Jason Miller, who served as a senior adviser to former President Donald Trump, has recently touted his new social media platform as an alternative to companies like Twitter and Facebook.
Just hours after the new platform launched on Sunday, however, hackers reportedly attacked it, causing some chaos on the site.
“Detected and sealed in a matter of minutes”
The hacker-related issues were only temporary, the Washington Examiner reported, and appear to be limited to alterations to a few high-profile accounts.
Miller addressed the troubling development in a statement, declaring: “The problem was detected and sealed in a matter of minutes, and all the intruder was able to accomplish was to change a few user names.”
According to the Examiner, Miller’s own account was among those altered by hackers. Others impacted belonged to figures like former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), and American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp.
A Salon reporter shared screenshots of the temporarily changed names, which were all accompanied by a common statement: “JubaBaghdad was here, follow me in twitter :).”
Jason Miller’s new right-wing social media site “Gettr” was hacked this morning. pic.twitter.com/cncddw9RZ9
— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) July 4, 2021
“People all over the world”
Miller has been teasing the creation and launch of the social media service for several months, describing it as a safe place for conservatives in the wake of Trump’s ban on a number of the most popular sites.
He said the platform would provide a “non-bias social network for people all over the world,” explaining that he decided to create it in response to the perceived censorship of countless users whose views contracted the prevailing progressive stance on a range of issues.
While early speculation pointed to Trump himself becoming a key member of the GETTR community, he has provided no evidence of his intention to join and is instead said to be planning to launch a platform of his own.
It remains to be seen whether the hacker responsible for this disruption will be identified and held accountable, as well as if any forthcoming Trump-backed site will suffer similar setbacks.
Roughly 90,000 users reportedly had their information stolen in the recent hack.