As London Metropolitian Police's Twitter account got hacked on Friday, US president Donald Trump targeted the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. On July 19, the London Police's official Twitter feed which has a 1.2 million followers started posting weird posts including expletives. A post called for the release of Digga D, a drill rap artist who was jailed after he was caught with a group carrying machetes and baseball bats. One post read "What you gonna do phone the police".
Soon after, President of United States retweeted a post and in what may be called a show of xenophobia, Donald Trump blamed the London Mayor Sadiq Khan for it.
However, Trump was criticised for sharing Hopkinspost. Hopkins is a controversial, far-right British commentator. Trump has come under fire before for retweeting Hopkins, who has referred to London as "stab city" and "Khan's Londonistan." Trump was called out for his retweet by netizens.
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The hacker tweets from the police have since been deleted. They were unable to resolve the problem for over half an hour. Writing from his personal account Superintendent Roy Smith said that feed had been "subject to unauthorized access" and urged the public to "ignore any Tweets until we verify that it is back under official control."
The police apologized to its followers for the messages and said, "we are assessing to establish what criminal offences have been committed."