In a series of unexpected events on the X platform, Donald Trump Jr., son of former US president Donald Trump, faced a severe security breach that resulted in a slew of misleading posts, including a false claim about his father’s demise.
Upon regaining control, the 45-year-old Trump Jr. made light of the situation by drawing a cheeky connection to Hunter Biden. In a post on X, he exclaimed, “I’M BACK… Hunter Biden must have hacked my account!!!”
The unauthorized user, who temporarily hijacked Trump Jr.’s account, didn’t stop at making a fictitious declaration about the elder Trump’s passing. Other misleading posts dragged in notable personalities, such as President Joe Biden and entrepreneur Elon Musk, with a particular post even delving into racial insensitivity.
However, the X community was swift to recognize the irregularities. Thanks to the Community Notes feature on X, users quickly added context to the misleading posts. Observant users commented on the nature of the posts with phrases like “You have to be hacked.” The word “Hacked” even became a trending topic on the platform.
Family Reaction and Subsequent Steps
While the situation was alarming, Trump Jr.’s brother, Eric, tried to lighten the mood. He playfully remarked, “I don’t want @DonaldJTrumpJr to get his account back – this is all too entertaining.”
By 9:00 a.m., the controversial posts had been deleted. Trump Jr. later informed his followers that he’d discuss the hacking incident on his podcast, “Triggered,” featuring a conversation with Ric Grenell, the former Acting Director of National Intelligence.
Announcing his forthcoming discussion, he prompted his followers with a video on Instagram, stating, “GOING LIVE NOW ON RUMBLE! So much to discuss: my message to the hackers and significant insights from former Acting DNI Ric Grenell.”
Supporters flooded Trump Jr.’s reinstated account with encouragement and light-hearted comments on the ordeal. Meanwhile, there’s been no official comment from the former president about the inaccurate posts or the security breach on his son’s account.