Facebook Is Fighting Back Against Spam Accounts

Unless you’re plugged into the world of social media, you may not realize it. There’s a war on, and until recently, it was a war that Facebook was losing. The war is being fought with billions of fake accounts being used to fundamentally alter the social media landscape. It is influencing the kinds of content social media users see. The …

Mobile Internet Usage Continues To Rise According To Study

A few years ago, the people who track such things announced that the PC had been dethroned. They said a slight majority of people were turning to their phones as their primary means of accessing the web. Since that time, the trend has continued. The Social Media Management Company Hootsuite and their partners, We Are Social, have come to a …

Messaging Gets Upgrade For Instagram Users

Mark Zuckerberg’s social media empire is chasing growth. It’s not hard to understand why. Facebook is the world’s largest social media platform, with more than 2.4 billion users worldwide. The bigger you get, the harder it is to grow. That is exactly why Zuckerberg zeroed in on the three fastest platforms in his empire: Messaging, Stories, and Groups. By chasing …

Instagram Adds AI To Warn You About Offensive Comments

Instagram has made a recent change you should be aware of. Any time you make a comment, you may get a popup warning that your comment may be “potentially offensive”. That is, if the service’s AI-powered tools conclude that the warning is appropriate based on an analysis of other comments that have generated complaints. Instagram isn’t taking a hard-nosed approach …

FBI Considers Aging App To Be A Counterintelligence Threat

FaceApp is in the news again, and as before, not for a good reason. Several months ago, watchdog groups around the world sounded the alarm about the Russian-made app, which raised curious eyebrows. It just takes a photo you upload to it and ages you, what’s the harm in that? According to the FBI, quite a bit, actually.  The FBI …

Be Careful Holiday E-cards Could Contain Malware Or Viruses

There’s a war on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it’s taking a very different form than what commonly gets reported in the news media. This war is being waged by hackers and scammers, and they’re waging it by poisoning Holiday eCards designed to facilitate the distribution of malware.   BleepingComputer discovered the trend, noting an uptick of emails bearing headings like …

Twitter Making Changes To Their Political Ad Rules

Social media has been at the center of several high-profile political dramas of late. The major platforms came under fire for not doing enough to monitor political ads and other content.  The major players on the social media landscape are all responding in different ways to the backlash. Recently, Twitter announced some new policies that will likely be in place …

Another WhatsApp Vulnerability Has Been Found

WhatsApp is the most popular messaging platform in the world. Unfortunately, that means it’s got a giant bullseye on it where hackers are concerned. In recent months, the company has faced no end of troubles as a raft of vulnerabilities have been exposed and exploited by hackers from every corner of the globe. The company is still reeling from the …

Discord Users Be Careful Of Malware And Information Theft

Do you use the Discord chat service? If so, be advised that malware developers have been using the service to not only host various types of malware, but also to use it as a command and control server. In addition, they are abusing the chat client to force it to perform a variety of malicious behavior. Unfortunately, this is not …

Twitter Utilized User 2FA Phone Numbers For Ad Targeting

Twitter isn’t having a good year.  Over the past twelve months, the company has fessed up to half a dozen bugs and blunders that have left the company with egg on their faces and have earned the ire of their burgeoning user base. In late 2018, the company disclosed a bug that shared a variety of private user data with …