Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse investigation

Facebook said it has looked into thousands of apps till date as part of an investigation that Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg announced on March 21. (Reuters)
Updated 14 May 2018
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Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse investigation

BENGALURU: Facebook has so far suspended around 200 apps in the first stage of its review into apps that had access to large quantities of user data, in a response to a scandal around political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
The apps were suspended pending a thorough investigation into whether they misused any data, said Ime Archibong, Facebook’s vice president of product partnerships.
Facebook said it has looked into thousands of apps till date as part of an investigation that Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg announced on March 21.
Zuckerberg had said the social network will investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information before the company curtailed data access in 2014.
“There is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people’s Facebook data – and it will take time,” Archibong said.
“We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible.”
Facebook was hit by the privacy scandal in mid-March after media reports that Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed data to build profiles on American voters and influence the 2016 presidential election.
The incident led to backlash from celebrities and resulted in the company losing billions in market value. Zuckerberg apologized for the mistakes his company made and testified before the US lawmakers.
The company, however, regained much of its lost market value after it reported a surprisingly strong 63 percent rise in profit and an increase in users when it announced quarterly results on April 25.


New warning to WhatsApp users after hackers strike

CITC is trying to raise awareness regarding fraudulent messages that come via WhatsApp.
Updated 22 May 2018
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New warning to WhatsApp users after hackers strike

JEDDAH: Saudi users of the popular messaging platform WhatsApp have been warned to be on their guard against hackers after a spate of cyberattacks.
“Users are advised to enable two-step verification to protect their accounts from any digital breakthroughs,” the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) said.
“Also do not click on any link until you have verified the source of the link, and make sure you do not disclose your personal information and phone number to any untrusted sites.”
A large number of WhatsApp users in Saudi Arabia have recently had their accounts hacked, and in some cases have suffered financial losses as a result. “CITC tweeted this warning to raise awareness regarding many fraudulent messages through WhatsApp,” spokesman Adel Abu Haimed told Arab News.
Attached to the CITC tweet was an infograph to clarify to users how to enable two-step verification.
Many people shared their thoughts on social media about the subject.

 

Fahad @Fah2dofficial tweeted: “OMG I have a lot of important information on my WhatsApp I better get my account secured.”
Abu Hatem @abuhatem1386 said: I am so done with hacking.”
To enable two-step verification and keep your account safe, open WhatsApp Settings then select Account then two-step verification then select Enable then enter a six-digit PIN.
Upon enabling this feature, you can also optionally enter your email address. This email address will allow WhatsApp to send you a link via email to disable two-step verification in case you ever forget your six-digit PIN, and also to help safeguard your account.

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WhatsApp verification process

Two-step verification is an optional feature that adds more security to your account. When you have two-step verification enabled, any attempt to verify your phone number on WhatsApp must be accompanied by the six-digit PIN that you created using this feature.