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Top 5 tips on How to Spot and also Avoid a Facebook Scam

Izunna Okpala

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Spot Facebook scam

Hoaxes are all over Facebook and with users often encouraged or forced via hijacks and hacks to share and like content, it will often seem like the hoax has been personally vouched for by your friend, says Carey van Vlaanderen, CEO, ESET Southern Africa.

Fortunately, most of the popular Facebook hoaxes are unoriginal and have been seen before in some form. So before you click that link, here are 5 tips to spot a Facebook hoax.

1. If it asks you to share first, beware
Scammers know that the best way to get you to click their link is to have had another friend like or share it first. So often they will ask you to share a video or a picture before you see it. This should trigger alarm bells. If they want you to share it first the chances are it almost certainly does not exist.

Real websites want your page views. This content could be annoying surveys or it could be malware, but it’s not what you want.

2. Does it seem believable?
Often, Facebook hoaxes will promise something that is literally unbelievable to reel you in. Examples from the past have been fisherman catching dinosaurs and real life mermaids. Most likely, any video proving their existence will require you to upgrade your video software or give you some nasty malware.

If you really can’t resist temptation step outside of Facebook and google it, if dinosaurs or mermaids are discovered to be real, reputable newsites will have found time to report it.

3. If I get a million likes
People offering to do things if they reach a million likes may be perfectly harmless, if pretty pointless, but they can have a darker side. Likes are a currency of sorts. A page with lots of likes can be sold for cold hard cash. Pages with 100,000 likes can go for thousands of Rands, leaving you liking something undesirable, which could do some serious damage once sold.

Remember, though, if likes promise to do something tangibly good, such as pay for medical bills or similar, they are not real world currency – so move along.

4. Anything that lets you use Facebook differently
Facebook has a page full of frequent myths about the site that often gets spread as truth. To be clear, it tells you that Facebook won’t ever charge and that you can’t change the colour of your pages or see who has viewed your profile. Apps promising to do this, won’t act as promised but will load you up with spam or worse. Stay clear.

5. Shocking video clips
Scammers know they need to grab your attention with content you can’t see elsewhere and it is often violent and grizzly. If you see news sites promising celebrity deaths or people being mauled by animals, you can bet your last dollar that they’re not a legitimate website. Real news sites offer warnings of unpleasant content. If sites are using them to grab clicks you shouldn’t trust them.

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YouTube Is Redesigning Its Descriptions for the Web, With a Greater Focus on Comments

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YouTube is reportedly putting a new description section on the Web to the test. The revamp aims to make the comments, video view count, publish date, and video description more prominent. The video description, which presently appears beneath the YouTube channel name, will now appear directly beneath the video title. Other improvements are being tested as well, with the goal of putting a greater emphasis on user comments. When these modifications will be available to all Web users is unknown.

The view counts and published date are much bolder than previously, appearing just below the video title. The video description appears right after the publication date and requires more concise content than before. If the video description is too long, the new design makes it appear tight, and if it spills over to the second line, a “Show More” option emerges. With this makeover, the ability to create connections may be more challenging. Depending on the size of the window, buttons for like, unlike, share, and save show next to the video description. In a barely drawn area below the view count is the channel name. The number of comments and the top comment are both noted in different boxes next to it.

The option to add a new comment will be located just below the channel name, followed by other less popular comments located beneath the video. This redesigned description for YouTube Web users is still in beta and is only visible to a select users at a time. There is no guarantee that it will be commercially available, and Google may decide to scrap it during the development phase. The design is also a little confusing and cluttered, and Google may make some changes before deciding to give it out to everyone.

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Weight loss-related adverts are no longer allowed on Pinterest – Pinterest CEO

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Pinterest stated on Thursday that all weight-loss adverts will be removed from its site, in an effort to prohibit content that promotes unhealthy or disordered eating patterns.

Ads containing language or visuals that promote or degrade particular body types will also be prohibited, according to the bookmarking site.
“Since the Covid-19 pandemic began last year, there has been a dramatic spike in harmful eating patterns and eating disorders in young people,” Pinterest (PINS) stated in a statement, citing data from the National Eating Disorders Association.

The new policy will take effect on Thursday. The issue for platforms, as with any online content moderation policies, is usually not so much in establishing the rule as it is in enforcing it and ensuring that no one breaks it.

While Pinterest is now widely regarded as a happy place on the internet, it used to be plagued by content that encouraged potentially hazardous diet and lifestyle practices, also described as “thinspiration,” “thinspo,” or “pro-anorexia.” Pinterest prohibited similar content in 2012, but in the years afterwards, pro-eating disorder content has been discovered on the platform.

The company announced on Thursday that it had already banned some weight-loss-related ads, including those with before-and-after photographs, weight-loss medications or procedures, and “body shaming.”

However, its new policy aims to go even further by prohibiting all weight-loss-related language and images, including testimonials about weight reduction or weight-loss products, as well as allusions to BMI or equivalent indices. Pinterest claims to be the “only big platform” that does not allow such adverts.

“We encourage others in the industry to follow suit and admit, once and for all, that one-size-fits-all doesn’t exist,” the company added.
Pinterest will continue to allow ads promoting “healthy lifestyles” or fitness products and services as long as they do not promote weight loss, according to the business. The policy was created with the help of the National Eating Disorders Association.

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A conference on blockchain and health is scheduled to be held at the Africa Blockchain Developers Call.

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The Africa Blockchain Developers Call (ABDC) Pan-African Bootcamp on blockchain technology has declared its intention to hold a weekend conference on incorporating blockchain technology into Africa’s health sector.

In an attempt to execute comprehensive blockchain training sessions and promote the implementation of specially designed applications for different sectors in Africa, the Bootcamp, officially launched on 5 September, has taken on a host of African developers.

The Bootcamp also features virtual weekend conferences on many use-cases for blockchain. These conferences are aimed at encouraging creative and comprehensive discussions on the implementation of blockchain technology in Africa, including platform presentations by businesses and panel sessions on many Blockchain issues. The first meeting, focusing on Blockchain in Finance, took place on September 5. It featured a keynote speech given by Professor Anicia Peters, University of Namibia Pro-Vice Chancellor for Science, Innovation and Development.

The next conference, scheduled to take place on October 3rd, will focus on the theme: Blockchain in Health. The keynote speech will be given by Arnab Paul, President of the Kolkata Chapter in India. Several organizations and startups will also give platform presentations via their representatives based on medical use cases for blockchain technology.

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