You may recall that on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, the cantankerous Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump was deactivated for 11 blissful minutes by a departing employee on their last day of work. Previous to now, neither Twitter nor any media outlet had previously published the employee’s name, but the employee — a German guy named Bahtiyar Duysak — has now stepped forward as the guy deleted Trump’s Twitter account in an attempt to keep the media from hounding him any further.
Bahtiyar Duysak steps forward as the guy who deleted Trump’s Twitter account
According to techcrunch.com, says that the 20-something year old Duysak has “German-born citizen with Turkish roots who was finishing his U.S. work and study visa working as a customer support contractor for Twitter’s Trust and Safety division which handles user reports of bad behavior on the microblogging platform.
During his final hour of work, someone reported Trump’s Twitter account for violating the terms of service and, according to techcrunch.com, “as a final, throwaway gesture, Duysak put the wheels in motion to deactivate [Trump’s account]. Then he closed his computer and left the building.”
He didn’t think it would actually get deactivated seeing as the company had previously defended Trump from such deactivation because they appraised the president’s offensive and violent tweets as “newsworthy.”
Nevertheless, a few hours later, Trump’s account was deactivated and then quickly reactivated and Twitter issued the following explanation via tweet:
“Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee. The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored. We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again.”
Bahtiyar Duysak says numerous “circumstances” deleted Trump’s Twitter
In a video interview (above), Bahtiyar Duysak told techcrunch.com:
In my opinion it was definitely a mistake. And if I am involved in this, I really apologize if I hurt anyone. I didn’t do anything on purpose. But as I said, I had a wild time in America and I was tired sometimes and everyone can do mistakes. So it might be that I did a mistake. But of course not only one little mistake of one human being can lead to such a result. I think it’s all about a number of coincidences. Like very, very little probabilities so which randomly occurred on my last day of work. I didn’t hack anyone. I didn’t do anything which I wasn’t authorized to do. I didn’t go to any site or tool where I wasn’t supposed to be at. I didn’t do any crime and I underline it that I complied with all rules and … I underline that I didn’t break any rules.
This is why it has hit the headlines, because he’s a controversial and maybe the most popular person in the world and so obviously successful people have a lot of, there are millions of people who do not like them. So there are millions of people who would take actions against him if they had the possibility. In my case it was just random. Let’s say I’m the lucky or unlucky victim who is being put or who finds himself in this situation where millions of Americans want, would like to be at.
He said that he finally decided to speak to the press about his role as the guy who deleted Trump’s Twitter account because:
I just want to continue ordinary life. I don’t want to flee from media. I want to speak to my neighbors. I want to speak to my friends. I had to delete hundreds of friends because reporters are stalking me. They add my friends on Facebook. I had to delete so many pictures. And I just wanna continue ordinary life.
As for the widespread praise he recieved for helping deactivate the account, Duysak said:
They are hailing this person as a national hero, or … they wanna nominate him for a Nobel prize and this kind of things. And these are just comments and as I said, I find myself in a number of coincidences. So for me, it’s just a coincidence and that’s it. I think it should be accepted by the one who deserves it. I’m sure that I do not deserve it.