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    Many people on the internet seem to have come to an agreement that Martin Scorsese's 1973 film Goncharov is the 'greatest mafia movie after made' - the only problem is, it doesn't actually exist. That's right, social media users have completely made the flick up - creating fake movie posters, a cast list, and even a detailed plot line, and the made-up Italian mafia movie has now become an elaborate inside joke between thousands of people around the globe. Tumblr and Twitter users have spent hours discussing their favorite scenes and sharing memories associated with watching the movie.  They have even reminisced about their first impressions and swooned over the exciting twists and turns - all of which were completely fabricated. It all started last year, when someone shared a picture of a pair of pair of boots that they had ordered online to Tumblr.  Sewed onto the inside of the shoes where the tag should have been was an ad for a movie called Goncharov. It said, '"The greatest mafia movie ever made." Martin Scorsese presents, Goncharov.' 'I got these...
    Ranking Member Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) speaks during a Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security hearing on Protecting Kids Online: Snapchat, TikTok, and YouTube on October 26, 2021 in Washington, DC.Samuel Corum | Getty Images Dozens of civil society groups urged lawmakers in a letter on Monday against passing a bill that aims to protect children from online harm, warning the bill itself could actually inflict further danger on kids and teens. The American Civil Liberties Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future and Wikimedia Foundation were among the groups that wrote to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Senate Commerce Committee Chair Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Ranking Member Roger Wicker, R-Miss., opposing the Kids Online Safety Act. The bipartisan bill, led by Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., would establish responsibilities for sites that are likely to be accessed by kids to act in the best interest of users who are 16 or younger. That means the platforms would be responsible for mitigating the risk of physical or emotional harm to young...
    TikTok slashed its revenue target for this year by $2 billion as the popular video-sharing app is dealing with the same global online advertising slump that's impacting all major tech firms, including Meta and Twitter.  The revenue targets were chopped by 20 percent, from a projected $12-$14 billion to about $10 billion. CEO Shou Zi Chew announced the slash during a virtual all-hands meeting in September, four people told Financial Times.  In that meeting, staffers were blamed for not driving enough sales in the areas of advertising and ecommerce, the business publication reported. The lower revenue targets are the first clear signal that TikTok, which is hugely popular especially among young adults, is facing the same headwinds as Mark Zuckerberg's Meta and Elon Musk's Twitter.  TikTok slashed its revenue target for this year by $2 billion as the popular video-sharing app is dealing with the same global online advertising slump that's impacting all major tech firms Reality set in this week, as Meta laid off 11,000 employees - about 13 percent of its workforce - with CEO Mark Zuckerberg taking...
    SECURING money with PayPal just got a whole lot safer as the online payment company announced Monday that it is adding passkeys as a new login method for certain accounts.  The passkeys – created by the FIDO Alliance and World Wide Web Consortium – will allow customers to replace passwords with certain cryptographic key pairs to decrease the risk of hacking.  2PayPal is now allowing passkeys as a new login methodCredit: Getty 2Only US PayPal customers using certain iPhones, iPads and MacBooks will have access so farCredit: Getty So far, only PayPal users in the United States with devices running iOS16, iPadOS 16.1, or macOS Ventura systems can access the new login process.  It will be available for users in additional countries in early 2023 and other platforms as they “add support for passkeys,” PayPal said Monday.  For those who can benefit from the security update, it is a quick and easy process to set it up on their Apple devices.  All users have to do is log into their PayPal account using their current password and login credentials. They...
    A WOMAN was threatened with disgusting rape attacks after her face had been edited into a "deep fake" porn video. Kate Isaacs, 30, was scrolling through Twitter when panic washed over her as she realised her face had been digitally edited into an explicit video. 1Kate Issacs found her face had been digitally edited into an explicit videoCredit: Getty Deepfake videos are made using artificial intelligence technology to manipulate a face to make them look like another person or make it appear they are saying something they're not. Video footage of Kate had been taken from a TV interview that she had given while raising awareness about non-consensual porn. It was dubbed onto the porn actress' and it appeared to show her having sex. She told BBC: "My heart sank. I couldn't think clearly. I remember just feeling like this video was going to go everywhere - it was horrendous. READ MORE ON DEEPFAKEWILD WEB Grim world of deepfakes - from bogus celeb sex tapes to forging crime vids for £15 "It was a violation -...
    RESIDENT Evil held a showcase last night to show off the upcoming RE4 remake, but the long-awaited game wasn’t the only thing on the roster. Fans were more than pleased with the Resident Evil 4 remake footage shown off yesterday (October 20). 1The RE4 remake is closer than ever.Credit: Capcom However, they were even more surprised by the other goodies the series has in store. Something that has been expected by fans almost as long as the remake, is the announcement of Re:Verse. The team originally promised Re:Verse alongside the release of the Resident Evil 3 remake in 2020. Re:Verse is an online multiplayer game where players can fight to survive alongside others in different areas from the series.  More in Resident EvilRESIDENT REVIVAL All the biggest changes coming in the Resident Evil 4 remakeRESIDENT PREVIEW Resident Evil 4’s story is the same but the game has completely changed While it may be two years late, Re:Verse is coming very soon, as the full launch was announced for Monday, October 24. No matter what platform you plan to play Re:Verse...
