Twitter users took to the TRUTH Social beta site and created accounts with the usernames of Donald Trump and Mike Pence
- Hours after Trump announced his new social media platform, TRUTH Social, some Twitter users had already found their way to the beta site.
- They were able to create accounts with the nicknames @donaldtrump and @mikepence.
- At the time of going to press, the TRUTH Social beta test site has been taken offline.
It took just two hours for Twitter users to find their way to the beta site of Trump’s newly announced social media platform, TRUTH Social, and create fictitious accounts of the former president and vice president. Mike Pence.
On Wednesday, the former president announced that his new social media platform, which appears to closely resemble Twitter, is was reportedly slated for launch in 2022. According to a Press statement Posted on Twitter by Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington, the app is expected to be available for pre-order from the Apple App Store in November.
Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., Fox News host Sean Hannity told Wednesday that the platform is expected to be in beta testing for the next few weeks.
However, the site appeared to be freely accessible. Insider saw several tweets just two hours after the announcement, where some users described how easy it was to enter the TRUTH Social beta site and create an account with the handle “@donaldtrump”.
—Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) 21 October 2021
Another Twitter user found himself on the beta site and created an account with the ID @mikepence. The account was banned within the hour.
—Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) 21 October 2021
It is not known why the beta site for TRUTH Social was so easily accessible. Insider notes that at the time of publication, the beta test site has been taken offline.
This is the latest example of a conservative social media network exposed to technical vulnerabilities.
On the one hand, Frank, the social media site of My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell, encountered significant errors on launch day. People were unable to register to use the site on April 19 and had to settle for listen to Lindell’s 48 hour live broadcast marathon to celebrate the launch of the site while the platform itself remained a static page.
GETTR, a platform founded by former Trump aide Jason Miller, was hacked on the day of its launch. During the hack, Miller’s page, as well as Mike Pompeo’s accounts, Steve bannon, Marjorie Taylor-Greene, Harlan Hill, Sean Parnell, and the pro-Trump broadcaster Newsmax, were temporarily taken over by the pirates.
Representatives from Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG), the company behind TRUTH Social, Trump and Pence did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.