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25 per cent of the news you read on Twitter is a hoax: Study

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New York: At least 25 percent of all the news that you get on Twitter is fake, says a new study. Also, the study found that 25 percent of all tweets sent are “not credible”, Adweek.com reported.

For frequent Twitter users, this might not come as a surprise. People post false information all the time for various reasons – some inadvertent, others deliberate – such as ignorance about a particular issue or if they are curious to know more about a subject.

Some people also have malicious intent to mess with people’s heads. For example, researchers found that variations on a 2014 story about “Ebola zombies” were shared by millions despite being quite obviously fake.

And then there are all the rumors about celebrities, big brands and politicians that hit Twitter every minute.

The study appeared in The New Scientist.

-IANS

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Twitter Confirms Third-Party Involvement in Crypto Hackings

The scam is made to seem more trustworthy as various other compromised accounts reply to the tweet claiming that it works

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Twitter confirms third-party involvement in crypto hackings. Pixabay

Micro-blogging site Twitter has confirmed that a third party software provider is responsible for the series of cryptocurrency-related hackings on its platform.

A Twitter spokesperson said attackers exploited a third-party marketing solution to blast fake Bitcoin giveaway links from a slew of verified accounts, The Next Web reported on Friday.

The confirmation comes days after a number of high-profile public figures and brands including Elon Musk and Google got their accounts breached to propagate malicious cryptocurrency giveaway links.

To make the accounts appear legitimate, the scammers used accounts with Twitter’s own verification mark.

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Twitter on a smartphone device. Pixabay

In such cases, clicking on any of the links in the scam guided users to a page where they were urged to send anywhere from 0.1-one Bitcoin to the scammers — with the promise that they would receive one-10 Bitcoin as a reward, the media had reported.

But the victims never received any Bitcoin after sending money to the scammers.

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The scam is made to seem more trustworthy as various other compromised accounts reply to the tweet claiming that it works.

“The confirmation the hackings originated from a third-party app explains how the attackers managed to run the Bitcoin giveaway scam at such a large scale and in such an organised manner,” the report added. (IANS)