In early November, President Donald Trump’s Twitter account went offline for 11 minutes after a Twitter employee managed to redirect his feed to an error page on his last day of work. “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!” was the message that appeared when searching for Trump’s profile.
The president responded quickly, 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,” while Twitter announced the commencement of a “full internal review.”
Many who criticize Trump’s use of social media praised the mystery person’s work, but it turns out the details of the incident aren’t what we expected.
As CNN reports, 28-year-old Bahtiyar Duysak, who grew up in Germany, actually didn’t mean to do so. “I did a mistake, I confess,” he told CNNTech. “It’s not like I was looking for something or planning to do it. It was in front of me, and I didn’t do a good job, and I didn’t double-check things.”
According to Duysak, the day it happened was a rough one. “It was a hectic day,” he said. “You have a headache, you are tired. We are not machines—this was one of those days.”
It turns out Duysak also admires Trump.
“He is a very successful person, and I admire his hard work and how he made it to get the highest position,” he said. “But I think he needs to learn a little as a politician.”
While Duysak says he did nothing illegal, he is apologetic. “I apologize to everyone who I’ve hurt,” he said. “At the same time, I’m not a rogue person … I’ve worked for so many companies. Everyone will agree I’m reliable and trustworthy. There are little probabilities that occur and you’re in the spotlight.”
A Twitter spokesperson told CNN that the company cannot comment on Duysak. “We have taken a number of steps to keep an incident like this from happening again,” the rep said. “In order to protect our internal security measures we don’t have further details to share at this time.”