    'Pride goes before a fall', the old saying goes, and these hilarious social media posts certainly support that idea. These posts by social media users in North America and the UK, collated into a gallery by Bored Panda, show people making themselves look foolish by incorrectly correcting others. Among the posts, several show people trying to correct spelling, and getting it toe-curlingly wrong. Another shows a man being patronising about what he believes is a pregnancy test - but is actually a Covid test. Here, FEMAIL shares the most embarrassing times people incorrectly corrected others...  This person got their red, white and blue flags mixed up when a flag of Liberia made them think of the US Mixing up your and you're is a mistake that often happens, but not as deliciously ironically (and incorrectly) as in this post An Uber driver, thought to be based in the US, reveals how a passenger made a cringeworthy attempt at making a point People from around the world have shared the most humiliating moments a person has tried to correct them -...
    A French TV show has left social media users in stitches after it put people with unusual laughs in one room. The hysterical segment on C'est mon choix - which translates to 'It's my choice' - resulted in a chorus of mismatched laughter, has delighted people on Twitter. The clip went viral after being shared by user @AFC_GLEN last week, with commenters remarking their love of the idea. A french TV show invited guests onto a panel, all of whom had an unusual laugh type. pic.twitter.com/mQaVWjKFmb— Rebecca Ryder ???? (@rebecca_ryder21) September 29, 2022 A French TV show has left social media users in stitches after it put people with unusual laughs in one room The hysterical segment on C'est mon choix - which translates to 'It's my choice' - resulted in a chorus of mismatched laughter, has delighted people on Twitter 'French TV show invited people with unusual laughs to sit together,' the tweet read. 'The outcome is f***ing brilliant.' The clip was also earlier posted by user @rebecca_ryder21.  The video shows eight people sat around on sofas - all seemingly...
    Washington (CNN Business)A landmark California bill aimed at promoting children's digital welfare became law on Thursday, as Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he had signed the legislation imposing strict requirements on websites "likely to be accessed" by kids. "We're taking aggressive action in California to protect the health and wellbeing of our kids," Newsom said in a statement.The law marks a defeat for tech giants that had spent thousands lobbying on the bill, which establishes new prohibitions on how companies can collect and use personal data, and new requirements in their approach to children. Their teenage children died by suicide. Now these families want to hold social media companies accountable For example, the law prohibits the tracking of children's geolocation, unless that data is essential for providing a website's service, and requires websites to default to the most privacy-protective settings available for children. It bans so-called "dark patterns" that use manipulative design techniques that may dupe kids into giving up their personal information. And it requires businesses to determine the rough ages of its young users.Companies subject to the law,...
    Dinner was chicken and dumplings at Brown University, and at 5:54 p.m. on a Tuesday in May, the dining hall was silent. Nearly every student had their head buried deep into the latest TikTok tutorial on their feed or the most recent Twitter update on the status of Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson’s then-relationship (simpler times!). But at 5:55 p.m., the cafeteria came alive. It was time to be real. BeReal is a social media app that asks users to post one completely unfiltered, authentic photo of themselves that is prompted by a pop-up notification at a randomly generated time each day. Users have two minutes to show their mutuals what they are doing, where they are, and what they look like in that very moment—completely free from any form of curation. Except, that’s not quite how it works out. On that evening at the Brown University dining hall, BeReal notifications surged through people’s phones. Students moved across tables to position themselves in front of their friends, pulling out pocket-sized mascara wands and a series of books and journals...
    A TIKTOKER has shared the ultimate side hustle guide for turning your hobby into legitimate cash flow. The digital products like brochures, invitations, and book templates can all be sold on Etsy for top dollar - here's how to get your shop up and running. 2Etsy has more than four million active sellers on the platformCredit: Etsy 2@TheFastTrackGirl has more than 150,000 followers on TikTokCredit: TikTok / thefasttrackgirlbackup Etsy is one of the top online sales platforms for growing a stable side hustle. In 2021, about $13.5billion dollars was shifted from customers to store owners in online transactions, according to Statistica. But the products don't have to be physical to be profitable. @TheFastTrackGirl has a TikTok following of over 150,000 users tuning into her tips on how to turn digital products into sales. Read More Side HustlesCLIP ART I earn $3K with my easy side hustle transcribing videos using one simple toolEASY BUCKS I'm a teen & make $8K a month with my side hustle - it only cost $12 to start @TheFastTrackGirl utilizes the online design platform...
    Share this: The online platform which claims to help people find apartments and roommates, Roomster, along with its executives, are being sued by Attorney General Letitia James – along with the FTC and attorney generals of California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois and Maryland – for allegedly defrauding millions of users. The AG claims the Manhattan-based company failed to verify listings submitted to Roomster’s website with nonexistent apartments.  Low-income students and renters were particularly targeted in the company’s scheme. In the investigation prior to the suit filed and according to prosecutors, the company advertised the nonexistent listings and required users to pay a monthly subscription to view the listings.  The office of the attorney general estimates that Roomster had defrauded low-income renters of over $27 million through the false listings and reviews. There was no verification process in place to ensure that advertised rental properties were legitimate. 
    A girl stares at her computer screenAlain Jocard | AFP | Getty Images California's state legislature passed a bill this week that, if enacted, would require online platforms to take extra measures to ensure their services are safe for young users. The state senate unanimously approved the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act on Monday, a bill that would require online platforms to proactively consider how their product design could pose a danger to minors, including through algorithms and targeted ads. The California state assembly had earlier approved a version of the bill, which still needs to be signed by Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom to become state law. If signed, the bill would not go into effect until 2024. The bill would require online services to install additional safeguards for users under 18, including by defaulting to the highest possible privacy settings in most cases and providing "an obvious signal" to the minor when their location is being monitored (such as by a parent or guardian). It also would prohibit the use of so-called dark patterns — essentially design tricks made...
