The man who deleted Donald Trump’s Twitter accounts for 11 minutes in November has been named. Bahtiyar Duysak was outed in an interview with TechCrunch that was released on November 29. During the interview, Duysak says that he had a “wild” time while working for Twitter as a third-party contractor named Pro Unlimited. He added that he didn’t do anything that he wasn’t authorized to do by Twitter and that the deletion of Trump’s account had been a mistake.
Donald Trump’s Twitter account was deleted for a total of 11 minutes on November 2. The deletion led to widespread rumors that Trump may have been banned by the social media site in accordance with their own standards.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. 2 Days After He Deleted Trump’s Account, Duysak Wrote on Facebook: ‘Love America’
Just two days after Trump’s Twitter account was deleted, Duysak posted on Facebook, “Love America!” Duysak is a German national who has a Turkish background. A post on his Facebook indicates he’s a fan of Turkish soccer giants Galatasaray.
He was adamant about his “mistake” telling TechCrunch, “I had a wild time in America. I was tired sometimes. And everyone can do mistakes. I did a mistake.” He added that users had complained about Trump’s Twitter use for a few days and as a final action on his last day, Duysak began the process of having an account deleted. Duysak says that he didn’t think the FBI were investigating him, the interview concludes with him saying, “But I love Twitter. And I love America.”
2. Duysak Worked as a Security Guard at a Muslim Community Center in the Bay Area
According to his LinkedIn page, Duysak worked for ProUnlimited, a company that provides contracting for a number of Silicon Valley companies. Buzzfeed reports that Duysak has a masters from the University of Birmingham in England in banking and finance. Duysak posted on his Facebook in April 2014 that he had moved to Chesterfield in England, around an hour outside of Birmingham.
The news site adds, citing a friend of Duysak’s, that he also graduated from California State University in Hayward, California. While at CSU, Buzzfeed says Duysak was the head of the school’s Turkish Student Association and worked as a volunteer security guard at a Muslim community center in the Bay Area.
3. One Friend Described Duysak as ‘Not Being Passionate About Politics’
A friend of Duysak’s told Buzzfeed that he is “very smart” but not “passionate” about politics. That friend also said that Duysak did not have much experience working in the tech sector.
TechCrunch reports that Duysak was in the U.S. as part of a work and study Visa. During his time in the U.S., Duysak had worked for Google and YouTube while associated with another contractor, Vaco.
After Duysak left Twitter and Trump’s account had been deleted, the company put out a statement saying, “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 review.”
4. Duysak Had Been Lauded as a Hero for Deleting Trump’s Twitter
After Trump’s Twitter account was deleted, Duysak was hailed as a hero on the social media website:
Just gonna say it, the employee at Twitter who shut off Trump's account for 11 mins could become a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.
— David Jolly (@DavidJollyFL) November 3, 2017
how do i tell my parents im marrying the twitter employee?
— Sarah Hagi (@geekylonglegs) November 3, 2017
Not all heroes wear capes. https://t.co/8hchNECGaA
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 3, 2017
New Twitter employee mistakenly deactivates Donald Trump's Twitter account pic.twitter.com/gZ50xWC2bo
— Alex Marr (@Alexmarr98) November 3, 2017
Whoever disabled Donald Trump's Twitter account shouldn't be sacked. They should be promoted.
— Chris Ward (@yorker129_7) November 3, 2017
A "rogue" employee deleted Donald Trump's Twitter. I think we all know who that was… pic.twitter.com/SpI32AqJKZ
— Jake Page (@JakePage17) November 3, 2017
Kudos to the @twitter customer support employee who deactivated Trump’s twitter account on his last work day.
You sir are my hero.
— ALT-Immigration 🛂 (@ALT_uscis) November 3, 2017
I’m saving this picture of Trump's Twitter account as a reminder that anything can happen with anyone no matter how big you are!! pic.twitter.com/09fpkODtM8
— Mrigank Tyagi (@TheMrigankTyagi) November 3, 2017
Remember exactly where I was when a) I heard on the radio Elvis died, and b) when Trump's Twitter disappeared.
— Rob Woodyard (@robwoodyard1) November 3, 2017
5. Duysak’s Outing Comes on the Same Day Trump Pushed a Discredited Islamophobic Video on His Twitter Account
Duysak’s outing came on the same day that Donald Trump used his Twitter account to promote a discredited Islamophobic video. The clip was a retweet from British far right leader Jayda Fransen, the leader of Britain First. In response, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real.” While the Dutch Embassy in the U.S. tweeted to Trump saying, “Facts do matter. The perpetrator of the violent act in this video was born and raised in the Netherlands. He received and completed his sentence under Dutch law.” The video purported to show a Muslim immigrant beating up a person on crutches.
Other videos showed a man smashing a statue of the Virgin Mary with a hammer and another showed a man being pushed off of a roof by a mob in Egypt in 2013. One of the men involved in that video was prosectued and executed, reports the BBC. The videos were later removed by Twitter.
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