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Bahtiyar Duysak ID'd as Twitter Worker Who Cut Off Trump

Bahtiyar Duysak ID'd as Twitter Worker Who Cut Off Trump
Bahtiyar Duysak (Screengrab of Youtube post/@TechCrunch)

By    |   Thursday, 30 November 2017 06:41 AM

Bahtiyar Duysak has been identified as the ex-worker who cut off President Donald Trump's Twitter account on Nov. 2, leaving him in the dark for 11 minutes, the website TechCrunch reported.

Duysak, a German native, was a contract worker with Twitter when he claimed he accidently turned off Trump's account, TechCrunch said.

The Twitter deactivation was a jolt to those who follow politics around the world since Trump uses his Twitter account as one of his favorite ways to communicate.

"I didn't hack anyone," Duysak told TechCrunch. "I didn't do anything that I was not authorized to do. I didn't go to any site I was not supposed to go to. I didn't break any rules."

Politico reported the account went down just before 6 p.m., leaving Trump's 40 million Twitter followers in the dark. Twitter announced shortly afterward that the deactivation was an error.

Trump quipped about the incident once his account was back online.

Duysak said he was working in customer support in Twitter's trust and safety division on his last day when someone reported Trump's account. The customer support team receives alerts when users report bad behavior, including offensive or illegal tweets, harassment, someone impersonating another person and so on, the TechCrunch said.

Duysak told TechCrunch he started the process to deactivate the account, never thinking it would actually get squashed. He said he did not know what had happened until he was approached by a fellow Twitter worker and saw the deactivation on news reports.

He told the website that he was neither a hero or rogue employee, but just made a mistake and wants to be left alone.

"I want to continue an ordinary life," Duysak said from Germany, where TechCrunch interviewed him. "I don't want to flee from the media. I want to speak to my neighbors and friends. I had to delete hundreds of friends, 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.

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