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    Instagram has gone for thousands of users across the world. Issues appear to be plaguing the desktop site, which is showing an error message, along with news feed not loading in the app - and some are unable to log in to their accounts. DownDetector, a website that monitors online outages, show reports of problems began around 5:00pm ET, but the cause or when it will be restored are unknown. Outages are hitting users across North America, Europe, Asia and other parts of the globe. Instagram has gone for thousands of users across the world. Issues appear to be plaguing the desktop site, which is showing an error message, along with news feed not loading in the app - and some are unable to log in to their accounts.  DownDetector shows a majority of the issue reports cite problems with the website, followed by news feed in the app...
    Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) confronted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over a tracking program known as “Centra,” which Hawley said had been revealed to his office a company whistleblower, but Zuckerberg denied knowing whether the program existed. “Mr. Zuckerberg, tell me about ‘Centra,” Hawley asked Zuckerberg during a Monday hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “What is the Facebook internal tool called Centra?” Zuckerberg replied, “Senator, I’m not aware of any tool with that name.” Hawley responded by displaying photographs that he said showed the tool in use. “Let me see if this refreshes your memory. There is a demonstrative over my shoulder,” Hawley noted. “Centra is a tool that Facebook uses to track its users not just on Facebook, but across the entire internet. Centra tracks different profiles that a user visits, their message recipients, their linked accounts, the pages they visit around the Web that have Facebook buttons. Sentra also uses...
    Getty Facebook made the announcement Tuesday, October 6. Facebook announced in a blog post that it was banning all accounts associated with the QAnon conspiracy across all of its platforms on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Those platforms include Instagram as well as Messenger. The announcement represents an escalation of Facebook’s previous measures to reduce misinformation, which involved banning accounts associated with QAnon and other conspiracy groups that were encouraging violence. QAnon is an online conspiracy theory group, according to The Wall Street Journal, composed of a right-wing, loose network of people who believe villainous liberal politicians, journalists and celebrities are engaging in egregious criminal acts and are being fought against by President Trump.What Is QAnon? The House has voted overwhelmingly to condemn the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory as the online movement identified as a potential domestic terrorist threat by the FBI has gained traction with some in the...
    Facebook has banned all accounts linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory movement from its platforms. "Starting today, we will remove Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts," the company said on Tuesday. The move is a significant escalation to Facebook's earlier decision to remove or restrict groups and accounts sharing and promoting QAnon material. QAnon is a conspiracy theory that says President Trump is waging a war against elite Satan-worshipping paedophiles. In a statement released on Tuesday, Facebook said its staff had begun removing content and deleting groups and pages, but that "this work will take time and will continue in the coming days and weeks". "Our Dangerous Organizations Operations team will continue to enforce this policy and proactively detect content for removal instead of relying on user reports," the statement added. Facebook takes action on conspiracy groups QAnon, coronavirus and the conspiracy cult Facebook said it was updating...
    Facebook on Tuesday said that it would ban the QAnon conspiracy theory across the platform. Hide The move comes a week after the social media giant said it would prohibit ads about QAnon from appearing. Hide In a blog post on Tuesday, Facebook said it would remove Facebook Pages, Groups, and Instagram accounts about QAnon. Over the summer, Facebook said it would try and stop the spread and influence of QAnon. While the ban will start today, the social media giant said that it will “take time and need to continue in the coming days and weeks.” “Starting today, we will remove any Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts representing QAnon, even if they contain no violent content,” the company said in a blog post. “This is an update from the initial policy in August that removed Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts associated with QAnon when...
    For Roger Morton and his wife living in France — and many other UK expats across the European Union — Brexit is causing the closure of their British banking services. Morton, a 78-year-old retired photographer, laments a letter from Barclaycard, informing him that their credit account will no longer be accessible, as Britain prepares for the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31. “It was a surprise and something draconian,” he told AFP of the letter, which he says comes on top of “an already stressful time” amid the coronavirus pandemic. Their current account with Barclays, where they have banked for about 40 years, is not affected. One of the first direct consequences of Brexit, the move by UK lenders to shut expat services is said to affect tens of thousands of people across Europe. From January 1 following the end of the transition period, UK banks will...
