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Russian roulette took Indian American teenager’s life in Texas

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indian-american_3An 18-year-old Indian American teenager from the US state of Texas was killed during a game of Russian roulette, media reported.

According to police, Vikram Virk, 27, confessed on Saturday to shooting Jaskaran Singh in the head that afternoon while playing the deadly game in Virk’s car, CBS News reported. Virk reportedly told police that he handed Singh a handgun that Virk believed he had emptied. Singh then pulled the trigger twice while pointing it at Virk,the police said.

“The suspect then took the gun and pointed it at (Singh) and pulled the trigger one time and the gun did not fire. The suspect then pulled the trigger a second time and the gun fired, striking the complainant in the left temple,” a detective wrote in the arrest affidavit for Virk.

Virk rushed Singh to a local hospital, where Singh succumbed to his injury. Hospital personnel recovered the handgun used to shoot Singh from Virk’s car and turned it over to police. Virk initially said Singh shot himself, but during questioning admitted that he killed his friend, police said.

Police have charged Virk with manslaughter. He is being held on a $150,000 bond.

-(IANS)

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Facebook shuts down accounts owned by Russia-based IRA

The social network later suspended Cambridge Analytica for violating its policies and commitments. Cambridge Analytica received user data from a Facebook app

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Facebook was accused of leaking data to Cambridge Analytica earlier this year.

Facebook has removed several accounts owned by Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA), the group accused of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

“We removed 70 Facebook and 65 Instagram accounts — as well as 138 Facebook Pages — that were controlled by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA), Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer at Facebook, said in a blog post late on Tuesday.

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Facebook also removed Cambridge Analytica. Pixabay

Many of the Pages also ran ads, all of which have been removed. “Of the Pages that had content, the vast majority of them (95 per cent) were in Russian — targeted either at people living in Russia or Russian-speakers around the world including from neighbouring countries like Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine,” Stamos said, who is reportedly planning to leave the company by August.

The IRA has repeatedly used complex networks of inauthentic accounts to deceive and manipulate people who use Facebook, including before, during and after the 2016 US presidential elections. “We removed this latest set of Pages and accounts solely because they were controlled by the IRA — not based on the content,” said Stamos.

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This included commentary on domestic and international political issues, the promotion of Russian culture and tourism as well as debate on more everyday issues. The US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation team is investigating into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Facebook users’ data is still out in the open unsafe. VOA

Facebook is also facing a backlash as a political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica that worked with Donald Trump’s election team allegedly harvested 50 million Facebook profiles of US voters to influence their choices at the ballot box.

The social network later suspended Cambridge Analytica for violating its policies and commitments. Cambridge Analytica received user data from a Facebook app years ago that purported to be a psychological research tool, though the firm was not authorised to have that information. IANS

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