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The Guy Who Deleted Trump’s Twitter Account Has Been Revealed, & It’s a Little Disappointing

Believe it or not, but it’s only been about a month since President Donald Trump’s Twitter account disappeared for several minutes. The disappearance was attributed to a “human error by a Twitter employee” on the employee’s last day at the company. Now, said employee has come forward to speak about his brief claim to fame. CNN reports that Bahtiyar Duysak was working as a contractor at Twitter when he accidentally took down the president’s infamous account.

“I did a mistake, I confess,” the 28-year-old German native said to CNNTech. “It’s not like I was looking for something or planning to do it. It was in front of me, and I didn’t do a good job, and I didn’t double-check things.”

While I’m sure many people were hoping that Duysak removed the account as an act of protest against Trump, he insisted that he’s actually an admirer of Trump’s path to success. “He is a very successful person, and I admire his hard work and how he made it to get the highest position,” Duysak said. “But I think he needs to learn a little as a politician.” 

Working through the contracting company Pro Unlimited, Duysak began focusing on Trump’s account when it was reported by another user. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Duysak went about the process of punishing a reported account assuming that Trump’s account would not actually be affected. While he didn’t share the specifics of how he took down the account, Duysak allegedly didn’t realize the error he had committed until news outlets began reporting the account’s absence. He grew nervous because he knew he was the only employee who “left on the last day.”

“Even if it was on purpose, it still shouldn’t have taken place…because of internal regulations at the company,” Duysak said of the page’s disappearance. “But all of this, it’s not my responsibility.”

Calling the day of the deletion “one of those days,” Duysak, who shared his story in a video interview with TechCrunch, has now returned to living in Germany. He requested to leave his company because he didn’t want to extend his work visa, and his absence has left behind the question of how much power regular Twitter employees have over prominent user accounts. 

“We have taken a number of steps to keep an incident like this from happening again,” a Twitter spokesperson said.

Well, this definitely wasn’t the rebellious act many hoped it would be. 

Kristen is a 2017 graduate of Siena College with a degree in English and minors in Writing & Communications and Journalism. Although she constantly pines for life in London after studying there for a semester, she calls New York home for now. In addition to previously working as a writer and Senior Editor for Her Campus Siena, she has worked for Her Campus as a News and Pop Culture blogger and a national editorial intern. Kristen has previously written for New York Minute, London's Health and Fitness, and Electronic Products. She makes far too many references to "Friends" and the British royal family. Her blog, where she talks about books, TV, and film, can be found at Bookworms and Fangirls. Follow her on Twitter @kperroney.
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