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Verified @APCNigeria Twitter handle sparks controversy

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Bolaji Abdullahi, publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says @APCNigeria, a verified Twitter handle, is not the account of the party.
The verification tag on Twitter is given to accounts with supposedly credible information. As of January, only 150,000 users were verified out of the 330 million active users on the microblogging platform.
APC’s handle was hacked on Saturday and
its name changed to Justin Sun , a man who claims to be based in San Francisco, United States.
The account traded cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin and ethereum.
At some point, the account was recovered by the handlers and Sun’s tweets were deleted, with the APC logo restored. But Sun took over the account after some hours.
In a tweet he posted after taking over, he demanded to be paid $100,000 for him to “shut up” about how the Twitter handle became his personal possession.
He also threatened to expose correspondence in the account.
“If the president of Nigeria does not pay me $100K, I’ll post all the correspondence here, and the whole world will see it,” Sun tweeted.
As of the time of filing this report, the handle’s name has been changed to John МcAfеe, and is still trading cryptocurrencies.
I’m giving 1,000 #BTC and 5,000 #ETH to сommunity!
Gеt BTC – https://t.co/XcscOCZF9f
Gеt ETH – https://t.co/EOSP7GEb8E
You must use the chance that gives you life, leave the bitcoins received from me, save them for several years, and you will be fabulously rich!
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— John МcAfеe (@APCNigeria)
April 14, 2018
But Abdullahi said the handle, which has been actively used by the party for communication before the recent development, does not belong to APC.
“For the umpteenth time, @APCNigeria IS NOT the official Twitter handle of the All Progressives Congress (APC),” Abdullahi wrote on Twitter.
“In several official statements, we have disclaimed that handle. We view this latest development as a case of criminal impersonation.”
Bolaji Abdullahi
@BolajiAbdullahi
For the upteenth time, @APCNigeria IS NO the official Twitter handle of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In several official statements, we have disclaimed tha handle. We view this latest development as case of criminal impersonation.
8:05 PM – Apr 14, 2018
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‘APC WILL ONE DAY SELL NIGERIA’
Reacting to Abdullahi’s claim, Lere Olayinka, spokesman of Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, said if the APC could deny its verified Twitter handle, it could one day deny President Muhammadu Buhari as its 2015 presidential candidate and may one day sell the country.
“A party that disowned its verified official twitter handle will one day deny that it presented @MBuhari as its candidate in 2015,” Olayinka said.
“A party that cannot manage ordinary Twitter handle is the one in charge of Nigeria!
“A Party with fraudulent member that can sell it’s official Twitter handle to a foreigner at $2,000 will one day sell Nigeria.”
Lere Olayinka – Aresa 1
@OlayinkaLere
A party that disowned its verified official twitter handle will one day deny that it presented @MBuhari as its candidate in 2015. #ShamelessAPC
1:15 AM – Apr 15, 2018
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Lere Olayinka – Aresa 1
@OlayinkaLere
A party that cannot manage ordinary Twitte handle is the one in charge of Nigeria!
#ShamelessAPC
8:25 AM – Apr 15, 2018
21 19 people are talking about this
Lere Olayinka – Aresa 1
@OlayinkaLere
A Party with fraudulent member that can s it’s official Twitter handle to a foreigner at $2,000 will one day sell Nigeria.
10:17 AM – Apr 15, 2018
24 24 people are talking about this
Another Twitter user, @gbengasesan, said there is more to the development than meets the eye.
“If this isn’t a joke, I don’t know what is: Nigeria’s ruling party’s twitter handle, @APCNigeria, allegedly sold for $2,000. Buyer claims he bought from “the president of Nigeria”. There’s probably more to the story…,” @gbengasesan wrote.
‘Gbénga Sèsan
@gbengasesan
If this isn’t a joke,

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Facebook closes 583 million fake accounts

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Facebook yesterday said it axed 583 million fake accounts in the first three months of 2018.
It said those closures came on top of blocking millions of attempts to create fake accounts every day.
The social media giant also detailed how it enforces “community standards” against sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech.
Despite this, the group said fake profiles still make up 3-4 percent of all active accounts.
In a report released yesterday, Facebook claimed it “detected almost 100 percent of spam and removed 837 million posts assimilated to spam over the same period.
“Facebook pulled or slapped warnings on nearly 30 million posts containing sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech during the first quarter.
“Improved technology using artificial intelligence had helped it act on 3.4 million posts containing graphic violence, nearly three times more than it had in the last quarter of 2017.
“In 85.6 percent of the cases, Facebook detected the images before being alerted to them by users,” said the report
The figure represents between 0.22 and 0.27 percent of the total content viewed by Facebook’s more than two billion users from January through March.
“In other words, of every 10,000 content views, an estimate of 22 to 27 contained graphic violence,” the report added.
Responses to rule violations include removing content, adding warnings to content that may be disturbing to some users while not violating Facebook standards; and notifying law enforcement in case of a “specific, imminent and credible threat to human life”.
Improved IT also helped Facebook take action against 1.9 million posts containing terrorist propaganda, a 73 percent increase. Nearly all were dealt with before any alert was raised, the company said.
It attributed the increase to the enhanced use of photo detection technology.

Hate speech is harder to police using automated methods, however, as racist or homophobic, hate speech is often quoted on posts by their targets or activists.

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Twitter advises its 336 million users to change their passwords

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Twitter has advised its 336 million users to change their passwords due to a bug that saved user passwords on an internal log without proper encryption.
The microblogging website said there is no evidence that password have been leaked, but advised users to change their passwords to be safe.
“We recently found a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. We fixed the bug and have no indication of a breach or misuse by anyone,” the company tweeted.
“As a precaution, consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password.”
The company declined to comment on when the bug was discovered, how long it had been storing passwords in this manner and how many passwords were affected.
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We recently found a bug that stored passw unmasked in an internal log. We fixed the b have no indication of a breach or misuse by anyone. As a precaution, consider changin password on all services where you’ve use password. blog.twitter.com/official/en_us
9:04 PM – May 3, 2018
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Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, also corroborated the threat by tweeting from his personal handle.
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We recently discovered a bug where accou passwords were being written to an interna before completing a masking/hashing proc We’ve fixed, see no indication of breach or misuse, and believe it’s important for us to open about this internal defect. twitter.cotwittersupport…
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You can change your password by visiting Twitter’s password reset page.
The company also suggested widely recommended security tips, like turning on two-factor authentication, choosing unique passwords for every service, and using a password manager app to store them all.

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Facebook to launch dating service for long-term relationships

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Facebook says it is entering the online dating space with unique features.
Speaking at the F8 Conference in San Jose, US, Mark Zuckerberg said his favourite stories from Facebook were from users who got married after meeting on the social media platform.
Zuckerberg explained that dating features would be integrated into the Facebook application.
He said the dating profile will be different from a user’s main Facebook profile and friends would not be able to see it.
According to him, the dating features is for long-term relationships and not “just hook-ups.”
“This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships — not just hook-ups,” Zuckerberg said.
“There are 200 million people on Facebook that list themselves as single, so clearly there’s something to do here.”
Following Zuckerberg’s announcement, the stocks of Match — owners of Tinder, a major dating application — plunged.
In response, Match in a statement said it would continue to delight its users through “productive innovation.”
“We’re surprised at the timing given the amount of personal and sensitive data that comes with this territory. Regardless, we’re going to continue to delight our users through product innovation and relentless focus on relationship success,” the statement read.

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