Former U.S. President Donald Trump is facing claims that his new media platform, TRUTH, has been hacked before its launch, reports revealed on Friday.
Nine months after being expelled from social media, Trump announced on Wednesday he is launching a new media company with its own social media platform, called TRUTH Social. The platform will fall under his newly minted company, Trump Media & Technology Group.
“We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced,” the former president said in a statement. “This is unacceptable.”
Shortly after the announcement, hackers from the group Anonymous claimed that they found a back way into a beta version of TRUTH Social and began creating accounts.
Aubrey Cottle, who is a founding member of Anonymous, said he got into the app after finding a listing on Apple’s app store for the mobile version.
“That contained a few clues that allowed us to track down this BETA version, which was live, active, and we had some fun,” Cottle said.
He also shared a sign-up link on his Twitter page Wednesday night, adding that members created parody accounts for figures like Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Ron Watkins, Steve Bannon, and Trump himself.
“It took about two hours for them to realize something was going on,” Cottle said. “They initially reacted by banning all of these parody accounts that were being created, and shortly after they pulled everything offline.”