Sharing one’s opinion has become the utmost need of every human, because when we have the liberty to speak and express our thoughts, why should not we. One such banter surely goes on, on Twitter.
And when it comes to sarcastic, straightforward, and controversial tweets by Donald Trump not many are pleased with his opinions. So when on the 2nd of November 2017 someone deactivated Donald Trump’s twitter account, it was a big day for twitter people.
The media went berserk over the issue but few people enjoyed the moment. A former member of Congress wanted to give Nobel Peace Prize to the person responsible for it. Check out the tweet below.
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
Though @POTUS, the official account of the U.S President was unaffected.
But the final question arises, who is this person and why did he deactivate Trump’s account. Was it done intentionally or Was it a mistake?
Let’s get further into the details.
Donald Trump actively uses social media to promote elections, propaganda, policies and usually attacks his opponents with his controversial tweets.
One such tweet was when Donald Trump threatened North Korea by tweeting, he could destroy it and Twitter backed up Trump and justified it saying Mr. Donald Trump’s tweets are “Newsworthy” and cannot be deleted.
Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
Donald Trump is one of the most active users of Twitter. He joined Twitter in March 2009 and from then he has more than 52000 tweets and 82 million followers. Hence when the account no longer existed though, for some time, people wanted to know what happened?
Once the issue was raised Twitter was quick enough to react and reactivated Trump’s account just after 11 minutes of the incident. Twitter accounted it as a Human error and the shutdown of the account was a mistake by one of the contractors working for Twitter which also happened on his last working day.
Check the tweet to read Twitter’s reaction
Through our investigation 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 internal review. https://t.co/mlarOgiaRF
— TwitterGov (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017
The hustle didn’t end here. The media wanted to know the details and motives behind the act.
The team of TechCrunch found out the name and met the Guy and agreed him for an interview. Below are the further details.
Bahtiyar Duysak- The Man who Deactivated Trump’s Twitter Account
At Twitter, Duysak had been assigned to customer support as part of the Trust and Safety Division. This team receives alerts when users report bad behavior, including offensive or illegal tweets, harassment, someone impersonating another person, and so on. The team decides the necessary action to be taken on complaints.
Duysak has Turkish roots and is born and brought up in Germany. When the following incident took place, he was in his twenties and was staying in the U.S under work and study visa and was in his last term.
So, on his last day at Twitter, he was going through the final settlements of work and had been a busy day with all the goodbyes. Just before the end of the final shift of his work, someone reported Trump’s account. As a final gesture and keeping his work ethics he deactivated Trump’s account and logged off from his work.
He didn’t even think that the account will actually deactivate. Since Donald Trump’s tweets are the most newsworthy tweets for Twitter, he didn’t expect it to get deactivated.
When the news came out and reporters started looking for the man who deactivated Trump’s twitter account only then he came to know about the panic going on.
Duysak says what he has done was a mistake and he didn’t break any laws. He just did his job.
Some people hailed him as a hero for having the courage to deactivate Trump’s account but he doesn’t think so.
Duysak said he came forward to confirm his identity because he has been stalked by reporters and journalists. He has removed a lot of pictures and friends from his social media accounts because the media has been bugging his friends and family to know more about the situation.
He said he just wants to lead a normal life and had to clean the air around him.
Twitter declined to confirm the identity of Duysak to TechCrunch. Though Twitter is taking a full internal review and implementing safeguards to prevent incidents like this in the future.
“We have implemented safeguards to prevent this from happening again,” Twitter tweeted from its Twitter Government account. “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.”
You can view the full interview of Bahtiyar Duysak taken by the TechCrunch team below.