    A thrifty bride inadvertently landed herself on the wrong end of a TikTok troll tirade when she took to the app to show off the budget-friendly $200 pink wedding dress that she found online.  But while Madi Hannah, from Dallas, Texas, was overjoyed with her penny-pinching find, dozens of TikTok users took issue with its appearance - cruelly comparing the bride-to-be to 'Little Bo Beep' and a 'Christmas ham'.  The online drama began unfolding after Madi shared a video of herself unwrapping her wedding dress, revealing that she had tracked down a design online because she was trying to save money.   Madi wanted to stray away for the outrageously high price tag that usually comes with having a wedding, especially the white gown many fork out thousands of dollars for, and decided to order a dress online without ever seeing it in real life. Madi Hannah, from Dallas, Texas, tried to save her money by ordering a wedding dress online having never seen it before and took to TikTok to unveil it  In the video, which racked up over 26.5...
    We can all learn a lot from using social media. However, it can sometimes feel as though it's actually making people dumber.  Social media users from around the world have been sharing the hilarious comments they've spotted online, with Bored Panda collating the most shockingly stupid posts into a hilarious gallery.  One person stunned other Facebook users when they questioned why farmers were growing crops when they could shop at the supermarket instead. Another was left confused after spotting the reflection of a car in the window of a bank.  Here, FEMAIL presents some of questionable posts shared online...  Social media users from around the world have been sharing the hilarious comments they've spotted online, with Bored Panda collating the most shockingly stupid posts into a hilarious gallery (pictured, this person questioned why farmers even need to grow corn because it can just bought in the supermarket) Weird! This person in the US appeared never to have seen a reflection before  and was shocked to see a car inside the bank  Huh? This father, from the US, could learn a thing or two...
    BRITS will leave behind an online trail of 9,828 photos and a whopping 62,670 social media posts across their lifetime. A study of 2,000 adults found more than a third (36 per cent) of our lives are now shared online, which will be viewable even when we're no longer here. 1Do you know how much you've shared on FacebookCredit: Facebook Including some of the more popular platforms, adults share an average of 276 posts on Instagram, 170 on Facebook and 141 tweets annually - amounting to 17,369, 10,680 and 8,911 collectively over the average lifetime. Similarly, adults have two active email addresses for both personal and work use and will have signed up to over 500 mailing lists. When quizzed on the safety aspect of this, 47 per cent do worry about the risks of putting so much of their life online – despite 29 per cent failing to be ‘savvy’ when it comes to protecting themselves. A spokesperson for Aloha Browser, which commissioned the study, said: "We all put so much of our lives online nowadays because it’s considered...
    (CNN Business)WhatsApp announced several new privacy updates on Tuesday, including the ability for users to check their messages without other people knowing.The platform will soon allow people to control who can see when they're online, prevent others from taking screenshots of certain messages, and leave groups without notifying entire channels.WhatsApp has more than 2 billion users globally, and is owned by Facebook (FB) parent Meta. Announcing the changes on Facebook and Instagram, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company would "keep building new ways to protect your messages and keep them as private and secure as face-to-face conversations."WhatsApp has long touted its use of end-to-end encryption, which means only the sender and recipient of a message can see its contents. And like other private messaging platforms, it already allows users to send messages that disappear after set periods of time. Why WhatsApp wants to convince Americans to stop sending text messagesHowever, last year, WhatsApp was heavily scrutinized after an update to its terms of service. Read MoreAt the time, many users expressed concerns about a section of WhatsApp's privacy policy that...
    WHATSAPP users are being alerted to a new feature rolling out soon. It gives you the ability to activate a "stealth mode" on the app. 1WhatsApp is working on a very handy new featureCredit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo Right now it's impossible to hide the fact that you're online. All you can do is conceal your "Last Seen" status. But the sleuths at WABetaInfo have uncovered a new feature "under development" that lets you hide when you're online. Evidence of the change was unearthed in the "beta" trial version of WhatsApp used to test new features. Read more on WhatsAppIT'S APP-ENING Alert for BILLIONS of WhatsApp users – eight huge changes coming soonWHO'S WATCHING? Check your WhatsApp NOW – your messages could be at risk The new feature will be available in Settings > Privacy > Last Seen & Online. WhatsApp has been criticised in the past for not allowing users to hide their online statuses on the app. "There may be different reasons why people want to use WhatsApp in stealth mode," said WABetaInfo. "Some users want to use WhatsApp without being disturbed by other...
    Wikipedia has suspended the edit feature on its 'Recession' page after users flocked to amend it to concur with President Biden's claim that the US isn't suffering a downturn. The page was altered at least 47 times over a roughly 24-hour period, with an administrator locking unregistered users out until August in an effort to curb what the encyclopedia website characterizes as 'vandalism,' and 'malicious' edits. The edit-freeze comes as numerous members of the Biden administration have tried to argue the country is not in a recession by casting doubt on the word's definition, which commonly agreed upon to be two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth. One member made repeated edits to the Wikipedia page to insist there was 'no global consensus' on the definition of recession, in what appears to be a bizarre attempt to push White House messaging.   The Commerce Department confirmed in a report on Thursday that the US met that exact definition - announcing gross domestic product shrank 0.9 percent in the second quarter, following a decline of 1.6 percent decline in the first quarter.  The...
