first_imgHome Instagram cracks down on fake popularity Instagram will use machine learning tools to remove likes, follows and comments from accounts which use third-party apps to boost their popularity, to discourage users from growing their audience using false techniques.“People come to Instagram to have real experiences, including genuine interactions. It is our responsibility to ensure these experiences aren’t disrupted by inauthentic activity,” the company said in a blog.It added such methods are “bad for the community”, and violate its guidelines and terms of use. Accounts which continue to use third-party apps to grow their audience “may see their Instagram experience impacted”.It also warned that using such services could make accounts vulnerable from a security point of view.TechCrunch noted Archie, InstarocketProX and Boostio are popular apps which promise to promote users on Instagram for a fee of between $10 and $45 per month. Another app named Devumi is popular with celebrities.Many Instagram bloggers and influencers are paid by companies to sponsor products based on how many followers and likes they have, and hence can be tempted to use these services.Meanwhile parent Facebook removed 754 million fake accounts in the past quarter as it looks to stem the spread of misinformation and fake news, while Twitter found its monthly active users took a hit after it clamped down on “spammy, or malicious accounts”. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Author Previous ArticleHKT and Huawei offer Hong Kong’s first 5G all-fiber shared indoor digital network on new Mass Transit Railway lineNext ArticleFeature: MBBF 2018 show review Instagram ups features for businesses, content creators Instagram Related Apps center_img Facebook continues content crusade AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 20 NOV 2018 Saleha Riaz Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Nuevas funciones de Instagram para empresas y creadores de contenido Tags last_img read more

first_img Facebook Previous articlePringle calls for more authority for Ombudsman for ChildrenNext articleOlder man assaulted in his home in Newtownstewart News Highland By News Highland – February 4, 2021 Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Google+center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Dangerous state of footpaths in Glenties raised in Dáil Some of the footpaths in Glenties are said to be posing a real danger to pedestrians in the town. It’s been claimed that a number of people have tripped and fallen and that many have suffered serious injuries as a result.The Minister for Transport and the Minister for Local Government are being urged to sanction the necessary funding for upgrade works as a matter of urgency.The issue has been raised in the Dail this week by Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty.Brian Carr from the Glenties Development Group says the issue is worsening every day:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.) — Authorities are investigating two “virtual kidnapping” cases which occurred within 24 hours of each other in California.The two incidents took place in Laguna Beach, California, on March 7 and March 8, Sgt. Jim Cota of the Laguna Beach Police Department told ABC News.Cota said the incidents were similar: the victims would receive a phone call that said their child was kidnapped with a male or female voice audible in the background sounding distressed. The victims would be instructed to take out money and then go to a pre-determined location in Costa Mesa, California, to wire the money to Mexico.Cota said that in the March 7 case, a man who was told his daughter was kidnapped wired $5,000 to the account just before his daughter contacted him and said she was safe.The next morning, according to Cota, a woman who was told her daughter was kidnapped took the requested money from her bank account and was on her way to wire it when family members and a friend of the woman contacted police, who were able to stop her before she could wire the money. Cota said police were able to reach the woman’s daughter, who attends school in Chicago, and confirm she was safe.Cota said police were able to stop two virtual kidnapping incidents in 2018 that had a similar setup to the two 2019 cases. He also said the virtual kidnapping cases would be turned over to the FBI.Kathie Gross, a resident of Laguna Niguel who was a “virtual kidnapping” victim in March 2018, told ABC News that she received a call from an unlisted number one morning. Gross said when she picked up, she heard a voice that sounded like her daughter’s voice screaming for help and saying she was put in a van. Gross said she used her daughter’s name in the call, which she said was a mistake.Gross said a male voice then asked if she was Kathie Gross and said that the suspects had “him,” warning Gross not to call anyone. Gross said once the voice referred to her daughter as “him,” she hung up the phone and called her daughter’s school to confirm where she was. Gross said she was on hold while the school attempted to locate her daughter, who was not in the class she was supposed to be in at that time, and that she kept receiving calls with no caller ID. Gross said she arrived at the school to find her daughter was safe.The FBI says that a virtual kidnapping scheme “depends on speed and fear” to work, with the perpetrators trying to get the money they want “before the victims unravel the scam or authorities become involved.”The FBI says that in most cases where someone is contacted demanding a ransom in an alleged kidnap, the best action to take is to hang up the phone. They also say not to use the alleged victim’s name on the call and recommend trying to ask the victim questions only the victim would know the answers to and listen carefully to their voice. The FBI also recommends contacting the victim on their phone and trying to “slow the situation down” by asking to speak with the victim or trying to buy time.