There is a fake Tim Cook account on Instagram

To update: The account was fake, despite being pursued by Apple vice presidents. It has now been removed from Instagram.

Last month, amid controversy surrounding Twitter (now X), Apple Fellow Phil Schiller joined Instagram and Threads. And while other Apple executives are also on Instagram, one important name was missing: Tim Cook. But now it seems that the Apple CEO has also joined the Meta’s own social network. At least we thought so.

There is a new Tim Cook account on Instagram

Tim Cook was on Twitter since 2013, but he has never joined any social network other than Weibo, the popular Chinese microblogging platform. And given everything that’s happened to Twitter since Elon Musk took over, some users wondered if Cook would join another platform like Mastodon or Threads.

A profile was created in July 2023 under the username @tim.d.cook. The first post on August 20th celebrated World Photography Day with two photos taken with an iPhone. The second post, created on August 23, is a 30-second ad for the campaign in partnership with 3DPets that launched last week.

On Twitter, unlike Phil Schiller, Tim Cook is not known for posting personal content. Therefore, it seems plausible to think that this report could belong to him. But it turns out that the account is fake.

It is a fake

After we published the original story, 9to5Mac I have heard from people familiar with the matter that the account was not created by Tim Cook. Still, some Apple VPs like Lisa Jackson and Alan Dye follow the report. Some other Apple employees are also following Tim Cook’s fake Instagram account.

It seems that Apple is trying to delete the account, but that still doesn’t explain why these executives are following a fake Tim Cook account. It is worth noting that Apple itself has an official Instagram account for sharing photos and videos taken with the iPhone.

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