Earlier this month, President Donald Trump’s Twitter account was deactivated by a Twitter employee on his last day at work.
After initially reporting that the account’s shutdown was accidental, Twitter later said that the action had been taken by a contractor on his last day. After what seemed like the end of story, the journalists started a global manhunt to find the former Twitter contractor to find out what happened. And their search has been successful.
The former Twitter employee has finally come forward to share his perspective on what happened that day. Revealing himself to TechCrunch, Bahtiyar Duysak, a German citizen of Turkish descent, who worked for Twitter as a contractor with a firm named Pro Unlimited, says he now thinks his actions were a “mistake.”
He further says that he never thought that Trump’s account would actually be deactivated by his action.
While Duysak doesn’t offer much explanation about why he chose to remove the account in the final minutes of his job at Twitter, he apparently thought Trump’s twitter was “was essentially protected from being deactivated over Terms of Service violations.”
According to TechCrunch, a Twitter user had reported Trump’s account for abuse on Duysak’s final day. “As a final, throwaway gesture, he put the wheels in motion to deactivate it,” TechCrunch reported. “Then he closed his computer and left the building.”
Duysak described the event as a “mistake.” He told TechCrunch, he never thought the account would actually get deactivated.
Duysak, who has returned to Germany, said the media attention has been much more troubling than the internal investigation. He said he hopes to have an ordinary life, and said he did not plan to work in tech again in the near future. He says he holds no grudge against Twitter or President Trump.
“I love Twitter,” he told TechCrunch. “And I love America.”