Donald Trump has not yet taken up office, but he has already managed to whip up tidal waves of opposition not only in the US, but around the world. Among the president-elect’s opponents is Anonymous, the hacktivist collective.
The group took to Twitter — Trump’s favorite medium — to issue a pre-inauguration warning: “This isn’t the 80’s any longer, information doesn’t vanish, it is all out there. You are going to regret the next 4 years”. The tirade came as Trump lashed out at reports about criticism from outgoing CIA Chief, John Brennan; Anonymous responded by threatening the billionaire with damaging leaks.
The loose collective warned Trump that “Roy Cohen and your daddy aren’t here to protect you anymore” before suggesting that the president-elect had a few more skeletons ready to come out of his closet. Trump was told “not to waste money hitting us with your Moldavian bot farm”, but it is the threat of possibly damaging revelations that sparked interest:
.@realDonaldTrump you have financial and personal ties with Russian mobsters, child traffickers, and money launderers.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) January 16, 2017
While Trump himself did not bother responding to the tweet (he was too busy tagging the wrong Ivanka when trying to refer to his daughter), there was something of a Twitter meltdown as users asked why information such as this has not been brought to light before the election.
“@drgoodspine: @realDonaldTrump @Ivanka Trump is great, a woman with real character and class.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2017
Having gained 20.1 million followers, Trump now has the eyes of Twitter — and the world — trained on him, so it will be interesting to see how he responds.
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