US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account briefly vanished on Thursday but has since been restored.
An employee deactivated the @realdonaldtrump account, it said, clarifying that it had been their last day in the job. The account was down for 11 minutes and Twitter is now investigating.
Tweets from Mr Trump, who has 41.7 million followers, have frequently caused controversy.
The latest incident has touched off debate over the security of the president’s account, given the potential consequences of posts falsely attributed to Mr Trump being published.
However, @POTUS, the official account of the US president, was unaffected.
On Thursday evening, visitors to Mr Trump’s page for a short time could only see a message that read “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”