Facebook suspended 16,000 accounts trading fake reviews of products and services. The social network took the step under the pressure of Britain’s competition watchdog, which intervened for the second time. It also made changes to detect, remove and prevent misleading paid content, including on Instagram. Competition and Markets Authority began a crackdown after it found evidence of a growing marketplace for misleading reviews on internet platforms.
Facebook and Instagram suffered a temporary outage on Thursday across the globe. During the outage, users were not able to send or receive messages for a brief period. Many users saw a message “Sorry, something went wrong” and on the app under news and groups, a message said the pages weren’t available and that it “maybe because of technical error that we’re trying to get fixed.” Both platforms were back online after a little while.
ByteDance has told a Mumbai court that freeze on its bank accounts by authorities in a probe of alleged tax evasion is harassment of the internet company and was done illegally, reported news agency Reuters. The Income Tax department in March ordered HSBC and Citibank to freeze bank accounts of ByteDance India as they are probing a few of the financial dealings. Chinese internet firm has challenged the freeze on bank accounts in a local court.
Microsoft has mitigated issues with Microsoft 365 services including Teams and Azure. “We have confirmed that the underlying DNS outage has been mitigated. Currently, we’re validating the recovery of the downstream Microsoft 365 services,” it said in a tweet. DNS is an address book of the internet that enables PCs to match website addresses with the correct server. Earlier, over 8,000 people reported issues with Teams workplace on Downdetector.
Social media platform Facebook has frozen Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s page for violating its policies against spreading fake information about COVID-19. The President, in Jan, said that Carvativir, an oral solution derived from thyme, is a “miracle” medicine to neutralizes the COVID-19 virus and have no side effects, a claim medical practitioners deny. Maduro’s account on Facebook-owned Instagram, however, will not be affected.
Govt of India has proposed the officials of Whatsapp to tag each message with an alpha-numeric hash as a solution to break the impasse over the traceability of the messages. The hash, travelling with the message, can be used to trace the message without breaking the app’s encryption. “The govt is willing to work with WhatsApp to come up with a solution to enable traceability of message originators without breaking encryption,” ET quoted an official.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had blocked 27 loan lending apps under Section 69A of the IT Act, 2000, Minister of State, Finance, Anurag Singh Thakur told the Lok Sabha. The junior minister shared the information while replying to a question on whether the govt, large tech firms, and regulated digital lenders are working together for a crackdown on fraud Chinese lending apps operating in India.