President Trump’s infamous Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump went offline briefly on Thursday, setting forth a wave of confusion and emotions.
A Twitter employee briefly took President Trump’s Twitter account offline yesterday. This was done on their last day. I guess it was a political statement of some type, but Twitter is supposedly reviewing the action. While I personally do not expect any legal action over this event, I do think that the individual would be under intense scrutiny from Trump supporters and would likely be attacked if revealed, so I hope Twitter is able to keep that information close to the chest. I am not a political junky, and I do not really have a desire to use my blog to discuss politics other than how they relate to technology.
As it relates to my blog, Geekz, I am non-political. I do think that in general, it is ridiculous to do something like this for a number of reasons, regardless of who the sitting President is. First, I think it shows a lack of concern for your job and your overall career. What I do at work should not be influenced by my political slant. I want to do the best job I can regardless of who I may be required to work with. Secondly, I think that the reputation of my employer should be upheld. As an employee, I am receiving compensation for the work that I do, and how I represent the company I work for. Many people are already ticked off with Twitter for how they have handled the situation with the President, but seriously, what company do you know that would go out and just disable a President’s account because he tweets ridiculous comments.
I think everyone on both sides of the political spectrum needs to calm down and take a breath. There is a lot of hostility and people are making themselves look like idiots while calling Trump one. Should he exercise restraint? I think so, but so should we all. I am interested to see how Twitter plays this event over the weeks to come, but it looks like person who caused the turmoil has already moved on and probably will not face any serious legal issues. We will see.