(Daily Beast) -- The Internet is made up of giant undersea cables, billion dollar conglomerates, and countless whirring servers, but a more fragile element underpins much of it: trust.
Inside the companies and organizations that power our unbridled connectivity are people with all of the same messy motivations and drives as anyone else. Disgust, jealousy, admiration. And we, as users, have trusted those people with a bevvy of personal information, as well as access to accounts central to our lives.
That oft-forgotten reality was highlighted on Thursday when a Twitter worker attempted to delete President Trump’s account. The outage was only temporary and brief, but the point stands: a single person, not a system, decided to cut-off possibly the most high profile Twitter user on the planet. And everyone using Twitter or any other online service should be reminded of the risk to their own accounts or secrets posed by the unknown individuals we trust with them.
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