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IRCTC’s Reply to User Complaining about Vulgar Ads will Leave you in Splits

The IRCTC app user, named Anand Kumar, tweeted to IRCTC's official account

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IRCTC uses Googles ad serving tool ADX for serving ads. Pixabay

The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC)made an epic comeback to a user of its official ticket booking application who complained of obscene advertisements on the app.

The IRCTC app user, named Anand Kumar, tweeted to IRCTC’s official account, tagging Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, that he was seeing obscene ads on the IRCTC app and even attached screenshots of the advertisements visible on his mobile screen.

“Obscene and vulgar ads are very frequently appearing on the IRCTC ticket booking app. This is very embarrassing and irritating @RailMinIndia @IRCTCofficial @PiyushGoyalOffc kindly look into it,” he tweeted.

The IRCTC’s official customer support account, Indian Railways Seva, advised Kumar to first clear his own browsing history.

IRCTC's Reply, User, Vulgar Ads
The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC)made an epic comeback to a user. IANS

“IRCTC uses Googles ad serving tool ADX for serving ads.These ads uses cookies to target the user. Based on user history and browsing behaviour ads are shown. Pl clean and delete all browser cookies and history to avoid such ads. – IRCTC Official.”

As soon as the IRCTC responded on the micro-blogging site, social media was flooded with hilarious memes and people quickly trolled the troller.

Twitter user named Amit Gadre wrote, “IRCTC at its best reply…. Most polite punch. Thanks.”

Megha Kaveri wrote: “When IRCTC burns you like there is no tomorrow.”

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However, web developer named Gagandeep S. Luthra said that the IRCTC’s HTML code shows Javascript loaded from a push notification platform, which is not strictly monitored and one can send any link.

“A look at the irctc html code shows Javascript Loaded from http://izooto.com, which is a Push Notification Platform. Push Notifications are not strictly monitored and one can send any vulgar link endlessly using that. I was surprised to see its use on irctc,” Luthra tweeted, attaching the screenshot of the HTML codes. (IANS)

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This creepy app uses WhatsApp data to let users ‘spy’

This comes at a time when Facebook users are uninstalling apps they got connected with long ago via "Facebook log-in" after the social media platform

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A new creepy app named “Chatwatch” is using WhatsApp’s online or offline status feature to tell users how often their friends check the micro-blogging platform and also estimate when they go to bed every day — potentially making it an invasive app.

‘Chatwatch’ takes advantage of WhatsApp’s public online/offline status, which lets your friends know when you’re readily available to talk.

Chatwatch allows users to spy.

“Using this data, the app can tell you how often your friends check WhatsApp. It can even estimate what time they go to sleep and wake up each day,” tech website LifeHacker reported on Thursday.

This comes at a time when Facebook users are uninstalling apps they got connected with long ago via “Facebook log-in” after the social media platform, which also owns WhatsApp, was hit by a major data breach.

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“It’s a creepy new trick that the app’s developers hope will bring more attention to how Facebook handles our data, along with how other companies access and analyse it,” the report added.

“It’s also likely that WhatsApp will find a way to block Chatwatch soon. So if you want to spy on your friends expose Facebook’s privacy issues, you should try it soon,” it added.

"WhatsApp Business" was launched last week in Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Britain and the US. Pixabay
This app is a threat to privacy. Pixabay

The app was first launched on iOS devices but it was later taken off from the Apple App Store. “Chatwatch” is currently available on Android platform and the developers are reportedly working on a web-based version as well. IANS