For 11 minutes on Nov. 2, there truly was peace on Earth.
Then President Donald Trump’s Twitter report was reactivated.
Twitter blamed the omission of The Donald’s account on a rogue employee during his last day on the job .
Now the man responsible for temporarily attaining it impossible for Trump to tweet is revealing his identity and explaining his actions in an exclusive interview with TechCrunch.
His name is Bahtiyar Duysak, and he is a German citizen with Turkish roots who was doing customer support for Twitter’s Trust and Safety division while in the U.S. on a study and learn visa. Part of its own responsibility was to deal with alerts reporting bad behaviour, offensive or illegal tweets, and other forms of harassment.
During his last change, someone reported Trump’s account and, without reasoning, Duysak put the wheels in motion to deactivate it. Several hours later, he recognized he had made a “mistake, ” particularly after understanding several news narratives about it.
Duysak said he never guessed Trump’s account would actually get deactivated, mainly because of a Twitter policy that safeguards tweets that are considered newsworthy even if they might transgres its terms of service.
Duysak, who is back in Germany, tried to lie low for a while but decided to reveal himself in order to clear the air.
“I want to continue an ordinary life. I don’t want to flee from the media, ” he told TechCrunch. “I didn’t do any crime or anything evil, but I feel like Pablo Escobar, and slowly it’s getting really annoying.”
Duysak said he’s not interested in a job in tech and is more likely to consider a task in finance.
He’s quick to add: “But I adoration Twitter, and I desire America.”