The so-called rogue Twitter employee is Bahtiyar Duysak and he sat down with TechCrunch to speak about what really happened on his last day as a contractor for the social media company — including whether he intentionally set out to silence the commander-in-chief.
“In my opinion, it was definitely a mistake and if I am involved with this, I really apologize if I hurt anyone,” he said. “I didn’t do anything on purpose but as I said, I had a wild time in America and I was tired sometimes and everyone can do mistakes.”
As a contractor for Twitter, Duysak was working customer support as part of the Trust and Safety division, which deals with reports of bad behavior or Twitter violations.
Duysak – who is a German citizen and was in the US on a student work visa – said the error must have been due to a mistake he made, but that he believed it was all due to “a number of coincidences… very little probabilities which randomly occurred on my last day of work.”
He continued, “I didn’t hack anyone. I didn’t do anything I wasn’t authorized to do… I didn’t do any crime. I just want to continue an ordinary life.”
“I didn’t do any crime or anything evil, but I feel like Pablo Escobar,” he told the publication from his hometown in Germany, “and slowly it’s getting really annoying.”
Duysak said he is not looking to work in the tech field in the future, “But I love Twitter and I love America.”
Trump’s Twitter account disappeared for 11 minutes, causing Twitter’s Government and Elections team to tweet about the error, first blaming it on “human error,” then saying it was due to a rogue employee who used their last day at the company to delete the president’s account.
“Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee,” Twitter’s first tweet said. “The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored. We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again.”
In a second tweet, the company said they were “conducting a full internal review” after realizing Trump’s blackout was caused by a Twitter customer support employee.
Trump responded to the brief social media blackout, cryptically writing “My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact.”