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Facebook Tightens Fight Against COVID-19 Misinformation

Facebook Inc. expanded the list of cases in which it will delete posts related to health issues that contain false information about COVID-19 and the fight against it. The updates specifically concern lies about vaccines and vaccinations.

This is discussed in the update made on Monday, February 8, in the April company blog.

For example, the company intends to remove records that claim:

COVID-19 is artificial;

vaccines are ineffective against the diseases for which they are designed;

the disease is safer than the vaccine;

vaccines are toxic, dangerous, or cause autism.

“We will immediately begin to enforce this policy, paying special attention to pages, groups, and accounts that violate these rules,” – said in the message.

Facebook also stated that groups, pages, and accounts that have repeatedly contributed to the spread of such posts can be completely removed from the site.

We will remind, in December, the company said that the social networks Facebook and Instagram will delete all false claims about vaccines for COVID-19, which were denied by health experts.

Twitter Discusses TweetDeck Subscription Launch

Other monetization options include subscribing to creators with exclusive content, sources say.

Teams within Twitter are looking at options to reduce dependence on ad sales, Bloomberg sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. According to them, at least one of them is associated with “tips” or another opportunity to pay authors for exclusive content.

Other options include subscribing to services such as TweetDeck or additional features such as advanced profile settings or the “undo send” feature. TweetDeck is now free and ad-free.

Twitter has been discussing the subscription idea for several years, several former employees told the agency. For example, in 2017 it was also about providing users with additional features in TweetDeck. But no tests were run. On February 9, Twitter will release reports and, possibly, tell more, the newspaper writes.

A Twitter spokesman confirmed to TechCrunch that the company is researching and experimenting with new models, but declined to provide details.

Facebook started testing data collection notifications on iOS

The social network wants to show that things are not as bad as Apple shows — data will help make ads personalized and support the business.

The request, in which Facebook asks for permission to use the data for advertising, will appear on Facebook and Instagram accounts worldwide, Axios writes.

If users allow apps to collect data, nothing will change — they will see the same targeted ads. If you opt-out, your ads will become less relevant and personalized.

The tests are being conducted against the backdrop of changes to privacy settings in the App Store — the company has obliged app developers to communicate what data they collect and to request consent to use IDFA (Apple Device ID for Advertising and Analytics Attribution).

The social network has repeatedly criticized the new rules as they will affect the quality of targeting: in December, Facebook bought ads in newspapers, in which it said that the requirement would hurt small businesses that rely on targeted advertising for sales.

Facebook’s notifications will appear before a similar request from Apple. The company fears that Apple’s message is written in “alarmist” language — the social network wants to show people that it’s not so scary — their data will help “create more personalized ads” and “support businesses that hope for targeting,” writes Bloomberg.

According to Apple policy, developers are not required to disclose data in the App Store if the user gives permission to track it in the app interface.

Concept of iPhone 12s Pro with Touch ID scanner under the screen

If we believe the rumors, then this fall Apple will return to the S-series in smartphones: no iPhone 13, we are waiting for the iPhone 12s with minimal changes in design.

LetsGoDigital published a concept based on the latest rumors. The renders and video show the smartphone with reduced “bangs” Face ID, a Touch ID scanner under the screen, and without the Lightning connector.

Four iPhone models are expected this fall, just like last year, but not all models will lose the connector: insiders talk about only one smartphone without a charging port (it is assumed that it will be the iPhone 12s Pro Max).

Models with the prefix Pro will finally get an LTPO display with a 120 Hz refresh rate. It will be funny if Apple changes its mind and leaves 60 Hz for the sake of energy efficiency.

As for the regular iPhone 12s, they’ll get a LiDAR scanner for better portrait mode, low-light focusing, and augmented reality apps.

All smartphones in the series will get reduced “bangs.” The thickness of smartphones will increase by 0.26 mm. It is reported that the smartphones will be released in September without delay.

A dangerous virus was found in WhatsApp

A dangerous virus has been discovered in WhatsApp — the malware automatically spreads through messages in the messenger, according to security researcher Lukas Stefanko of ESET. Details are provided on the WeLiveSecurity website.

It is noted that the breach is found and works in the version for smartphones running on the Android operating system. Thus, a potential victim receives in WhatsApp a link to the malicious mobile application Huawei Mobile, which claims the alleged opportunity to win a smartphone.

According to Stefanko, the link redirects users to a site very similar in design to the Google Play app store. The main goal is to convince the victim to install the program.

Once installed, the app requests access to notifications, through which it will conduct attacks. Using the quick response feature, the virus sends the link to other users. Such messages can be sent no more than once an hour. Stefanko sees this as a way to avoid the suspicion that the link is dangerous.

The software also requests permission to run in the background and on top of other applications, a method often used by fraudsters to steal credentials. However, according to the specialist, so far the attackers are using it to make money by constantly displaying ads on the smartphone screen.

Earlier it was reported that users of the messenger WhatsApp may face the so-called “New Year virus”. Attackers attach to messages with greetings links to infected pages, clicking on which jeopardizes the work of your smartphone or computer.