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Twitter cuts suspect users from follower counts again, blames bug

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter made another attempt to make users’ tallies of followers more accurate, subtracting millions of suspicious followers which had reappeared on the social media service since a major purge in July. Twitter is under pressure to tackle its problem of fake users, which are a turn-off for investors and advertisers and have led to scrutiny from US Congress. The company made the move without an announcement. Pop star Katy Perry lost about 861,000 followers, according to social measurement firm Social Blade.…

Facebook bug unblocks unwanted connections for a bit

Facebook on Monday said it is notifying more than 800,000 users that a software bug temporarily unblocked people at the social network and its Messenger service. The glitch active between May 29 and June 5 has been fixed, according to Facebook, which has been striving to regain trust in the aftermath of a Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal. "We know that the ability to block someone is important," Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan said in a blog post. "We’d like to apologize and explain what happened."…

Facebook to refund some advertisers after discovering bug

CALIFORNIA: Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it would refund some advertisers after finding a bug that wrongly attributed video carousel ad clicks as clicks to the advertisers' websites. When users tried to expand and watch the video carousel on the mobile web browser, the bug inadvertently directed the click to the advertiser's website, leading to incorrect billing, the company said in a blogpost on Tuesday. A video carousel ad format shows images and links within a single ad unit and also has a button that directs users…

Bug causes personal data leak, but no sign of hackers exploiting: Cloudflare

SINGAPORE: A bug in its software left hundreds of thousands of webpages hosted by Cloudflare Inc leaking encrypted personal data, but there was no sign yet the leak had been exploited by hackers, the Internet security firm said on Friday. Cloudflare hosts six million websites, spreading them across the Internet to put them closer to customers while at the same time reducing their exposure to the so-called Distributed Denial of Service attacks that might knock them offline. The data leak was attributable to a bug in the…

Beware: This message can instantly freeze your iPhone

An emoji-based message designed by hackers to crash or freeze iPhones is sending scare among the phone owners, after some reports of it crashing the expensive devices. The’ encrypted message’ can freeze your Apple iPhone even without you opening it. This means that the message can freeze your iPhone as soon as you receive it. Yes, the moment you receive the emoji message on your iPhone -- it will freeze. The message, first reported by EverythingApplePro YouTube channel, consists of two emojis and characters. The…

iPhone, iPad users warned by U.S. government

WASHINGTON: The U.S. government warned iPhone and iPad users on Thursday to be on the alert for hackers who may exploit a vulnerability in Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) iOS operating system that would enable them to steal sensitive data.