A number of high-profile Twitter accounts were reportedly hacked this week in an apparent effort to scam other users.
Despite the security breach that impacted accounts belonging to former President Barack Obama, among many others, President Donald Trump says he will continue to remain active on the social media platform, as The Hill reports.
The FBI is reportedly investigating the hack, which hijacked notable accounts and led Twitter to prevent all verified users from posting to the platform for a short time.
“Secure and not jeopardized”
In addition to Obama, public figures including Elon Musk and Joe Biden saw their accounts used to promote an apparent cryptocurrency scam.
The link provided in the fraudulent posts led victims to a page where scammers reportedly racked up about $117,000 in deposits.
Trump, whose account was reportedly not compromised, has remained active on Twitter throughout his first term despite frequently denouncing the platform in recent months.
When news broke of the security issue, Trump campaign official Dan Scavino reportedly contacted Twitter to confirm the president’s account was safe.
“The President will remain on Twitter but his account was secure and not jeopardized during these attacks,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said, according to The Hill.
“Immediately on your show”
Twitter remains the president’s most direct line of communication with many of his supporters and continues to provide a largely unfiltered snapshot of his viewpoint on any number of political and cultural issues. In 2017, he credited social media for playing a big role in his surprising electoral victory the previous year.
“I doubt I would be here if it weren’t for social media, to be honest with you,” he told Fox Business Network host Maria Bartiromo at the time, according to Politico. When he tweets, he told Bartiromo, “you put it immediately on your show.”
While social media security remains a major area of concern ahead of November’s elections, it is clear that Trump is not about to give up the platform he has successfully wielded throughout his presidency with just a few months left in the campaign.