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 :)”.
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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 Forth 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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