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Former Manitoba Premier's Instagram Account Hacked to Promote Pro-Palestinian Messages

Winnipeg, October 19, 2023 - In an unexpected turn of events, Former Manitoba Premier and leader of the PC Party of Manitoba, Heather Stefanson, found her Instagram account compromised by a hacker today who used the platform to express support for Palestinian militants in the ongoing conflict with Israel.

Stefanson made the incident public by posting a statement on X (formerly Twitter), expressing her commitment to resolving the issue. "My Instagram account has unfortunately been hacked, and we are working with Meta to retrieve it," she stated. The former Premier did not provide further details about the ongoing investigation into the breach, but it is clear that she and her team are actively addressing the situation.

The intrusion into Stefanson's Instagram account became evident when an image reading "Free Palestine" was posted to her Instagram story and pinned to her profile. The hacker also altered the account to link to another Instagram user with thousands of followers. The unauthorized actions taken by the hacker quickly drew attention and swift action by Stefanson.

It is important to note that while the hacker utilized Stefanson's Instagram account to express support for Palestinian militants, the former Premier has been clear about her party's position on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

This incident underscores the importance of safeguarding social media accounts, especially those belonging to public figures, to prevent unauthorized access and misuse of their platforms.


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