suspended based on some of his more aggressive rhetoric have circulated online, although such calls have been largely limited to liberal circles and have not gained much traction.

And from Business Insider:

Just think, what if the rogue support staffer on his last day decided to do something different. What if, instead of taking Trump’s account offline, the staffer decided to fire off a tweet on Trump’s account?

Perhaps the staffer might have had Trump say something idiotic or embarrassing. Perhaps the staffer might have had Trump bash a company’s stock, in hopes of trading ahead of it and make a quick buck.

Or perhaps the departing Twitter employee might have composed a tweet declaring that missiles had been fired at an enemy regime like North Korea. Twitter has control over an internet-age nuclear weapon. We can’t afford to trust that Twitter knows how to take care of it.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Idea: Then stop using a social media platform for official policy declarations that even top military brass doesn’t know. Better yet: stop using social media as a viable means to skirt around critique and responses by evidence based media. Best yet: Delete the account… and his presidency.

    • gaycuckhubby

      A thousand upvotes!

    • Acronym Jim

      Don’t delete it, freeze it for posterity and to avoid plausible deniability in any upcoming trial.

      Nixon would have been delighted to have a communication platform that is so easily deletable.

  • gaycuckhubby

    More concerned about our emotionally frail President atarting a war… but they do raise legit concerns

  • Rebecca Gardner
  • TexasBoy

    Only someone who is completely incompetent would rely on twitter as a “means of security of tweets the president wields to set major policy agendas.”

    Scary in and of itself.

  • Michael R

    ” We are continuing to investigate and are taking
    steps to prevent this from happening again. ”

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/537ba1bc72ce090842c964df803e7ab86fb89972e549d9dd9c3b9ea6752ee89d.jpg

  • Sam_Handwich
  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    …and exactly how much does Donny pay for his twitter account?

  • Tawreos

    Remember when presidential tweets were about spreading information, honoring holidays and not usually anything of importance? I miss the days when there was an adult in the Oval Office

    • Acronym Jim

      There is still the official POTUS account. Fortunately, either no one has told Donny that, or Donny prefers to use his personal account to send out the really batshit stuff.

    • ted-

      Your statement implies he’s a human to begin with. He’s friggin jackass!

    • Dagoril

      I think is all punishment for us, for over and over saying during the reign of Bush II that there couldn’t possibly be a worse president. Karma likes to slap people around 😉

  • kaydenpat

    If only they could accidentally and permanently deactivate his presidency. Sigh.

  • Sam_Handwich

    this one’s real.

    and Warren really stepped in it yesterday

    but “lead”….

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/926417546038923264

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Along with his annoying tweets might I note that his capitalization and grammar in them sucks?

      Having noted, yea, Warren shit the bed on that one.

    • Joe in PA

      Damn, where is that rogue Twitter employee when you need them?

    • Daveed_WOW

      He’s not backing off on the racism, is he?

    • ColdCountry

      Pocahontas?? WTF? (Have I mentioned in the last 2 minutes how much I hate that man?)

      • thatotherjean

        It’s the term he usually uses for Elizabeth Warren, who made a remarkably unwise tweet yesterday, which led to Trump’s outburst against Hillary Clinton, again. I join you in your hatred of Trump.

      • JCF

        Do you think…
        that possibly…
        perhaps…
        Trump could be…
        a RACIST?????

        • ColdCountry

          *GASP* Oh, Shirley not!

    • The_Wretched

      Trump scorn for the distinction between law and not law is what gets me.

      Trump thinking he’s king to direct the FBI and DOJ gets me.

      Trump using Tweets to direct the FEDGOV gets me.

    • bzrd

      it’s “led by” you dim bulb

  • netxtown

    but…but the Diversity lottery (read: brown people) is the big, big, big national security concern,,,,,

  • Chanel5

    “Perhaps the staffer might have had Trump say something idiotic or embarrassing.” So, basically we wouldn’t know the difference.

    • David L. Caster

      Exactly.

