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Micro-blogging Giant Twitter Goes Briefly Down in Various Parts of the World for Nearly Half an Hour

The outage took place after WikiLeaks - the whistleblowing website responsible for releasing Hillary Clinton's private emails

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Washington, November 8, 2016: Micro-blogging giant Twitter was briefly down in various parts of the world for nearly half an hour early Monday morning, the media reported.

The outage took place after WikiLeaks — the whistleblowing website responsible for releasing Hillary Clinton’s private emails — claimed a cyber attack on its e-mail services, the Independent reported.

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The outage began at around 12.15 am (India time) on Monday and continued for around half an hour though reports suggested the impact varied from user to user.

The social media site did not confirm the loss of service via @twitter or @support.

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The outage was experienced shortly after WikiLeaks posted a message to its Facebook account claiming an ongoing denial-of-service (DoS) attack on its servers following reports of a brief outage.

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“We are still under a DoS attack on our e-mail publication servers and it appears that Twitter is down as well, we are unable to confirm if this is an attack on Twitter at this time,” the report said.

According to Downdetector.com, many Twitter users were still experiencing problems in Japan more than a couple of hours later. (IANS)

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Facebook Again in Controversy For Search Function Suggesting Friends’ Bikini-clad Photos

Twitter users also noted how Facebook’s search bar automatically suggested photographs of female friends in bikini

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Facebook has again courted controversy with a search function that allows users to scout for photographs of female, but not male friends, the media reported.

The feature was spotted by Belgian security researcher Inti De Ceukelaire, whose findings led to revelations that Facebook prompts users to search for photographs of female friends in bikini, The Independent said on Friday.

The tech giant originally called it a ‘bug’, only to issue a clarification later to explain that it is not a glitch but simply how the search feature works. A Facebook spokesperson said it is working to fix the issue.

“Facebook has modified its creepy hidden search feature this weekend,” Ceukelaire tweeted earlier this week.

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“You can no longer retrieve hidden photographs of your male friends. Women can/may still be stalked. Even more, when you request photographs from your male friends, Facebook assumes you wanted to see pictures of women,” Ceukelaire added.

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His tweets prompted responses that Facebook is “sexist” due to the way its internal search feature functions.

Twitter users also noted how Facebook’s search bar automatically suggested photographs of female friends in bikini. (IANS)