Speaking on condition of anonymity, a former Twitter employee said it was unlikely a worker with suspension privileges would also be able to hijack an account to send out messages.
An employee on his or her last day of work at Twitter is believed responsible for briefly downing Donald Trump's account.
"We are conducting a full internal review", the company said.
For about 10 minutes tonight, the Twitter account associated with President Donald Trump disappeared - prompting celebration and speculation, primarily among Twitter-obsessed journalists who would notice something as small as an 11-minute Twitter outage.
The brief disappearance of the president's Twitter account got the internet buzzing.
President Trump responded to the temporary de-activation of his Twitter account, which occurred on Thursday. Anyone visiting his Twitter profile was met with the standard "account suspended" page. Others don't want Twitter to force him off the service, but are calling on the White House to reign in what they view as Trump's very unprofessional behavior on the service. Many Twitter users sent out screenshots of the temporarily nonexistent page.
Trump has spoken publicly about his reliance on Twitter before.
- Security concerns -"It is shocking that some random Twitter employee could shut down the president's account".
The news spread rapidly on the social media network where Trump has arguably become the most influential tweeter in the world. In January, pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli was given a Twitter timeout for harassing a freelance journalist. Trump has tweeted threats of war with North Korea, posted an edited video of him "tackling CNN to the ground", and lashed out at rivals, among other controversies.
With any past president, a tweet like that would immediately be assumed as the result of some sort of hack. As for Trump, he's back to tweeting and hasn't missed a beat since the account went down.