The Truth Behind Trump Twitter Hack

Trump’s Twitter account was hacked. It was a piece of shocking news. How can this incident happen? What were the impacts of this incident? Look at the explanation behind the Trump Twitter Hack incident below. 

The Account Hacked by A Well-Known Cyber Investigator

A well-known cyber investigator Victor Gevers explained that he was the person who hacks Trump’s Twitter account. He even revealed more information to make sure that it was not a hoax. He didn’t show the exact data to tackle the denial statement from the White House. The White House denied that there was a hacking incident on President Trump’s Twitter account. If Victor Gevers was successfully trespassing the account it means he can see and send private messages, see tweets that are privately bookmarked, and also information about the number of people who hold and block the account. Gevers even can download and archive all the user’s data, including photos and messages. 

The Way Victor Gevers Hack the Twitter Account 

Victor Gevers seems to do his action easily. Gevers said that he was only guessing the password. He even reveals that the account is using MAGA2020 as a password. Gevers added that he hacked the account on 22 October 2020. He only made a semi-regular sweep of the Twitter accounts of high-profile US election candidates a few days before hacking the account. People don’t realize if the account was used by an intruder because Gevers didn’t post any tweets or change any settings. All he did was screenshots some parts in the account.  

The Reason Why Victor Gevers Hack Trump’s Twitter Account  

Gevers didn’t want to do something bad with his action and even tried to contact the campaign team to warn them about the security system. Gevers thought that the account lacked extra safeguards and advised the campaign team to use a two-factor authentication method. Most people use this method to protect their Twitter accounts because it links a phone app or number to an account. This method gives an extra step to the login process. There is nothing to worry about. The US President’s account is safe. 

Reactions of This Incident 

Indeed, people were waiting for the statement of the White House about the incident. The White House explained that there was nothing to worry about. Twitter even denied that there was a hack to the US president’s account. The representation of Twitter said that they didn’t see any evidence about what Victor Gevers has done. Twitter, As one of the social media with the largest users, described that they proactively implement a security system, including for federal branches of government. There is no further explanation from Twitter related to this hacking incident. The spokesman for the Dutch Public Prosecution Service also reacted to this hack. He said that their team investigated the action to make sure whether it was criminal or not. This service was an independent Dutch investigation team and didn’t work by the request for legal assistance.  

The police also investigated Victor Gevers. Gevers answered questions by the High Tech Crime Team as a witness and was not a suspect yet. They have to prove that Gevers hack the account and are waiting for the result from the prosecutors. If Gevers did an illegal action and outside the realm of cyber-security research, he has to be ready to face up to four years in prison. 

Victor Gevers’s Reaction to The Scepticism

Until today most people and parties sceptic about what Victor Gevers has done even when he gave the screenshots as proof. People think that the screenshots can be fake. Gevers explained that it was his normal job as an ethical hacker. Due to the scepticism and decline from all parties, Gevers stated that they should not doubt the action. The institutions know how Gevers work for 22 years. Victor Gevers even underlined his statement that he didn’t hack Trump’s account or bypass any security system. What he has done was guessed the password and warned Trump’s team about the risks. Gevers even showed them the way to solve this problem to give extra protection to the account. 

It was not the first time that Victor Gevers claimed logged into Trump’s Twitter account. Before this claim, Gevers claimed that he did the same thing in 2016. He was cooperated with other security researchers to use a password linked to another of Trump’s social media accounts that discovered in a data breach. Gevers also gave the password to show that he successfully logged to Trump’s account. At that time, he claimed that Trump used the phrase “you’re fired”. It was a famous catchphrase from the reality TV star and politician.  

Election Misinformation Spread: Facebook Labeled to Post 180 Million ‘False’ Post since March

Arguably, Facebook has a power and ability to stop election misinformation, but seeing how Facebook is treading between the line of willing and not willing to share about that particular matter says a lot about their true capability to stop and prevent the election misinformation. 

Guy Rosen, the VP of Integrity of Facebook, said that since March the company has already been putting “warning labels” on a lot of content, a lot here means 180 million pieces of content which means that a third-party fact checker already looked into the content and then exposed them. He said that on Thursday, on the on call with the press. 

As a result, Facebook put a gray box over that 180 million of content when people proceed to share it through their Facebook account, that grey box is also put with a “false” warning label. Apart from that, Facebook also provides a link to the debunk, so people can learn about the truth and stop believing in these kinds of false content. Unluckily, 180 million is a big number and those kinds of labels and debunk doesn’t really cover the entire story. 

