Earlier this month, an ex-Twitter employee on his last day at work did something that many wouldn’t even dare to dream about. He deactivated the Twitter account of the incumbent US President — Donald Trump. The account was deactivated for about 11 minutes. However, Twitter later acknowledged the issue and said it was accidental and activated the account again. Until today, all that we knew about this man — who deleted Trump’s account — was that he was an ex-Twitter employee, but now, the man has come in the open to introduce himself and explain what exactly happened. Meet Bahtiyar Duysak.
This ex-Twitter employee responsible for such a deed is actually a German citizen of Turkish descent. Bahtiyar Duysak was working for Twitter as a contractor with a firm named Pro Unlimited. Bahtiyar has now come out in the open to explain what exactly happened — and how he deactivated Trump’s account. He says that — this was not an intentional move and happened by mistake.
Soon after Trump’s Twitter account was deactivated — the social media giant looked into the matter, acknowledged it and activated the account. Twitter quickly announced that the account’s shutdown was accidental. Commenting on the incident, Twitter back then said, “Through our investigation, we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day. We are conducting a full internal review.” But, the ex-Twitter employee — Bahtiyar Duysak now says that it was a “mistake”.
Bahtiyar has revealed this in an interview with TechCrunch. He says that — he never actually thought that he would actually deactivate Trump’s account. He had no bad intentions and deactivating Trump’s account was just a mistake.
Bahtiyar notes that these were a series of unspecified “coincidences” that had occurred on his final day at work. “I had a wild time in America. I was tired sometimes. And everyone can do mistakes. I did a mistake,” says Bahtiyar.
Explaining what exactly happened — which resulted in the Trump’s account being deactivated, Bahtiyar said that on his final day, a Twitter user had reported Trump for abuse and “as a final, throwaway gesture, he put the wheels in motion to deactivate it.” After which he apparently closed down his computer and left the office building. He says that he didn’t believe that Trump’s account would actually get deactivated.
After his account was activated, Donald Trump took to Twitter to post — “My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact.” Responding to which Twitter said, “We have implemented safeguards to prevent this from happening again. We won’t be able to share all details about our internal investigation or updates to our security measures, but we take this seriously and our teams are on it.”