Facebook Removes ‘Inauthentic’ Accounts, Pages Spanning Eight Nations

first_imgIn Ukraine and Myanmar, the social media giant found that public relations firms were running similar deceptive campaigns on behalf of political parties.The company has been cracking down on such accounts globally after coming under fire for not developing tools quickly enough to combat extremist content and propaganda operations.© Thomson Reuters 2020- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Facebook on Friday said it has dismantled seven separate networks of fake accounts and pages on its platform that were active in Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Myanmar, Georgia, and Ukraine due to “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”.The social media platform announced it had taken down the new networks as part of its monthly report into “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”, which also noted Facebook had removed nearly 8,000 pages involved in deceptive campaigns around the world in October.- Advertisement – Many of the networks taken down by Facebook were involved in deceptive political influence campaigns using fake accounts, targeting audiences both domestically and abroad.One network of Facebook accounts and pages was operated from Egypt, Turkey, and Morocco by individuals connected to the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egyptian Islamist movement that operates networks of groups across the Middle East. The pages targeted countries across the region and included some terrorism-related content, Facebook said.Facebook found two “inauthentic” networks in Georgia spreading political content, one of which the platform traced to individuals associated with two political parties.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Governor Wolf Hosts Seniors Financial Protection Panel Discussion in Scranton

first_img Press Release,  Seniors Scranton, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Department of Banking and Securities Secretary Robin L. Wiessmann and Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne to discuss measures the Wolf Administration has taken to help protect senior citizens from financial scams and fraud. Thursday, June 15, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.“One of the most important jobs of government is protecting older Pennsylvanians from becoming the victim of financial crime,” Governor Wolf said. “Unfortunately, seniors become the target of scams and predatory financial abuse entirely too often. In our country, one in five citizens over the age of 65 will be victimized by a financial crime. That’s why my administration decided to pull together and collaborate across all our agencies to work to protect older Pennsylvanians from this kind of abuse.”“Elder financial abuse is one of the most significant financial crimes of the 21st century, and it is estimated to cost older Americans $36 billion each year,” said Secretary Wiessmann. “In order to help protect our seniors from financial fraud and abuse, we are developing and providing education programs for front-line professionals who have close contact with older Pennsylvanians. Through these programs, accountants, doctors, lawyers, and investment professionals are learning to identify signs of elder financial abuse, as well as how to report it and prevent this crime.”During a panel discussion at the South Side Senior Center in Scranton, Governor Wolf pointed specifically to “PA $AFE,” an information exchange and clearinghouse created as part of the governor’s Consumer Financial Protection Initiative, which involves over 20 Pennsylvania state government agencies engaged in financial education and consumer protection activities.“As an example of how PA $AFE operates, leaders from 14 agencies with consumer hotlines are trained to work to ensure their staff members know the appropriate places to refer calls that are not typically handled by their agencies,” Governor Wolf explained. “They are also making certain that the financial information they share with consumers is up-to-date and consistent across agencies.”In November 2015, Governor Wolf announced the Consumer Financial Protection Initiative “in order to educate the public about financial protection and best practices in a concise, efficient way.” Among the goals he laid out for this initiative are:To establish a state government interagency financial education exchange for consumers.To help professionals who work with senior citizens identify signs of elder financial abuse and prevent this crime.“There are many types of financial fraud scams that target seniors,” said Secretary Osborne. “The Wolf Administration recognizes that financial fraud education is critical. Protection means involvement, and in order to prevent older Pennsylvanians from becoming victims of financial fraud, we must educate those around us on what these scams are, how they work, and where to call for help.”Senior citizens, the caregivers, or family members with questions about financial transactions can call the Department of Banking and Securities at 1-800-PA-BANKS. The department also maintains an online library of resources to help consumers learn to protect themselves. Governor Wolf Hosts Seniors Financial Protection Panel Discussion in Scranton June 14, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Adams, Ruiz Gear Up for NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships

first_imgThe pole vault finals will take place Friday at 5:30 p.m. COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Southland Conference will have two representatives at the 2018 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend, with Tyler Adams of Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin’s Antonio Ruiz set to compete. Events will be held at Gilliam Indoor Station in College Station, Texas, hosted by Texas A&M. Adams, the four-time Southland heptathlon champion and all-time high point scorer at the conference championship meet, will compete in the heptathlon and high jump in College Station. At the 2018 league meet in Birmingham, Ala., the senior Bearkat earned three gold medals in the heptathlon (5,544), high jump (7-01.75) and long jump (24-02.25) along with a sixth-place 60m hurdles finish for a final point total of 34. Complete meet information can be found at Texas A&M’s championship homepage. Meet Schedule | Live Results | Live Video – Friday (5 p.m.) | Live Video – Saturday (4 p.m.)center_img The heptathlon events will begin at 12 p.m. CT on Friday with the 60m, long jump, shot put and high jump and conclude Saturday with the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m run. The 2018 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships will air on ESPN3 on Friday and on tape delay Sunday on ESPN2. The coverage for day one begins at 5:30 p.m. while Saturday’s stream is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Sunday’s tape-delay airing on ESPN2 is set for 6 p.m. Ruiz took gold in the pole vault at this year’s conference championship with a cleared height of 18-00.50, the league’s best overall on the season.last_img read more