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgThe caseThe Borough of Milton Keynes vs Viridor (Community Recycling MK) Limited (No 2) [2017] in the Technology and Construction Court. Before Mr Justice Coulson in the Technology and Construction Court. Judgment delivered 22 February 2017.The factsDuring 2009 the Borough of Milton Keynes invited tenders for a 15-year waste recycling contract. Interested parties were required to submit a tender including an income generating payment mechanism (IGPM) providing for an annual fixed payment to the borough. During May 2009, Viridor submitted a final tender that included an IGPM fixed payment of £500,000 per year “indexed for inflation”. On 22 July 2009 the Borough of Milton Keynes notified Viridor that its tender had been successful. While the contract documents were being prepared, Viridor and the borough agreed some minor revisions to the terms. The formal contract dated 1 October 2009 incorporated an incomplete version of the IGPM that did not include a figure for the fixed payment or mention indexing.During October 2010, the parties clarified and agreed the contractual mechanism for the profit-sharing amounts to be paid to Viridor. In 2010 and 2011, Viridor paid the borough £500,000 as the IGPM fixed payment but without indexing. In December 2010 the borough submitted but then withdrew an invoice claiming interest on the £500,000.Following an audit during early 2012, the borough realised that the contract documents were defective. On 15 March 2012, the borough notified Viridor of the position but Viridor would not agree to rectify the contract.The borough subsequently issued a letter of claim in January 2014 and in April 2015 commenced proceedings claiming rectification of the contract on the grounds of common, or alternatively, unilateral mistake.Viridor opposed the application on a number of grounds.The issueWas it appropriate to order rectification of the contract?The decisionViridor’s preliminary submission was that breaches of the Public Contracts Regulations meant that the May 2009 tender could not form the basis of a rectified contract. The judge dismissed this submission on the grounds it had not been pleaded and noted that in any event, Viridor’s final tender complied with the regulations and further, that any non-compliance would not have made any difference to the position on rectification.The judge had little hesitation in finding that the four requirements for rectification on the grounds of common mistake were satisfied – that is, that the evidence showed that the parties had a common continuing intention as regards the indexing of the £500,000, that there was an outward expression of accord, that the intention continued at the time of execution of the contract, and that the inclusion by mistake of the incomplete IGPM did not reflect the parties’ common intention.The judge also concluded that the borough’s alternative case in unilateral mistake had been made out: the evidence suggested that Viridor had been aware that an incomplete version of the IGPM was included in the contract documents but failed to draw attention to this and Viridor clearly stood to gain a financial advantage from the omission of the indexing requirement over a 15-year period – something in the region of £300,000, perhaps.Viridor also contended that the entire agreement clause in the contract precluded rectification. The judge concluded otherwise finding that the entire agreement was to be found in the contract as rectified.Finally, Viridor argued that the borough’s delay in seeking rectification gave rise to a defence on the basis of laches and/or that there had been acquiescence by the borough to a contract without indexing. The judge noted that in the context of a laches defence to a claim for rectification, the delay is measured from the date at which the claiming party realised the mistake. Here, the borough had raised the issue in March 2012 as soon as it had fully realised the nature of the error. Equally, on the facts there was no evidence to suggest that the borough had clearly agreed to accept a fixed payment without indexation, contrary to the terms of the accepted tender.CommentaryThe judge’s view that the borough’s case for rectification was “overwhelming” is not too surprising given the classic rectification scenario: the parties’ negotiations had resulted in agreement on certain terms set out in the final iteration of a tender document but inadvertently, an earlier draft of the document was included in the executed contract paperwork.The judge’s analysis of Viridor’s battery of arguments nevertheless comprises a useful summary of the law on rectification.The judge criticised the sloppy work of the borough’s solicitors and management consultants when putting the contract documents together, commenting that perhaps the complexity of modern day public services contracts had discouraged proper checking. This judgment is a salutary reminder of the importance of undertaking a thorough check of all contract documents prior to execution.Ted Lowery is a partner in Fenwick Elliottlast_img read more