    Facebook is making it easier for people to post across Facebook properties and pay for purchases they make on all its platforms. The company’s new Accounts Center, which it announced as a test today, will let people cross-post content across Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. It will also save payment information to pay for purchases on both Facebook and Instagram, although the Facebook Pay feature is coming later this year, the company says. Although it’s not required, people can also choose to sync their profile details, like their name and photo. That means if the info changes on Facebook, it’ll also automatically change on Instagram. The new hub serves two purposes. One, it’ll benefit prolific posters, like brands and influencers who want to post the same content across their social profiles. They can now do so automatically and within Facebook. Second, saving payment information makes it easier for people to...
    Later this year, Facebook Pay will be added to the Accounts Center in the US. You’ll be able to enter your payment information once and use it to buy things or make donations on both Instagram and Facebook. The company noted that connecting your accounts isn’t mandatory. If you do link Instagram and Facebook in Accounts Center, you can maintain distinct identities across both apps. However, you’ll have the option to sync your name and profile image. If you change one of them on Facebook, Instagram can automatically update your name or photo too. “We use information across our apps to personalize your experience and show you more relevant content, including ads,” Facebook product manager Oren Hod wrote in an announcement post . “Setting up and using Accounts Center won’t change that. We also use information about activity on our apps to improve our services and keep them safe, for...
    (CNN)Police departments across the United States reported outages of their emergency 911 dispatch services Monday night.Agencies from Arizona to Florida reported outages that typically lasted about 30 minutes before being restored.The 911 problems occurred the same night that widespread outages were reported for Microsoft services. Microsoft 365 services are coming back after major outageRedmond, Washington -- home of Microsoft's headquarters -- tweeted Monday that city phones and emails were also experiencing outages. The service health status page for Microsoft Azure -- the company's cloud computing service -- posted, "A subset of customers in the Azure Public and Azure Government clouds may encounter errors performing authentication operations for a number of Microsoft or Azure services." Microsoft said customers "should see signs of recovery."Read MoreA spokesperson for the sheriff's office in Hennepin County, Minnesota, told CNN they were not sure whether their 911 outage was related to the Microsoft issue.The New...
    A Telegraph investigation can today reveal that Hezbollah has trained thousands of Iran-backed social media activists The three-storey run-down building on the outskirts of Beirut blended in among the nondescript apartment blocks and businesses lining the busy street.   But when Mohammed stepped through the door he was greeted by an opulent interior filled with advanced technology and the blinking lights of specialist computer equipment.   The young Iraqi had entered a 10-day fake news training camp run by Iran-backed militant group Hezbollah which would equip him to spread fear and division around the Middle East.   It would teach him how to build up networks of false social media profiles that he would later use to spread propaganda and disinformation online, sowing confusion and sometimes death in his home country.   His experience is not unique.   A Telegraph investigation can today reveal that Hezbollah has trained thousands...
    Twitter is taking new actions to curtail followers of the so-called QAnon conspiracy theory in an effort to crackdown on misinformation and harassment. The Tuesday night announcement comes as the fringe theories espoused by QAnon’s adherents have crept into mainstream politics, with some right-wing candidates expressing support for the movement going into the 2020 election. QAnon supporters subscribe to the notion that there is a child-killing satanic cabal working to control the United States. “We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm. In line with this approach, this week we are taking further action on so-called ‘QAnon’ activity across the service,” Twitter announced the crackdown in a thread on the platform. “We will permanently suspend accounts Tweeting about these topics that we know are engaged in violations of our multi-account policy, coordinating abuse around...
    A Twitter hacking incident and subsequent outage Wednesday night didn't just affect politicians and celebrities, but also weather forecasters as severe weather moved through the Midwest. Twitter said in a statement it believes the incident was a “coordinated social engineering attack” that targeted some of its employees with access to internal systems and tools. They were used to take control of many high-profile and verified accounts, and tweet from them. The hackers posted tweets on the accounts of politicians, celebrities, companies and others, offering to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to a bitcoin address. TWITTER DETECTED 'COORDINATED SOCIAL ENGINEERING ATTACK' AFTER HIGH-PROFILE HACKS, COMPANY SAYS After the fake tweets emerged, the company said it immediately locked down the affected accounts and removed the tweets. It also temporarily blocked verified users from tweeting while the company investigated. Severe weather was moving across the Midwest, with several tornadoes reported on Wednesday just as a Twitter outage...
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