Way back in the day, when we were still innocently asking, "How could things get any worse?" — one whole month ago on November 2 — Donald Trump's Twitter account was deactivated for 11 precious minutes. It was a brief reprieve from the constant pitter-patter of evil that we were dealing with, and the whole country breathed a sigh of temporary relief.
The person behind the deactivation has now come forward and revealed exactly why he did what he did.
You know Donald Trump — he loooooves Twitter.
via: Getty ImagesCan't get enough of it. We'd venture to say it's his favorite website. Donald Trump has used Twitter on multitudinous occasions to spread lies and conspiracy theories, incite hate, and defend the indefensible.
And so, on November 2, someone decided that they'd had enough, and they deactivated the president's Twitter account.
Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee. Th… https://t.co/hNtJeihD0t— TwitterGov (@TwitterGov)1509667551.0
Initially, Twitter claimed that the account was deactivated due to "human error by a Twitter employee."
Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on… https://t.co/19oVsYAN2t— TwitterGov (@TwitterGov)1509674428.0
Of course, Donald Trump did what he always does in times when he feels victimized — he took to Twitter.Trump called out the "rogue" Twitter employee who took his account down and made everyone's dreams come true for a short while.
While the identity of the Twitter hero remained a mystery, that didn't stop practically all of Twitter from hailing this person as the second coming of Jesus.
Whomever deactivated President Trump's Twitter for a good 11 minutes https://t.co/ysUBH58Iri— DKT (@DKT)1509707098.0
This is Bahtiyar Duysak, otherwise known as The Guy Who Temporarily Deleted Donald Trump's Twitter Account.
via: YouTubeHe's a German citizen with a Turkish background who was working for Twitter in customer support on a work and study visa. Duysak sat down in an interview with TechCrunch to talk about what happened that day.
It was part of Duysak's job to go through reports of abuse and offensive behavior on Twitter, and during his last shift, someone reported Trump's account for this type of behavior.
via: YouTubeWithout really taking into account what could happen, Duysak set in motion the process to deactivate the page belonging to Donald Trump, the President of the United States.
"I didn't hack anyone, I didn't do anything which I wasn't authorized to do," Duysak said.
via: YouTube"I didn't go to any site or tool where I wasn't supposed to be at. I didn't do any crime, and I underline that I complied with all rules." Duysak said he never really thought the account would actually get deactivated. It's a process for something like that to happen, and Twitter's policy of protecting tweets that are considered newsworthy, should have in theory protected Trump's account from actually getting deactivated.