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Twitter adds safeguards after Trump account deactivated; report says employee was contractor

Twitter adds safeguards after Trump account deactivated; report says employee was contractor

Twitter has handed over to Senate investigators the profile names, or "handles", of 201 accounts linked to Russian attempts at influencing the 2016 presidential election.

Trump tweeted: "My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee".

The person who shut the President out of Twitter was reportedly a private contractor hired by the company.

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Twitter is putting new safeguards in place Friday after an outgoing employee was able to shut down President Donald Trump's account briefly, the company said Friday.

"We are conducting a full internal review", it said on the official Twitter Government account. Many commentators had earlier questioned Twitter's policies after Trump's controversial tweets did not lead to any temporary suspension. Twitter, meanwhile, said: "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". The account was unreachable for 11 minutes. Critics say the president should be more careful of what he says, while the White House says the account gives him unfiltered access to his supporters.

Trump has even used the social media site to announce policy, and surprised Pentagon chiefs in July by tweeting that transgender people would be barred from serving "in any capacity" in the USA military, a ban that has since been blocked by a United States court. This morning, Trump blamed a "rogue employee". Disciplinary and preventive measures from Twitter, FBI and NSA are not reported.