first_imgThe Borno state spokesperson for a civilian self-defence group, Abbas Gava, confirmed the reports, saying he received calls from residents of Ashigashiya village near the border with Cameroon.“They said the soldiers were in hot pursuit of the Boko Haram terrorists who ran into Kirawa-Jimni,” he said.Cameroon’s military spokesperson Colonel Didier Badjeck on Wednesday denied that troops shot at civilians, saying Cameroon and Nigerian soldiers are carrying out raids against Boko Haram.“We know the terrorists are hiding and taking revenge on armless civilians, but we are protecting them,” he said.Kirawa-Jimni is a border community near Cameroon. Many Gwoza residents who had fled to Maiduguri and Yola say insurgents are still very present there.Nigerian refugees said Cameroonian troops also chased Boko Haram fighters into Nigerian territory on November 30, killing at least 150 people.Cameroon’s government then denied the charges, saying the military is trained to respect human rights. It said an operation around that time freed 900 people held by extremists in the Lake Chad area. Cameroonian troops have killed at least 70 residents while chasing Islamic insurgents in the Gwoza area of Borno state in northeastern Nigeria, fleeing villagers said.Troops entered Kirawa-Jimni village on Sunday, asked where were Boko Haram insurgents and started shooting, residents said.“We didn’t know what was going on, but the Cameroonian troops suddenly appeared and began to ask us for Boko Haram terrorists,” said Muhammed Abba, a resident of the village and deputy commander of a local group of civilians set up to fight the extremists in Gwoza. “Before we could say a word, they started firing. That scared most of us and we began to run.”Abba said that when people returned on Monday, they found 70 corpses littering the ground.last_img read more

first_imgExclusive: A conversation with President Uhuru Kenyatta Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta President Uhuru Kenyatta Appoints His Deputy as Acting Presidentcenter_img Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta inspects a guard of honour as he arrives at the Parliament buildings on April 4, 2019 for the State of address to the nation. (Photo by Simon MAINA / AFP) (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP via Getty Images) PARIS, FRANCE – The Amazon Web Services (AWS) logo, a division of’s US e-commerce group. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday signed into law Data Protection Bill in order to enhance consumer privacy.Kenyatta said in a statement that according to the new data law, Kenya establishes the office of the Data Commissioner and sets out the requirements for the protection of personal data processed by both public and private entities.“It further outlines key principles that will govern data processing, sets out the rights of data subjects and assigns duties to data controllers and data processors,” said Kenyatta.Experts say the East African nation lacks a comprehensive data protection even as the country moves towards becoming a digital economy.In addition to setting the conditions for the transfer of personal data outside Kenya, the Act provides for the exemptions to processing of data and outlines data handling offenses and attendant penalties.Some of the provisions of the law will be an obligation that companies to be required to get consumers consent before selling their data to third parties.Meanwhile, Kenyatta held talks with visiting executives of Amazon Web Services (AWS), an enterprise of U.S. e-commerce giant Amazon that offers cloud computing services.During the meeting, AWS vice-president Teresa Carlson lauded Kenya for the passage of the new data law and informed him of Amazon’s plans to set up an “edge location” in Nairobi.An edge location is where end-users access services located on AWS. Carlson said the new data law paves the way for the organization’s investment that will enable Nairobi to join other global cities as an edge location.She said her organization will also provide training in digital skills and help in the creation of quality jobs for the youth in Kenya.During the meeting, Kenyatta welcomed the establishment of an edge location in the country by AWS and assured that Kenya has the requisite infrastructure and educated young population that will benefit from the business opportunities and jobs that will be created.“Kenya is an innovator in digital financial services in Africa. Having advanced cloud infrastructure in the country will support our ability to flourish as a nation and reach our potential as one of Africa’s fastest-growing digital economies,” said Kenyatta.He noted that the investment by Amazon will help strengthen Kenya’s position as a regional business hub.Relatedlast_img read more