A 20-something year old contractor who deactivated President Donald Trump’s Twitter account earlier this month has been revealed.
Although Twitter declined to identify the person responsible, TechCrunch reported Wednesday that it was Bahtiyar Duysak, a 20-something German citizen of Turkish descent. Duysak worked in customer service with the Trust and Security division, the team that reviews alerts for bad behavior on the platform.
Duysak told TechCrunch that he was near the end of his last day working for Twitter when an alert came over the Trump account. As a final act, he began the process of deactivating the account, closed his computer and left the building.
He said he did not expect the process to really be completed, but it did. For approximately 11 minutes on the afteroon of November 2, visitors to the Trump account found a message saying that the page did not exist. Initially, Twitter said the account had been “inadvertently disabled due to human error, but then blamed a customer service employee who was working on his last day at the company.
After the incident, questions have persisted about how the employee had that level of access in order to eliminate an account, or what other types of manipulation might be possible.
“I didn’t hack anyone. I didn’t do anything that I was not authorized to do,” he told Techcrunch. “I didn’t go to any site I was not supposed to go to. I didn’t break any
Twitter declined to confirm that Duysak was responsible for the elimination, but said the company has taken a series of measures to prevent an incident like this from happening again.
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