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Social Networking Giant Facebook Sues Domain Hosts Over Cyber-squatting

The website also hosted URLs designed to look like official Facebook and Instagram URLs, allegedly intended to trick visitors into accidentally disclosing their passwords in a phishing attack, the report added

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The Facebook mobile app on an Android smartphone. Wikimedia Commons

To take down websites that offer tools to hack accounts on Facebook and obtain the login information of users, the social networking giant is suing their domain hosts, according to media reports.

A lawsuit filed in the US District Court of the Northern District of California on Monday accuses web hosts, OnlineNIC and ID Shield, of trademark infringement and cyber-squatting.

The two companies have been hosting websites, like “HackingFacebook.net,” which offer tools for phishing and hacking Facebook accounts, according to the lawsuit.

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An iPhone displays the app for Facebook in New Orleans, Aug. 11, 2019. VOA

Facebook said it had sent multiple takedown requests to the two defendants as they were infringing on the company’s trademarks, CNET reported on Monday.

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The social media giant has reportedly argued that 20 websites mimicked Facebook and Instagram’s URLs in an attempt to trick users into sharing their usernames and passwords.

The website also hosted URLs designed to look like official Facebook and Instagram URLs, allegedly intended to trick visitors into accidentally disclosing their passwords in a phishing attack, the report added. (IANS)

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Wikipedia Co-founder Launching Social Media Website “WT: Social”

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social-media website named "WT: Social" which will compete Facebook and Twitter

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Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social media website names "WT: Social". Pixabay

Intended to get right what Facebook and Twitter have so far been getting wrong, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social-media website named “WT: Social” which will compete with both the social media platforms.

Instead of going for an ad-funded model, Wales aims to finance it through donations, just like Wikipedia.

Like those platforms, WT:Social will let users share articles. But WT:Social will be funded by donations, rather than advertising.

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Like other social media platforms,Wikipedia’s WT:Social will let users share articles. Pixabay

“The business model of social media companies, of pure advertising, is problematic. It turns out the huge winner is low-quality content,” Wales was quoted as saying by Financial Times, according to an Engadget report.

It started as Wikitribune — a site that published original news stories with the community fact-checking and sub-editing articles. The venture never gained much traction, so Wales is moving it to the new platform with a more social networking focus.

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WT:Social will be free to join, but at the moment, you either have to sign up for a waitlist, donate or invite friends. Just a month old, it already has 50,000 users, the Engadget report added. (IANS)