At the beginning of November, Donald Trump’s Twitter mysteriously vanished from the face of the internet for eleven whole minutes, and the world breathed a sigh of relief.
A long sigh.
In fact, before the person’s identity was ever known — and it wasn’t before today — many were suggesting that they be considered for TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year” honorific, or perhaps even the Nobel Peace Prize. Some went a little overboard:
how do i tell my parents im marrying the twitter employee?
— Sarah Hagi (@geekylonglegs) November 3, 2017
Most, however, had a little celebration. We’ll cop to it here, too. Opposition Report got it on the fun:
Why were netizens so over the moon at the disappearance of Trump’s Twitter? Because he has abused the social media giant’s Terms of Service essentially since day one on the site, using it to bully, harass, and annoy those he doesn’t like, and posting inflammatory and even violent material, all of which would normally be considered a violation.
Except Twitter has deemed Trump’s tweets “newsworthy.”
One needn’t look back farther than just hours ago, when Trump retweeted a violent anti-Muslim extremist, whose fake video was debunked in just minutes. But the reach of Trump’s tweets — over 40 million followers! — make him far more dangerous than the woman whose messages he retweeted. Messages like that pose a real, actual threat to people in everyday life, and Trump does it without thinking twice.
Now the man who was responsible for silencing one of the loudest voices on the planet, even if only for a brief moment in time, has come forward.
Bahtiyar Duysak, a citizen of Germany of Turkish descent, told TechCrunch that on the last day of his employment with the social messaging site, a user reported Donald Trump’s account, @realDonaldTrump, which had undoubtedly been reported countless times before for violations and abuse.
But the steps he took were nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, outside of Twitter’s decision to suspend the rules for the American president, the offenses the Trump has been reported for would get any normal user banned from the site.
I didn’t hack anyone. I didn’t do anything that I was not authorized to do,” he told TechCrunch. “I didn’t go to any site I was not supposed to go to. I didn’t break any rules.”
Duysak has come forward now because he says he has been absolutely hounded by reporters:
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 just want to continue an ordinary life.”
Well, welcome back to the real world, Bahtiyar. You’re still a hero to us.
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