A Twitter employee on his last day in office brought down Donald Trump's account for 11 minutes on Friday, leading to the US President retorting: "I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact".

A series of tweets issued by Twitter's Government and Elections team later attributed this to a rogue employee.

Twitterati hailed it as "great" and "historic" in some hilarious tweets.

Apparently Trump lost 41 million followers in a span of 15 minutes. Another Twitter user approved the move: "Trump's account 'accidentally deactivated' for 15 minutes, Trump's account loses 41 million followers,... Twitter begging to be nationalized."

However, the number of followers were restored and the account now shows 41.7 million. According to The Verge, there have been ongoing calls for Twitter to ban Trump over tweets that critics said could be interpreted as calls to violence.

Twitter replied, saying it would enforce the same rules for Trump as it does for other accounts.