Joe Biden's Venmo account was discovered by reporters in 'less than 10 minutes'
President Joe Biden. Rich Pilling / Getty Images
Biden had a Venmo account linked to a handful of family members, Buzzfeed News reported.
The private account was reportedly removed after the Buzzfeed story.
The search began after the New York Times mentioned he had used the app.
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President Joe Biden's Venmo account was discovered after just a few minutes of searching, Buzzfeed News reported on Friday.
The transactions on the account have been set to private, but it has been reportedly linked to Biden's family members.
By default, Venmo accounts show Connections or "Friends". Buzzfeed said accounts for Biden's children and grandchildren were among the accounts linked to the president's account. The account had a handful of connections.
The search for Biden's account began after the New York Times published a glimpse of Biden's time at the White House on Friday. The story goes: "One advisor said he sent money to grandchildren with Venmo."
With that information in hand, it took "less than 10 minutes" to find Biden's account, Buzzfeed said. Accounts related to Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was removed according to the report, according to the outlet.
In a statement to Buzzfeed, a Venmo spokesperson said: "The security and privacy of all Venmo users and their information is always a top priority, and we take this responsibility very seriously. Customers always have the option to keep their transactions private and theirs to determine your own data protection settings in the app. We are constantly developing and strengthening data protection measures for all Venmo users in order to continue to offer a safe place to send and spend money. "
Venmo was recently in the political spotlight after Joel Greenberg, an ally of Rep. Matt Gaetz, reportedly made more than 150 payments through Venmo to dozens of women as well as a 17-year-old girl. In one case, Gaetz reportedly sent $ 900 to Greenberg.
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