UPDATED on November 30, 2017:
In what might've been one of the biggest "fuck yous" in the history of the internet, or just a hilarious misunderstanding, Twitter employee, now known to be Germany-based twentysomething Bahtiyar Duysak, has deactivated Donald Trump's Twitter account for glorious 11 minutes.
TechCrunch managed to get an exclusive interview with Duysak and learn more about the baffling event after which many internet users proclaimed him their personal hero and even nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize. Watch the video below:
Original article below:
Last night, one Twitter employee decided to go seriously YOLO on their last day of work. Using their powers for the greater good for one last hurrah, the unnamed hero deactivated the POTUS's Twitter account granting the world eleven blissful minutes of virtual silence.
Anyone who happened to visit Trump's page during this time was greeted by the wishful words, "@realDonaldTrump does not exist."
In a highly unusual turn of events, Trump did not react to his brief time-out, instead, going on to tweet his usual nonsense like nothing ever happened.
Twitter did speak out about the incident first stating that the deactivation must have been due to human error. Soon enough, however, the social media platform withdrew its initial statement, admitting that the Trump takedown was no mistake:
Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee. The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored. We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again.— Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017
Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day. We are conducting a full internal review. https://t.co/mlarOgiaRF— Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) 3 novembre 2017
Since joining the social network, Trump has tweeted no fewer than 36,000 times, using it as his preferred form of communication. A couple of weeks ago, he even claimed that Twitter was the key to his presidential win, stating: "I doubt I would be here if it weren't for social media, to be honest with you."
Of course, the rest of the internet was quick to react with the anonymous former employee being hailed as a modern superhero.
Not all heroes wear capes. https://t.co/8hchNECGaA— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) 3 November 2017
Whoever disabled Donald Trump's Twitter account shouldn't be sacked. They should be promoted.— Chris Ward (@yorker129_7) 3 November 2017
The twitter employee leaving work today pic.twitter.com/SRuZNSXKxV— Jason Duval (@bebe_chien) 3 November 2017
leaving your job at twitter after deleting trump's account like pic.twitter.com/VjPopz8JMO— Alan White (@aljwhite) 3 November 2017
First picture emerges of rogue employee deleting Trump's Twitter account pic.twitter.com/2UXEvx9Gz2— Miss Texas 1967 (@MsTexas1967) 3 November 2017
Whomever deactivated President Trump's Twitter for a good 11 minutes pic.twitter.com/ysUBH58Iri— DKT (@darleneturner53) 3 November 2017