NEWSLETTER: No Twitter for Russia Today and Sputnik & iPhone Camera Spies On You

NEWSLETTER: No Twitter for Russia Today and Sputnik & iPhone Camera Spies On You

QUOTE OF THE DAY –

“The thing none of you will ever understand is that there are no sides. There are no heroes or villains. There’s just what I want and how I’ll get it.” ~ Magneto (X-Men)

TWITTER BANS RUSSIA TODAY AND SPUTNIK FROM ADVERTISING

THE STORY

Twitter banned Russian media company, Russia Today and Sputnik from advertising from its service when Twitter came to know they both tried to impede in 2016 US election for the Russian government.

HOW DID TWITTER COME TO KNOW?

Twitter banned Russia Today and Sputnik from advertising on its services.

The company said,“This decision was based on the retrospective work we’ve been doing around the 2016 U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government.”

“We did not come to this decision lightly, and are taking this step now as part of our ongoing commitment to help protect the integrity of the user experience on Twitter,” the company said in a blog post announcing the ban.

Twitter also affirmed that the two media firms are the only one who have tried to interfere with US election of 2016. So, according to Twitter and its rules, these media firms are no longer allowed to run ads but they can retain their accounts. Twitter also said that it will donate all the money generated from RT advertising till data for the use of its service in civic engagement and elections. The amount earned till date is $1.9 million.

WHAT DO THESE COMPANIES SAY AGAINST ALLEGATIONS?

Upon the ban, Russia Today(RT)’s head of social media tweeted, “Hope @jack won’t forget to tell @congressdotgov how @Twitterpitched @RT_com to spend big $$s on US elex ad campaign.”

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The tweet suggested that Twitter persuaded the company to run advertising around the election in the first place. The Russian government recently warned that there would be repercussions of the pressure put on RT by US. After the ban, the reaction was quite strong. A spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, posted a statement on Facebook in which she called  Twitter’s decision “yet another aggressive step” and also criticized the American intelligence officials’ influence.

NEW RULES FOR TWITTER?

When the information of using internet in this way was provided to Congress and it passed Bipartisan bill with new regulations for online ads. So Twitter has pledged to abide to the rules made and be transparent when it comes to political ads. Moreover, Twitter has made a ‘Transparency Center’  which provides details of all political ads on Twitter along with the content behind them.


iPHONE CAMERA PROVED TO BE A PROBABLE SURVEILLANCE DEVICE

THE STORY

A software developer pointed out the loophole in security of iPhone that provides them the permit the installed apps to record videos and take pictures from the camera.

IS THIS HOAX OR REAL?

Apple launched iPhone X and invented own hardware chip A11, with all this, it was clear that Apple is on its way to make the best products. However, recent discovery by Felix Krause, a software developer at Google claimed that the permission given to the camera apps could be an attack on our privacy, which indicated that it is too soon to hold your hopes high, as there are still flaws.

According to Krause, “iOS users often grant camera access to an app soon after they download it (e.g., to add an avatar or send a photo). These apps, like a messaging app or any news-feed-based app, can easily track the users face, take pictures, or live stream the front and back camera, without the user’s consent.”

HOW DOES THIS WORK?

Krause explained that once you permit an app to access your iPhone’s camera, it will be able to tap into both the front and back cameras, record video whenever the app is in the foreground. It allows the app to take pictures and videos without user’s consent. Moreover, it enables the app to upload pictures and videos, and also use real-time face recognition to detect facial features or expressions. The worst thing is, it all happens without any indications.

Krause asks the question, “Have you ever used a social media app while using the bathroom?”

Yeah, everyone at some point of time has but would you like the footage of the same on the web, hell no!

WILL THIS NOT PROMOTE SPYING?

All these glitches are not only embarrassing but also encourage developers to make spy apps.

Well, all the apps with camera permission can be dangerous for us as all of them can intrude our privacy. The only option to avoid this is to rescind camera access from all the apps but it is going to be a long shot.

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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