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Weeks after firing an internal whistleblower who called for Facebook to crack down on a massive network of fake activity connected to Azerbaijan’s ruling party, Facebook has removed more than 1,000 accounts and close to 8,000 pages.

Facebook linked the operation to the Youth Union of the governing New Azerbaijani Party. It said the accounts and pages were used to post comments that attacked opposition figures and independent media, and boost the country’s ruling party. This disclosure confirms what Sophie Zhang, a former Facebook data scientist, wrote in an explosive internal memo obtained by BuzzFeed News that said the company was ignoring manipulation of its platforms by political parties and heads of government.

On the day of her departure, she called the fake behavior in Azerbaijan her “greatest unfinished business,” and criticized Facebook for taking a year to investigate her findings. Last month, Facebook fired Zhang, and she posted the

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The icon for TikTok. <span class="copyright">(ASSOCIATED PRESS)</span>
The icon for TikTok. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

TikTok on Sunday won a significant victory against the Trump administration, when a federal judge ruled in favor of the tech company’s request to delay a ban on the app.

Under the ruling, TikTok will remain available in U.S. mobile app stores and can continue to provide software updates. The company filed a lawsuit this month in Washington, D.C., saying that the Trump administration’s decision to stop new downloads of the app starting Sept. 27 was unconstitutional and could adversely harm its business.

“TikTok is a modern-day version of a town square,” said the company’s attorney John Hall at a hearing on Sunday. Pulling TikTok from the app stores “would be no different than the government locking the doors to a public forum,” Hall added.

The popular social video app has been under scrutiny by Trump, who has expressed concerns that TikTok could be

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Weather you know it or not, every time your computer starts up there are programs that run in the background and start up without your knowledge every time your computer comes up. Even though many of these programs are often times necessary to run your PC, sometimes it helps to turn a few of these things off to help increase your computers performance. But beneficial programs are not the only things that start up when you boot up your computer. Sometimes, if you are infected with a virus or a malware, they too will come up when your PC reboots so that they can run in the background without you even knowing they are there until you start noticing some of the tell tale signs that something is wrong.

Safekeeper is one such malware. Disguised to look and act as if it’s really a beneficial antispyware program, this malicious software … Read More