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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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Trump voices support for Saturday's pro-Capitol riots rally

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Former President Trump on Thursday expressed solidarity with people facing prosecution in connection to the Capitol insurrection.

Why it matters: The statement was issued ahead of Saturday's rally to protest the treatment of Capitol rioters. Over 600 known federal defendants face charges related to the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Everyone wants to be an influencer

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The number of people looking to become online influencers has exploded during the pandemic.

Why it matters: Almost anyone can find themselves in a position to become an influencer, and brands are throwing billions of dollars at online content creators.

At least 3 dead after Amtrak train derails in Montana

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An Amtrak train derailed near Joplin, Montana, resulting in at least three deaths and multiple injuries to passengers and crew on Saturday, per authorities and a company statement.

The big picture: 141 passengers and 16 crew members were estimated to be on the Empire Builder train, traveling from Chicago to Seattle and Portland, when eight of the 10 cars derailed about 4p.m., Amtrak said early Sunday.