Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Former Twitter employee who deleted Trump's account says it was a mistake

Former Twitter employee who deleted Trump's account says it was a mistake

"I was exhausted", he said in the interview, which was conducted in Germany. "It might be that I did a mistake".

The U.S. President's Twitter account was deactivated by a Twitter employee who was leaving the company on November 2 and was down for 11 minutes before it was restored, the social media company had stated at the time. The company told TechCrunch that even if Trump's tweets violate the company's terms of service, it is in the public interest to keep them public because they are newsworthy.

According to Duysak, someone reported Trump's account on Duysak's last day of work so he began the process of deactivating it. TechCrunch reports that Duysak did it as a "throwaway gesture" and didn't think that Twitter would actually go through with it.

Twitter said at the time that the temporary outage was caused by "a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee's last day".

"We have implemented safeguards to prevent this from happening again", Twitter said shortly after the incident.

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Techcrunch sat down with Duysak for an interview in Germany which you can watch below.

It is not clear why the deactivation took so long, but Duysak claimed: "I didn't hack anyone".

"It's all about a number of coincidences, with very, very little probabilities that randomly occurred on my last day".

But others raised concerns about security on the site.

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With the Twitter tear Trump has been on recently, we could really do with some more "mistakes" like this.

In the interview, Duysak, who has since returned to Germany, described the account's suspension not as a fearless political statement but the result of "very little probabilities which randomly occurred on my last day of work".

The mystery person was widely feted as a hero, who'd taken subversive action to quiet the president-and the media started digging furiously to find out his identity. "In my case, it was just random", Duysak said in a video of the interview, clad in a gray sweater emblazoned with the American flag.

"But I love Twitter, and I love America". "And I underline that I comply with all rules, and I underline that I didn't break any rules".

In recent weeks, Twitter has been attempting to crack down on extremism and abusive behavior on its platform, but the president's account appears to be exempt from the company's normal standards.

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Duysak said that he felt like the late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar from all the attention. "I want to speak to my neighbors and friends". I had to delete hundreds of friends, so many pictures, because reporters are stalking me. "I didn't do anything which I wasn't authorized to do", the ex-Twitter employee said.

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