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 Twitter on Tuesday halted an unknown number of fake accounts claiming to be Black people supporting Donald Trump, for breaching the platform’s ban on manipulating the site and spreading spam, while the company is investigating who is behind the accounts three weeks out from Election Day, the Washington Post first reported.

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The accounts were identified for using uniform language in tweets that included things like: “YES I’M BLACK AND I’M VOTING FOR TRUMP”.

Some of the accounts were using “digital blackface”, according to Darren Linvill, an Associate Professor and Clemson University, meaning they falsely represented themselves by using photos of real Black people likely sourced from across the internet.

The Washington Post first reported that Twitter is investigating the accounts and their source, and could suspend other such fake accounts. 

Twitter said in a statement: “Our teams

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(Reuters) – Twitter Inc on Tuesday said it had suspended a number of accounts that claimed to be owned by Black supporters of President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign, saying the accounts broke its rules on spam and platform manipulation.

“Our teams are working diligently to investigate this activity and will take action in line with the Twitter Rules if Tweets are found to be in violation,” a spokeswoman for the social media company said.

A review by Reuters of some of the suspended accounts showed they often used images of real people that did not match their names and posted identical language in their messages, including the phrase: “YES IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP!!!”

The accounts sometimes claimed to be owned by military veterans or members of law enforcement.

Darren Linvill, a social media disinformation researcher at Clemson University who said he had been tracking the

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Twitter said Tuesday it had suspended several fake accounts purporting to be African Americans who support President Donald Trump and which had succeeded in garnering several thousand followers in just a few days.

“Our teams are working diligently to investigate this activity and will take action in line with the Twitter rules if Tweets are found to be in violation,” said a spokesman for the San Francisco-based company.

Darren Linvill, a professor at Clemson University who specializes in disinformation on social media, published some examples of the fake accounts on Twitter, accusing them of using “digital black face.” 

“Yes IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP!” said one of the examples he shared, under the name of Ted Katya on September 17. “Libs wont like that but I dont care!!!”

The tweet was shared 6,000 times and “liked” more then 16,000 times.

Most of the accounts “used images of real

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Twitter has reportedly suspended a number of accounts that claimed to be owned by Black supporters of Donald Trump.

According to the Washington Post, the social media giant confirmed the move Tuesday, stating the accounts in question had violated the platform’s rules against spam and manipulation. Twitter spokesman Trenton Kennedy told the publication the affected accounts were part of a network identified by Clemson University social media researcher Darren Linvill. The researcher noted that the more than two dozen accounts were using similar posting nearly identical messages, like: “YES IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP!!!” and the #BlacksForTrump hashtag.

It was also noted that many of these profiles featured stolen photos from news articles, as the names on the account did not match the names listed in the news report. There was even one profile page that had the words “black man photo” as the avatar—”a hint of

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By David Klepper | Associated Press

Facebook has removed 276 accounts that used fake profiles to pose as right-leaning Americans and comment on news articles, often in favor of President Donald Trump, the company announced Thursday.

The platform also permanently banned an Arizona-based digital communications firm that it said was behind the fake accounts.

The move was prompted by reporting last month in The Washington Post that a pro-Trump group known as Turning Point Action was paying teenagers to post coordinated, supportive messages, a violation of Facebook’s rules.

Facebook and Twitter have been regularly removing fake accounts — both domestic and foreign — that try to insert themselves in the U.S. political discourse and influence the election. But social media companies face broader threats around misinformation and voter suppression that at times come from President Donald Trump himself.

The latest network Facebook removed became active before the 2018 midterm elections

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Accounts Looted, Customers Watched Helplessly

Have a problem at Robinhood? Well, that’s too damn bad. 

Robinhood might take 3 weeks to get back to you, even in cases of fraud in progress. 

Please consider No One at Robinhood to Call

It took Soraya Bagheri a day to learn that 450 shares of Moderna Inc. had been liquidated in her Robinhood account and that $10,000 in withdrawals were pending. But after alerting the online brokerage to what she believed was a theft in progress, she received a frustrating email.
 

The firm wrote it would investigate and respond within “a few weeks.” Now her money is gone.

Pruthvi Rao, a Chicago software engineer, said his account was hit on Oct. 6. His bet on Netflix Inc. was liquidated and $2,850 was soon withdrawn. He said he’s sent more than a dozen emails to Robinhood’s customer support address, and that he even tried

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(Bloomberg) — It took Soraya Bagheri a day to learn that 450 shares of Moderna Inc. had been liquidated in her Robinhood account and that $10,000 in withdrawals were pending. But after alerting the online brokerage to what she believed was a theft in progress, she received a frustrating email.



a hand holding a cellphone: The Robinhood application is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone in an arranged photograph taken in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. The Securities Investor Protection Corp. said a new checking account from Robinhood Financial LLC raises red flags and that the deposited funds may not be eligible for protection.


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The Robinhood application is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone in an arranged photograph taken in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. The Securities Investor Protection Corp. said a new checking account from Robinhood Financial LLC raises red flags and that the deposited funds may not be eligible for protection.

The firm wrote it would investigate and respond within “a few weeks.” Now her money is gone.

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Bagheri is among five Robinhood customers who recounted similar experiences to Bloomberg News, saying they’ve been left in limbo in recent weeks after someone sold their investments

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Netflix is deactivating zombie accounts

October 9, 2020 | gadget | No Comments

Lonnie Brown
 |  Special to The Ledger

Here’s something unusual: A company is going to notify members who are paying for its service – and who haven’t used the service in some time – that they will be dropped from the service.

The company: Netflix, the movie-streaming service. “At Netflix, the last thing we want is people paying for something they’re not using,” a company spokesman recently announced.

So if you are an inactive user – or non-user in this case – you can look for an email from the company if you haven’t used the service in the past year.

“So we’re asking everyone who has not watched anything on Netflix for a year since they joined to confirm they want to keep their membership,” said Eddy Wu, the company’s product innovation director. “And we’ll do the same for anyone who has stopped watching for more than two years.”

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Facebook said Thursday it had banned a company it believes ran fake accounts for the conservative group Turning Point USA.



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Facebook said the marketing firm Rally Forge, working on behalf of Turning Point USA, ran a campaign that relied upon fake accounts that posted criticism of former Vice President Joe Biden and praise for President Donald Trump. According to Facebook, that campaign included tactics like commenting on the Facebook pages of major national American media outlets.

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The alleged activity was first identified through an investigation by The Washington Post, which prompted Facebook to look into the group.

“Many of these accounts used stock profile photos and posed as right-leaning individuals from across the US. In 2018, some of these accounts posed as left-leaning individuals to comment on content as well. This activity was centered primarily around commenting on news articles posted by news organizations and public

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Google is beefing up security on its products.


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Google on Wednesday unveiled a pair of online products designed to better protect the security and privacy of Google users’ information.

The company said it will soon introduce a redesigned critical alert to warn Google Account users when a serious security threat is detected, such as a suspected hack. Unlike alerts that arrive in your email or on your phone, the new alert will automatically be displayed in the Google app you’re using.

How Google’s new critical alerts will look.


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To provide an additional layer of reassurance, Google says the new alert is spoof-proof, so you don’t have to worry about whether the alert is legitimate.

Google is also rolling out a new feature for Google Assistant called Guest mode that will allow you to use the voice-activated AI without your interactions being saved to

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