Former Twitter Employee Who Deactivated the Twitter Account of Donald Trump Speaks Out

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Earlier this month, Twitter account of US President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump, was deactivated.

The eleven-minute outage prompted confusion, with Twitter later admitting that a customer support employee had intentionally deleted the account of President Trump on his last day.

While the accused flew under the radar during the time of the said incident, he has since revealed himself and spoken about the incident to the media.

The man that was responsible for deleting the Twitter account of President Trump was Bahtiyar Duysak.

Despite being born and raised in Germany, Duysak had been in the United States under a work and study visa.

For the final part of his stay in the United States, he had been working on a fixed contract with the customer support of Twitter as part of the company’s Trust and Safety division which is responsible for managing reports of bad behaviour on the online platform.

When Duysak received a report against President Trump, he quickly swung into action to deactivate the account before leaving the company for the last time.

Duysak was dubbed a hero, even though he does not like that title because he claims that the incident was a “mistake.”

Despite the fuss, he admits to not being concerned regarding the repercussions of his actions as he did not break any laws.

Duysak informed TechCrunch: “I didn’t hack anyone. I didn’t do anything that I was not authorised to do. I didn’t go to any site I was not supposed to go to. I didn’t break any rules.”

According to the former employee of Twitter, the attention of the media has been much more disturbing than the internal investigation.

Duysak said: “I want to continue an ordinary life. I don’t want to flee from the media. I want to speak to my neighbours and friends. I had to delete hundreds of friends and so many pictures because reporters are stalking me. I just want to continue an ordinary life.

“I didn’t do any crime or anything evil, but I feel like Pablo Escobar, and slowly it’s getting really annoying.”

Duysak said that he is currently going to look for work in finance instead of tech. However, he holds no grudge against President Trump or Twitter.

“I love Twitter,” said Duysak. “And I love America.”

Twitter has since said that the company was improving its procedures to make sure that a similar error does not happen again.

The company tweeted: “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.”