The man who deleted Donald Trump’s Twitter accounts for 11 minutes in November has been named. Bahtiyar Duysak was outed in an interview with TechCrunch that was released on November 29. During the interview, Duysak says that he had a “wild” time while working for Twitter as a third-party contractor named Pro Unlimited. He added that he didn’t do anything that he wasn’t authorized to do by Twitter and that the deletion of Trump’s account had been a mistake.
Donald Trump’s Twitter account was deleted for a total of 11 minutes on November 2. The deletion led to widespread rumors that Trump may have been banned by the social media site in accordance with their own standards.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. 2 Days After He Deleted Trump’s Account, Duysak Wrote on Facebook: ‘Love America’
Just two days after Trump’s Twitter account was deleted, Duysak posted on Facebook, “Love America!” Duysak is a German national who has a Turkish background.
He was adamant about his “mistake” telling TechCrunch, “I had a wild time in America. I was tired sometimes. And everyone can do mistakes. I did a mistake.” He added that users had complained about Trump’s Twitter use for a few days and as a final action on his last day, Duysak began the process of having an account deleted. Duysak says that he didn’t think the FBI were investigating him, the interview concludes with him saying, “But I love Twitter. And I love America.”
2. Duysak Worked as a Security Guard at a Muslim Community Center in the Bay Area
According to his LinkedIn page, Duysak worked for ProUnlimited, a company that provides contracting for a number of Silicon Valley companies. Buzzfeed reports that Duysak has a masters from the University of Birmingham in England in banking and finance. The news site adds, citing a friend of Duysak’s, that he also graduated from California State University in Hayward, California. While at CSU, Buzzfeed says Duysak was the head of the school’s Turkish Student Association and worked as a volunteer security guard at a Muslim community center in the Bay Area.
3. One Friend Described Duysak as ‘Not Being Passionate About Politics
A friend of Duysak’s told Buzzfeed that he is “very smart” but not “passionate” about politics. That friend also said that Duysak did not have much experience working in the tech sector, although Buzzfeed reports that Duysak formerly worked for YouTube.
After Duysak left Twitter and Trump’s account had been deleted, the company put out a statement saying, “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 review.”
4. Duysak Had Been Lauded as a Hero for Deleting Trump’s Twitter
After Trump’s Twitter account was deleted, Duysak was hailed as a hero on the social media account:
5. Duysak’s Outing Comes on the Same Day Trump Pushed a Discredited Islamophobic Video on His Twitter Account