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Twitter Kills 90,000 Accounts Associated With SIREN Botnet Campaign

After a US-based digital security company alerted Twitter about a massive botnet campaign promising online sex to its users, the micro-blogging website has removed nearly 90,000 such fake accounts. Dubbed as ‘SIREN’, the fake botnet campaign was discovered by ZeroFOX, a Baltimore-based security firm specialising in social-media threat detection. “To our knowledge, …

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Facebook, Twitter Manipulated by Governments to Shape Opinion, Study Claims

Governments around the world are enlisting “cyber troops” who manipulate Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets to steer public opinion, spread misinformation and undermine critics, according to a new report from the University of Oxford. Adding to growing evidence of government-sponsored efforts to use online tools to influence politics, researchers found 29 countries using …

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Facebook India’s Boost Your Business Initiative to Add 20,000 Entrepreneurs in 6 Months

Facebook plans to add 20,000 entrepreneurs from 100 cities in India in the next six months as part of its “Boost Your Business” programme to help them scale up their businesses, its top executive said in Gandhinagar on Tuesday. The social network company has tied up with Gandhinagar-based Entrepreneurship Development …

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Facebook’s Plan to Expand New Mexico Data Centre Revealed

Facebook’s plans for New Mexico now call for a half-billion-dollar investment and a data centre that will span an area equal to 17 football fields. Gov. Susana Martinez’s office announced early Tuesday that the social media giant will be doubling its investment in the state with the planned expansion of …

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Facebook to Launch Paid News Subscription Product

A week after nearly 2,000 publishers in the US formed the News Media Alliance to get an anti-trust exemption from the Congress to negotiate over advertising revenue with digital platforms, a top Facebook executive has confirmed the company would soon launch a news subscription product. Campbell Brown, the head of the company’s …

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Twitter’s Internal Numbers Show It’s Getting Less Awful at Fighting Abuse

Twitter on Thursday offered some top-line stats in a company blog post about the results of its latest anti-abuse efforts – showing how its approach is working as social media firms struggle with policing content on their networks. Online abuse is a problem across all social networks. But Twitter particularly, has …

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Facebook Groups for Pages Launched, Provides a Channel for Discussion

In its bid to provide a platform for communities to hold discussions on specific areas, Facebook on Wednesday added a new feature called ‘Groups for Pages’. The feature will allow Page admins to create special groups within their Pages to provide a channel of discussion among people and authorities on subjects of …

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Facebook Flaw Said to Let Strangers Into Your Account, Facebook Responds

A security researcher claims to have spotted a flaw in Facebook’s account recovery feature that can let anyone easily break into your account – that too, without you ever noticing, media reported on Friday. According to a report in the Independent, “there is no need of password to gain access and scammers can also …

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Traversing the Social Media Minefield

Mainly because of the amount of money they bring in, many people expect celebrities and other prominent figures to have thicker skins than the average Jane or Joe. However — as evidenced by the numbers of celebrities who’ve forsaken social media, or who have handed the keys to their accounts …

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Importance of Content on Social Media

Millions interact with social media sites every day. If you have a business you need to interact on there too – and you should be doing so with strong content. This article explains just how important this is. Did you know more than half of the population today has some …