WhatsApp reportedly testing anti-chain letter spam warning

WhatsApp appears to be testing a new feature aimed at trying to limit the spread of chain letter style spam messages on its platform.

Ello’s spam problem

Remember Ello? I recently wrote about this social networking site's comeback. Since then, a handful of you have pinged me about its spam bot problem. Just yesterday, another person came forward to tel

Hackers nab $500,000 as Enigma is compromised weeks before its ICO

The ICO hackers are at it again. Enigma, a de-centralized platform that’s preparing to raise money via a crypto token sale, had its website and a number of social accounts compromised with the 

Facebook bans ‘cloaking’ of spam sites that fool filters

"Cloaking" sounds sci-fi, but it's actually a trick used today by spammers to show content moderators or search engine spiders an innocent-looking version of their site while real visitors just see ad

Google says its machine learning tech now blocks 99.9% of Gmail spam and phishing messages

Google today said that its machine learning models can now detect spam and phishing messages with 99.9 percent accuracy. While this still means that one out of a thousand messages gets through, the c

Don’t get played by this spammy app like I did

At my birthday party last week, my friend Ebby walked over and asked a group of us “What’s this Gather app all about?” I instantly felt a bit insecure. Of that particular group of fr

Facebook announces victory over a spam operation after six months of combat

Facebook proudly announced today that it has — it thinks — put an end to the nefarious doings of a "sophisticated," "coordinated operation" that has been spamming the site for the last six months.

Twitter nixed 635k+ terrorism accounts between mid-2015 and end of 2016

Twitter has revealed it suspended a total of 376,890 accounts between July 1 through December 31 last year for violations related to promotion of terrorism. It says the majority of the suspensions (74

How WhatsApp is fighting spam after its encryption rollout

WhatsApp proved itself to be the most YOLO-crypto company of 2016 when it turned on end-to-end encryption by default last April for its more than 1 billion users. (Facebook, WhatsApp’s parent c

Sequoia-backed video chat app Tribe spammed its customers’ address books

Can mobile app startups please stop building SMS invite systems into their apps already? The latest example of a venture-backed startup getting dinged by customers for having spammed their entire addr

Crunch Report | Casey Neistat’s Beme Acquired by CNN

Casey Neistat's Beme gets acquired by CNN, how did Black Friday 2016 do?, getting iCloud spam calendar invites?, Uber China gets its own app and San Francisco's Muni gets hacked. All this on Crunch Re

It’s not just you, iCloud calendar spam is on the rise

If you’re using iCloud to sync your calendar across your devices, chances are you just received a bunch of spammy invites over the last few days. Many users are reporting fake events about Black Fri

Photo app Ever removed its spammy SMS feature after Apple banned it

Score one for the consumer against the indefatigable force of growth hacking. Ever, the photo storage app that we called out in September for spamming SMS contact lists (it rebranded from Everalbum

Google gets better at flagging apps trying to fake their way into the Play Store’s top charts

Google today announced it’s rolling out a new detection and filtering system on the Play Store to crack down on those developers who use illegitimate means to boost their apps’ rankings in

Google’s Android Phone app now identifies spam callers

There's nothing worse than answering a call from a number you don't recognize and getting locked into an awkward sales or marketing call. Well, those incidents may be less frequent for many after Goog

A Tinder bot scam is promising users Verified accounts

A new bot scam on Tinder is tapping into users' desire to become "verified" on the popular dating service - a process that would allow them to confirm their identity, and legitimize their account for

“Clean Diesel” agency spams Venmo customers for charity donations

The WaterIsLife charity discovered a Venmo loophole, enabling it to blast its message to a thousand unsuspecting people earlier this week. By sending $0.01 to folks who were appearing in the Venmo fee

Telegram encourages devs to build useful bots with $1M giveaway

In the scramble to build bots that live up to the hype, messaging app Telegram has just announced a $1M giveaway to developers to try to incentivize them to build cool stuff. The messaging startup lau

Throttle combines all your annoying emails into one daily digest

What’s the only thing worse than a full inbox? An inbox full of spammy newsletter emails you don’t really want to read. Throttle is a plugin that solves this problem by generating a unique

Controversial people-rating app Peeple goes live, has a plan to profit from users’ negative reviews

Peeple, the controversial people-rating application that lets its users rate and review anyone, is not a hoax or vaporware, as many suspected following the media backlash surrounding the unveiling
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