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Srinagar: Restrictions were imposed on Sunday in the city after a teenager died following a clash with security forces.

Gowhar Ahmad Dar, 18, was injured in a clash with security forces following a stone-pelting incident in Zainakote area of Srinagar. He succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.

Police regretted the incident in a statement while District Magistrate Farooq Ahmad Lone ordered a magisterial probe into the death of the teenager.

An official said restrictions were imposed in areas falling under eight police stations in Srinagar city to maintain law and order as separatist leaders called a shutdown in Kashmir Valley on Sunday against the youth’s killing.

“Restrictions shall remain in force in areas falling in the jurisdiction of Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, Safakadal, Kralkhud, Maisuma and Parimpora police stations,” said an officer.

Separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah, Nayeem Khan, Asiya Andrabi and others continued to remain under preventive detention on Sunday.

The state service selection board postponed all recruitment tests scheduled for Sunday.

(IANS)

 

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Social Media Giant Facebook Paid Teenagers $20 To Access Their Data: Report

Facebook previously collected similar data using "Onavo" Protect, a virtual private network (VPN) service that it acquired in 2013

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Facebook 'tricked' kids, parents to spend money on 'free' games: Report. VOA

In a bizarre development, Facebook has been found to be secretly paying teenagers $20 each, asking them to install a “Facebook Research” app that lets the company access personal data to know how they use their smartphones.

According to a TechCrunch report on Tuesday, the social media giant was running the research programme to gather data on usage habits and it has no plans to stop.

Facebook has decided to pull the plug on the app from all Apple devices.

“Facebook sidesteps the App Store and rewards teenagers and adults to download the Research app and give it root access to network traffic in what may be a violation of Apple policy so that the social network can decrypt and analyse their phone activity,” the report said.

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A user gets ready to launch Facebook on an iPhone, in North Andover, Mass., June 19, 2017. Facebook has made changes to fight false information, including de-emphasizing proven false stories in people’s feeds so others are less likely to see them. VOA

However, the app will remain available for Android users.

A security expert was quoted as saying that the app allows Facebook to collect data including private social media messages, photos and videos sent via instant messaging apps, emails, web searches and web browsing activities.

Since 2016, Facebook has been paying users aged 13 to 35 up to $20 per month, plus referral fees, to sell their privacy by installing the iOS or Android “Facebook Research” app, said the report.

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Facebook reacted, saying “key facts about this market research programme are being ignored”.

“Despite early reports, there was nothing ‘secret’ about this; it was literally called the Facebook Research App. It wasn’t ‘spying’ as all of the people who signed up to participate went through a clear on-boarding process asking for their permission and were paid to participate,” said the company.

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Facebook previously collected similar data using “Onavo” Protect, a virtual private network (VPN) service that it acquired in 2013.

The company also denied that “Facebook Research” was intended to replace “Onavo”. (IANS)