Jul 4, 2021 - Technology

Gettr, social media app from former Trump aide Jason Miller, hacked

Jason Miller, Senior Adviser to the Trump 2020 re-election campaign, walks in on the first day of former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol on February 9

Jason Miller, a senior adviser to former President Trump. Photo: Andrew Harnik - Pool/Getty Images

The social media site Gettr saw over half a million registrations within hours of its launch Sunday by Jason Miller, previously a senior adviser to former President Trump, though it was briefly hit by hackers, per Reuters.

Details: It appears several former Trump administration officials were targeted in the app hacking, including Miller and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with their bios changed to read "@JubaBaghdad was here, follow me in twitter :)."

What they're saying: "You know you're shaking things up when they come after you," Miller said in a statement to news outlets.

  • "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."

The big picture: The pro-Trump platform launched at 10 a.m. on the Fourth of July, "a date chosen for users to symbolically declare their independence from Silicon Valley social media giants," per a Gettr statement.

  • Conservatives had been looking to build an alternative social media app for months, following the de-platforming of Trump and far-right figures in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots.
  • Gettr looks like Twitter, with a scrolling news feed with a small pencil at the bottom for users to compose a message. Miller vowed in Gettr's statement that the app "will not cancel people for their political opinions."
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