AT&T is blocking Tutanota. This shows why we must fight for net neutrality.

AT&T is blocking Tutanota. This shows why we must fight for net neutrality.

A free Internet guarantees that all online services are being treated equally: Right now we can access any website at the same speed.Without net neutrality ISPs could, for instance, offer a 'US bundle', which allows users to use certain US services like Google, Facebook and Twitter without any data limit.

In an unprecedented move, Twitter gave a state university access to a student’s parody account after it complained that he was mocking the school

In an unprecedented move, Twitter gave a state university access to a student’s parody account after it complained that he was mocking the school

Kelly told Business Insider he has been in contact with the school about the parody account, including the administrator whose email appeared to be given access to it.

Grindr and OKCupid Sell Your Data, but Twitter’s MoPub Is the Real Problem

Grindr and OKCupid Sell Your Data, but Twitter’s MoPub Is the Real Problem

On January 15, a Norweigian Consumer Council (NCC) investigative report exposed the ways that Grindr, OKCupid, and eight other apps are collecting and sharing extremely sensitive personal data.A third-party advertising company called MoPub, owned by Twitter, was responsible for much of the technology that Grindr used to collect and share data.

Rogue NYPD cops are using facial recognition app Clearview

Rogue NYPD cops are using facial recognition app Clearview

Clearview AI, which has scraped millions of photos from social media and other public sources for its facial recognition program — earning a cease-and-desist order from Twitter — has been pitching itself to law enforcement organizations across the country, including to the NYPD.

Twitter drops Grindr from ad network over 'GDPR breaches'

Twitter drops Grindr from ad network over 'GDPR breaches'

“By stating that it does ‘not control the use of these tracking technologies’, and by asking users to read the privacy policies of any third-party companies that may receive personal data, Grindr is attempting to shift accountability for the advertising technologies that it is using away from itself,” the report concluded.

How Twitter Misused Personal Phone Numbers for Advertising

How Twitter Misused Personal Phone Numbers for Advertising

This is in no doubt partly due to the nature of the platform – Twitter doesn’t encourage users to upload their entire lives and all associated media to the service in the way that Facebook and others do.

Facebook: Star Wars' Mark Hamill deletes account over political ads

Facebook: Star Wars' Mark Hamill deletes account over political ads

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has said people should be allowed to form their own judgements about what politicians say in ads By contrast, Twitter opted to ban all political adverts from its platform in October.

Get yourself cybersecure for 2020

Get yourself cybersecure for 2020

“Most of the answers to security questions like these are easily acquired by hackers,” Tom Lysemose Hansen, founder of mobile app security vendor Promon, explains, “using simple trial-and-error methods based on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and even Wikipedia data, which give away much of our personal and family details.” Indeed, it’s incredible, and incredibly worrying, what a simple Google search can uncover.

A Twitter app bug was used to match 17 million phone numbers to user accounts

A Twitter app bug was used to match 17 million phone numbers to user accounts

A security researcher said he has matched 17 million phone numbers to user accounts by exploiting a flaw in Twitter’s Android app.He said Twitter’s contact upload feature doesn’t accept lists of phone numbers in sequential format — likely as a way to prevent this kind of matching.

Jack Dorsey wants to decentralize Twitter

Jack Dorsey wants to decentralize Twitter

Ultimately, Dorsey hopes that the work will go beyond the creation of an open standard for decentralized social media, building a community around it too.There are several ways in which Web3 technology, such as blockchain, could help address the problems with social media sites that we see today.

1.2 billion people exposed in data leak includes personal info, LinkedIN, Facebook

1.2 billion people exposed in data leak includes personal info, LinkedIN, Facebook

The data within the three different PDL indexes also varied slightly, some focusing on scraped LinkedIN information, email addresses and phone numbers, while other indexes provided information on individual social media profiles such as a person’s Facebook, Twitter, and Github URLs. According to their website, the PDL application can be used to search: Over 1.5 Billion unique people, including close to 260 million in the US.

Twitter now lets you enable 2FA without asking for your phone number

Twitter now lets you enable 2FA without asking for your phone number

Back when Twitter relied on SMS to send users their six-digit 2FA codes this requirement made more sense, but now that it allows them use authentication apps or security keys, however, asking for phone numbers is increasingly unnecessary.

1.2 Billion Records Found Exposed Online in a Single Server

1.2 Billion Records Found Exposed Online in a Single Server

It does, though, contain profiles of hundreds of millions of people that include home and cell phone numbers, associated social media profiles like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Github, work histories seemingly scraped from LinkedIn, almost 50 million unique phone numbers, and 622 million unique email addresses.

Taylor Swift provoked fans to go after her rivals and now they’re being doxxed

Taylor Swift provoked fans to go after her rivals and now they’re being doxxed

So fans promptly began doxxing the pair, publishing what appear to be Braun and Borchetta’s private contact information — including phone numbers and a physical home address — on Twitter.

Facebook looks to offer encrypted calls

Facebook looks to offer encrypted calls

A screenshot posted on Twitter has provided fresh evidence to suggest that Facebook is working on end-to-end encryption for calls made on the Facebook Messenger app.According to a tweet posted yesterday, it looks like Facebook is indeed working on end-to-end encryption for calls made through Facebook Messenger.

