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TechCrunch Finds, Interviews Former Twitter Employee Who Deactivated President Trump's Account

Category: General News
Posted: 10:19AM

At the beginning of November, President Trump's Twitter account was deactivated for about 11 minutes, which almost immediately sparked response, media coverage, and questions concerning how this happened. It was not long before Twitter stated it was an accident and the person responsible was a contractor on his last day. TechCrunch start looking for this contractor and finally found Bahtiyar Duysak and spoke with him in Germany, where he was raised. His work in the United States was part of a work and study visa and included time working with Google and YouTube through the contractor Vaco. His work with Twitter was through Pro Unlimited.

By Duysak's account of the day, it was uneventful work in the Trust and Safety division, which is alerted of reports of bad behavior on Twitter and triages the complaints. Many have reported President Trump's tweets as violating the platform's terms of service, and one such report came in at the end of his day. As, what the TechCrunch article describes as "a final, throwaway gesture" Duysak started the process to deactivate the account before closing the computer and leaving the building. It was not until hours later that he even learned the account was deactivated for a time, which is something he did not expect would happen. It was explained by Twitter previously that while some tweets can appear to violate its TOS, 'newsworthiness' plays a factor and so if it is in the public interest to keep the tweet up, it will remain up. Being the leader of a nation, it would seem President Trump's tweets would be protected under this consideration, but for eleven minutes that proved to not be the case.

For Duysak, his interest now is just moving forward, and escaping media attention. Not only himself but family, friends, former employers, and associates have all been subjected constant requests by reporters and he hopes by stepping forward he can help bring this to an end. He wants to clear the air, get a new job, and move on with his life.

Source: TechCrunch

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