Twitter cuts off the wings to stalkers

The internet company added new systems to filter abusive and violent content as a stop is put to messages that encourage terrorism


It’s just a start, but it is a necessary maneuver. The US multinational, Twitter has announced the addition of new systems to filter content deemed to those using abusive and violent language. With the change of the rules we’re expecting better user experience and a more attractive social network to future members of the community.

The fact that you can only tweet in 140 characters was once threatening the future of Twitter as a company but for now, the platform has decided to give greater user control over the content they receive thanks to a system that plays two roles: first custom notifications and, secondly, a quality filter that automatically detects threatening messages depending on their origin and relevance of the account. They have also increased in recent months the team that reviews the accounts mainly of terrorism and violence. The result is evident: 235,000 of them have been eliminated. Since the launch of this service last year Twitter had suspended a total of 360,000 accounts.

Hotbed of “trolls” for many, a channel of information for others, the truth is that Twitter is in constant struggle to strike a balance between freedom of expression and what is considered politically correct. The CEO Dick Costolo failed to react to this problem that comes from the outside and a year after taking over the role previously managed by one of its founders Jack Dorsey, neither has found the magic formula although they have taken new steps.

Recently, to encourage users to “behave”, the verification program reactivated some accounts. This requires registering with real names and surnames, introduce a photograph and other personal data that actually meet real personalities.

Leslie Jones, an american comedian and actress has recently suffered a shameful campaign of racist harassment by a series of users. She left the social network accordingly tearfully and sorry for it. One of her greatest stalkers was a Greek journalist named Milo Yiannopoulos, alias Nero, whose account was suspended for insulting the actress’s last film “Ghostbusters”.

Others like Ashley Judd, however, openly denounced the stalkers after a campaign of violence against women starting gaining popularity, like the actress Lena Dunham at the time when someone published a photo of her in her underwear. And many others like them, not only in the US but UK celebrities have lived in their own flesh the constant harassment.

But the battle against the so-called “trolls,” as known in the Internet as people who under anonymity engage in harassing has a counterpart, the possible stampede of many of these users seeking notoriety. Twitter, however, is synonymous of information in real time, but for years this main problems is causing many users to question if they should remain or simply become a member.

As a publicly traded company, in fact, Twitter has a dynamic range of behaviour imposed by investors claiming an increase in mass of users to generate income. And the truth is that today, the lack of growth recorded in recent quarters is worrying. While the social network created by Mark Zuckerberg explores new ways and adds the unattainable figure of 1,710 million accounts, the network of the blue bird travels adrift, looking for new formats and accumulating only 313 million users.

The Cybersecurity measures the Islamic State imposes on its members

Jihadists receive a 30-page document with instructions in order to not to be located on the Web. It includes advice on how to navigate through Tor or how they must use Telegram instead of WhatsApp.

A Russian-language terror news and recruitment website. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

The self-proclaimed Islamic State has boasted in recent times to master the world of internet. From the propaganda of the use of social networks to encrypted communications between supporters worldwide. But the reality, according to many analysts, is another. The most obvious example is the mobile phone that was allegedly used by one of the terrorist in the attacks of Paris: not only been located but have extracted a lot of data relevant to the investigation.

Experts and researchers, consulted by the EP agency, reinforce this theory of careless handling of communications by jihadists. In fact, in Europe there have been several operations against suspected terrorists who have resulted in captured fans through online systems.

Forces of the US intelligence follow the line of terrorists Networks. Through this work, the Centre for Counter-terrorism of West Point located a manual in which the organisation lectured to their cells on how to protect their communications and preserve their cyber-security, according to Wired.

The document of 30 pages, offers amazing tricks. In fact it is simple tips that anyone can carry out in order to protect their privacy.

Isis’s great secret lies in the use of the Tor network, a browser that prevents the original IP user is located. In addition, they are betting on Telegram instead of WhatsApp thanks to the privacy it offers. Wickr cryptocat and also for chats; Hushmail and ProtonMail to send emails (although they can also use Gmail with false credentials when navigating with Tor) and Signal RedPhone to make encrypted calls.

