The worker who was accused of suspending President Trump’s account was a contractor for Twitter, and not a full-time employee of the company, according to a report.
The New York Times reported that two anonymous sources confirmed that the person was a contractor.
On Thursday evening, President Trump’s Twitter account was suspended for 11 minutes, and Twitter quickly announced that his account was shut down by an employee. The company said it was investigating the incident, which it blamed on a worker on his or her last day.
The incident could raise new questions about which employees have access to people's accounts. The Times said Twitter relies heavily on contract workers.
A prominent attorney on cyber-related cases, Tor Ekeland, advised the contract worker to quickly hire legal counsel.
“Don’t say anything and get a lawyer," Ekeland said, according to The Hill.
Ekeland said the employee could face charges for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act if he or she didn't have permission to access Trump's account. He said if the action is deemed to have caused $5,000 in damages, it could mean a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
“The employee could be in a lot of trouble,” said Ekeland.