  • Tulle Christensen

    Well that ex-employee will never get a job working with computers again, I guess he could do yard work

    • David L. Caster

      Did you omit the /s tag or do you not in fact realize that the guy is regarded as a national hero by most tech nerds?

      ~/s

      • The_Wretched

        The ‘tool for christ’ has some odd, and occasionally hard to parse, views on things.

  • BlindBill

    It is too soon to talk about twitter security …..

    more outrage over this than eqifax breach or the proliferation of white american christian terrorists who are deemed “Nuts” only after there is a body count ….. just saying

    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

      Or Niger, which feels like it happened a decade ago and is already forgotten.

      • JCF

        Not to mention Las Vegas!

  • josephsinger

    Why cannot shit like this last longer?

  • Rex

    The President of the United States should not use, or abuse, social media to further his agenda or set/announce policy. If something awful happens it’s Trump that’s ultimately responsible for using the platform in a way it was never intended to be used.

    • Sean Taylor

      as if a member of that party would ever accept responsibility for their actions.

  • Harveyrabbit

    It should not be shut down or deleted. As egregiously annoying as it is I believe many of his past and future Twitter comments and statements can be used by the Mueller investigation as evidence against him.

    • ChrisMorley

      Judges love quoting his own words back at him when blocking his Muslim travel bans, etc.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      True. If Mueller is as competent as I think he is, he’s got someone to screenshot and list all pertinent Tweets.

      • Danieruw

        Screenshot all of the tweets, regardless of present pertinence. As we’ve seen, they come back to haunt him (and amuse us).

  • JoeMyGod
  • jm2

    11 minutes wasn’t long enough! 😩

    • pj

      it was bliss while it lasted.

  • Frostbite

    Maybe the POTUS shouldn’t be using Twitter for his proclamations!

    • Bj Lincoln

      Ya think? /s

  • ChrisMorley

    The deletion of Trump’s account also gave people the chance to relive one of the internet’s all-time favourite last day pranks.

    https://twitter.com/GoodFairyClean/status/926363172726034432
    This suspension bridge is just north of Edinburgh, across the Firth of Forth.

    The Guardian celebrates the best

    ‘You’re hired!’: Internet salutes Twitter employee who pulled plug on Trump
    – For 11 happy minutes Twitter users celebrated a Trump-free experience, heaping praise on the rogue staffer who shut down the US president

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/03/donald-trump-twitter-account-internet-salutes-employee-last-day

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • ColdCountry

      Innnnnteresting…..

  • olandp

    “What if, instead of taking Trump’s account offline, the staffer decided to fire off a tweet on Trump’s account?
    Perhaps the staffer might have had Trump say something idiotic or embarrassing.”

    That could never happen, or be believable, right? /s

  • GeneInSJ

    Any employee with the right level of access will be able to disable or even delete his account.

    And yes, they could probably hijack it and start a war, affect the stock market, etc.

    That fact that Trump uses this platform highlights his carelessness and stupidity.

    • Dave_in_PDX
    • That said, companies like this naturally have tools for employees with the right access permissions to deactivate accounts, but they rarely give employees access to passwords or the ability to log into another’s account. It’s more likely that a Russian hacker could log into Trump’s account to post a fraudulent tweet than a Twitter employee. But the fact that it’s poaaible for *someone*, *anyone*, does mean that Twitter shouldn’t be used to make or announce public policies except to augment traditional channels of communication.

  • Joe in PA

    So the response from Business Insider was tongue-in-cheek, right?

  • Robincho

    This tweet is fake. If Dumpy had actually written it, you KNOW it would have blamed a “rouge employe”…

  • Friday’s_cat

    Skynet comes in the form of a little blue bird icon. Who knew?

  • Pip

    He conducts official state business on a fucking social media platform. A very hackable, highly unsecured, easily accessible social media platform. Twitter accounts are hacked every day. He could leave his phone sitting around logged in, halfway through a tweet and someone could grab it up. There are all sorts of folks who have access to and can gain access to his account because there are thousands of employees at Twitter every day. I work for a technology company. I know how easy it can be to get into people’s accounts no matter how hard a company tries to make things inaccessible. What part of this makes it okay for him to continue using a fucking social media account to conduct official state business? The fact that he’s been allowed to go on this long is just baffling.

