A spokesperson with the US Attorney's Office said he could not confirm the existence or non-existence of an investigation into the President's Twitter account de-activation.
Twitter users were swift to point out the potential security implications: "It is shocking that some random Twitter employee could shut down the president's account".
Perhaps it was an act of civil disobedience, or maybe just a "take this job and shove it" moment, but shortly before 7 p.m. ET, the president's personal account kicked back the error message "does not exist". Steve Gomez, Former FBI Special Agent in Charge and now ABC News Contributor says any disruption to the President's Twitter account could be disastrous.
After President Donald Trump's Twitter account was disabled for 11 minutes, Twitter said it had implemented safeguards to prevent such an incident from happening again.
The teams that are most likely to possess the access to deactivate accounts at Twitter are the Trust and Safety team, who are the employees alerted if a user flags a case of harassment or another safety issue - or the Customer Support team, who are there to help if you find you can no longer access your account. "Nobody can tweet from those accounts", a former Twitter executive told CNN.
But in a conference call with investors earlier this week, the social network said many of these will likely not be full-time employees; the company will largely rely on third-party contractors. As for checking direct messages employees would need to get legal permissions, according to one former Twitter engineer speaking to CNN. While many cheered the attempt at halting the controversial tweets, others expressed concerned at the lack of control Twitter had over its own service. Twitter tightened the circle of people who could access it.
The company on Friday separately announced minor updates to its rules, including more clarity on what actions could result in an account suspension.
President Donald Trump's Twitter account may have only disappeared for 11 minutes on Thursday - but it is raising questions about broader security implications.
Trump, who has almost 42 million Twitter followers, responded to the temporary loss of his account by boasting about his wide reach on the service.
Trump has tweeted 14 times (so far) since waking up Friday morning with his account fully operational.
He has used Twitter to attack opponents and promote his policies, both during the 2016 presidential campaign and since taking office in January.