    A MIND-BOGGLING illusion could show that you have a dirty mind if you spot the x-rated image before seeing anything else. It comes as one woman's stunning cave photo went viral for all the wrong reasons - and she was left seeking reassurance on the matter. 1The image caused a stir online with some users believing that resembled a phallic object The dubious image, showing a shaft of sunlight beaming through a stone tunnel, creates a rather unfortunate shape as users were left in stitches. It's an image, that upon first glance for some at least, appears to be depicting a shaft of an altogether different kind. Did you fail the test? The X-rated illusion was shared on Twitter by @Midge1415 who expressed her shock at the discovery. Read More in NewsMURDER PROBE Model found dead near home after ‘killer boyfriend made appeal for her return'GUN RAMPAGE Shooter leaves ‘several dead’ gunning down people on streets in Canada "Tell me it's not just me who sees it," she captioned the tweet. "Please, I worry about me." Her unique snap...
    WHATSAPP will soon let you hide your online status for the first time, allowing users to browse the app without alerting their mates. According to a trusted leaker, the so-called "stealth mode" will let you use the app without revealing that you're online. 1WhatsApp is making a huge change to the appCredit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo Right now it's impossible to hide the fact that you're online. All you can do is conceal your "Last Seen" status. But the sleuths at WABetaInfo have uncovered a new feature "under development" that lets you hide when you're online. They first reported on the upcoming tool earlier this month and shed further light on it in a blog post on Wednesday. Read more on WhatsAppLOCK IT DOWN Warning for BILLIONS of WhatsApp users to change settings right nowTAPPING IN WhatsApp to make HUGE change to one of its best features… but some might hate it Evidence of the change was unearthed in the "beta" trial version of WhatsApp used to test new features. The new feature will be available in Settings > Privacy >...
    (CNN Business)An "unsubscribe" option that's a little too hard to find. A tiny box you click, thinking it simply takes you to the next page, but it also grants access to your data. And any number of unexpected charges that appear during checkout that weren't made clearer earlier in the process.Countless popular websites and apps, from retailers and travel services to social media companies, make use of so-called "dark patterns," or gently coercive design tactics that critics say are used to manipulate peoples' digital behaviors.The term "dark patterns" was coined by Harry Brignull, a U.K.-based user experience specialist and researcher of human-computer interactions. Brignull began noticing that when he reported to one of his clients that most test subjects felt deceived by an aspect of their website or app design, the client seemed to welcome the feedback."That was always intriguing for me as a researcher, because normally the name of the game is to find the flaws and fix them," Brignull told CNN Business. "Now we're finding 'flaws' that the client seems to like, and want to keep."To put it...
    A FRAUD-FIGHTING expert has warned of an online pitfall that could be exposing you to scammers. Speaking to The Sun, James Walker, CEO of U.K. scam-busting outfit Rightly, highlighted a sneaky trick used by websites that could be funnelling your data into the wrong hands. 1If you use Google Chrome – or any browser for that matter – watch out for websites asking permission for your dataCredit: Getty It involves the checkbox consent forms that many websites present you with upon your first visit. Under EU regulations, sites must ask if they can share the data they collect about you with third parties – such as marketing firms. However, some websites aren't playing by the rules, potentially exposing you to crooks. Under the UK's version of GDPR – the EU's sweeping data protection laws – visitors to a website must opt-in to have their data tracked. But a lot of websites automatically log visitors as having opted in unless they uncheck...
    WhatsApp is working on a new ‘stealth mode’ that hides your online status. This feature will let users scroll through the app without their friends or contacts knowing. 'There may be different reasons why people want to use WhatsApp in stealth mode: for example, some users want to use WhatsApp without being disturbed by other people, or they feel stalked by someone,’ according to WABetaInfo, which first spotted the feature. Stealth mode will live in the privacy section of settings, directly under the feature that lets you hide 'Last Seen' from other users. Scroll down for video  WhatsApp is working on a new ‘stealth mode’ that hides your online status. This feature will let users scroll through the app without their friends or contacts knowing WABetaInfo spotted the feature in the beta version for iOS, but claims it will also be available for Android and Desktop.  'Unfortunately, this feature is under development so we do not know the details about when it will be released to the public,' WABetaInfo wrote in a blog post.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next...
    WHATSAPP is working on a new feature that lets you hide your online status. The so-called "stealth mode" will let you use the app without being seen. 1WhatsApp is making a huge change to the appCredit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo Right now it's impossible to hide the fact that you're online. All you can do is conceal your "Last Seen" status. But the sleuths at WABetaInfo have uncovered a new feature "under development" that lets you hide when you're online. Evidence of the change was unearthed in the "beta" trial version of WhatsApp used to test new features. Read more on WhatsAppLOCK IT DOWN Warning for BILLIONS of WhatsApp users to change settings right nowTAPPING IN WhatsApp to make HUGE change to one of its best features… but some might hate it The new feature will be available in Settings > Privacy > Last Seen & Online. WhatsApp has been criticised in the past for not allowing users to hide their online statuses on the app. "There may be different reasons why people want to use WhatsApp in stealth mode," said...