They also ask to remove the option of location, an elementary measure for someone who lives in hiding but not for the jihadist who published a selfie in a logistics centre and ended bombed by the United States. General of the US Air Force directly Herbert Carlisle called them “bobo” terrorists.

For this reason-and others evident jihadists have prohibited the use of social networks.

Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t feel safe online

A small detail does not go unnoticed after seeing the image published by the owner of Facebook to celebrate 500 million followers on Instagram.

Security experts say that no device is 100% secure. And that fear is common among users of new technologies, even someone like Mark Zuckerberg, uswer which we would assume features the best tools to digitally protect his devices, but with webcam calls being potentially “hackable” private conversations and photographs can be exposed.

To commemorate the 500 million users of Instagram, Facebook founder and owner of this network of photography published a picture of him in his profile. The sympathetic picture went around the world, and way too many users did not let out a small detail: his laptop, on his desktop office was covered with tape on the place of the webcam. Paranoia? ¿Urban Legend? Reality? The truth is that last year alone, Facebook invested more than 10 million pounds in security measures.

Zuckerberg, often expresses misgivings about computer security and real paranoia of being “hacked”, although recently a group of cybercriminals gained access to some of his private online services such as Twitter or Pinterest because reportedly his passwords was “dadada”, a combination clearly too weak. However, its business position (one of the world’s richest entrepreneurs) Zuckerberg, 31, shows once again how to take precautions.

This is a homemade way to plug the camera and prevent a possible cyber criminal from taking control of it and, on the other hand, the image can also be seen using duct tape to obstruct the microphone input located in the left side of the device.

Thanks to specific remote access tools, cybercriminals can interact with the victim: display messages on the screen, open a website, delete the toolbar, open the CD and endless amount of stuff. The confusion of the victim when the computer behaves strangely amuses PC and Laptop repairers.

According to company sources like Kaspersky, who believe that hackers tend to collect images of the victims without them knowing they’re being recorded and depending on the content the hacker can publish images or commit a bigger crime.

Emoji direct quotation and voicemail prepare their arrival in WhatsApp

New details of the test version of the messaging application show some of the upcoming features that may arrive in a few weeks.


More and more improvements for WhatsApp. The process of introducing new features has accelerated in recent months. The last one proposed the possibility of sharing larger emojis and a new voicemail service.

New details from the trial version for mobile devices based on the iOS operating system advance the possible arrival of an interesting option that will allow users to choose between different sizes of these emoticons that have generated in recent years a new form of personal communication among young people.

There will be two sizes (small and large), according to leaks from the tests. Another new walking towards its entry into WhatsApp, the popular messaging application with over one billion users, is the ability to use voicemail, which will leave an audio message if a voice call fails to reach your contact.

In addition to these developments, WhatsApp plans to implement a system for direct quotes to a certain contact in group discussions an addition kind of Twitter style, just some weeks after the arrival of citing links and shared publications.

Mark Zuckerberg, the “king” in the application market.

The CEO of Facebook dominates the world thanks to the “apps” WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram and his own social network. All of them are the most downloaded in the world, followed by Snapchat.


Apple has already announced that next autumn they will change its strategy in the App Store. Numerous rumours suggest that Google will also carry out changes in the rules of the Play Store. It’s time to reinvent the smartphone App industry.

In the case of applications, the star player is well known: Mark Zuckerberg. The founder of Facebook is by far the king of downloads. As reported by “Business Insider” Facebook Messenger, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were the most downloaded apps of May in total, they staged 62% of downloads, according to data analysis firm Sensor Tower:


In fact, Sensor Tower came to the conclusion for the first quarter of 2016 on how Facebook has a dominant role. And its leading position not only in the US but worldwide. The study indicates that WhatsApp was the most downloaded in the world (more than 125 million downloads), followed by Facebook Messenger, Facebook and Instagram.


It is clear, therefore, that Mark Zuckerberg has no competition. Not even Google is, if necessary, a direct rival. In any case, it would be Snapchat. The popular application of external messaging has already surpassed Twitter in number of users and its growth continues.

