Trump‘s tweet that identified an intelligence analyst as the alleged whistleblower, who helped spark his impeachment, was temporarily blocked over the weekend, with Twitter blaming an outage that affected a number of user accounts.
President Donald Trump shared an unsubstantiated media report in recent days, and a second post that appeared to name the intelligence community member.
Substantially the second tweet from the president Trump’s personal account, was not visible on Saturday to all of his 68 million followers. But again visible on Sunday afternoon, although the original account that shared the alleged whistleblower’s name had been deleted.
Twitter Support said that the tweets on account profiles were visible to some, but not others due to an outage with one of their systems, they’re still working on fixing this and apologize for any confusion.”
A spokeswoman for the social media platform has confirmed that the U.S. president’s account was among those affected.
According to Twitter policy any tweets that includes any private information about an individual, or if it includes the alleged whistleblower, would be considered violation of its rules, but the names are not considered private information on Twitter, Twitter’s spokeswoman said.
Some Republicans, Democrats, and members of the intelligence community have strongly objected to the effort to reveal the whistleblower’s identify, by calling it unsuitable and possibly illegal.
One of the whistleblower’s lawyers, Mark Zaid said on Twitter in early November that Republicans had sought to expose their client’s identity that could jeopardize their safety, as well as that of their family.
Among other Republicans includes the Senator Rand Paul and the president’s son Donald Trump Jr., have also previously shared links on Twitter to articles from the right-wing news outlets showing what they claimed was the likely whistleblower. But, Thursday marked the first time the president had done so, when Trump retweeted a link to a Washington Examiner article.