The masthead of U.S. President Donald Trump's @realDonaldTrump Twitter account is seen on July 11, 2017. @realDonaldTrump/Handout/File Photo via REUTERS
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Twitter Inc. faced questions Friday about its approach to internal security after a company employee briefly deactivated U.S. President Donald Trump's account.Twitter declined Friday to answer questions including how many employees can suspend an account or what special protections there are for high-profile users like Trump.Security experts had previously speculated Twitter could have installed special protections on Trump's account, such as the ability to only access it from certain devices.Reuters could not determine how many Twitter employees had the authority to delete accounts or otherwise tamper with them.Trump, who has nearly 42 million Twitter followers, responded to the temporary loss of his account by boasting about his wide reach on the service.Thursday evening's incident also raised questions about how Twitter secures the official @potus presidential account and other accounts that could potentially influence world events.
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