While we do know that it has not been long before the Twitter hack took place, we are seeing another hack that has taken place and this time it is on Reddit. Now, if you read the details of this hack then you will say that this is not at all similar to Twitter’s hack and we definitely agree. The reason is that the platform was not hacked in this instance but it is still a hack nonetheless. But before that, it is worth mentioning that if you were on Reddit wondering why there were Pro-Trump messages flooding across the platform than this hack is to be blamed for that.
Yes, it is known that hackers who are believed to be Trump supporters starting posting Pro-Trump messages in various popular subreddits. And you would question why moderators did not remove those posts or even approve it in the first place. Well, the hack was carried out on moderator accounts only and they were the ones who got compromised. After that, it became very easy for hackers to post MAGA or make America great again messages which are the campaign made popular by President Trump.
As per the report from Wired, Reddit communities with well over a million members such as r/space, r/food, and r/NFL and more were compromised and they were flooded with Trump campaign messages. One such message on one of the Reddit communities read that “We on behalf of the American people want to implore and strongly encourage you all to vote Trump in the 2020 elections of the USA of America,” and even went on to say that the Coronavirus is a “hoax” while also mentioning the “10 things democrats did wrong”.
Reddit commented on this matter saying that “It appears the source of the attacks were compromised moderator accounts. We are working to lock down those accounts and restore impacted communities.”