    • ColdCountry

      Who’s going to stop him? How would they stop him? His the PREZ, he can do whatever he wants.

      • Pip

        You have a point. I mean, he is the only one that matters.

        • ColdCountry

          Seriously. Unless he is breaking a law, and even if he is, who, exactly, could stop him, even if they wanted to? (And we know some do!)

    • Longpole

      Perfect, trump now has an excuse when the the tax bill doesnt pass, the stock market crashes, more troops are killed, and everything.

  • Marty Pavelka

    I’m sure somepne probably commented on this somewhere else on the thread, but “Perhaps the staffer might have had Trump say something idiotic or embarrassing.” Did someone actually write this with a straight face?

  • Uncle Mark

    Frankly, I am more afraid of the actual Twitter account holder starting a war or hurting company stocks than I am of some other bad actor.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • David L. Caster

      Or at least the Medal of Freedom in the US.

  • ColdCountry

    “Perhaps the staffer might have had Trump say something idiotic or embarrassing.”
    Oh, please. Dump himself does that daily.

    But seriously, WHEN is “someone” going to do something about the fact that the Orange Idiot is setting policy on an insecure, social platform? Hello?

  • Natty Enquirer

    Just the usual sensationalistic garbage from Business Insider. Not even North Korea is going to start a thermonuclear war over a Tweet without corroboration.

    • Gigi

      I’m more concerned about Trump and his “little rocket man” tweets than I am some disgruntled Twitter employee.

  • Robert

    the word is out Trump is a MORON

  • The_Wretched

    Maybe the President of the US should stick to traditional channels that make this sort of problem moot? Oh I don’t know, maybe use official press releases and speeches from the WH instead of 280 character snippets?

  • Dagoril

    “Perhaps the staffer might have had Trump say something idiotic or embarrassing.”

    Would anyone notice any difference from his normal tweets?!

  • Barry William Teske

    I still have not figured out the melody (we all know there is one), but here are some of the words.
    ‘Down, down, #45 is going down, down, down…’

    • MBear

      Who wrote the impeachment of trump? Whoa-oh…oh-ohooooo

  • JWC

    What ever this chaps motive was and consideing what he could have or did not do, The Hallmark of this exercise was to expose the ease and vulnerability that can happen To prove Donny and his twitteraccount are not invincable

    • thatotherjean

      They never have been impossible to hack, and I can’t see how they could be made so. He needs to find some more secure way to lie to us.

      • JWC

        he is to stupid On Twitter he can take his time , formulate the words and garble the message.I seriously doubt that Trump can read

  • MBear

    Maybe you should use secure official channels instead of fucking Twitter you fucking malodorous piece of filth

    • Halou

      I remember when Trump whinged about how the cost of building a new Air Force One was greater than it would be to build an ordinary airliner, forgetting the fact AF1 is not an ordinary airliner, his tweets wiped nearly a billion dollars from the manufacturer’s market value (perhaps he can trash talk a Russian aircraft engineering company?). And the time he gloated that the market value of health insurance companies fell through the floor after his EO to sabotage Obamacare…

      If a rogue Twitter staffer posted a pot on Trump’s account, would it really be any different to what is already going on?

  • Halou

    Perhaps the staffer might have had Trump say something idiotic or embarrassing.”

    What difference would that make, and would anybody really notice?

  • Jefe5084

    The word’s been out for over 2 years—asshole. You are a pure asshole.

    • Gianni

      You took the words right out of my mouth! 🙂

  • Ginger Snap

    The internet is not private for anyone. Honestly I know hardly anything about internet tech and I know that.

  • JCF

    People have pointed out the insecurity of Twitter in general, and Drumpf’s Twitter in particular, AT LEAST since the (s)election. Drumpf has cared Not One Flying Fuck.