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Facebook blocked legit COVID-19 posts by mistake

Facebook blocked legit COVID-19 posts by mistake

Given how it has deeply suffered and continues to suffer for misinformation and spam, Facebook has implemented more stringent measures to make sure its platform remains in the good graces of users and of governments. It seems, however, that it may have gone overboard either through oversight or technical error. A few Facebook users have reported that their posts were blocked because of spam, even when those links pointed to official and authoritative information on the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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AT&T Call Validation is now rolling out to a few phones

AT&T Call Validation is now rolling out to a few phones

Although the attention has been overshadowed by some more pressing concerns, robocalls still present an ongoing headache and threat to both consumers and network operators. Unfortunately, strategies to counter this issue have been inconsistent and split between different parties in the past. Recently, US carriers have agreed on some modicum of cooperation, with some prodding by the FTC, and AT&T is now launching the first fruits of that collaboration in the form of Call Validation Displays on some Samsung and LG smartphones.

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Google Voice voicemail transcript forwarding shut down due to spam abuse

Google Voice voicemail transcript forwarding shut down due to spam abuse

If you think robocalls were nothing more than annoyances, the fact that a Google Voice feature is being killed because of them might change some people's minds. These unsolicited calls that could also be used to phish important personal data has been a scourge of consumers, regulators, and especially carriers for years and efforts to block and penalize them have ramped up in recent months. Unfortunately, Google sees no workaround for one feature and will instead be shutting down Google Voice's voicemail transcript forwarding because of it.

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Verizon Call Filter goes free to fight robocalls

Verizon Call Filter goes free to fight robocalls

It definitely isn't controversial to say that robocalls are one of the most annoying things about living in the information age. Slowly but surely, carriers are finally starting to do something about it, with Verizon announcing back in January that it would make its Call Filter service free for all users later on in the year. The company is flipping the switch this week, so if you've been plagued by robocalls like so many of us, maybe this will help curb them a little bit.

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AT&T and Comcast form first ever anti-robocall tag team

AT&T and Comcast form first ever anti-robocall tag team

Fraudulent robocallers, your days are numbered. Or at least that's what AT&T and Comcast are telling the sources of these calls designed to con people. In what is being touted as the nation's first, the two providers are joining forces to combat such kinds of robocalls by authenticating not just calls happen within their respective networks but also those that cross the lines between the two.

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Verizon will start blocking spam calls for free this year

Verizon will start blocking spam calls for free this year

For a lot of us, spam calls and robocalls have gone from being an occasional annoyance to a frequent problem. Some carriers are attempting to do something about that, and today Verizon is hopping on that train. The company announced today that it will soon make its spam and robocall protection tools free for all of its customers to use (as long as they have a phone that supports these features).

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Android debuts Google’s new Spam Protection in Messages feature

Android debuts Google’s new Spam Protection in Messages feature

It used to be that spam was something we only really dealt with in our email, but these days it annoys us in the form of phone calls and text messages as well. Thankfully Android has introduced several features to combat this, and Google seems to be rolling out it latest feature for preventing spam in its Messages app.

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Android Nearby Notifications is no more thanks to spam

Android Nearby Notifications is no more thanks to spam

Android features come and go and when it's Google involved, it happens more often than not. In some cases, it causes both developers and users to groan when a favorite feature they've relied on is suddenly announced to be discontinued. This time, however, Android phone owners are probably breathing a sigh of relief. Google has just announce that starting December, the Android Nearby Notifications feature will no longer be sending spam messages to users nearby.

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Apple patent could let iPhones detect spoofed phone calls

Apple patent could let iPhones detect spoofed phone calls

While smartphones have become more advanced and sophisticated, almost all of them aren’t that smart in protecting users from one of the most basic yet also the most dangerous threat of all: nuisance phone calls. Those range from simply annoying prank calls to dangerous phishing scams, and while there are apps that try to detect and curb those, scammers always have ways to get around those. That is why one of Apple’s latest patents tries to cut the scam at the root by trying to identify it even before it reaches your ears.

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India threatens iPhone ban if Apple doesn’t accept regulator’s anti-spam app

India threatens iPhone ban if Apple doesn’t accept regulator’s anti-spam app

The last few years have seen Apple expanding into India with the iPhone, but now the company is facing a serious problem if it doesn't cater to the demands of the country's telecom regulator. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has put new rules in place in an effort to protect mobile users' privacy and block spam calls and messages. Part of this policy involves making an app available to every subscriber, but Apple refuses to allow it on the App Store, ironically, due to privacy concerns.

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Google Phone app on Android can auto-filter spam calls to voicemail

Google Phone app on Android can auto-filter spam calls to voicemail

It's the year 2018 and for some reason we're still dealing with spam and robocalls. Fortunately, if you use Android, Google's Phone app has a new feature that helps significantly reduce the number of calls that will appear on your home screen. You might still get a voicemail from them now and then, but that's easier to deal with than actually answering the call. The app now has a setting that will detect spam calls and automatically send them to voicemail.

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Gmail spam campaign is a worrying false alarm

Gmail spam campaign is a worrying false alarm

Once simply equated with a canned meat product, "spam" has taken on a different and negative meaning in the modern, computer age. More than just a mere annoyance, however, email spam can also become the vehicle of malware and all the vileness that those bring. For a few excruciating hours, those fears became seemingly real for some Gmail users who thought they've become the victim of email hacking. Fortunately, they were not. The incident does, however, raise new doubts on Gmail's spam filtering capabilities.

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