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Facebook blocks more accounts potentially linked to foreign entity

Facebook said on Tuesday it blocked more accounts, in addition to the about 115 accounts it blocked over the weekend, in the run up to the US midterm elections that saw democrats capture US House majority. The company said a website claiming to be associated with Russia-based Internet Research agency published a list of Instagram accounts they claimed to have created. “We had already blocked most of these accounts yesterday, and have now blocked the rest,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cyber security policy…

ISPR clarifies against fake social media accounts of army officers

RAWALPINDI: The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Wednesday clarified against the presence of fake accounts of army officers on social media sites. According to a statement by the military's press wing, neither does the Director General Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) nor any officer of the Pakistan army maintains an official account on any social media platform. It further said that there is only one official account by army spokesman DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor. Therefore, it said that all such…

Twitter suspends over 70 million accounts in two months

Twitter Inc suspended more than one million accounts a day in recent months to reduce the flow of misinformation on the platform, the Washington Post reported. Twitter and other social media platforms such as Facebook Inc have been under scrutiny by U.S. lawmakers and international regulators for doing too little to prevent the spread of false content. The companies have been taking steps such as deleting user accounts, introducing updates and actively monitoring content to help users avoid being a victim of fake…

ECP directs political parties to submit accounts statements by Aug 29

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has asked all the political parties to submit their statements of accounts for the outgoing financial year by August 29. According to the ECP, printed forms are available in the Election Commission Secretariat, Islamabad, and in the offices of the Provincial Election Commissioners. Read More: Court rejects PTI’s plea challenging ECP’s jurisdiction Prescribed form-I can also be downloaded from the ECP's website. The commission has advised leaders of all…

Twitter suspends more accounts linked to ‘terrorism’

Twitter said Tuesday it suspended 376,890 accounts in the second half of 2016 for "promotion of terrorism," an increase of 60 percent over the prior six-month period. The latest suspensions bring the total number of blocked accounts to 636,248 from August 2015, when Twitter stepped up efforts to curb "violent extremism," the company announced as part of its latest transparency report. The actions come with social networks under pressure from governments around the world to use technology tools to lock out militants and…

Yahoo says about 32 million accounts accessed using ‘forged cookies’

Yahoo, which disclosed two massive data breaches last year, said on Wednesday that about 32 million user accounts were accessed by intruders in the last two years using forged cookies. The company said some of the latest intrusions can be connected to the "same state-sponsored actor believed to be responsible for the 2014 breach", in which at least 500 million accounts were affected. "Based on the investigation, we believe an unauthorized third party accessed the company's proprietary code to learn how to forge certain…

Twitter suspends white supremacist accounts

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter accounts of white supremacy advocates who cheered Donald Trump's election victory were mute on Wednesday, suspended as the social network battles hateful vitriol spewed by "trolls." Terminated Twitter accounts included that of Richard Spencer, a leader in an 'alt-right' white nationalist movement in the US, and accounts associated with his magazine and "think tank." "I think Twitter, Facebook and others are deeply triggered by this election and that social media helped elect Trump," Spencer said…