    The California state legislature is considering a bill that would require websites and apps to authenticate the age of every user before allowing them access, a move that lawmakers say is aimed at protecting children, but would in effect end online anonymity in the state. The bill, AB2273, is known as The California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act, and has alarmed privacy advocates, who in addition to pointing out its threats to adult online anonymity, also highlight its potential to end casual browsing of the web. Via the Register: “First, the bill pretextually claims to protect children, but it will change the Internet for everyone,” said Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University School of Law professor, in a blog post. “In order to determine who is a child, websites and apps will have to authenticate the age of ALL consumers before they can use the service. No one wants this.” The bill, Goldman argues, will put an end to casual web browsing, forcing companies to collect personal information they don’t want to store and protect – and that consumers don’t want to provide –...
    CREDIT CARD fraud is one of the most common types of identity theft – here are all the ways it can happen. Around 127 million Americans have been victims of credit or debit card fraud at least once, Security.org reported. 1Credit card fraud is one of the most common types of identity theft – here are all the ways it can happen.Credit: Getty And that figure is only expected to grow as more people rely on online shopping for their needs. In fact, credit card fraud increased by 44 percent between 2019 and 2020 according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  Credit card information is considered precious data, and if scammers don't use it for themselves, they might sell it on the black market. There are several ways that these criminals can target your credit card information. Read more on fraudSTRANGER DANGER Fraud warning as Americans told they owe taxes on benefits they didn’t getWHAT A SHAH-ME RHOSLC’s Jen accused of 'withholding evidence' in fraud case before trial Phishing Phishing describes when a bad actor sends...
    Half of social media users have compared themselves to others on the likes of Instagram, Facebook and Tik Tok. The study revealed people see how they stack up when it comes to holidays, weight loss, and fashion outfits. 1How much do you compare yourself to others?Credit: Getty Relationships, home renovations and career developments are other ways adults see how they are doing on social media. While weddings, hairstyles and back gardens also featured in the list. But 17 per cent feel under pressure to live the ‘perfect life’ due to social media, despite 52 per cent admitting people only post the things they want others to see on their profiles. As a result, 22 per cent of the 2,000 social media users polled embrace the trend of 'Instagram vs Reality’ and think no one's life is as perfect as it ever seems online. READ MORE IN LIFE & STYLEFASHION FIX I'm a fashion expert - you're probably making these seven clothing mistakesSTRONG POINT I’m a muscular woman, men say I’m pretty but too built to date… I don’t care Emma...
    A little-known American author is releasing a book which imagines a world where people with Y chromosomes disappear - sparking a war with trans activists online.  Sandra Newman, who won critical acclaim for her own dystopian novel and is releasing a feminist version of Nineteen Eighty-Four next year, is set to release the The Men, which is about a post-male society, tomorrow.  The Y chromosome, carried by roughly half of a man's sperm, dictates whether a child will be male or female. If the Y chromosome is present, a child will be born a male, whereas a lack of this strand of DNA will result in a female. Her publisher calls 'The Men' a 'gripping, beautiful, and disquieting novel of feminist utopias and impossible sacrifices that interrogates the dream of a perfect society.' Earlier this year, she described the book on Twitter and was quickly slammed by hoards of followers, with one writing: 'Pretty sure this terf plot has been published four or five times already,' using the term for 'trans-exclusionary radical feminist.'  Sandra Newman, from New York, is releasing a book...
    New York (CNN Business)The mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, has put a spotlight on 4chan, a largely unmoderated site that has been the breeding ground for several tragedies and controversies over the years and appears to have played a role in inspiring Saturday's attack. Despite the role it may have played in the horrific events in Buffalo, the platform and its owner have not issued any statement. Links to copies of the graphic shooting video and praise for the gunman continue to pop up around the platform. This lack of action reveals a complicated truth about the internet landscape: An online platform that dismisses outside criticism from users and advertisers can host racist hate speech and facilitate user radicalization with few consequences. In a 180-page document that is believed to be authored by the alleged murder suspect, he said he began visiting the online forum site 4chan in 2020, drawing inspiration from racist and hateful threads and weapons forums. He also appears to have hinted at his plans on 4chan, according to an online diary that has been attributed...
    A new phone app which offers users a free digital avatar is taking facial-recognition quality photographs and sending them to Moscow, prompting major concerns within the cyber security community.  Tens of thousands of people have already uploaded their photographs to the servers of the New Profile Pic app in return to the free avatar. However, many will be unaware that the company behind the app, Linerock Investments, is based in an apartment complex overlooking the Moscow River, beside Russia's Ministry of Defence and just three miles from Red Square.  Jake Moore, Global Cybersecurity Advisor, ESET Internet Security told MailOnline that people have to be incredibly careful when uploading photographs or personal data to a brand new website.  He said: 'This app is likely a way of capturing people's faces in high resolution and I would question any app wanting this amount of data, especially one which is largely unheard of and based in another country.'  Internet users have been warned against using a free new photo avatar creator because the company which developed it is based in Moscow The website...
