On November 2nd, Americans enjoyed a few fleeting moments of relief after President Trump's Twitter account was temporarily disabled for 11 glorious minutes. And now we know who we can thank for that.
Meet Bahtiyar Duysak—the hero America needs, but not the hero America deserves.
Duysak is a German citizen with Turkish roots who was doing customer support for Twitter’s Trust and Safety division while in the U.S. on a work and study visa. It was Duysak's job to sort through the thousands of reports of abusive behavior on Twitter and determine which are legitimate and which are not.
On his very last day of work at Twitter, Duysak says that a report on one of Donald Trump's tweets popped up on his computer.
Donald Trump's account is reportedly exempt from any content flagging due to it's apparent "newsworthiness," so Duysak decided to jokingly set the president's account to "deactivate," thinking the report would never *actually* go through.
Well, we all know how that turned out.
It didn't take long for Duysak to see the ramifications of his prank.
Although some were upset with the stunt, many were calling Duysak, whose identity at that time was unknown, a hero.
But all the attention— good and bad— made him uncomfortable.
"I want to continue an ordinary life. I don’t want to flee from the media,' he told TechCrunch in an exclusive interview. "I didn’t do any crime or anything evil, but I feel like Pablo Escobar, and slowly it’s getting really annoying."
He added, "But I love Twitter, and I love America."
Yeah, dude, we know! We can all see your awesome 'Murica-inspired sweater.
Duysak says he is no longer interested in a career in tech, and is considering a job in finance. Well, he definitely went out on a high note!