Time Person of the Year 2017

Headline shamelessly nicked from @Pourmecoffee: Meet the man who deactivated Trump’s Twitter account (Prev: Troll deletes Troll-Account)

Duysak, a twenty-something with Turkish roots who was born and raised in Germany, was working as a contractor for a fixed term for the last part of his stay in the U.S. under a work and study visa. In addition to his role at Twitter with Pro Unlimited, other assignments had included stints in monetization at Google and YouTube via another contractor, Vaco. […]

His last day at Twitter was mostly uneventful, he says. There were many goodbyes, and he worked up until the last hour before his computer access was to be shut off. Near the end of his shift, the fateful alert came in.

This is where Trump’s behavior intersects with Duysak’s work life. Someone reported Trump’s account on Duysak’s last day; as a final, throwaway gesture, he put the wheels in motion to deactivate it. Then he closed his computer and left the building.

Several hours later, the panic began. Duysak tells us that it started when he was approached by a woman whom he didn’t know very well. According to Duysak, the woman said that she had been contacted by someone asking about Duysak in connection with Trump’s Twitter account. After a moment of disbelief, he said he then looked at the news and realized what had happened.

Duysak describes the event as a “mistake.” Specifically, he told us, he never thought the account would actually get deactivated.

In fact, it appeared that Trump’s account was essentially protected from being deactivated over Terms of Service violations. In June, Twitter explained why: Some tweets that seemingly violate its terms of service are nevertheless “newsworthy” and therefore in the public interest to keep up.

Buzzfeed News: „The contractor, Bahtiyar Duysak, indicated on his LinkedIn page that he was temporarily employed at Twitter through contracting service, ProUnlimited, which provides staffing services to dozens of Silicon Valley companies for tasks like content review. […] Originally from Germany, Duysak had a masters in banking and finance from University of Birmingham in England and finished a postgraduate program at California State University, East Bay in Hayward, Calif., according to a person close to him.“