Disney fans were left stunned after the theme park’s official Instagram and Facebook accounts were hacked. The theme park’s social media accounts were reportedly hacked by a “super hacker” who posted racist messages in an effort to exact “revenge” on the theme park.
Several nasty posts were published on the Disneyland account before the business appeared to regain control and erase them. The posts included images with rude and racial words. One statement said, ‘ I am a super hacker that is here to bring revenge upon Disney land.’
The hacker, known as David Do, took over the park’s Instagram and Facebook profiles early Thursday morning, posting a torrent of nasty and threatening postings about black people. He used the n-word in several threads, claimed to have invented COVID-19, and claimed to be working on a new COVID20 virus. He further said that the incident was in retaliation for Disney employees mocking him “for having a small penis.”
Within an hour, Disney removed the posts from their account, which has over 8.4 million followers. The social media hack is the latest squabble for The Walt Disney Company, which recently clashed with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
The Republican governor signed legislation in March that eliminates the Reedy Creek Improvement District, the private government that Walt Disney World controls on its territory, over the course of a year. The decision upends a 55-year-old agreement that allows Disney to control property, enforce building standards, and treat wastewater, potentially costing the firm millions in lost local taxes and $2 billion in bond debt.
Disney contends that a clause in its original contract states that the state is liable for its $2 billion bond debt. The bonds, which are considered exceptionally safe financial investments, were issued by the corporation to support the expansion of Walt Disney World Resort.
However, because the district would be absorbed into both Orange and Osceola counties, families from Orange and Osceola counties would be in a tight spot owing amounts between $2,200 and $2,800 each, as inhabitants must be taxed equally.
The bill’s passage was seen as retaliation for the entertainment mogul’s opposition to a new Florida law dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” statute by detractors. The law prohibits sexual orientation and gender identity education in kindergarten through third grade.