An Instagram account, impersonating Apple CEO Tim Cook, was taken down by the social media platform after it was spotted by 9to5Mac, a website that offers news and information related to the products and services of Apple.
The fake Instagram account of Tim Cook, bearing the handle @tim.d.cook, was even followed by some of the top Apple executives.
According to 9to5Mac, Cook uses only two social media platforms— X (Twitter) and the Chinese microblogging platform Weibo. The fake Instagram profile of Cook had come up in July, and the first post was on August 20, on the occasion of World Photography Day.
Another post came a few days later, on August 23. Both these posts were copied from the X (formerly Twitter) page of Cook.
The account looked sufficiently convincing that some top Apple executives, Lisa Jackson and Alan Dye, and a few other employees had started following the fake account.
After the account was flagged fake by 9to5Mac, Apple confirmed that it did not belong to Cook. According to media reports, Instagram has now taken down the fake account.