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Elon Musk, Mr Beast and more hacked in $100k Twitter Bitcoin scam

Published: 15/Jul/2020 22:36 Updated: 16/Jul/2020 4:55

by Virginia Glaze

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Tesla CEO and tech millionaire Elon Musk’s Twitter account, along with those of Bill Gates, Apple and even Cashapp, were hacked midday on July 15 in a wide-ranging Bitcoin scam.

While Musk is known for his wild Twitter antics and humorous memes, his followers were tipped off after he appeared to tweet something abnormal out of his usual repertoire of internet hijinks.

Musk seemed to promise fans double their payments to his personal BTC account — meaning he would purportedly “give back” twice the amount they sent in, encouraging them to send an amount of $1,000.

Elon Musk scam tweet
Elon Musk, Twitter
Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Twitter account was hacked on July 15 – along with the profiles of other top celebrities and companies.

While some viewers were clearly wary of the scam, it seems that others were not so leery, with the scammers receiving over $100k at the time of writing across multiple hacked accounts from top personalities on the social media platform.

Other big names included in the unfortunate hacking were Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Cashapp, Apple and even Uber.

Bill Gates, Twitter

Apple deleted scam tweet

Thus far, all of the offending scam tweets have been deleted — but users are still warning fans against following the link and sending the scammers their money, in spite of the tantalizing promise to double their investment.

This wouldn’t be the first time a string of high-profile celebrities’ Twitter accounts have been compromised, by far; in fall 2019, a hacking group notably compromised the accounts of several top YouTubers, including the likes of James Charles, Shane Dawson and even the late Smash Bros star Desmond ‘Etika’ Amofah, leading to outrage at the individuals responsible.

Even Twitter’s own CEO Jack Dorsey was hacked — a figure who is coming under fire for an apparently serious security breach on the popular social media platform.

Thus far, Twitter has yet to respond to the scamming scheme, and fans are awaiting further information from the platform as even more accounts become compromised.

UPDATE: It seems that massive YouTube star Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson has likewise been roped into the hacking — a potentially disastrous turn of events, as the entertainer is known for his groundbreaking generosity and massive cash giveaways.

Mr Beast scam tweet

Sources have claimed that the Bitcoin account has now garnered over $7 million since the scam began.

UPDATE 3:19 PM PST – Twitter has addressed the widespread hack in a series of posts via its Twitter support page, warning users that they “may be unable to Tweet or reset your password while we review and address this incident.”

Many have speculated that the inability to Tweet is targeting verified accounts only, due to the nature of the hack attacking verified users.

Stay tuned to Dexerto for more on this breaking story.

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Charli D’Amelio slams “out of control” hate from 100m followers scandal

Published: 3/Dec/2020 21:21

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok star Charli D’Amelio is hitting back at the intense criticism she received after joking about not reaching 100 million followers in a year, as well as the hate that followed her tearful Instagram Live on the subject.

Charli D’Amelio is TikTok’s most-followed content creator. Now boasting over 101 million followers, Charli has become the poster girl for the viral video application — but not everyone is a fan of the internet superstar.

The 16-year-old influencer got hit with an avalanche of negativity upon the release of a “Dinner with the D’Amelio’s” episode on November 16, where she appeared to jokingly bemoan not reaching 100 million followers in a year’s time.

The issue quickly erupted into a scandal, with users calling out Charli for purportedly only seeing her fans as “numbers” and being ungrateful for her privileged position as a celebrity.

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The hate soon spun into a hurricane of vile comments, with D’Amelio even revealing she’d been sent death threats from angry viewers during a tearful Instagram live addressing the situation. She even lost 1 million followers over the ordeal.

She has discussed the matter yet again in a solo December 3 episode of her ‘2 Chix’ podcast sans sister Dixie D’Amelio, hitting back at the shocking amount of hate she received over the scandal.

“The thing that I think happened was, it spiraled completely out of control,” she said of the situation. “It turned into a place where I was getting threats for my life. When talking about this on Live, I got emotional, because that’s not something that people take lightly.”

“I feel like people really have to understand that yes, I do have a substantial amount of people that follow me on social media,” she continued. “That does not mean that I am not a person. …The entire situation was taken completely out of proportion by lots of people.”

“I know I’m not a disrespectful person. I know that I’m not a genuinely horrible person. I know I’m a good person, at the end of the day. Whether or not everyone agrees with that is for them to figure out, and that’s totally fine.”

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Charli’s podcast shines a light on the growing negativity from social media platforms like TikTok, which even bullied the likes of Taio Cruz off the website within just a few days of him creating an account.

This situation serves as an important reminder to remember that no matter the circumstances, there’s always another person behind your phone screen who your words are directly affecting — 100 million followers or not.