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Month: February 2018

Pro-Gun Russian Bots Flood Twitter After Parkland Shooting

Each new breaking news situation is an opportunity for trolls to grab attention, provoke emotions, and spread propaganda. The Russian government knows this. Fake-news manufacturing teenagers in Macedonia know this. Twitter bot creators know this. And thanks to data-gathering operations from groups like the Alliance for Securing Democracy and RoBhat Labs, the world knows this. In the wake of Wednesday’s Parkland, Florida, school shooting, which resulted in 17 deaths, troll and bot-tracking sites reported an immediate uptick in related tweets from political propaganda bots and Russia-linked Twitter accounts. Hamilton 68, a website created by Alliance for Securing Democracy, tracks...

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Woman Finds Childhood Friend On Streets Addicted To Drugs, Transforms Him So Much We Cant Believe Its Same Man

Kenyans have been moved by the story of Patrick Hinga, a man who was completely lost, homeless and drug-addicted, until a chance meeting with a former classmate, Wanja Mwaura, kicked off a major transformation and turned his life around. Patrick had endured major problems with addiction for years, beginning with an expulsion from school for smoking cigarettes and marijuana. This began a downward spiral, with his mother at her wits end trying to help him, eventually taking him to a mental hospital in an attempt to curb his habit. He became well known at the hospital, running away and...

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Facebook is pushing its data-tracking Onavo VPN within its main mobile app

Onavo Protect, the VPN client from the data-security app maker acquired by Facebook back in 2013, has now popped up in the Facebook iOS app itself, under the banner “Protect” in the navigation menu. Clicking through on “Protect” will redirect Facebook users to the “Onavo Protect – VPN Security” app’s listing on the App Store. It’s unclear what percentage of Facebook’s iOS user base is seeing the option, or which markets may have had this listing before, as there’s been little reporting on the feature.* [See Facebook comment below. The company now confirms this is available to iOS users...

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In One Tweet, Kylie Jenner Wiped Out $1.3 Billion of Snaps Market Value

Snap Inc.’s flagship platform has lost some luster, at least according to one social-media influencer in the Kardashian-Jenner clan. Shares of the Snapchat parent company sank 6.1 percent on Thursday, wiping out $1.3 billion in market value, on the heels of a tweet on Wednesday from Kylie Jenner, who said she doesn’t open the app anymore. Whether it’s the demands of her newfound motherhood, or the recent app redesign, the testament drew similar replies from her 24.5 million followers. Wall Street analysts too have begun to notice, citing recent user engagement trends noticed since the platform’s redesign.    sooo...

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A Dead Blue Whale Was Recently Found On A Beach. Here’s What People Did To It

A beached blue whale found in Chile has been the subject of social media outrage after it was pictured with a message carved into its side. The animal, more than 20 meters (66 feet) long, was found washed up on a beach in Punta Delgada. A tweet posted online then showed a carving on the side of the animal, apparently scrawled by people who found the dead whale. The message carved on the animal with a stone said: “Ana, I love you”. Two people were then also pictured posing on top of the animal. “I was shocked to see this...

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