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Slack removes more than two dozen accounts tied to hate groups

Slack has removed 28 accounts with ties to hate groups from its platform after leaked private chats.Image: Chesnot/Getty ImagesBy Matt Binder2019-03-14 22:52:44 UTC Slack is giving the boot to users with ties to hate groups. On Thursday, the messaging company announced that it had removed more than two dozen users that were affiliated with hate…

The sad silence of the National Parks Instagram accounts

On Dec. 22, 2018, when parts of the federal government went into shutdown mode, it caused a ripple effect that's continued to be felt by workers and the public alike, sometimes in unexpected ways.  Among the wide-ranging consequences of the shutdown has been the silence from the various National Park accounts on Instagram, which have…

‘Fortnite’ vulnerability put millions of accounts at risk

It turns out that for the millions of people playing Fortnite, there was more than just a Victory Royale at stake.  On Jan. 16, internet security firm Check Point Research disclosed a vulnerability in the popular online video game that could have allowed malicious actors to take over practically any Fortnite account — all a…

20 TikTok accounts that will fill the void Vine left in...

Vine left a gaping wound in the fabric of our society when it was finally killed two years ago. But on the plus side, TikTok is filling the void that Vine left behind. Sort of.  TikTok, formerly known as Musical.ly, was once full of cringey lip syncing clips and painfully awkward dance routines. But in…

Instagram will offer special features to influencers with new ‘creator accounts’

Instagram is working on a new type of account for influencers.Image: lili sams / mashableBy Karissa Bell2018-12-11 21:44:43 UTC Instagram is taking new steps to woo some of its highest profile users.  The app is testing "creator accounts," which would add new analytics and messaging features geared toward influencers and other power users of the…

Hackers put private messages from 81,000 Facebook accounts up for sale

If you're a Facebook user, your data may be compromised.Image: Hero Images/GettyimagesBy Stan Schroeder2018-11-02 15:37:29 UTC Your private messages on Facebook may be up for sale.  A hacker group has allegedly obtained private messages from 81,000 Facebook accounts — possibly many more — and at one point sold access to the database for 10 cents…

Facebook removes 82 pages and accounts linked to Iran

Facebook has uncovered another influence campaign tied to Iran. The company has removed 82 Pages, accounts, and  groups for "coordinated inauthentic behavior" aimed at people in the United States and the UK. The accounts, which were on both Facebook and Instagram, were used to spread content on socially divisive issues, like race relations and immigration,…

Twitter fired an engineer after intelligence officials said he might be...

Twitter fired an engineer after the company was tipped off by intelligence officials that he may have been groomed by the Saudi government, The New York Times reports. In a report which claimed that a troll army working for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman harassed dissidents like murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Times said Twitter…

50 million Facebook accounts were exposed: What we know, what you...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Capitol Hill on April 11, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) Facebook hasn’t revealed a ton about the data breach in which hackers exploited code that could let them take over around 50 million user accounts. CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that the company’s investigation is still in its early stages. But this latest…

Facebook: 50 million accounts could have been hacked

A million hacked Facebook accounts isn’t cool. You know what’s even less cool? Fifty million hacked Facebook accounts. A Friday morning press release from our connect-people-at-any-cost friends in Menlo Park detailed a potentially horrifying situation for the billions of people who use the social media service: Their accounts might have been hacked. Well, at least…
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