Former Twitter employee who disabled Trump account says it was mistake

Former Twitter employee who disabled Trump account says it was mistake

“I didn’t hack anyone," Bahtiyar Duysak told TechCrunch from his home in Germany. Trump, one of the most prolific and popular political tweeters, with nearly 44 million followers, saw his account deactivated for 11 minutes on November 2. According to TechCrunch, Duysak was in the United States on a work/study visa. TechCrunch says Duysak worked in the Trust and Safety division of Twitter, which is where consumers go to report violations to Twitter's terms of service, which states that the service can't be used "to engage in abusive behavior, such as targeted harassment or expressing hate towards a person, group, or protected category." In a statement to USA TODAY, Twitter said it wouldn't comment on a former employee but that it has taken a number of steps to keep incidents like this one from happening in the future. At Twitter, Trump's account was reported for abusive language, and Duysak, as his final act at the company, deactivated it, and then left the building. TechCrunch says he told the publication he didn't believe the account would actually be deactivated. While individuals can be banned from Twitter for using tweets to settle scores, Twitter added another clause to its terms of service after Trump's election to allow such language when they are "newsworthy" and of public interest. Twitter responded at the time by saying it was investigating and putting safeguards in place to make sure similar incidents didn't occur int he future. Follow USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham on Twitter, @jeffersongraham

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LOS ANGELES — The former Twitter employee who on his last day of employment deactivated President Donald Trump’s account has come forward, and he says it was all a mistake.

“I didn’t hack anyone,” Bahtiyar Duysak told TechCrunch from his home in Germany. “I didn’t do anything that I was not authorized to do.”

Trump, one of the most prolific and popular political tweeters, with nearly 44 million followers, saw his account deactivated for 11 minutes on November 2.

According to TechCrunch, Duysak was in the United States on a work/study visa. He had also worked at Google and left Twitter to go back home to Germany because his work visa was set to expire.

TechCrunch says Duysak worked in the Trust and Safety division of Twitter, which is where consumers go to report violations to Twitter’s terms of service, which…

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