Weekly Industry News Round Up Edition 26
Welcome to this week’s Tuesday News Day, where we cover all the latest of the past week’s digital, internet, marketing and SEO news.
New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos
In the last week Facebook has revealed that a software bug exposed the photos of up to 6.8 million users, including pictures on their camera roll that they hadn’t posted!
The news of this got announced a day after Facebook hosted its pop-up privacy experience “It’s your Facebook”. They advised several third-party apps had access to a broader set of photos than usual. It was also found out later that Facebook was uploading posts that people had started to write but not finished or had changed their mind about posting. Facebook has said that they’re going to be working with developers to help delete the photos from the impacted users. For more information click here.
Wetherspoons fake accounts to be exposed
It has been found that various fake accounts for the pub chain Wetherspoons have been created, after they deleted their own official Twitter account in April, the high court in London has said that Twitter must reveal the identity of the person behind the parody accounts set up to impersonate the company. The accounts had tens of thousands of followers between them.
The firm behind the pubs, JD Wetherspoon, said “the fake account users don’t realise the damage that they have done to the brand”. One of the tweets promised “anyone wearing a waistcoat in the pub during one of England’s World Cup matches would get a free drink”. However, the first fake account was created in July 2014 and Twitter removed it for breaking its rules for impersonating, nevertheless, the latest account is still live and Twitter has declined to comment on the case. To read more about this click here for the article.
“If you Google the word idiot, a picture of Donald Trump comes up?”
The word “idiot” has been searched for more than one million times, typing “idiot” into Google Images throws up pictures of President Trump, which you can imagine he didn’t take too well!
The link between the term idiot and pictures of President Trump emerged earlier this year, this is linking to the fact British campaigners pushed Green Day’s song “American Idiot” to the top of the UK charts during the presidential visit in July. This was shortly followed by users posting articles that contained pictures of President Trump alongside the word idiot, attempting to manipulate the search engine database, this is known as Google bombing.
Last week, Google’s Chief Executive Sundar Pichai was forced to defend the company and explain the algorithm to US Congress. To find out more click here.
Google’s algorithm isn’t biased, it’s just not human
A Democrat Representative in the US, Ted Lieu, jumped in to defend Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai after listening to his colleagues interrogate him about their theory that the search engine is biased against conservatives (a concern that wasn’t helped by the Donald Trump/’idiot’ results).
He stated “If you want positive search results, do positive things. If you don’t want negative search results, don’t do negative things.” A pretty good rule to live by in the SEO world!
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7 WordPress vulnerabilities discovered – what you need to know
WordPress released two updates to fix multiple vulnerabilities that have existed since version 3.7. the new update may cause backward compatibility issues with some plugins and themes, however that’s a lot less trouble than being hacked. There are seven issues that allow hackers to obtain access to a site, the main vulnerabilities are:
• Authenticated file delete
• Authenticated post type bypass
• PHP object injection via metadata
• Authenticated Cross-Site scripting (XSS)
• Cross-site scripting (XSS)that could affect plugins
• User activation screen search engine indexing- exposes emails and default generated passwords to search engines
• File upload to XSS on Apache web servers
The versions of WordPress affected by the seven vulnerabilities were versions 3, 4 and 5. All WordPress users are recommended to upgrade to WordPress versions 4.9.9 or 5.0.1. Click here to get more information.
Social media surpasses traditional newspapers as a primary news source
For the first time ever, US adults are saying that they get news from social media more regularly than traditional printed newspapers. In a recent study it found that 20 percent of US adults say they often get their news from social media, while 16 percent turn to printed newspapers. This means that social media has now moved to the fourth most popular source of news, however television is still the most popular news source by a large margin. To read more on this article click here.
Google Transfers Ownership of Duck.com to DuckDuckGo
You may remember back in July we reported on the news that DuckDuckGo had publicly accused Google of misleading customers to prevent them using the rival service.
Google has now given up ownership of the domain Duck.com and transferred it to rival search engine DuckDuckGo. Ownership of the Duck.com domain has been a point of disagreement, with DuckDuckGo claiming that it was puzzling for users. So, it would appear there was no intent to mislead DuckDuckGo users, Google just happened to own the domain and redirected it to the Google homepage.
This news comes up at an interesting time, considering DuckDuckGo recently made allegations that Google’s personalised search results keep its users inside a “filter bubble.” If you’d like to read this article yourself click here.
YouTube took down 58 million videos in Q3 for ToS violations
YouTube is continuing to fight back against unsuitable and aggressive content appearing on the platform.
The Google-owned site has faced accusations that it doesn’t do enough to battle videos containing extremism, pornography, abuse and other policy-violating material. Through a combination of people and technology, millions of these videos and channels are being flagged, reported and removed. During the month of September, almost 80 percent were deleted because they fell under the category of spam, misleading and scam. YouTube removed an enormous 224 million comments during the quarter, the vast majority of which was spam identified by automatic flagging. To find out more click here.