On the other hand, the application market is marked by only two operating systems: iOS and Android…Or what is the same: Apple and Google. Both, according to the report, numbers of downloads grew over the first quarter last year. Separately, the App Store has grown by 13% while the Play Store has grown by 6.7%.


While it is true that the market for application downloads continues to grow, it’s doing it slowly. And besides, it is dominated by large companies. Where are the small developers?

“The rise of mobile applications began in July 2008, when Apple introduced the App Store. Now it is over, says Recode after echoing another study: last May, 15 of the best application “small” publishers saw their downloads go down an average of 20% in the US, according to research by Nomura, which is based on data provided by SensorTower.


However, this slow growth makes Uber and Snapchat take the impact in the opposite way and make the number of downloads considerably higher compared to 2015:


New Twitter “hashtags-emojis” for the Euros

The microblogging network has designed several hashtags on the occasion of the football European competition so that each user, when they write a tweet includes the official flag for each participant country or simply #EURO2016 for a smiley Trophy.

Twitter wants all users to enjoy to the maximum this Euro 2016. According to the social network, fans of the Wales National Team will be tweeting their support with a special emoji. By including the hashtag #TogetherStronger and #WAL on their tweets, users can see their posts take a different appearance with the inclusion of a ball with the Welsh flag. This functionality will be available to all participating national teams.

On the other hand, the network of microblogging has announced that ten minutes after the final whistle of the last match of the day, the Eiffel Tower will be lit with the colors of the football received more support team on Twitter that day. In addition, a selection of the best tweets of the day will be shown on the tower!!!

It has also revealed that between 10 and 20 Twitter creators from all over Europe are on track of the #EURO2016 to create exclusive videos and content for all users.

As pointed out by the social network, at the end of the key matches the tournament official accounts @EURO2016 and @UEFAEURO have asked followers to send their questions to the MVP and the best will be selected to answer them. To participate you must use the hashtag #AskMOTM.

Along with Twitter, Vine and Periscope will also be present during the tournament, which will have its own Vine channel where you can see the best six seconds videos every day. The application of Periscope will offer live video broadcasts of the UEFA accounts and specialized reporters.

“We are really excited that Twitter is in the heart of the experience of the # EURO2016. Since last summer sports tournament, the 2014 World Cup, the creative possibilities of Twitter have evolved tremendously “, said Colin Barthelemy, Coordinator on Twitter for the #EURO2016.



Snapchat exceeds Twitter in number of users daily!

The popular application has passed the 100 million users or “Snapchatters” and has reportedly taken in $1,809 million (£1,234 million).


Nothing can stop Snapchat for what it seems…at least, for now. The popular application that allows you to send photos, videos and messages that self-destruct within a maximum 24 hours, has attracted $1,809 million (£1,234 million) as reported by the company to the securities commission and US securities (SEC).

The company based in Los Angeles has declined the chance to reveal its value to the American supervisors, but sources say Snapchat could be currently valued at 20,000 million dollars (13.6 million british pounds). According to these sources, the main investors in this round of funding have been General Atlantic, Sequoia Capital, T. Rowe Price, Fidelity and Lone Pine, among others.

Snapchat, based in Los Angeles, has experienced rapid growth since its launch just five years ago. In fact, according to the company, the application has more than 100 million active users per day.

There is no doubt that this transient application is gaining ground. And very in-style. No ‘influencer’ has managed to knock the company out because of it’s originality and massive difference compared to Twitter and Facebook.


According to the company, users are between 13 and 34 years and over 60% of Americans are considered users (Snapchatters). The main attractions of the “app” are three: allows you to share pictures, videos and chat at the time; the possibility of Snapchat a using fun filters to share with friends and, finally, the option to live in the present, because the stories are updated in real time and expire after 24 hours.

All these figures put an alert on Twitter or even the biggest social network Facebook. Twitter, the network of microblogging, who just turned 10 years old, only has 320 million unique users worldwide and only 11 million registered in some countries like Spain. Will Snapchat take over the social networking world?