Bahtiyar Duysak, the Twitter employee who deactivated President Donald Trump’s twitter account in early November, has finally broken his silence.
Bahtiyar, who had been working as a fixed term contractor at the time of the incident, during an interview with Tech Crunch published on Wednesday, November 29, opened up about what was actually happened.
German technician Bahtiyar explained that he had been assigned to work in the customer support region of Twitter’s trust and safety department, which has been in charge of monitoring illegal or offensive tweets.
Twitter Employee Breaks His Silence After Deactivating Donald Trump’s Account
On his last day working at Twitter, he received a complaint about the President's account. He then carried out the steps to shut down the account, closed his computer and left the building one last time.
The weight of his actions did not sync in until Bahtiyar was approached by a woman soon after asking if he had been linked to the brief deactivation of the commander in chief’s account. Bahtiyar explained to Tech Crunch the incident was a “mistake” and he never really believed that the account would be taken down as he believed Trump was protected against being deactivated.
He told the website:
I didn’t hack anyone. 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.
As previously reported, Twitter issued a statement after Bahtiyar briefly silenced Trump.
Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee. The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored. We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again.
— Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017