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Gay Dating App Settles Case of Exposing Users’ Nude Photos: Report

Launched in 2010, Jack'd is a location-based chat and dating app catering to gay and bisexual men. It is available for download on Android, iPhone and Windows phones globally, including in India

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A man uses the dating app Tinder in New Delhi, India (Representational image). VOA

Gay dating app ‘Jack’d’ has settled a complaint for $240,000 after its parent company failed to secure private and nude photos of approximately 1,900 members of the LGBTQ community online.

Owned by the US-based company Online Buddies, ‘Jack’d’ has over 6 million users around the world and it describes itself as the world’s ‘most culturally diverse gay dating app.’

However, earlier in February 2018, a privacy problem was reported to the senior management of Online Buddies and while the company immediately recognized the seriousness of its vulnerabilities, the US-based company failed to fix the problems for an entire year, The Verge reported on Sunday.

The exposed data included nude photos and pictures that revealed a user’s location – potentially putting them at risk of blackmail or even arrest in some countries.

New York’s attorney general Letitia James who settled the case also noted that the privacy fault was confirmed in an investigation despite which Online Buddies delayed fixing the issue for almost a year, the report said.

Tinder Dating App (Representational image).

As part of the settlement, the company has agreed to implement a ‘comprehensive security programme’ to avoid sensitive issues like data breach in the future.

Last year in April, another popular gay dating app ‘Grindr’ shared users’ HIV status with app optimization companies. Later, the app’s acquisition by a Chinese company raised national security issues.

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Tinder had to address a serious login vulnerability last year and a security researcher separately found that hackers could access some unencrypted user photos.

Launched in 2010, Jack’d is a location-based chat and dating app catering to gay and bisexual men. It is available for download on Android, iPhone and Windows phones globally, including in India. (IANS)

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Facebook, Instagram Down Again, Users Clueless: Report

The biggest outage Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram faced was in March that lasted for more than 14 hours. Facebook blamed a 'database' overload for the problem

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Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are displayed on an iPhone, March 13, 2019, in New York. VOA

Users from different parts of the world took to Twitter on Tuesday to report problems using Facebook, Instagram and Messenger, including several parts in the US and the UK.

According to Downdetector website which monitors online outages, the outages did not appear to hit the entire Facebook network but several areas reported disruption in services.

While 63 per cent reported a total blackout, 19 per cent had problems in logging in while 16 per cent faced problems with their News Feed.

“Facebook always getting hacked and now disabled… Why can’t Facebook work right. I can’t get on my new account because it was disabled,” posted an user.

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

“Okay, is Facebook Messenger down?” posted another. Users said the Facebook app failed to send or load messages.

The social networking platform was yet to identify or comment on the latest outage.

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Facebook and Instagram suffered a total outage in the UK and in some parts of Europe in September as thousands of users went on to Twitter to complain about not being able to use the social media platforms.

The biggest outage Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram faced was in March that lasted for more than 14 hours. Facebook blamed a ‘database’ overload for the problem. (IANS)