SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – The Twitter account of the president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors was hacked, and his cover photo replaced with a picture of a man advertising a day trading options guide.
The biography was also changed to “Trading since 2016. Scalper.”
Shamann Walton, who represents District 10 (Bayview-Hunter’s Point) on the board, has been president since 2021, which puts him first in line for the mayoralty.
He confirmed the hack to the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday morning, and as of 8:37 a.m. the changes to his account had not been removed.
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Walton’s office did not respond immediately to a KRON4 News request for comment, but midday Wednesday in a press release, he stated he has not had access to his account since October, when Elon Musk took over the company.
“I have told family and friends that my Twitter account has been hacked and I have not had access to my account since the leadership change,” Walton stated. “No tweets are coming from me. If my community and followers want to continue to report the account, they may do so but I don’t feel the need to waste energy on Twitter.”
Walton’s office has stated that he “has tried logging on numerous times prior to November 22 but has failed every time. Multiple attempts to try to retrieve his account from Twitter have not been answered.”
People interested in hearing from the board president are encouraged to follow him on Facebook and Instagram.