Pro-Trump social media app hacked on first day as hundreds of thousands sign up

Jason Miller, ex-spokesperson for former President Donald Trump, launched a new social media platform, Gettr, which was hacked on its first day as hundreds of thousands of people registered for the app.

The platform went live several weeks ago but had its formal launch on July 4. In the midst of hundreds of thousands of new users registering for the app, one user was able to hack the platform. In a statement to Reuters, Miller wrote that the user had only been able to change some usernames and that the situation had been taken care of in a matter of minutes. In screenshots of the hack, the hacker is seen to have written, “@JubaBaghdad was here, follow me in twitter :)” and “@JubaBaghdad was here 🙂 ^^ free palestine ^^” on several prominent profiles.

In an interview, Miller said the app was “founded on the principles of free speech, independent thought and rejecting the political censorship and cancel culture that we’ve seen in US politics in the US media” (Spectator World). However, the app still has strict rules against “threats, harassment, racial or homophobic slurs, encouraging self-harm” or anything else that harms others.

Ultimately, Gettr’s goal is to be open to all opinions and be free of censorship. Apparently, those ideals are pretty popular, as the app was in the top ten in the Apple Store and top five in the Google Play app store on the day of the official launch.

While the app is associated with Trump, it wasn’t funded by him and it remains unknown how involved he was in making it. After the January 6 Capitol Riot, the former president was banned from Twitter and Facebook until he was no longer deemed a threat. Trump began a blog after the social media ban, but his team announced it would not be continuing in June due to plans to continue elsewhere.



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