Social media platform Parler accidentally leaked the personal email addresses of its own VIPs, including Ivanka Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Parler’s disclosure team sent an email to more than 200 verified users on Monday to announce a deal its parent company made with Kanye West will take over the platform. The deal with the rapper, who had recently been banned from Instagram and Twitter for antisemitic publicationsit is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
But in sharing the news with its esteemed users, Parler forgot to protect your private information. The platform doxed users’ emails by adding them to the email carbon copy feature instead of blind carbon copy.
“Our VIPs are an invaluable part of the Parler family and experience,” the email read. “We appreciate all of your support and partnership in the fight for free expression, and we look forward to your participation in this monumental new chapter.”
The slip caused hundreds of people to respond to the email thread, many of whom took advantage of the situation to make jokes. Adam Ryan, CEO of Work Week Inc., said.
“Since I have everyone’s attention… Covfefe… hehehe,” user The Big Mig wrote.
“Project Veritas has entered the chat,” wrote another, referring to the far-right activist group that aims to discredit major media groups.
Other users took the opportunity to promote racist websites and ideologies, according to a user.
Ivanka Trump, Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Post contributor Andy Ngo and Candace Owens were among the VIPs whose emails quickly became public. Mashable reported.
Former President Donald Trump’s voter fraud attorney, L. Lin Wood, was also included in the chain despite being banned from the platform last year. he told the Daily Dot.
“I have had no interest or trust in Parler since 2021, when I was banned from their platform for no reason,” Wood said.
User Tim Young, a political comedian, told the outlet that the bug was the “last nail in the coffin” for him and proof that the site has several problems.
“I had lost faith in Parler a long time ago. There seem to be no active users on it and it’s no longer worth even testing the platform,” Young said. “The posting of the emails was stupid and shows the lack of awareness of a bankrupt social media company.”
Parler’s parent company, Parlement Technologies, apologized for the error shortly afterward and sent a follow-up message to its VIP users.
“Earlier today, we shared with you news about Ye’s intention to purchase Parler. In the excitement, we inadvertently included her email address in the CC field instead of the BCC field,” said COO Josh Levine. “To say that we are very embarrassed is an understatement.”