Twitter suspends accounts in Howard Schultz disinformation effort

first_img Comment Share your voice Tags Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is considering running as an independent presidential candidate in the 2020 election. Joshua Lott/Getty Images It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee. Since late January, Twitter has suspended several accounts that pretend to support Howard Schultz’s political ambitions but are actually pushing other agendas. On Thursday, Twitter suspended three more accounts for violating its policies.Schultz hasn’t officially announced he’s running for president, but the businessman has said he’s considering an independent run for the White House. Since his announcement in late January, several accounts pretending to support the former coffee shop executive have popped up on Twitter.On Thursday, Twitter suspended the accounts @GaysForSchultz, @PresSchultz2020, and @HowardJSchultz. The @HowardJSchultz account described itself as “Millennials for Schultz.” Before they were suspended, all three accounts were posting content from the “alt-right,” a loosely knit movement of white nationalists and neo-Nazis.The @GaysForSchultz account responded to tweets about Ruth Bader Ginsburg conspiracy theories, while the @PresSchultz2020 account posted anti-Muslim content alongside posts supporting Schultz’s presidential ambitions. The three accounts violated Twitter’s “Fake Accounts” policy, according to a person familiar with the suspensions. While parody accounts of Schultz are still on Twitter, these three accounts were considered “fake and misleading.”Schultz didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.screen-shot-2019-02-28-at-4-34-12-pmOne of the suspended accounts. Screenshot by Alfred Ng/CNET Creating fake social-media profiles tied to politics isn’t new. During the 2016 US presidential election, Russian operatives made fan pages on Facebook and accounts on Twitter supporting third-party candidates, such as Jill Stein, with the intention of pulling votes away from Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate.  In late January, Twitter suspended the accounts @Blacks4Schultz and @GOP4Schultz, the former for operating multiple accounts. The @Blacks4Schultz account had a stock-photo image of an African-American man with “Howard” edited onto his shirt.  The most prominent account was “@Women_4_Schultz,” an account created by Jacob Wohl, a conservative activist who bragged to USA Today about his plans to create fraudulent Twitter profiles and promote candidates considered less likely to defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Wohl’s fake accounts, along with his own Twitter profile, were suspended last week for violating the social network’s policies, “specifically creating and operating fake accounts,” a Twitter representative said. The strategy was taken right out of Russia’s disinformation playbook, by setting up fake accounts to allege support for candidates who have a weaker shot at the White House, Ben Nimmo, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s digital forensic research lab, said.The other suspended Schultz accounts aren’t tied to Wohl, according to a person familiar with the situation. Some accounts pretending to support Schultz are still active on Twitter. The social network allows parody profiles as long as they don’t violate Twitter’s rules. That could be why Wohl’s @Women_4_Schultz account was suspended while @WomenForSchultz, a parody of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s “Women for Cohen” account, still remains. Social networks are gearing up for a flood of disinformation as the 2020 US presidential election draws closer. It proved to be an effective tool for Russian operatives in 2016, and US intelligence officials now consider disinformation a global threat. The slow drip of Schultz accounts getting suspended is just a small example of the flood of disinformation social networks are expecting over the next year.  “One of the main worries after the Russian operation was exposed was that users in America would copy it,” Nimmo said. “We’ve already seen reported attempts in the Alabama special Senate election, targeting potential Republican voters. Now it looks like we’re seeing similar activity targeting Democrats. It’s a bad sign before 2020.”Originally published on Feb. 28. Update, March 4 at 7:04 a.m.: To add details on why these accounts were suspended.center_img 1 Politicslast_img read more

Taking a closer look at Indian BnBs

first_imgWho had imagined in the last decade that the travelers will start giving preference to stay in Bed and Breakfast accommodations/Homestays and such service providers like Airbnb, BnB Nation etc will become such big companies. Since 2016, India has had a shortage of 2,00,000 hotel rooms mainly in the budget category. Thus, Indian hospitality industry is in urgent need to find ways to cope up with such huge shortage of hotel rooms. Now, the question is how can we fill the need gap? The best option, hitherto not given much emphasis is “Experiencing India in its homes” through hosted accommodation in Bed and Breakfast accommodations or BnBs. Unfortunately, neither literature was available nor significant research work is available in India on Bed and Breakfast accommodations though the Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India launched the Incredible India Bed and Breakfast scheme in 2006. In order to fill the need gap, a book, dedicated to Bed and Breakfast accommodations is out on the stands. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTitled, ‘Indian BnBs: An emerging disruptor in the hospitality sector’, the book is authored by Dr GG Saxena, Anshul Saxena and Ambuj Saxena. The precursor to this book is the doctoral work of Dr GG Saxena, a retired bureaucrat and tourism expert who has seen and executed various important tourism schemes as a former MD and CEO of Delhi Tourism and as Ex Secretary-Tourism, Andaman and Nicobar islands. Anshul Saxena and Ambuj Saxena, both MBAs, offer a hands on experience to the topic of the book as they head ‘BnBNation’ which is online aggregator platform of BnBs in India. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSo, whether you are enamoured by scope of Accessible and Medical tourism in India or wish to experience ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ by staying with an Indian family, you can now read about all burning Indian tourism topics in a single 10 chapter, 176 page book that costs INR 295 in paperback and INR 495 in hardbound. Not only that, the book also emphasises on the success stories of 17 BnBs owners. The book is available on Amazon. First of its kind in India, the book is like a manual on Indian BnBs gives an overview of the International scenario of BnBs. Also it contains marketing hacks required by all existing BnB owners to attract more guests India BnBs. It has suggestions to the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India as to how more BnBs could be registered and how the homeowners having spare rooms in their homes would be encouraged to register their homes and become entrepreneurs. Eminent personalities and experts on tourism and hospitality have recommended this book for inbound foreign and domestic travellers, policymakers, travel agents and tour operators, academicians and research scholars etc to use this book as information manual for recommending BnB stays in Indian cities.last_img read more

How to Watch Apples Big iPhone 6S Event Today

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free The countdown is on. In just a few short hours, Apple will pull out all the stops and unveil the next iPhone. The big reveal kicks off live today, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT.On top of a first look at the next gen iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus, if rumors prove right, we might also get glimpses of a brand new Apple TV, new Apple Watch straps and colors, a “monster” iPad Pro and perhaps a new iPad mini 4. Apple might also debut iOS 9. Who knows what surprises Tim Cook has in store? Will he defend Apple Music? Like everyone else, we’ll have to wait and see.If you weren’t one of the lucky few to receive an official invite, no worries. We’ve got you covered, Windows users included (for the first time in years). You, too, can tune in as the action unfolds, as Apple wows the world live from The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, where Apple-branded blue flags are already flying high.Related: 6 Apple Patents We Hope Will Be Used to Make Actual ProductsAs is the custom, the Cupertino, Calif. colossus took down its online store as part of the lead-up to the powwow about to pop off. Where shopping pages once were there is now a bold banner that simply reads “We’ll be back.” And by “back,” Apple likely means moments after the event wraps and with all of its freshly debuted new products for sale.To stream the event in real-time from your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV or, yes, a Windows 10 device, go to Apple’s official live event page here. These are the browser and hardware requirements needed to tune in, courtesy of Apple:Requirements: Live streaming uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. HLS requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. Streaming via Apple TV requires a second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later.If you’re an Android user, here’s how you can get in on the fun, too. Happy viewing.Related: Leadership Lessons From Apple CEO Tim Cook 2 min readcenter_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. September 9, 2015last_img read more