The humanitarian who temporarily deleted President Donald Trump’s Twitter account may have put himself at risk of a lawsuit according to The Hill.
On Thursday night, a rebellious Twitter employee whose contract with the company just ended, acted as a social media martyr when he deleted Trump’s Twitter account on his last day. The president frequent uses the social site to target public figures who oppose him and announce legislative plans.
Attorney Tor Ekeland told The Hill that the unidentified former customer service employee may have violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
“The employee could be in a lot of trouble,” Ekeland said. “This was not just unauthorized access, but damage.”
The lawyer also said causing $5,000 worth of damage to the site could be punishable by a 10-year prison sentence.
“If this happened in California, where Twitter is headquartered if they were no longer an employee at the time – particularly if their employment had been terminated – or if they had not been authorized to suspend or delete accounts, they could have broken the law,” said Ekeland.
“You will probably see this as a law school exam question this year,” Ekeland said.
He advised the contactor to not put say anything and to “get a lawyer.”