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Parag explained that fighting spam is not as easy as some expect. Agarwal claimed that fighting spam isincredibly dynamic. The Twitter deal seems to be a gift that keeps giving, but not for the folks at Twitter, or so it seems. After more than a month of announcing a takeover with a $44-billion deal, Elon Musk and his offering stands on slippery grounds. Last

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Elon Musk applies brakes on $44 billion Twitter deal

The decision has been taken after Twitter's filed a report claiming that under 5 percent of its active users represent spam/fake accounts Elon Musk has announced that the $44 billion deal for Twitter is currently on hold. Ironically, the world’s richest man made this move public on Twitter. The billionaire revealed that the Twitter deal worth $44 billion is

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Elon Musk says Twitter deal ‘on hold’ after spam/fake account report

Elon Musk has said that his deal to buy Twitter is ‘temporarily on hold,’ after the social network said that spam and false accounts accounted for fewer than 5 percent of its daily users. It’s not the first time there’s been uncertainty about Twitter’s user numbers. Elon Musk says his deal to buy Twitter is “temporarily on hold” after the social network reported that false or spam accounts comprised less than 5 percent of its 226 million monetizable daily active users. The Tesla CEO, who offered to buy

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YouTubers are sick of comment spam, so YouTube is testing a stricter moderation system

Many big YouTube creators have expressed frustration with an increase in comment spam on their channels in recent weeks, including Linus Tech Tips, Jacksepticeye, and, in a video posted just last week, MKBHD. YouTube has many tools to try and combat spammy comments. Many big YouTube creators have expressed frustration with an increase in comment spam on their channels in recent weeks, including Linus Tech Tips, Jacksepticeye, and MKBHD. The problem has been particularly acute for these high-profile creators,

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Verizon blames ‘bad actors’ for the spam text you got from your own number

Verizon Wireless says it’s aware of spam texts that customers are receiving from their own phone number. The carrier is working to block the messages and has engaged with US law enforcement over the matter. Yesterday, I wrote about receiving a spam text that bizarrely looked as though it came from my own phone number. But what initially seemed like a random, spoofed spam message is increasingly starting to look like a focused effort targeting Verizon

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My own phone number is now spam texting me

Many people on Verizon and other carriers have recently received a spam text that spoofs their own phone number. The trick makes it appear like they sent themselves the scam about a free gift. This morning, I received a very blatant spam text offering me “a little gift” for supposedly paying my phone bill. Normally I’d groan, roll my eyes, and quickly delete such a thing, but there was something different about this particular

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How to hide your email from data collectors

With so many sites and apps asking for your email, it can feel like you’re giving up some privacy every time you sign up for a site. But thanks to email aliases and forwarding services, that doesn’t have to be the case. Nowadays, it seems like everyone on the web wants your email. When you give your email address to a site in order to log in or just get some info, many companies will take that as a free pass to do anything from relentlessly spamming you with

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Lucid Motors’ $4.5 billion merger is being held up by spam filters

Lucid Motors is about to merge with a special purpose acquisition company and become publicly traded. But shareholders of the SPAC have yet to approve a key part of the deal — in part because voting information may have gone to spam. Lucid Motors is on the precipice of completing a merger that will give the Saudi-owned electric vehicle startup $4.5 billion in fresh capital. But the deal is being held up, in part, by spam filters. The California-based startup is merging with a

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How to block and report text spam

There are some ways you can at least minimize the number of spam texts that get through. Here are some strategies to try. Spam texts can be incredibly irritating — you get a notification and stop what you’re doing to check your phone, only to find somebody is trying to sell you something you don’t want. How can you prevent it? Unfortunately, there are no

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Microsoft tests Windows 11 desktop widgets with web search bar

Microsoft is testing a new web search bar for the desktop in the latest Preview Build of Windows 11. It’s a change from widgets in Windows 11’s main builds, which have been corralled into a separate panel. Microsoft is adding an optional web search to the Windows 11 desktop in the operating system’s latest Insider Preview Build. The company describes the feature as “lightweight interactive content” — the first, it says, of many such tools

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Apple accused of union busting in its stores for the second time this week

Apple has been accused of union-busting in another store, according to a complaint filed by the Communication Workers of America (CWA). Three Apple stores are currently leading union drives, and more are expected to join in soon. Apple has been accused of union-busting at its flagship World Trade Center store in New York City. According to a complaint filed by the Communications Workers of America (CWA), the iPhone-maker violated federal labor laws by interrogating workers

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