Hackers gained access to a private version of former President Donald Trump’s recently announced social media platform and posted images of defecating pigs, expletives and more, according to multiple reports
The hackers, affiliated with the hacking collective Anonymous, told The New York Times that the move was part of their “online war against hate.”
Using a false account dubbed “donaldjtrump,” the hackers posted the photos of the pigs, wrote profane rants against Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and made a fake account for former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, according to multiple reports. The hackers also posted memes from fake accounts for Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence and others.
“We had a fun time trolling it to high heaven,” Aubrey Cottle, a hacker affiliated with Anonymous, told The New York Times.
Cottle told multipleoutlets that the group picked up clues after the site, named Truth Social, made its app available for preorder on Apple’s App Store earlier this week. Users were able to join a waiting list for its release, and hackers claimed these pieces provided enough information to access a version of the platform.
The hackers gained access just hours after Truth Social was announced on Wednesday. The app later barred new accounts and was pulled offline according to multiple reports.
A Washington Post reporter was also able to register and post under an account name “mikepence,” the Post reported.
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Trump on Wednesday announced Truth Social – coming months after he was banned from other social media sites.
Trump was blocked from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube following the pro-Trump riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Twitter has said its ban on the former president is permanent, while Facebook said Trump could return in 2023 at the earliest. YouTube has said its ban on the former president will be lifted after a “risk of violence” lowers.
Trump said in a statement Wednesday that Truth Social and the Trump Media and Technology Group will “stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech.” The platform is expected to be released nationwide in the first quarter of 2022.
USA TODAY has reached out to the Trump Media Technology Group for comment on the reported hacking.