AUSTIN, Texas — (CNN) The day after Thanksgiving, as holiday decorations were being laid out in the Lone Star State, an Instagram account appeared to be posting pictures of Christmas trees.
The account had more than 2 million followers.
It was the kind of Instagram account that could have been planted by the Russians or hackers, but it was also a hoax.
The account posted photos of what looked like Christmas trees from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations and appeared to show a picture of President Donald Trump, according to the U.S. Secret Service.
A Secret Service spokesperson told CNN that the agency is “aware of the situation,” but could not confirm whether the account was planted by hackers or if it was a fake.
The photo was posted the day before the trade deal was signed by Trump.
It showed a white Christmas tree on the ground with a caption reading “Trumps tree on a hill.
Very symbolic for our country.”
The photo was then taken down, the Secret Service said.
The agency did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
The Twitter account that posted the photos has since been suspended, but a spokesman said the account had been hacked.
The Secret Service’s spokesperson told reporters, “We are aware of the account.
We are working with law enforcement to get to the bottom of this.”
The Twitter handle @SecretService is also a fake account.
It has no followers, and was shut down shortly after CNN first reported it was hacked.
The Secret Service did not respond to a request for more information.
A Twitter spokesperson told the network that the account has been suspended and the company is working to help prevent any other accounts from using that account.
Twitter has previously banned accounts used by North Korea and Russia, according a CNN investigation.
Twitter is also reportedly working to get rid of fake accounts that are promoting terrorism, anti-Semitic propaganda, and anti-LGBTQ hate speech.CNN is working with our sources to uncover what is behind these accounts and how we can prevent this from happening again.
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