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Man who deleted Trump's Twitter account reveals himself

Man who deleted Trump’s Twitter interpret reveals himself

The contractor who deactivated President Donald Trump’s Twitter interpret earlier this month has revealed himself and calls the move a mistake.

Twitter had declined to identify the man, but TechCrunch reported Wednesday that he is Bahtiyar Duysak, a 20-something German citizen of Turkish decent. Duysak worked in customer serve with the Trust & Safety division, the team that reviews alerts of bad behaviors on the platform, TechCrunch said.

Duysak told TechCrunch he was near the end of his last day toiling for Twitter when an alert came in about Trump’s interpret. As a parting gesture, he started the process of deactivating the interpret and then headed for the exit.

He didn’t inquire the process to actually be completed, he said, but it was. For approximately 11 minutes on the afternoon of Nov. 2, visitors to Trump’s interpret found a message saying the page didn’t exist. Twitter initially said the interpret had been “inadvertently deactivated due to human error” but later placed the blame on a customer service employee who was toiling a final shift at the company.

Duysak arranged the move a mistake and suggested a “number of coincidences” grand also have played a role, though he didn’t labelled those coincidences.

“I had a wild time in America,” Duysak said. “I was tired sometimes. And everyone can do mistakes. I did a mistake.”

After the incident, questions lingered about how the employee had that composed of access to be able to delete an interpret, or what other sorts of tampering might be possible. Buzzfeed News cited a “former senior employee” of Twitter describing relatively easy access to hazardous account controls. The New York Times said that at what time “hundreds of employees” can take actions such as disabling moneys, customer service workers cannot access direct messages or tweet above other people’s accounts.

“I didn’t hack anyone,” Duysak goes on to say. “I didn’t do anything that I wasn’t employed to do.”

Twitter declined to confirm whether Duysak was responsible for the deletion but said the matter has “taken a number of steps to keep an incident like this from happening again.”

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