    Match Group, the company behind popular dating apps like Tinder and OkCupid, is suing Google, accusing the company of holding it hostage with its monopolistic stranglehold on the Android app store. The company’s lawsuit states: “Ten years ago, Match Group was Google’s partner. We are now its hostage. Blinded by the possibility of getting an ever-greater cut of the billions of dollars users spend each year on Android apps, Google set out to monopolize the market for how users pay for their Android apps.” Bloomberg reports that Match Group, the owners of dating apps like Tinder and OkCupid, have accused Google in a lawsuit of acting as a monopolist with its app store billing rules. Match Group alleges that Google has violated federal and state laws and abused its power by requiring app developers to use its billing system on Android devices. Leon Neal/Getty Images AFP/File Jeff Pachoud In a complaint filed this week in northern California federal court, Match Gorup Inc stated: “Ten years ago, Match Group was Google’s partner. We are now its hostage. Blinded by the possibility of getting an...
    LONDON (AP) — A British parliamentary committee scrutinizing draft online safety legislation has invited Elon Musk to discuss his plans to buy Twitter and the changes he’s proposing for the social media platform. Parliament’s digital committee asked the Tesla CEO on Wednesday to give evidence about his proposals “in more depth.” Musk said it’s too early to give an answer. “I am honored and thank the Parliament for their invitation, but it would be premature at this time to accept, given that there has not yet been a shareholder vote” to approve the deal, he said by email. The committee said it’s interested in Musk’s plans, especially his intention to roll out verification for all users, which echoes its own recommendations to the U.K. government. Musk has said he wants Twitter to “ authenticate all humans,” an ambiguous proposal that could be related to his desire to rid the website of automated spam accounts. The U.K. government’s online safety bill, which is being examined by lawmakers in Parliament, would give regulators wide-ranging powers to crack down...
    TECH giants Amazon and Google face a crackdown to better protect smartphone users from hackers. Rules will be toughened up to help millions who download music and video games also on tablets and TVs to shield them from fraudsters. 2Tech giants Amazon and Google face a crackdown to better protect smartphone users from hackersCredit: Alamy Culture Minister Julia Lopez will launch a review into the £18.6 billion market to beef up safeguarding of people’s personal data and cash from scammers. Major firms to be hit include Apple, Huawei, Microsoft and Samsung with consumers using their services to shop, bank and make video calls. She said: “Apps on our smartphones and tablets have improved our lives immensely - making it easier to bank and shop online and stay connected with friends. But we must be alert to the cyber threat. “We are looking at what more we can do to protect UK consumers.” She added that it would be a “fantastic step forward to protect consumers and Sun readers in the digital age.” Proposals will be set out to bring in...
    (CNN Business)Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, told users on Thursday it would start to publish their IP locations on their account pages and when they post comments, in a bid to combat "bad behavior" online.The move, posted on Weibo's official account, garnered over 200 million views and was widely discussed, with some users rattled by the perceived reduction in their online anonymity."Every IP address seems to be whispering in your ear: 'You be careful,'" wrote user Misty.Others, however, said they were supportive of the measures, in light of COVID-related misinformation."Especially at a time when the COVID situation is still serious, IPs being swiftly revealed can effectively reduce the appearance of disgusting content from rumor-makers and rumor-spreaders," wrote user UltraScarry.Read MoreWeibo (WB (WB)), which has over 570 million monthly active users, said users' IP addresses would be displayed under new settings which came into effect on Thursday and cannot be turned off by users.The Communist Party thinks Chinas prolific censors are not censoring enoughFor users in China, the platform will display the province or municipality where they are posting from, it...
    LONDON (AP) — A hands-off approach to moderating content at Elon Musk’s Twitter could clash with ambitious new laws in Europe meant to protect users from disinformation, hate speech and harassment. Musk, who describes himself as a “free speech absolutist,” pledged to buy Twitter for $44 billion this week, with European Union officials and digital campaigners quick to say that any focus on free speech to the detriment of online safety would not fly after the 27-nation bloc solidified its status as a global leader in the effort to rein in the power of tech giants. “If his approach will be ‘just stop moderating it,’ he will likely find himself in a lot of legal trouble in the EU,” said Jan Penfrat, senior policy adviser at digital rights group EDRi. Musk will soon be confronted with Europe’s Digital Services Act, which will require big tech companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook parent Meta to police their platforms more strictly or face billions in fines. Officials agreed just days ago on the landmark legislation, expected to take effect by 2024. It’s...
    LONDON (AP) — Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition and his plans for a more hands-off approach to moderating content could clash with ambitious new laws in Europe meant to protect users from disinformation, hate speech and other harmful material. Musk, who describes himself as a “free speech absolutist,” pledged to buy Twitter for $44 billion this week, with European Union officials and digital campaigners quick to say that any focus on free speech to the detriment of online safety would not fly after the 27-nation bloc solidified its status as a global leader in the effort to rein in the power of tech giants. “If his approach will be ‘just stop moderating it,’ he will likely find himself in a lot of legal trouble in the EU,” said Jan Penfrat, senior policy adviser at digital rights group EDRi. Musk will soon be confronted with Europe’s Digital Services Act, which will require big tech companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook parent Meta to police their platforms more strictly or face billions in fines. Officials agreed just days ago on...
    Channel 4's Dispatches uncovered evidence of Metaverse users boasting that they are attracted to 'little girls aged between the age of nine and 12' and joking about rape and racism in the virtual reality world. An investigation has revealed that sexually explicit comments and threatening behaviour were made minutes after a Channel 4 journalist went undercover into Mark Zuckerberg's 3D community. Yinka Bokinni posed as both a 22-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl as part of a probe that will be broadcast tonight.  Using the most popular VR headset, the Meta-owned Oculus Quest of which eight million have been sold, she tried out the two most popular apps on its store — VRChat and Rec Room. However, within minutes of using both apps she became surrounded by other users making sexually explicit comments, while also witnessing the simulation of sexual acts while simply walking around - including between users who appeared to be minors.  One video clip showed the undercover reporter being threatened by a cat avatar, who asks her to reproduce with him and then says ‘who’s going to stop me?', while repeatedly...
