A ‘hero’ at Twitter just granted everyone’s Christmas wish a month early

Twitter hero
Ben Janaway

On 2 November, Christmas came early. The world got a welcome rest from its most infamous tweeter – US President Donald Trump. And an anonymous hero was made in the process.

While many people wish Trump would just shut up, one “rogue” Twitter employee actually managed to shut him up (if only for 11 minutes). And the internet responded not just with gratitude, but with exaltation.

11 minutes of sweet silence

Reports claim that a Twitter employee deactivated Trump’s account as a parting gift. But Twitter was quick to save face, stating that measures would be taken. It tweeted:

We have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer-support employee who did this on the employee’s last day. We are conducting a full internal review

And although Twitter itself condemned the act, the public had other ideas. Within minutes, social media was buzzing with Twitter users expressing their joy:

https://twitter.com/Trumpocolypse7/status/926269529868656640

Some even called the ex-employee a “hero”:

https://twitter.com/kumailn/status/926281133557293056

Others, however, were worried about what Trump might have been doing instead of tweeting:

https://twitter.com/Matthew_Taylor/status/926358020585553920

Seriously, though

But with so much celebration, it wasn’t long until war broke out. Trump supporters quickly rallied to Twitter. Some spoke about freedom of speech. Others attacked Trump’s critics. Their main concern, however, was a fear of censoring Trump.

Then, speaking out for the first time since the event, Trump tweeted: “I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact.”

And indeed, while we all enjoyed the temporary silence, taking Trump’s Twitter account down may not have been the best way to fight back against his views and actions. In fact, Trump’s own words may well be the best way to defeat him. And the many positive responses to his brief absence from Twitter were, at the very least, a stark reminder of the large amount of people who have heard Trump’s words and could not be less impressed.

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