Zuckerberg doubles down on Facebook political ads policy after Twitter ban

Zuckerberg doubles down on Facebook political ads policy after Twitter ban

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tore into those arguments with the series of tweets announcing his company's policy change.Zuckerberg said Facebook believes "transparency" around political advertising is preferable to a ban on the ads.

Twitter under fire for profiting from millions of UK users' data sold to advertisers

Twitter under fire for profiting from millions of UK users' data sold to advertisers

Twitter has been accused of unfairly profiteering from the personal data of up to 14.1 million people in the UK after it used their email addresses to sell targeted advertising without their knowledge.

Twitter "Unintentionally" Used Your Phone Number for Targeted Advertising

Twitter "Unintentionally" Used Your Phone Number for Targeted Advertising

That’s exactly what Twitter fessed up to yesterday in an understated blog post: the company has been taking email addresses and phone numbers that users provided for “safety and security purposes” like two-factor authentication, and using them for its ad tracking systems, known as Tailored Audiences and Partner Audiences.

Most people don’t understand privacy, and that’s a huge opportunity for design

Most people don’t understand privacy, and that’s a huge opportunity for design

Fifty-five percent of people couldn’t identify an example of two-factor authentication (which is when you might use a password to log into a service like Twitter, but then Twitter also texts your phone to double check it’s you—the two-factor just adds a second step to proving your identity).

Twitter Took Phone Numbers for Security and Used Them for Advertising

Twitter Took Phone Numbers for Security and Used Them for Advertising

"We recently discovered that when you provided an email address or phone number for safety or security purposes (for example, two-factor authentication) this data may have inadvertently been used for advertising purposes, specifically in our Tailored Audiences and Partner Audiences advertising system," Twitter's announcement reads.

Linus Torvalds calls social media "a disease"

Linus Torvalds calls social media "a disease"

In a wide-ranging interview with Linux Journal, Torvalds blasts: "I absolutely detest modern 'social media' .- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram."Anonymity is important if you're a whistle-blower, but if you cannot prove your identity, your crazy rant on some social-media platform shouldn't be visible, and you shouldn't be able to share it or like it.".

Charming Charlie IP goes on the auction block

Charming Charlie IP goes on the auction block

In Charming Charlie's case, that includes information from its nearly 7 million loyalty members, 6.8 million opt-in email addresses and 3 million physical addresses from marketing mailers, as well as 254,000 Instagram followers, 33,000 twitter followers and 1.3 million Facebook likes, according to a Hilco webpage about the auction.In its last year, Charming Charlie generated nearly $250 million in sales, according to Hilco.

Unsolicited nudes detected and deleted by AI

Unsolicited nudes detected and deleted by AI

Image copyright Getty Images Software that can detect and delete unsolicited penis pictures sent via private messages on Twitter is being developed by researchers in Seattle.However, Ms Bressler said the software was a "huge success" when it came to detecting "vanilla" penis photos and nudes.

Twitter admits using user data for ads without consent

Twitter admits using user data for ads without consent

Twitter said on Tuesday it may have shared user data with advertisers without permission.The company said "certain data" of mobile users such as country code may have been shared with advertising partners since May 2018 "even if you didn't give us permission to do so.".

State Department now requires U.S. visa applicants to share social media accounts

State Department now requires U.S. visa applicants to share social media accounts

The new visa application forms list a number of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and require the applicant to provide any account names they may have had on them over the previous five years.

Why you probably won’t actually get $125 from the Equifax settlement

Why you probably won’t actually get $125 from the Equifax settlement

But the likelihood that you’ll actually get a check for $125 is increasingly slim — because the more people who sign up, the less money each person gets. As developer Rufo Sanchez notes on Twitter, the fine print shows that after $31 million worth of people sign up for those $125 checks...

New research confirms Kazakhstan is spying on connections to Facebook, Twitter, VK, Instagram, Youtube, Google, and more

New research confirms Kazakhstan is spying on connections to Facebook, Twitter, VK, Instagram, Youtube, Google, and more

The full list of 37 sites identified by Censored Planet thus far are: On July 19th, a Kazakh government official tried to clarify that the installation of the fake certificate was not technically mandatory.

Google executive refuses to commit to independent audit during Senate hearing

Google executive refuses to commit to independent audit during Senate hearing

Karan Bhatia , Google vice president of global government affairs and public policy, demurred when pressed by senators to undergo an independent audit of the company’s content management practices, as both Facebook and Twitter have done, saying his company is in a “very different situation.”.

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

Disconnecting third-party apps and services from Facebook, Twitter, and Google usually only takes a click or two from the pages we've just linked to, but bear in mind that this won't actually close down your unused accounts—it just means they can't get into your main accounts quite as easily.

Detroit cops arrest police commissioner, protester at raucous public meeting

Detroit cops arrest police commissioner, protester at raucous public meeting

Twitter/Alan Campbell Detroit police yank police commissioner Willie Burton from his seat. Detroit Police Commissioner Willie Burton was yanked out of his seat and arrested during a public meeting Thursday because the chairwoman wanted him to stop talking.

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