Trump responds to temporary shutdown of his Twitter account

Last Updated Nov 3, 2017 9:10 AM EDT

President Trump is making light of his Twitter account going dark for a few minutes this week.

Twitter has reported that a customer support worker was on his or her last day on the job and "inadvertently" deactivated Mr. Trump's account briefly Thursday evening. 

Early Friday, Mr. Trump tweeted: "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."

Twitter users quickly noticed on Thursday night that Mr. Trump's account appeared to no longer exist, fueling speculation about what could have caused the shutdown. 

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Screenshot of President Trump's Twitter page

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After 11 minutes, the president's account returned to normal, and Twitter eventually issued a statement saying it is conducting a "full investigation" of the incident.

Mr. Trump's signature use of his Twitter account to make large policy announcements and criticize world leaders and even members of his own party has drawn frequent consternation from critics, although others argue his account offers helpful insights into how his mind works. 

Mr. Trump has said he views Twitter as a way to cut through the "fake news" media and speak directly to the people.