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Taylor Lorenz / The Daily Beast:
CEO of popular app HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov, repeatedly told reporter that the app's star host, a contractor, could be fired for talking to press, then denied it   —  Every day, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world fire up their smartphones and log onto HQ, a live trivia app …
Nov 21, 2017, 3:47 PMIn context
Joseph Cox / The Daily Beast:
Facebook says a human will review uncensored images from revenge porn prevention test in Australia, where users upload sensitive pics by messaging themselves   —  This week, multiple outlets reported on a Facebook pilot scheme that aims to combat revenge porn.
Nov 8, 2017, 5:00 PMIn context
Joseph Cox / The Daily Beast:
Sources: after spying accusations, Kaspersky's business is struggling, especially in US, where a source says its KGSS subsidiary has been closed for 2+ months   —  The promise was clear: give our software all sorts of access to your computer, and we'll make sure it isn't infected with a bevy of viruses, worms, or other dodgy programs.
Oct 18, 2017, 5:25 PMIn context
Brian Patrick Byrne / The Daily Beast:
Twitter says it has fixed a “bug” that allowed advertisers to target users based on racist and derogatory terms like the n-word and “Nazi”   —  Twitter's advertising platform tells prospective customers it has 26.3 million users interested in the derogatory term …
Sep 15, 2017, 3:30 PMIn context
The Daily Beast:
Russia-linked accounts used promoted Facebook Events to organize anti-immigrant protests in US in 2016; company confirms it shut down several promoted events   —  Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook's event management tool to remotely organize and promote political protests …
Sep 11, 2017, 11:15 PMIn context
The Daily Beast:
Theoretically, how many people could Russians reach with $100K in Facebook ads? Up to 70M in the US, if smartly targeted   —  Russian-funded covert propaganda posts on Facebook were likely seen by a minimum of 23 million people and might have reached as many as 70 million …
Sep 10, 2017, 9:25 AMIn context
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Microsoft using a trademark suit to seize control of domain names like livemicrosoft.net, to cut off Fancy Bear's malware-controlling servers from their victims   —  A new offensive by Microsoft has been making inroads against the Russian government hackers behind last year's election meddling …
Jul 21, 2017, 10:40 AMIn context
Kenneth Lipp / The Daily Beast:
Details emerge on AT&T's Hemisphere, a warrantless surveillance service sold to law enforcement; any gleaned data may only be used in “parallel construction”   —  On Nov. 11, 2013, Victorville, California, sheriff's deputies and a coroner responded to a motorcyclist's report of human remains outside of town.
Oct 25, 2016, 12:45 PMIn context
The Daily Beast:
Oculus's Palmer Luckey funding pro-Trump political organization dedicated to “shitposting” and “meme magic”   —  A Silicon Valley titan is putting money behind an unofficial Donald Trump group dedicated to “shitposting” and circulating Internet memes maligning Hillary Clinton.
Sep 23, 2016, 1:00 AMIn context
Ben Collins / The Daily Beast:
Twitter trolls are outing atheists and pro-LGBT women in repressive regimes   —  In Kuwait, the penalty for blasphemy can be a severe as death.  That's why a new campaign to dox young Kuwaiti women with independent minds is so dangerous.  —  A band of Twitter trolls alleging …
Jun 22, 2016, 6:25 AMIn context

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