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Meta bans seven surveillance companies from its platforms

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Meta is honing down on their security, banning several surveillance companies from its platforms.

The social media organisation says seven companies targeted Meta users by creating fake accounts, befriending targets and using other deceitful methods.

50,000 users are expected to be notified about the malicious activities.

Human rights activists, government critics, celebrities, journalists and ordinary people were among the unsuspected targets across over 100 countries.

1,500 accounts on Instagram and Facebook were linked to these “surveillance-for-hire” companies that were gathering information on people.

Meta’s head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher says “each of these actors rely on networks of fake accounts on our platforms that are used to deceive users and mislead them”.

WhatsApp was also used by some firms to install spyware and other malware.

“The goal is to spy on people or snoop on them without them knowing about it,” Mr Gleicher says.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Elon Musk under fire from shareholders over Twitter deal

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Elon Musk during SNL appearance

Twitter shareholders are filing a lawsuit against billionaire Elon Musk, alleging he manipulated the company’s stock for personal gain.

The complaints focus on Musk’s conduct after signing the purchase agreement with Twitter’s board in April.

It’s alleged Musk make statements and sent tweets that put the deal in doubt, and drove Twitter’s stocks down.

It comes as the Tesla CEO says the deal “cannot move forward” without more information about automated accounts on the platform.

The lawsuit is a class action proposal brought by a small group of shareholders… they are seeking damages that would be distributed to anyone holding the company’s stock.

Twitter has declined to comment on the unfolding case.

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Twitter to pay $150mil penalty for violating user privacy

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Twitter hits pause on verification requests

Twitter has agreed to pay a 150 million dollar fine for privacy violations after failing to protect user data for over 6 years

America’s Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department says Twitter allegedly deceived its users about how their private information was being used.

The regulating bodies allege that the company has been using the private phone numbers and emails of its users to assist companies to send targeted ads.

The San Francisco-based company told its users that their information was being harnessed for security purposes, failing to disclose how it would also be used to enable targeted ads.

The violation of the 2011 order allegedly led to a series of vulnerabilities that facilitated hackers to infiltrate the platform and access private user information.

Along with the settlement, Twitter will also have to meet new measures.

In November, Twitter announced that it will create a committee for data governance within the company.

Samantha Hogan contributed to this article.

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WhatsApp warns users about alerts

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WhatsApp is warning all 2 billion users to watch out for new alerts

The popular messaging service is warning users over fresh app danger.

The tech giant is alerting users why unencrypted chats are so risky.

Encryption is a system of encoding and decoding messages.

Not even WhatsApp can read your messages, which makes it difficult for law enforcement.

WhatsApp is showing a fresh warning that reminds users why encryption matters.

The app shows a new footer for end-to-end encryption that shows up at the bottom of your status updates, call history, chats list and devices list.

The pop-up explains what WhatsApp encrypts.

This includes your text and voice messages, video and phone calls, sharing photos, videos, documents and your location, and status updates.

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