    Metaverse has been branded an 'online Wild West' by child safety campaigners after Channel 4's Dispatches uncovered evidence of sexual abuse and racism in the virtual reality world. An investigation has revealed that sexually explicit comments and threatening behaviour were made minutes after a Channel 4 journalist went undercover into Mark Zuckerberg's 3D community. Led by the Facebook founder, the Metaverse is a set of virtual spaces where you can game, work and communicate with other people who aren't in the same physical space as you. Users' avatars are able to explore the online world and meet, interact and visit a fast-growing network of virtual locations such as cities, country scenes or cafes. But the new technology has faced accusations over a lack of safeguarding and moderation, with mother Nina Jane Patel claiming she was sexually assaulted less than a minute after entering the virtual online world earlier this year. The Center for Countering Digital Hate also earlier found that users, including minors, 'are exposed to abusive behaviour every seven minutes'. Now a Channel 4 probe has raised further concern over...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union reached a landmark deal early Saturday to take aim at hate speech, disinformation and other harmful content online that would force big tech companies to police themselves harder, make it easier for users to flag problems and empower regulators to punish noncompliance with billions in fines. EU officials finally clinched the agreement in principle in the early hours of Saturday over the final details of the Digital Services Act, which will overhaul the digital rulebook for 27 countries and cement Europe’s reputation as the global leader in reining in the power of social media companies and other digital platforms, such as Facebook, Google and Amazon. “With the DSA, the time of big online platforms behaving like they are ‘too big to care’ is coming to an end,” said EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton. EU Commission Vice President Margrethe Vestager added that “with today’s agreement we ensure that platforms are held accountable for the risks their services can pose to society and citizens.” The act is the EU’s third significant law targeting...
    LONDON (AP) — The European Union is nearing agreement on a set of new rules aimed at protecting internet users by forcing big tech companies like Google and Facebook to step up their efforts to curb the spread of illegal content, hate speech and disinformation. EU officials were negotiating Friday over the final details of the legislation, dubbed the Digital Services Act. It’s part of a sweeping overhaul of the 27-nation bloc’s digital rulebook, highlighting the EU’s position at the forefront of the global movement to rein in the power of online platforms and social media companies. While the rules still need to be approved by the European Parliament and European Council that represents the 27 member countries, the bloc is far ahead of the United States and other countries in drawing up regulations for tech giants to force them to protect people from harmful content that proliferates online. Negotiators from the EU’s executive Commission, member countries and France, which holds the rotating EU presidency, were working to hammer out a deal before the end of Friday, ahead of...
    Despite recent advances in privacy measures that have disrupted online tracking, new highly effective tracking methods have been deployed by the Masters of the Universe, who have grown used to the megabillions brought in by surveillance capitalism. In an article titled “You’re Still Being Tracked on the Internet, Just in a Different Way,” the New York Times reports that the online advertising industry was disrupted last year when Apple introduced its App Tracking Transparency feature that alerted users when apps were tracking them and allowed them to deny access to their online activity. Tim Cook CEO of Apple laughing ( Stephanie Keith/Getty) Sundar Pichai CEO of Google ( Carsten Koall /Getty) But less than a year later, online advertising has adapted to the changes and a new type of internet tracking has begun taking hold. The New York Times writes: For years, digital businesses relied on what is known as “third party” tracking. Companies such as Facebook and Google deployed technology to trail people everywhere they went online. If someone scrolled through Instagram and then browsed an online shoe store, marketers could use that information...
    The Big Tech Masters of the Universe are facing renewed pushback as the European Union Council and European Parliament have reached a provisional political agreement on the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The DMA will attempt to tame the anti-competitive power of tech companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook, which the act labels as “gatekeepers.” Variety reports that the reach of tech giants like Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple could be seriously reduced as the European Union Council and European Parliament have reached a political agreement on the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The DMA development process began 16 months ago and defines clear rules governing online platforms. Apple CEO Tim Cook waves as he arrives for the Economic Summit held for the China Development Forum in Beijing on March 23, 2019. (NG HAN GUAN/AFP via Getty Images) Jeff Bezos at Blue Origin press event ( Joe Raedle /Getty) The DMA aims to ensure that no online platform that controls online information and acts as a gatekeeper for a large number of users can abuse its power or negatively affect other companies wishing to...
    An analysis of online posts to Reddit show that many people who self-harm exhibit similar patterns towards the behavior that those addicted to substances like drugs and alcohol do.  Researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), trawled the subreddit r/SelfHarm to analyze posts from users that frequent the board. They used published indicators of substance abuse to analyze the users' posts and compared them to that of how a person who is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism may speak. Self-harm, and the general mindset that surrounds it and pushes someone towards the acts, may be much more similar to drug addiction than experts may believe, researchers found. An NIH research team analyzed posts to a Reddit forum dedicated to talking about self-harm. They found that many self-harmers speak about the actions similar to the way a drug addict talks about substance abuse (file photo) 'In recent years, social media has served as a window into subjective experiences of stigmatized populations on a large scale and can provide insight into...
