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Facebook is paying users to delete their accounts

To research their effect on politics

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As proven in the years following certain political events, Facebook has caused weird effects on democracy as we know it. In what was known as the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the social media platform severely influenced the results of the 2016 presidential elections. That said, the company is starting to take responsibility and research its effects on upcoming elections. In an effort to do so, Facebook is paying users to delete their accounts.

In a new research project, Facebook has announced a swathing survey on its effect in the upcoming US presidential elections. Spotted by The Washington Post, the platform (and its sister platform, Instagram) started asking users how much money they’d want to shut down their accounts for up to six weeks starting sometime in late September.

The survey lists potential payment schemes ranging from US$ 10 to US$ 20 per week. Further, the survey directly mentions an upcoming survey sometime in November after the US Presidential Elections.

Further, The Verge reports that Facebook will truly ask users to deactivate their accounts as part of the research project. “Anyone who chooses to opt in — whether it’s completing surveys or deactivating FB or IG for a period of time — will be compensated,” Facebook said.

Currently, the research affects the US at this time. However, Facebook might also research its effect in the Philippine elections within two years. The social media platform has already announced its active role in curbing any untoward effect towards political elections in the past. That said, Facebook’s role in politics is still questionable at best. Still, the research project is a step in the right direction.

Facebook hopes to release the results of the project sometime next year.

SEE ALSO: Facebook threatens to block news distribution in Australia

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realme India’s official Twitter was compromised, ran a crypto scam

Elon Musk is the new Nigerian Prince

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Crypto Scam

realme India’s official Twitter account was compromised for a short period on May 6, 2021. Scammers were able to control the verified brand account and change its name to Tesla, trying to mislead gullible users via a crypto scam.

After the Twitter account was taken over, the scammers replied to Elon Musk’s tweets and said they’re organizing an “airdrop” of 5000 bitcoins. The tweets pretended to be an official Tesla undertaking and suggested users sign up on obscure websites.

The account’s handle remained unchanged, but the Tesla name manipulated users to believe it’s true. The vulnerability was short-lived as realme India’s team soon took back control of the account, but they haven’t issued any clarifications or apology.

 

The modus operandi of these scams is quite simple — take over a verified account and rename it, share malicious or misleading links that claim to be a cryptocurrency giveaway, ask users to enter a raffle, or contribute a small token sum, and vanish with the monies.

Unsurprisingly, one of the mention domains contains a message from the Nigerian Prince-like Elon Musk, saying, “Our marketing department here at Tesla HQ came up with an idea: to hold a special giveaway event for all crypto fans out there.”

The scam asks users to contribute 1 BTC (bitcoin) to win back 10 BTC. It’s not supposed to make logical sense because it’s an outright scam. Twitter is filled to the brim with verified accounts that are compromised and used to cheat unsuspecting users. It isn’t known yet whether anyone fell for the crypto scam.

The boom in cryptocurrency as a decentralized and unregulated system is controversial. Lack of regulation and law enforcement makes it impossible to trace transactions, creating a haven for scam artists and the black market. While the growth of cryptocurrency is consistent, many experts still question its reliability and redressal mechanism in the real-world scenario.

Read Also: Basics of cryptocurrency: Risks and benefits

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PUBG Mobile is making a comeback as Battlegrounds Mobile India

Will be exclusive to India

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Battlegrounds Mobile

After an excruciating wait, it’s official — PUBG Mobile is coming back to India. But this time, it’ll have a new name: Battlegrounds Mobile India with some added features, and an India-centric focus.

Krafton, the game’s developer, has announced it’ll be launching the Battlegrounds Mobile India soon. The game will bring an AAA-rated multiplayer experience alongside exclusive in-game events, tournaments, and leagues. While a launch date isn’t available, Krafton did confirm that pre-registration will be opened up soon.

The game will be free-to-play and incorporate the same battle royale concept that made it popular. Although, little detail is available about maps, guns, vehicles, and the plot (if there is any) of the game.

Furthermore, the game’s developer said that it would comply with all local laws and compliances. This includes data localization — storage of data within Indian borders. The announcement has cheered millions of players in the country who’ve been waiting for an alternative ever since the primary game was barred.

Why PUBG had to go

In mid-2020, India and China were involved in a fatal border skirmish that left many casualties on both sides. Following the conflict, India took a stringent anti-China stance and banned a host of apps that were developed or backed by Chinese companies. TikTok, owned by ByteDance, was among the first to come under the hammer.

PUBG Mobile was also included in the ban because Chinese giant Tencent was a distribution partner of the game. Following the ban, Krafton quickly removed Tencent from the agreement and announced plans to launch a new game independent of any Chinese influence.

Indian developers rode the hype wave, and many TikTok clones were touted as the next big thing. On the same lines, nCore Studios tried to bridge the gap by launching FAU-G, but it was a colossal failure. In fact, it still doesn’t have a battle royale mode, so it’s safe to assume Call of Duty: Mobile is the only practical alternative left for users right now.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE leaks, will enter production in July

And could launch in August

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Galaxy S21 FE

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is reported to be in the works, and its production may start sometime in July. It will be an upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, which was launched last year.

According to @DSCCRoss on Twitter, the Galaxy S21 FE will enter production in July, just a month before its expected launch. The Galaxy S21 FE will likely be part of Samsung’s Unpacked event in August, where it usually also launches foldable phones. A noted analyst of DisplaySearch backs his claim.

 

The phone is said to come in four color options: gray, light green, light violet, and white. The predecessor also had colorful options, so it’s not surprising to see the palette selection here.

In terms of design, it will look like the Galaxy S21 based on leaked renders. It will feature a punch-hole display and three rear cameras. Rumors have also suggested that it’ll have a “glastic” construction. It consists of a polycarbonate construction that feels like glass. The Note 10 Lite sported a similar design too.

In terms of specs, Galaxy S21 FE is said to feature a 6.4-inch AMOLED display, and it will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 processor. In line with all Galaxy-branded phones, it’ll run on OneUI out-of-the-box.

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