Bahtiyar Duysak deactivated Trump's account on his last day of work
The Twitter employee responsible for deactivating Donald Trump’s Twitter account on his last day of work has claimed that it was a mistake, speaking in a new interview.
Earlier this month, Trump’s infamous Twitter account inexplicably disappeared for a brief period of time, with Trump himself later tweeting of the short-lived incident: “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.”
Following the incident, Twitter issued a statement, revealing that Trump’s account had been “inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee”, later revealing that it was the employee in question’s last day.
The company also announced that it was conducting an internal review and would implement safeguards to prevent similar future incidents.
Now, the former Twitter employee in question has been named as Bahtiyar Duysak, a German-raised contractor of Turkish heritage.
Despite suggestions that the deactivation might have been intentional, Duysak has now told Tech Crunch that it was a “mistake” and that he apologises “if I hurt anyone,” saying that he “didn’t do it on purpose”.
“I had a wild time in America and I was tired sometimes,” Duysak said. “Everyone can do mistakes. So it might be that I did a mistake.”
Duysak went on to attribute the incident to “a number of coincidences”, but didn’t reveal what the coincidences were. The Tech Crunch reports says that: “Someone reported Trump’s account on Duysak’s last day; as a final, throwaway gesture, he put the wheels in motion to deactivate it. Then he closed his computer and left the building.”
“I didn’t hack anyone,” Duysak said. “I didn’t do anything that I was not authorised to do… I didn’t break any rules… I didn’t do any crime or anything evil, but I feel like Pablo Escobar, and slowly it’s getting really annoying.”
“There are millions of people who would take action against [Trump] if they had the [chance],” Duysak added, admitting that he was being hailed by some as a “national hero”.
“I want to continue an ordinary life,” he said of his reasons for speaking to the press. “I don’t want to flee from the media.”
Following Trump’s Twitter deactivation, many praised the “rogue” Twitter employees action, but Duysak has now said that he doesn’t feel like he “deserves a Nobel Peace Prize”.