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Facebook Experienced Outage Wednesday

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Facebook has confirmed it experienced a widespread outage impacting users’ ability to access the social network and Instagram across the U.S. and parts of Europe on Wednesday morning.

The outage started around 8:20 a.m. ET, according to DownDetector.com, a site that monitors service disruptions. Users of the social platforms reported difficulty accessing the Facebook through its apps and website.

 

The outages impacted users not only in the U.S. but Greece, the UK, Poland and other European countries. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, was also down for a short time, the company confirmed.

 

 

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Fake Black Activist Accounts Linked To Russian Government

A social media campaign calling itself “Blacktivist” and linked to the Russian government used both Facebook and Twitter in an apparent attempt The accounts, which used the moniker “Blacktivist,”  to fuel the outrage of their audiences, including videos of police violence against African Americans to amplify racial tensions during the U.S. presidential election

Both Blacktivist accounts, each of which used the handle Blacktivists, wrote messages such as “Black people should wake up as soon as possible,” one post on the Twitter account read. “Black families are divided and destroyed by mass incarceration and death of black men,” another read. The accounts also posted videos of police violence against African Americans to provoke outrage.

The Blacktivist accounts provide further evidence that Russian-linked social media accounts saw racial tensions as something to be exploited in order to achieve the broader Russian goal of dividing Americans and creating chaos in U.S. politics during a campaign in which race repeatedly became an issue.

The Blacktivist account on Facebook had more than 360,000 likes.

Both Twitter & Facebook accounts will be handed over to Congress.

 
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The banner image for the Blacktivist page on Facebook.

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Instagram Gets Hacked

 

 

 On Wednesday, the Facebook-owned photo sharing app revealed that “at least one hacker” managed to steal personal information from a number of high-profile user accounts. Apparently, the breach was caused by a bug in the system, which Instagram says has now been addressed. They discovered that one or more individuals obtained unlawful access to a number of high-profile Instagram users’ contact information — specifically email address and phone number.  

The International Dota 2 Championships 2017

 

cand15_001 The International 7, the seventh iteration of Dota 2’s premiere event, begins today in Seattle. The International Dota 2 Championships 2017, but “TI7” for short – is the Super Bowl of Dota 2. Hosted each year in Seattle by the game’s publisher, Valve, it is an esports extravaganza that draws in fans from all over the world. This year’s prize pool is approaching $23,000,000, over $10,000,000 of which will go to the winning team.

Valve pays for the event via crowd funding. Each year, the company releases a Battle Pass (previously known as the Compendium), an interactive booklet filled with goodies that players can buy and spend money to level up. A portion of the proceeds from Battle Pass sales goes to funding the prize pool, and it’s something of a tradition among Dota 2 fans to try to outdo the previous year’s outlandish sum.

There are 18 teams competing in Seattle from six regions: Europe, North America, South America, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS, A.K.A. former Soviet republics), China, and Southeast Asia. Teams could qualify in one of two ways. Six teams received direct invites to The International based on their performance since the last International, while the other 12 teams were forced to qualify through a series of regional competitions.

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Security Company ZeroFOX Located Nearly 90,000 Accounts On Twitter In A Porn Spam Bot Network

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Researchers that tracked hundreds of thousands of bots on Twitter named the spam Siren after Greek mythology. 

Spammers on social media create botnets, which are collections of accounts controlled by a central command. A bot is any account that is controlled not by an organic user but by some form of automation. Although the vast majority of individual bots are benign, they can be coordinated as botnets and weaponized to distribute despicable links such as phishing campaigns, malware, ransomware, fraudulent surveys, spamruns, malicious apps that hijack control of the victim’s accounts, and spam websites that pay for clicks.

 Botnet attacks used to be confined to emails, with individual victims, but now it’s a free-for-all on social media. With 2 billion people on Facebook, spammers are seeing social networks as the next target. Unlike with emails, when spam gets posted on Facebook or Twitter, it’s publicly available for everyone else to see, not just the recipient.

The Siren bots would work around anti-spam measures by disguising the URLs through some link laundering: First, the URL would get shortened through Twitter, giving the spammer a t.co link. That short link would then get redirected to a goo.gl URL and was able to bypass Twitter and Google’s anti-spam detection

Researchers Study Inequality & Twitter

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Johnnatan Messias at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil and a few pals began the study began by filtering the Twitter stream during the three months to September 2016. In total, they collected 341,457,982 tweets posted by 50,270,310 users.

They filtered this by time zone, geolocation, and those with a profile picture to leave them with 1.6 million users based in the U.S. They then fed the pictures through a state-of-the-art face recognition application called Face++, which reports the sex and race (black, white, or Asian) of each user. The overall makeup  of the group revealed that  53 percent were women and 47 percent men. It also revealed the race breakdown, which was 18 percent Asian, 14 percent black, and 68 percent white. Messias and co began by looking at the ratios of men and women who had the most followers on Twitter. Of the top 1 percent of Twitter users with the most followers, 57 percent were male and 43 percent female. Researchers say inequalities surfaced when the group studied the distribution of races among the most popular Twitter users. “At the highest levels of [Twitter] visibility, users perceived to be White come out on top position.”

The most privileged group turns out to be white males, who are overrepresented by 20 percent among popular Twitter users. White females are also more privileged albeit to much lesser extent, just 3 percent. The most underprivileged groups are Asian females and black females, who are underrepresented by 31 percent.

Moreover, The study reveals that there are significant biases in the way genders and races link to each other. This is an effect known as “homophily”—the tendency of people to seek out others like themselves.  White people tend to follow more white people than expected by a margin of 16 percent. Black people tend to follow more black people than expected by a very significant margin of over 200 percent. However, Asian people tend to follow fewer Asian people than expected by a margin of 10 percent.

What Happened To The United States Of America ?

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This is Some Weird & Sick Mess!

 

 

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