It was on Sunday when it was reported that Julian Assange was missing from Twitter for quite a while. More specifically, it was around 8 p.m. ET on December 24 and it was a rather frustrating affair for all those that made efforts to view his Twitter account. Most of them attested to the fact that they had been receiving error messages outlining that the page they were looking for did not exist.
The disappearance of the top official from the social media platform caused quite a stir with quite a significant number of people wondering what was happening. By mid-day on December 25, Assange’s name started trending on the platform and a short while after his account reappeared once more. At first, the account was apparently missing its followers but after a short time they re-emerged as well.
To this point in time, the cause for the mix-up hasn’t yet been established. A number of journalists reached out to the company to get it to comment in relation to the matter. It declined to make any comments.
It was back in November when the temporary deactivation of President Donald Trump’s account took place. The one behind the move was a rogue employee and he did it on his last day in work. He had later on moved ahead to defend himself outlining that the whole thing had been a mistake. It was from that point when Twitter made the move to put in place safeguards that would help bar the recurrence of the same situation.
The US Navy was also one of those that were swept away by the confusion and the next day it sent out a tweet that bore the full name of Assange in quotes. Reports indicate that the tweet was eliminated with immediate effect
One of the officers opined, “This morning, an inadvertent keystroke by an authorized user of the U.S. Navy Office of Information’s Digital Media Engagement Team caused the trending term ‘Julian Assange’ to be tweeted from the Navy’s official Twitter account (@USNavy).”