German police have warned people not to post images of their vaccination passports on social media to brag to their friends, as the information could be used by fraudsters. The German police released a statement on Thursday urging people not to post pictures of their vaccination passports after they receive vaccines for the Wuhan virus, saying that criminals could use the data to create fake passports. “Criminals use the data disseminated in this way (e.g. the batch number of the vaccine shown or the address) to falsify vaccination passports and offer them for sale on the internet,” the police warned. According to the police, they have already observed fraudulent coronavirus vaccine passports being offered for sale on social media and claimed that the criminals creating the fake documents had used numbers from pictures of real passports they had found posted by individuals online. According to a report from the German tabloid Bild , a 27-year-old from Berlin was … [Read more...] about German Police Tell People to Stop Posting Vaccination Passports on Social Media
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Hong Kong (CNN) For most of China, last week's launch of the first module of its planned space station was simply a moment of pride. But for one social media account linked to the ruling Communist Party, it was a crass opportunity to mock India's Covid-19 tragedy. On the micro-blogging platform Weibo, the account posted a photo of the Chinese Long March-5B carrier rocket blasting off, alongside a picture of cremation pyres burning at night in India under the watch of people in hazmat suits. "China lighting a fire versus India lighting a fire," the caption read, accompanied by a hashtag declaring that India's Covid-19 cases had surged past 400,000 a day. The account that posted the photos is linked to the Central Commission for Political and Legal Affairs, a powerful organ of the ruling Communist Party, overseeing the country's courts and law enforcement bodies. Several other government accounts run by the police and local courts shared the pictures. … [Read more...] about A Chinese Communist Party-linked account mocked India’s Covid crisis on social media. It backfired
Besides being easier to connect with entire groups of friends and classmates through these services, schools are becoming increasingly involved in sharing group accomplishments on social media for all of the parents to see at once. Combine that with the relatively recent appearance of social network celebrities, regardless of inspirational or aspirational interest, and you've got plenty of reasons for your child to want into this world they are currently denied access to. Truth be told, social media is almost exactly as great as it is terrible. It only gets weirder if you're not an active user yourself, and that can raise a lot of perfectly valid concerns you may have before allowing your child access to these apps and websites. To help you better understand how to talk with your kids about the potential pitfalls and to help you understand exactly what is going on and how to ensure your child is as safe as possible, we've assembled this little guide to help! The basics … [Read more...] about Parents’ guide to social media for kids
Politicians and others are dubbing it a "Modi Made Disaster" on Twitter, Facebook, and other forms of social media, but you may never read these posts. This is because the Indian government has been busy ordering the platforms to take down the large number of posts flagged by them that are critical of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist government's handling of the latest devastating wave of the pandemic. "Not a surprise. But terrifying nonetheless," tweeted author and activist Naomi Klein, as reported by the publication Truthout, who has previously written about the authoritarian ways in which Modi's government has throttled basic free speech in India. Over the last six days, India has registered over an average of 330,000 COVID-19 cases per day, and two days ago, the number of cases crossed 350,000, making it the site of the largest single day number of cases in the word so far. Many estimates suggest that even these numbers are … [Read more...] about Modi government chokes dissent on India’s COVID apocalypse with social media blocks
The Indian government is fighting a battle in two fronts. While authorities desperately seek to contain the situation in overwhelmed hospitals, the government is coming under attack on social media over how it is handling the crisis. Over the weekend, President Narendra Modi’s government asked Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to take down the posts, many of which were critical of the government’s role in managing COVID-19 in the country. Government officials say this action was taken to curb misleading content or messaging that could cause panic, but critics say the move is a thinly veiled attempt at censoring criticism of the government. Twitter and Facebook complied with the request made last week but a subsequent removal of posts on Wednesday by Facebook was later clarified to have been an error. But what was said in those social media posts that caused the Indian government to make the request? We analysed the tweets that were removed. Here's what we found. Of the … [Read more...] about India’s COVID crisis: The government ordered some posts to be removed from social media – what did they say?