    A TATTOO fan has caused a stir online with a religious inspired inking of the Holy Bible. An image of the controversial design was shared on Reddit, as many users criticised it for looking more like the devil. 2An usual religious tattoo design featuring a plug socket caused a stir onlineCredit: Reddit 2Reddit users believed a comparable inking was anything but heavenlyCredit: Reddit The controversial tattoo depicted the Holy Bible with a plug socket that fed directly into the individuals forearm. The inking, which was allegedly done by the “shop owner,” also featured the phrase “my plug” alongside a religious symbol of a Crucifix. But it was a similar inspired design shared on the s***y tattoo subreddit forum that provoked the most response online – as many users suggested that the plug looked anything but heavenly. “Looks like a devil tail, ironically,” one user suggested as another commented, “I 100 per cent thought it was supposed to be a snake.” READ MORE BAD TATTOO STORIESTATT'S STUPID I got a tattoo to celebrate surviving Covid - but there's a mistake in...
    A new store called "Let's Go Brandon," full of merchandise for Donald Trump and against President Joe Biden, opened in New Jersey. Already, Facebook flagged a post Wednesday regarding the store's opening for alleged vaccine misinformation. The flagged post includes a link redirecting users to vaccination information. Should someone attempt to share posts about the store online, the platform asks users to make sure they're sharing "reliable information." SEE IT: NASCAR SPECTATOR SAYS 'F*** JOE BIDEN' LIVE ON AIR The merchandise in the store includes apparel, posters, and flags. Its storefront, in Tom's River, New Jersey, is not the first of its kind. A store by the same name has franchises in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. These franchises have advertised their stores on YouTube, seemingly without incident or censorship. Facebook, including its parent company Meta, did not respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER New Jersey's store will also reportedly open an online storefront soon. News Technology...
    TIKTOK has stopped working for thousands of users across the globe. According to online outage trackers, problems with the popular video app began around 11:30 a.m. UK time (06:30 a.m. EST). More than 300 people have logged issues with TikTok on DownDetector, a website that monitors online services. TikTok has yet to acknowledge the outage. The Sun has reached out to the Chinese company for comment. Most read in TechHUNGRY HOLE Black hole 'ate' Milky Way's center and created radiation bubbles, study claimsVIRTUALLY REAL Sex in metaverse will be 'equally enjoyable' as real life act, experts claimLOOK UP Huge ‘potentially dangerous’ asteroid bigger than Empire State passed EarthBIG BREACH Biden admin 'believes Russia behind cyber attacks' on US medicine executivesWe pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online Tech & Science team? Email us at tech@the-sun.co.uk
    NEW YORK (KABC) -- Apparently, a lot of people are cheating when they play the popular online game Wordle.A new study by Word-Finder-X looked at Google search trends and found the words "swill" and "aroma" were the two words players cheated on the most.The study also found that New Hampshire had more Wordle cheaters than any other state.Rhode Island and Vermont tied for second place.Wordle became a viral sensation at the start of January with its popularity skyrocketing with users sharing their scores on social media.The sensation grabbed the attention of The New York Times, which later purchased the puzzle.READ MORE: The New York Times buys popular word game WordleEMBED More News Videos Wordle, purchased for a price the Times described as being "in the low seven figures," will initially remain free to new and existing players. Cheating has nearly tripled since The Times bought the game on Jan. 31, just as the game went viral.Ever since then, the cheating has only increased as apparently more users are searching for "today's Wordle" more than before.You can check out the full...
    GADGET users are being urged to toughen up their online security as the threat of web attacks grows. Cyber-experts have told The Sun that hacks could increase in the coming days – and urged everyone to protect key logins like Gmail, Facebook, Outlook, Apple IDs and more. 1Cyber-experts are warning gadget users to stay safe onlineCredit: Unsplash And cyber-crime professionals have warned users to be extra wary over scams linked to the conflict too. Some experts warn that the west could see increased attacks from Russian hackers. "In my opinion, there is a significant risk to all UK/EU/USA citizens from potential Russian cyber-threats," said Peter Draper, European director at cyber-firm Gurucul. "For this reason, we should all ensure that we follow cyber security best practice for all our accounts. "At the very least, people should make sure they do not reuse credentials across accounts, choose strong passwords, and – wherever possible – enable two-factor authentication." That means enabling text message verifications on your online accounts. But cyber-security insiders also say that global events can generally cause increased cyber crime –...
    ELON Musk has swooped in to help Ukraine by offering internet from his legion of satellites. With communication on the ground at risk from Russian invasion, the country's deputy prime minister pleaded with the billionaire to offer critical assistance via his Starlink service. 2Elon Musk has activated Starlink over UkraineCredit: Reuters "While you try to colonize Mars — Russia try to occupy Ukraine!" Mykhailo Fedorov said on Twitter. "While your rockets successfully land from space — Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people! "We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and to address sane Russians to stand." The SpaceX founder quickly responded, saying the service is "now active" in Ukraine, with "more terminals en route". So how does Starlink work and can it keep Ukraine's communications going? What is Starlink and how does it work? Starlink is a growing constellation of internet satellites operated by Elon Musk's SpaceX company. Instead of using cables on the ground, it beans internet to users from the skies. Most read in TechSKY SHOW Moon alignment February 2022 LIVE – Tips for viewing Mars...