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Yahoo Mail will discontinue automatic email forwarding for free users from January 1 next year, in order to reduce hacking attempts.
Verizon, which bought Yahoo in 2017, announced the move in an update and the existing users will need to get a Pro account, which costs $34.99 per year, or $3.49 a month.
“Beginning January 1, 2021, automatic forwarding of emails from your Yahoo inbox to a third-party email account will no longer be a feature of free Yahoo Mail accounts,” the company informed.
“Upgrade to Yahoo Mail Pro or subscribe to Access + Forwarding to use the auto-forwarding feature at this time”.
According to a report in ZDNet, the automatic email forwarding is often abused.
“Hackers who breach email accounts often add their own email address as an automatic email forwarding rule to receive carbon copies of all messages a victim receives,” the report mentioned.
If your free Yahoo Mail account is set up to automatically forward emails to a third party inbox such as Gmail, those emails will stop being delivered to the third party address on January 1, 2021.
“You’ll still be able to view your emails in your Yahoo mailbox through your web browser at mail.yahoo.com or via the Yahoo Mail apps. Pro subscribers will not be affected by this change,” the company said.
Verizon said it regularly evaluates its products and services against current security standards and have decided to remove this feature to help ensure free Yahoo Mail accounts remain secure. “The change will help us focus on building the best new features and experiences for our Yahoo Mail users”.
Facing a steady decline in usage over the last several years, Yahoo last month announced to shut down Yahoo Groups from December 15. The Yahoo Groups service was launched in 2001 and could not compete against new platforms like Reddit, Google Groups, and Facebook Groups.
The US wireless communications service provider Verizon bought Yahoo’s tottering internet business for a mere $4.8 billion in 2017. (IANS)
Facing a steady decline in usage over the last several years, Yahoo has made the decision to shut down Yahoo Groups from December 15.
Verizon, which bought Yahoo in 2017, announced the decision on Tuesday which marks the end of the road for one of the largest message board systems on the Web of its time.
“Yahoo Groups has seen a steady decline in usage over the last several years. Over that same period, we’ve witnessed unprecedented levels of engagement across our properties as customers seek out premium, trustworthy content,” the company said in a message posted on the website.
“While these decisions are never easy, we must sometimes make difficult decisions regarding products that no longer fit our long-term strategy as we hone our focus on other areas of the business”.
The Yahoo Groups service was launched in 2001 and could not compete against new platforms like Reddit, Google Groups, and Facebook Groups.
On October 12, the creation of new groups will be disabled and on December 15, people will no longer be able to send and receive emails from Yahoo Groups.
The website will be shut down and will no longer be accessible too. Yahoo Mail will continue to function normally.
“The emails you have sent and received will remain in your email, though beginning December 15 messages will not be sent or received from your group members. If you try to email your group after December 15, your message will not be delivered and you will receive a failure notification,” the company informed.
That US wireless communications service provider Verizon bought Yahoo’s tottering internet business for a mere $4.8 billion in 2017. (IANS)
Yahoo has extended its deadline for another couple of weeks to give its users, who had posted content on Yahoo Groups, more time to download their data.
Yahoo Groups is one of the world’s biggest collections of online discussion boards.
“We have extended the deadline for Yahoo Groups and will now process ALL requests to download data that are submitted before 11:59 PM PT on Jan 31, 2020. As long as the request meets this deadline, the content will not be deleted until the download is complete,” the company posted on Twitter on Tuesday.
The company had earlier announced it would be deleting all content posted on Yahoo Groups on December 14.
Once Yahoo deletes the data, a significant chunk of Internet history will be gone.
Some archivists say they have been joining groups using “semi-automated scripts” in an attempt to archive data before everything is deleted, but Verizon Media, which owns Yahoo, has apparently banned 128 archivists, saying that their actions violated its terms of service, severely hampering their archival efforts, according to The Verge. (IANS)
More than 300 Donald Trump ads have been pulled by Google and its video-sharing platform YouTube for violating the companies’ policies. The campaign videos, notably, ran over the summer.
This comes at a time when handling political advertisements on social media has become a growing concern as the 2020 US presidential election approaches and tech giants are under fire over political ads.
Twitter has even decided to ban all kinds of political ads on its platform.
Over 300 video ads for President Trump were taken down, mostly over the summer, for violating the company policy. Compared to the TV, online ads can spread lies at an alarming rate — bolstered by machine-learning algorithms that can identify target audiences at enormous speed and scale, CBS News reported on Monday.
According to CBS News, even though the ads were taken down, the archive does not detail what policy was violated.
It was not clear if it was a copyright violation, a lie or extreme inaccuracy.
The ads determined to be offending are not available to be screened. We found very little transparency in the transparency report, the report added.
It is pertinent to note that political ads on social media do not adhere to different rules than political ads on TV.
The political ads on social media fall under specific scrutiny because of their unique ability to disseminate bad information and their inability to properly tackle them.
Meanwhile, earlier in November, Google announced new limits on political advertisers globally from micro-targeting users via election ads based on their political affiliation.
The main formats Google offers political advertisers are Search ads, YouTube ads and display ads. Under the new rules, political advertisers may target their ads only down to the postal code level. (IANS)