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Post the FTC Warning, Apple App Store and Google Play store remove three dating apps

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The FTC, also known as the Federal Trade Commission, has notified today that Apple and Google have removed three dating applications from their respective play store because of all the underage users who could potentially become victims of sexual harassment. Federal Trade Commission attorney Lisa Weintraub Schifferel wrote:

“FastMeet, Meet24, and Meet4U are all made by Ukraine company Wildec which is directly in violation with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act which is also known as COPPA.”

The Federal Trade Commission had sent a letter to Wildec at the beginning of May saying that the applications they designed did not prevent children under the age of 13 from using the application. These profiles of the underage children were also visible to other users using the application. According to research, it was figured out that there are users of this application who are as young as 12 years.

According to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act:

 “All the application developers are required to ask their parents for consent before obtaining any kind of personal information.”

According to the Federal Trade Commission, they have received actual information that children are using these applications and their personal information is being obtained by the company. The FTC will again be reviewing all the applications next month so that they comply with all the laws set by them.

Child exploitation is a big issue which has become a bigger area of concern and the United Kingdom government is really looking into it to solve all the issues like sexual harassment of children. It has been found out that there are more than 30 cases of child rape which have been linked to dating applications like Grindr and Tinder since 2015.

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Ola to switch gears on Foodpanda, their food delivery application

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Ola has finally ended up expanding in some of the international markets and is now focusing on achieving the goal of electric vehicles. The company is now struggling with their food delivery business and this is why it will be making major changes in the business.

Ola is now shifting its focus towards Foodpanda which is an Indian food delivery startup acquired by Ola in the year 2017. Ola now wants to focus on their in house food delivery application because this was the business which was left neglected. The market leaders in the food delivery industry are Zomato and Swiggy that work with a lot of small and big restaurants creating a very big portfolio. The main focus of Foodpanda will now be increasing the portfolio of all the private labels.

Ola has already started to walk towards its goal by having a total of 50 Kitchens and four private labels. Some of the places which are covered by Ola are Flrt, Lovemade, and Grandma’s Kitchen. These places cover all the popular dishes which include Rice, lentils, Indian subcontinental, shakes and biryani. All the stores are operating in Chennai, Pune, Mumbai, and Delhi.

A company spokesperson said in a statement:

“As part of our ongoing business repurposing initiatives, we are focused on building a portfolio of own food brands and curated food offerings through our fast expanding network of kitchens. Many of these offerings are already available in all major cities through the Ola and Foodpanda apps. We continue to invest in expanding our facilities and kitchens, as well as our portfolio of food offerings for customers. We remain committed to our mission of building a superior food experience for millions of our customers.”

Foodpanda is planning to expand its avenues and will soon be operating in 10 more markets, which will be under a different owner called Delivery Hero. Delivery Hero is known for being very popular outside of India.

After Ola acquired Foodpanda, the company tried to give heavy discounts to the customers so that more people purchase food from their application. The company had said that it has invested a total of $200 million in the Foodpanda business. The discounts ended up creating a lot of loss for the company making Ola change the whole strategy for the food business. The way of the company to reach its audience did not work successfully for them.

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Steam Chat of Valve to get its own Android and iOS application

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Just one year ago, Valve ended up releasing the big overhaul for all the features of chat built into the Steam game launcher. The main focus was modern day chat options which include better group chat features along with media embedded in it like GIFs.

This was seen as a hope of keeping some of the users from heading for Discord which was basically just one week away from being poked around Valve’s turf.

Today, the chat of Steam will go live in mobile devices. They have announced that the chat will be available immediately for both Android as well as an iOS platform. This platform will let users check who is online and who is playing what game.

Steam friends will now chat in groups as well as in pairs. If you do not like that your phone will get notified every time there is a message, then you can simply tweak notifications group by group basis and friend by friend basis.

The only complaint about this new application is that it cannot do voice calls yet. It is expected that this feature will be added very soon.

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Millions of influencers from Instagram finally have their private contact data scraped and exposed

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A massive database which contained all the contact information of all the millions of Instagram celebrities, influencers and brand accounts has been found online. This database is hosted by a company called Amazon Web Services was available online in the exposed state without any kind of password. This is the reason why people can look at what was there inside the document. When this was written, there were about 49 million records available and it was growing as time went by.

In the data, there was record available on all the public Instagram influencers and Instagram accounts which included the bio, profile picture and then the number of followers they have along with their location and whether they are verified on Instagram or not. The sheet also contained some private contact information like the email address of the Instagram account and the phone number of the person.

Anurag Sen was the Security researcher who ended up discovering the database and alerted TechCrunch so that the owner of the file can be tracked down. The owner of the file was tracked back to a social media marketing firm from Mumbai called Chtrbox. The main work of the agency is to pay influencers to do paid promotions of different brands and services. Each of the accounts which are mentioned in the list also had a detailed calculation on its worth depending on the reach, engagement, likes, shares, and number of followers.

In this exposed database a lot of high profile influencers were exposed which included celebrities, social media influencers, food bloggers and many more.

The people who had their names in the database were contacted and the email id and phone number checked out for all. The influencers also confirmed that they do not have any kind of contact with the company Chtrbox.

After the people started reaching out to Chtrbox the company ended up pulling back the database. The Chief executing officer of the company Pranay Swarup did not respond to request for comment so it is not sure how the company can get a hold of all the private Instagram email addresses and phone numbers.

The scrapping effort was basically two years after Instagram ended up admitting that because of their security bug in the API hackers can obtain all the email addresses and phone numbers of the users. This data was later stolen by hackers from bitcoin.

Instagram now with almost close to a billion users ended up choking the API so that they can limit the number of request application and developers can simply make the platform.

Facebook which is the owner of the application Instagram ended up commenting on the whole situation by saying:

“We’re looking into the issue to understand if the data described – including email and phone numbers – was from Instagram or from other sources. We’re also inquiring with Chtrbox to understand where this data came from and how it became publicly available.”

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