- The account of Donald Trump Jr. on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, was hacked in the wee hours of Wednesday, September 20
- The hackers in what could be described as a brief move, sent a series of offensive tweets, including announcing the death of his father, former US President Donald Trump
- Although Trump has yet to react or publicly address the development, all the questionable tweets have been deleted as at the time of filling this report
There were reports on Wednesday, September 20, claiming former President of the United States of America (USA), Donald Trump is dead.
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In a string of now-deleted posts, the account claimed his father had died and directed a racial slur at President Joe Biden.
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The posts were on the page, which has 10 million followers, for less than an hour before being deleted.
Reacting to the sudden development, the Trump Organization said that the account was hacked.
One of the posts read:
“I’m sad to announce, my father Donald Trump has passed away. I will be running for president in 2024,” read the first message from Don Jr.’s account, at 8:25 a.m."
Trump posted after the fake announcement on X formerly Twitter
New York Times reported that proving he was still alive, the former president sent an unrelated message on his own X rival, Truth Social, at 8:46 a.m. — more than 20 minutes after the fake death announcement.
Hackers post more messages on Trump's son's X account
A series of obviously hacked messages quickly followed on Don Jr.’s account, including an inflammatory one saying:
"North Korea was about to get smoked", while one post wrote of "some interesting messages" with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Others mentioned Richard Heart, a cryptocurrency influencer facing fraud charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and YouTuber Logan Paul.
The posts began appearing after 08:00 ET (12:00 GMT).
The incident raises fresh questions about the platform’s ability to secure user accounts — especially those belonging to high-profile political figures — ahead of the 2024 election.
The Trump Organisation did not immediately respond to a request for comment early on Wednesday, The Hindu report said.
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