7 Facts And Details About The Man Who Deactivated Trump's Twitter Account On Last Day Of Work


All hail Bahtiyar Duysak.

For the entirety of his term in the White House, President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to release important information, pick fights with NBA players and of course, make sure the world is aware of the epidemic of fake news. 

Those of us 43.5 million people who follow our current world leader have had his tweets — and the huge reactions they tend to get —  flooding our feeds since he announced his run for office. So, when for a glorious 11 minutes this account was shut down, many people wanted to find the person responsible and shake their hands. 

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This unsung hero, who was a former employee of Twitter's, renamed unknown and unnamed— until now. 

When the incident occurred earlier this month, Twitter quickly responded and said it was an accident. A few moments later, we learned that a contractor, who was on his last day of work, was responsible for the shutdown. 

For weeks, reporters and Anti-Trump supporters have been searching for the name of this man. Finally, TechCrunch has found him. His name is Bahtiyar Duysak, and he was willing to talk about what happened that day. 

Here's what we know: 

1. He was on Twitter's Trust and Safety Division. 

The team Duysak was on received alerts when users reported bad behavior, such as illegal tweets, harassment, and impersonation. No surprise that reports on Trump's account were pretty common. 


2. He didn't think that Trump's account was really going to get deactivated. 

As Twitter reported, it was Duysak's last day. TechCrunch wrote the following:

"This is where Trump's behavior intersects with Duysak's work life. Someone reported Trump’s account on Duysak’s last day; as a final, throwaway gesture, he put the wheels in motion to deactivate it. Then he closed his computer and left the building."


3. He didn't realize what had happened several hours later. 

A woman who he didn't know approached him and said she had been contacted about his connection with Trump's account. That's when he realized the deactivation actually went through. 

Duysak said it was a mistake, and he never thought it would actually happen. 

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4. He said he's been relentlessly pursued by the media. 

Duysak said reporters were aggressive and contacted his family and friends. Though many people are calling him a hero, he said he doesn't feel like one. 

5. He didn't break any laws and isn't being investigated by the FBI.

“I didn’t hack anyone. I didn’t do anything that I was not authorized to do,” he said. “I didn’t go to any site I was not supposed to go to. I didn’t break any rules.”

His legal representative confirmed that the FBI is not investigating him at the moment. 

“I didn’t do any crime or anything evil, but I feel like Pablo Escobar," he said, "and slowly it’s getting really annoying."

6. Two days after he deleted Trump's account, Duysak posted this: 

Duysak, who is a German national with a Turkish background, posted the above "Love America!" on his Facebook page. 

"I love Twitter," he said in his interview. "I love America."

7. He worked as a security guard at a Muslum community center. 

According to his LinkedIn page, he also worked for a company who contracts for a number of Silicon Valley companies. He has a masters degree in banking and finance from the University of Birmingham in England. 

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