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Twitter has released details of the steps it’s taking to combat misinformation on COVID-19, but admitted that its increasing reliance on automated systems may lead to more mistakes. The social network said it was broadening its definition of harm to tackle user-generated content that contradicts guidance from public health authorities and other trusted bodies. “Rather than reports, we...
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by Alice Violet This week we welcome back Peter who discusses RobbinHood – the ransomware that brings its own bug. Greg explains how a student’s Twitter account was handed over to their college and Duck talks SMS 2FA. Host Anna Brading is joined by Sophos experts Peter Mackenzie, Paul Ducklin and Greg Iddon. Listen now!...
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On Tuesday, Twitter rolled out its plans to handle deepfakes and other forms of disinformation. Namely, starting on 5 March, “synthetic or manipulated” media that could cause harm will be banned. Harmful media includes that which threatens people’s physical safety, risks mass violence or widespread civil unrest, or stifles free expression or participation in civic...
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Twitter has become the latest major social platform to articulate its deepfake policy, claiming it will remove “manipulated media” only if it causes harm. In a blog post earlier this week, head of site integrity, Yoel Roth, and group product manager, Ashita Achuthan, explained that the site’s new policy was distilled from responses to its draft...
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No, we do not police the social media activity of our students, a New York university said last week, and yes, we have a sense of humor – remember the banana we taped to the wall in the student union and then posted on Instagram? That was part of a Twitter stream posted by the...
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Twitter has been forced to take action after discovering malicious actors taking advantage of an API bug to unmask users on the site by getting hold of their phone numbers. The social network discovered the issue on Christmas Eve last year after detecting a user employing a large network of fake accounts to exploit an...
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The Twitter accounts of America’s National Football League (NFL) and 15 of its teams have been hacked just one week before the biggest football game of the 2019–2020 season. The first team to be compromised was the Chicago Bears, whose account @ChicagoBears was hacked at 8:40 a.m. on Sunday morning.  Followers were shown an image of a...
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Two days after singing megastar Mariah Carey had her Twitter account hacked, the same fate has befallen American actor and comedian Adam Sandler.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, a hacker or hackers compromised the account of the Happy Gilmore star yesterday to post a string of racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic tweets. Several of the barely literate messages...
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Hackers have taken over the Twitter account of five-time Grammy Award winner Mariah Carey and used it to send sexually suggestive messages referencing rapper Eminem. Singing superstar Carey is used to being in the public eye, especially over the festive period when her massive hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is played the...
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