US President Donald Trump says he was not one of the high-profile victims of the recent massive hack of Twitter accounts that saw unathorised tweets promoting a bitcoin scam appear on the accounts of an ex-president and more than 100 other high-profile users of the social media messaging system.
Mr Trump took to Twitter to issue the clarification after some media outlets had claimed that his much-followed Twitter account had also fallen victim to the scam along with other popular accounts including those of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Warren Buffett and other celebrity tweeters (pictured).
The unathorised tweets attempted to solicit donations to a bitcoin account by making the bogus claim that the celebrity owner of the account would match or double the donation for an unspecified cause.
In a series of tweets, Mr Trump said he wanted to make it clear that his Twitter account had been unaffected.
“FBI looking into yuge Twitter security breach. But to clarify – I was not one of the pols or celebs hacked,” he tweeted.
“Lamestream media gets it wrong again. Fake news! My account safe and secure.
“The message on my Twitter feed seeking donations was genuine and part of my secret ongoing fundraising deal with Bitcoin and Twitter. All A-OK!”