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Apple just sent out its first ever public tweet – and it was a bitcoin scam

Hugh Langley , Business Insider US
 Jul 16, 2020, 11:08 AM
Apple CEO Tim Cook.

  • Apple just sent out its first public tweet - and it was a Bitcoin scam.
  • The iPhone maker has been present on Twitter since 2016 but has to date only sent out promotional tweets. This was the first time it sent a public tweet from the main account.
  • Apple has joined Joe Biden, Kanye West, Elon Musk, and a raft of other high-profile Twitter accounts in tweeting out the same bitcoin scam.
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Apple joined Twitter in 2016 so it could blanket us all with promoted tweeted, but the company has never actually tweeted anything publicly from its account - until today.

Apple's first-ever public tweet was ... a bitcoin scam. Apple was one of several high-profile Twitter accounts that apparently got hacked by Bitcoin scammers.

Elon Musk and Bill Gates were the first to fall victim, but Apple soon followed with a tweet of its own asking people to send bitcoin to an address in the tweet.

The tweet was quickly removed, but not before it picked up a fair amount of traction.

The scam claims it will double any Bitcoin amount sent to the address in the tweet. Joe Biden, Kanye West, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos were also hacked. A Twitter spokesperson told Business Insider that the platform is "looking into" the apparent scam activity.

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