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Facebook sues company for selling ‘fake likes and followers’ to people

Online social media and networking service, Facebook, is suing a company and three individuals in Zealand for allegedly selling fake likes, views, and followers to users of its photo-sharing platform, Instagram.

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Online social media and networking service, Facebook, is suing a company and three individuals in Zealand for allegedly selling fake likes, views, and followers to users of its photo-sharing platform, Instagram.

The company has gone ahead to suspend accounts associated with the defendants whom were earlier warned about the violations their actions constituted against Facebook‘s terms of use.

Protecting their platform 

In a statement, Facebook said it took action by suing the company in a US Federal Court, in order to show that such fraudulent services won’t be tolerated.

“By filing the lawsuit, we are sending a message that this kind of fraudulent activity is not tolerated on our services and we will act to protect the integrity of our platform.”

The statement by Facebook continued by saying that the company have also profited greatly from the service of selling those fake engagements to many Instagram users.

Why are users buying fake followers and engagements 

Large numbers of social media following has the capacity to attract lucrative sponsorship deals for owners of such accounts. In other words, owners of accounts with large followers, who are also called Social Media Influencers, have the capacity to leverage their so called popularity for money-making; by selling products on behalf on themselves or third parties and getting paid for it.

The company has tried hard to prevent fake engagements 

In 2018, Instagram increased its effort to stop users from getting artificial followers and engagement, even as Facebook dealt with the aftermath of a number of scandals; including the Cambridge Analytica Data-sharing saga.

They also went as far as removing pages, groups, and accounts showing “inauthentic behaviour’’ in many countries across the world, including the Philippines, Russia, and Iran.

What must have prompted to that?

This decision was made after the company was accused of playing a role in influencing the 2016’s US presidential Election and the Brexit Referendum.

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Chad’s President Deby dies of injuries suffered on the frontlines, as son takes over

The President had visited the frontlines to share his election victory with the soldiers before the unfortunate incident.

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President Idriss Deby of Chad has died of injuries suffered on the frontlines when some terrorists attacked the army. The President had visited the frontlines to share his election victory with the soldiers before the unfortunate incident.

The departure of the newly re-elected President was disclosed by the AFP News Agency on Tuesday through its Twitter handle.

It tweeted, “#UPDATE Chad’s newly re-elected President Idriss Deby Itno, in power for three decades, died Tuesday of injuries while fighting rebels in the north of the Sahel country, the army says.”

Meanwhile, a four-star general who is a son of Chad’s slain president Idriss Deby Itno will replace him at the head of a military council, the army announced Tuesday.

“A military council has been set up headed by his son, General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno,” the army’s spokesman, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna, said on state radio, shortly after the announcement that the newly re-elected president had died of wounds while fighting rebels in the north of Chad.

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Elon Musk loses an estimated $6bn after a Tesla car accident killed two people

Elon Musk’s net worth dipped by $6 billion following a tragic Tesla car accident that killed two people.

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The second richest man in the world, Elon Musk, witnessed his wealth shed an estimated $6bn after a Tesla car was involved in an accident that led to the death of two people.

Tesla stocks dropped by 3.8% after the news of the crash went mainstream. The resultant effect on Elon Musk’s wealth was a $5.71bn loss in a single day.

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The Accident

Two men lost their lives on Saturday night in Houston when their 2019 Tesla model car slammed into a tree. Police authorities on sight claimed the car might have been on autopilot due to the sitting position of the corpses.

They also struggled to put out the fire from the Tesla car and even called Tesla for help. The death of the two men has sparked a heated argument between Tesla and its critics. Autopilot or not?

Although police officers’ assertion that the car may have been on autopilot remains unconfirmed, it has raised serious uncertainty about the safety of Tesla’s autopilot feature and Tesla’s critics are not backing down on this.

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Elon Musk reacts

Elon Musk has reacted to the news, insisting that the autopilot feature in the crashed vehicle was not enabled. According to him, the Wall Street Journal’s coverage of the accident was not professional.

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Elon Musk is now worth $183bn following the recent drop. He closed the gap on Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to $4bn early last week. The gap has widened to $14bn today.

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