Epic Games Offering $1 Million for Proof of Houseparty Smear
Epic Games has pledged $1 million to anyone who can prove there was a concerted effort to smear their chat app, Houseparty. The team recently shared their suspicions on the official Twitter account for Houseparty and are imploring anyone with information regarding a smear campaign against them to come forward. Houseparty is a video chat app that Epic Games purchased in 2019 and it has recently exploded in popularity since the pandemic began. Houseparty is available on iOS and Android now.
“We are investigating indications that the recent hacking rumors were spread by a paid commercial smear campaign to harm Houseparty. We are offering a $1,000,000 bounty for the first individual to provide proof of such a campaign to firstname.lastname@example.org,” claimed the Houseparty Twitter account. This call to action is to counter misinformation about the app that spread when Netflix and Spotify were recently hacked. Apparently Houseparty never linked to Spotify or Netflix but the allegations surfaced on Twitter and despite their attempts, Epic Games was unable to prevent the spread of the misinformation.
Gamers have been able to link their Snapchat with their Houseparty accounts but there’s never been an option to link Spotify and Netflix despite misinformation around the hacking of those services. Users that reported an inability to log into their Spotify and Netflix after downloading Houseparty may be parts of a concerted effort to smear the chat app and Epic Games. Epic Games claimed that Houseparty has never been compromised themselves but they still encourage their users to create strong passwords for their safety. Epic Games offering $1 million to anyone with information seems to be evidence that Houseparty had no link with the recent Spotify and Netflix hacking.
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