Identity Of The Man Who Deactivated Trump's Twitter Account Has Been Revealed
The identity of the man who deactivated Donald Trump‘s Twitter account in early November has been revealed.
Bahtiyar Duysak, a third-party contract employee who worked for Twitter’s Trust and Safety operations team in the San Francisco area, was the one who deactivated Trump’s Twitter account for 11 minutes, according to a report from BuzzFeed. Duysak was employed at Twitter through Pro Unlimited, a contracting service that provides staffing to a number of Silicon Valley companies for tasks such as content review.
According to a friend close to Duysak, the former Twitter contractor is originally from Germany and received a master’s in banking and finance from University of Birmingham in England and finished a postgraduate program at California State University, East Bay, in Hayward, California. In his time working with Twitter it is likely that Duysak had administrator access to internal tools that allowed him to suspend or delete accounts. Although Twitter was aware its suspension permissions could be abused it never changed its protocol, with special protections for verified or high-profile accounts “never implemented.”
As for why Duysak deactivated Trump’s Twitter account, he said that it was all a “mistake.”
“I didn’t do any crime or anything evil, but I feel like Pablo Escobar,” he said to TechCrunch. “And slowly it’s getting really annoying.”
The consequences Duysak may face for the incident are also unknown. If it is decided that he took action against Trump’s account that went against Twitter’s scope of authorized access, he could face legal action under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a federal anti-hacking statute forbidding unauthorized access to computers.
However, the Secret Service said it is not conducting an investigation into the incident, while a Twitter spokesperson provided the following statement: “We won’t have a comment on a former employee. We have taken a number of steps to keep an incident like this from happening again. In order to protect our internal security measures we don’t have further details to share at this time.”