Tag Archives: Accounts

Hold for the drop: Twitter to purge locked accounts from follower metrics

Twitter is making a major change aimed at cleaning up the spammy legacy of its platform. This week it will globally purge accounts it has previously locked (i.e. after suspecting them of being spammy) — by removing the accounts from users’ follower metrics. Which in plain language means Twitter users with lots of followers are likely to see their follower ...

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Twitter suspends 70mn 'fake' accounts in 2 months amid pressure from Congress & media

Some 70 million accounts, a number roughly equal to 20 percent of Twitter’s monthly active users, have been yanked off of the platform in May and June, as the company opts for user ‘safety’ over free speech, it’s been reported. The social media company has exacerbated its crusade against the ‘fake accounts’ accused of spreading divisive political content in tons ...

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Twitter’s efforts to suspend fake accounts have doubled since last year

Bots, your days of tweeting politically divisive nonsense might be numbered. The Washington Post reported Friday that in the last few months Twitter has aggressively suspended accounts in an effort to stem the spread of disinformation running rampant on its platform. The Washington Post reports that Twitter suspended as many as 70 million accounts between May and June of this ...

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DNA testing service reveals 92mn user accounts have been breached

Genealogy and DNA testing service My Heritage has revealed that the details of more than 92 million user accounts have been compromised in a cybersecurity breach. Emails and hashed passwords of users who registered for the service, up to and including October 26, 2017 – the date of the breach, were found on a private server, the company confirmed Monday. ...

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US forces Cypriot banks to crack down on accounts of Russian clients – report

Russians keeping their cash in Cypriot banks have been caught up in a massive audit of accounts by lenders and watchdogs in the island state. The step was reportedly triggered by pressure from Washington. Banks in Cyprus now require Russian customers to confirm earnings and tax payments, to produce bank statements for the past year, as well as estate documents, ...

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Ignore, deny, downplay: Accounts of Syrians from Douma have no place in Western narrative

Whatever the Douma residents, who had first-hand experience of the shooting of the ‘water dousing after chemical attack’ video, have to say, their words simply don’t fit into the narrative allowed in the West, analysts told RT. Footage of screaming bewildered civilians and children being doused with water, presumably to decontaminate them, was a key part in convincing Western audiences ...

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Russia blasts Facebook’s ‘totalitarianism & censorship’ after 270 accounts banned for no reason

Moscow has chided Facebook and demanded an explanation from the US State Department, after the social media giant banned media and personal accounts that violated no rules but are purportedly linked to a Russian “troll factory.”  “It is clear that this is part of the anti-Russian campaign in which the media landscape is being cleansed of alternative sources of information, ...

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Facebook reveals Russian troll content, shuts down 135 IRA accounts

Facebook is showing an unprecedented level of transparency around its latest effort to suspend Russian trolls trying to influence elections and mislead the public as it tries to regain the trust of users and the government. The company shared both stats about the account deletions and samples of the content they shared. Facebook has removed 70 Facebook accounts, 138 Facebook ...

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Playboy v Facebook: Iconic magazine axes ‘sexually repressive’ accounts

Playboy is the latest company to give Facebook the boot as the tech giant continues to suffer the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the ensuing #DeleteFacebook initiative. The decision was announced late Tuesday night with the company saying it had deactivated all accounts managed by Playboy Enterprises. The move will see more than 25 million fans deprived of ...

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Who’s fake? Belgium rejects media report on billions of euro disappeared from Gaddafi accounts

The Belgian foreign minister and Le Vif have engaged in a war of words over the paper’s report on the disappearance of €10 billion from the Libyan government’s frozen assets. Each has accused the other of spreading misinformation. Didier Reynders dismissed the weekly magazine’s report on the mysterious disappearance of the money as “false,” but Le Vif has rejected the ...

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