Never miss a story

Get subscribed to our newsletter


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

Facebook-owned Instagram is shutting down an app called Like Patrol for violating the social networks rules.

The app allowed those who downloaded it to scrape information from Instagram about the activity of other users.


Instagram has sent a cease and desist order for violating its scraping rules, which will hopefully halt Like Patrol’s ability to collect data, and force the publisher to shut down the app, CNET reported on Thursday.

“Scraping violates our policies, and we take action against companies who we find to be engaging in it. Like Patrol was scraping people’s data, so we are taking appropriate enforcement action against them,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNET.


FILE – The Instagram icon is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

Back in October, Instagram killed its own ‘Following’ tab that allowed people to see what posts and accounts their friends were interacting with.

Also Read: 1.3 mn Indian Payment Cards Details up for Sale on Dark Web

Recently, Instagram has also rolled out a new mode called “Restrict” globally that will let users stop people who bully them via offensive posts or abusive comments.

A user can restrict someone by swiping left on a comment, through the Privacy tab in Settings, or directly on the profile of the account you intend to restrict. (IANS)


Popular

Photo by Andreas Haslinger on Unsplash

European consumers will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronics - an important step to increase convenience and reduce waste.

The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU), has announced plans for smartphone and other electronics manufacturers to fit a common USB-C charging port on their devices in an effort to reduce waste. In addition to phones, the rules will apply to other devices like tablets, headphones, portable speakers, videogame consoles, and cameras, reports The Verge. The decision will have a huge impact on Apple, as the company still uses its own Lightning connector to charge iPhones. The proposals only cover devices using wired, not wireless and a USB-C port is only mandatory for devices that charge using a cable.

Different charging cables "Chargers power all our most essential electronic devices | Photo by Solen Feyissa on Unsplash

Keep Reading Show less

We have the faculties of action, freewill, and the power of knowledge.

By- Devakinanda Ji

OṀ (AUM)-JII-VI-ṪAAR-DHA-BO'-DHA-KA- BHOO-MYAI-Ṇ—NA-MA-HA

Keep Reading Show less
Wikipedia

Even free VPNs can do as much, as long as you go with a trustworthy provider such as those linked at the start.

By- Tejas Maheta

Free VPNs tend to get a bad rap (and often for good reasons, which we'll discuss in a second). Still, there are some safe and free VPN services recommended by expats - just click the link for some solid options. Next, scroll on to see how you can put them to good use while you're abroad.

Keep reading... Show less