Ex-Twitter Employee Says 'I Quit' by Disabling President Trump's Account
The rogue worker was hailed a hero, but many called it a security risk.
Someone looking to go out in a blaze of glory pulled the plug on President Trump's Twitter account right before informing bosses they were leaving the company.
It happened at 6:45 p.m. Thursday night when the account was suddenly pulled, leaving Twitter users perplexed. Instead of Trump's Twitter page, they were greeted with a message that it did not exist.
“My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee,” Trump tweeted Friday morning, hours after account was reestablished. “I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact.”
Some are actually hailing the former Twitter employee as a hero, with Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) saying he would take the person out for pizza.
Singer Ryan Adams called it “That feeling when you go to a peaceful place.”
Even the parody "God" account on Twitter pledged it would one day shut down the account forever.
But others are pointing out that Trump’s Twitter handle being disabled could have been a major crisis.
"This is a case of human negligence and lack of process in place," said Subramanian Udaiyappan, a Bangalore-based cybersecurity specialist at Cisco, told CNN Money. "Twitter needs to ensure that only the right people have access to such actions and these have to go through process permissions, approvals and logging before any action is taken by an employee."
Leaving a job in epic fashion has happened in the past.
Marina Shifrin was so fed up with long hours and boring assignments that she literally danced her way out of her job as a producer for a digital company. She later found success as a TV writer and stand-up comic.
Joey DiFrancisco quit his job at a Rhode Island hotel with the help of a marching band several years ago.
He is now in a rock band in Providence and had a message for the person who shut down the president’s account.
"I commend also the person at Twitter that did the same thing who used what little bit of power they had to send a message," he told Inside Edition.
Lynn Berger, a New York-based career counselor, said it is not the best idea.
"When one leaves a position it is always best to say, 'Thank you,' move on and leave in the most graceful way possible," she said.
HR rep Sue Scheff, author of Shame Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate, told InsideEdition.com that the former Twitter employee might have a hard time getting hired again.
“Although this employee may seem to be getting accolades from social media, if his/her name is revealed, potential employees may not be so forgiving, wondering if he's capable of this behavior at one place of employment, what will prevent him doing this at the next company?” she said. “The old cliché, you don't get a second chance to make a first impression couldn't be more true, but today, your first impression is likely your digital one.”
Her statement was echoed by Lynda Spiegel, a 14-year HR professional and founder of Rising Star Resumes. She told InsideEdition.com that that Twitter employee will not be hired again.
“I look for traits that imply inquisitiveness, playfulness, and the ability to think independently, this employee broke company rules, and that is a red line most employers won't cross,” she said.
Twitter said they are conducting an internal investigation into how the situation could have occurred.
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