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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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Why Trump wants to tweet

Data: SocialFlow; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Donald Trump's post-office online engagement is hitting new lows, according to exclusive data from SocialFlow provided to Axios. It helps explain why the former president recently asked a federal judge to have Twitter restore his signature account.

Why it matters: Trump has tried press releases styled as tweets, launched his own "platform" and held campaign-style rallies, yet the numbers suggest his social media megaphone has no true replacement.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
1 hour ago - Economy & Business

Peloton stock tanks on report of production halt

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Peloton stock fell by as much as 25% on Thursday, following a CNBC report that the connected fitness company will temporarily halt production on its bikes and treadmills.

Why it matters: Peloton is viewed by many as a proxy for consumer behavior in the pandemic era, as its popularity surged when gyms closed and people wanted to exercise at home.

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Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: Omicron pushes COVID deaths toward 2,000 per day — The pandemic-proof health care giant.
  2. Vaccines: No evidence that healthy children, teens need boosters, WHO says — Starbucks drops worker vaccine or test requirement after SCOTUS ruling — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America.
  3. Politics: Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies.
  4. World: American Airlines flight to London forced to turn around over mask dispute — WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older.
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