Facebook takes an action to all posts in regard to the election where they put barely noticeable labels at the bottom of the posts along with a link to Facebook’s voting information center. The voting information center contains such “authoritative information” like some articles from trusted sources, updates from secretaries of state, and many more. Needless to say, Facebook gives warning labels to posts that claim premature victory, despite the truth that the votes are still being counted and the election hasn’t been certified yet. Therefore, whoever posts that kind of content will receive warning labels for Facebook. 

Furthermore, Facebook did not really mention how extensive the need for those kinds of labels was. Facebook also did not answer numerous questions from reporters who wanted to know how efficient the labels were at reducing the sharing and liking of those kinds of ‘false’ posts. Actually, many people start to question why Facebook isn’t willing to share that kind of information openly to the public, which is really understandable.

The latest issue that Facebook needs to address is that the newest article from Buzzfeed News in which Facebook employees already knew that the act of putting those “warning labels” are futile at stopping Trump’s gibberish. 

To counteract the BuzzFeed argument, Facebook data scientists bring the proof that shows the act of putting a warning label to those posts can reduce their re-share by 8 percent. Well, on the downside Trump already has abundant of share on many of that ‘false’ post, as a result the reduce is not going to change anything. To put it simply, Trump is outdone the warning label that Facebook put on those ‘false’ posts. 

Furthermore, when Facebook is questioned about the effectiveness of election labels, the VP of Facebook’s Integrity said that the aim of the labels was to give more accurate and real information as well as content. He also didn’t want to give further explanation on specific numbers. Further, he explained to the audiences that data points share with the press are profoundly inspected. He also said that they should ignore the other numbers or amount that they might have seen. (Aren’t you all curious what he is really talking about? Really wonder what it could be) 

The company also stated that they erased 265.000 pieces of content from both Facebook and Instagram in the United States because those posts have been violating the company’s interference policies. It can be concluded that those erased posts are about the misinformation on how to vote, or any other posts that aim to discourage people from voting. Furthermore, there has been 3.3 million submissions of ads that are being rejected because they came from unauthorized parties which are trying to manage ads on social and political issues. 

In the meantime, Trump and his supporters have more time to continue their unproven theory about “rigged election”. They have so much more time until the election is certified. Well, much of that issue is going on Facebook. As a result many Facebook’s users keep on creating “Stop the Steal” groups. Furthermore, most of the top politics posts on Facebook over the past few weeks are dominated by Trump, and without a doubt many of his posts are aimed to spread misinformation and also to sabotage electoral integrity. 

Well, at the very least most of his posts come with a “warning label” at the bottom. 

Facebook gets into the meme-making biz with experimental Whale the app This app was quietly released in Canada last week

The shocking news came from Facebook, secretly it turned out that they had launched a new meme-making application called the Whale application, this was the result of a report compiled from The Information. This application can currently only be downloaded via the App Store, especially for those in Canada, where the list states that this application can edit and beautify some of your images or photos from your stock photo library. You can use some of the features provided such as applying filters, inserting stickers and emojis, and cutting. After the image or photo editing process is successful, you can share the results of the creation to some of your other social media accounts that are also owned by other Facebook such as Messenger, Whatsapp, and Instagram.

The application list confirms that the product development process was carried out by Facebook’s New Product Experiment (NPE) team, which was established early in 2019 to develop and research new experimental applications for the giant Facebook company. In line with this, Facebook confirms that they will use a different brand name with the aim of setting expectations that the application can be sold in the market very quickly, or if there is the worst possibility, then they will close the application if Facebook finds that they are no longer needed for people all over the world. NPE was also targeted to release two of their other applications which will be named with Aux and also Bump, aimed at students and students. A Facebook spokesman said that the application was launched to help companies find innovations in the form of applications that are currently being liked by many people in the world.

It seems very clear which demographics were the target of this application when it was first created and launched. Facebook is struggling to reach young people, especially those who are addicted to memes. A study conducted by Pew and published earlier this year said that almost half of all teenagers in America use Facebook. From the data that already exists, it might sound a lot, but the fact is Facebook is not the one that has the biggest grip, especially if you compare it to its golden age in the past when it was first launched. The strong competitiveness that has been given by the competitors of other application makers to Facebook turns out to constantly make this company lose its strength.

Facebook experiments when TikTok was developing rapidly

Facebook experiments with this new application were carried out amid the widespread use of the TikTok application, a social media application that focuses on videos that are popular among users who are just getting into their teens. Over the past few years after the product was launched outside of its home country, China, TikTok has been used by almost all circles and is a trusted and popular source of applications used to create memes and can be shared with almost all other well-known social media services. Throughout this year, it has been noted that the ByteDance application has approximately 500 million users worldwide and is on its way to the next stage they have planned to have 1.5 billion users from various walks of life around the world. It seems that their path will not be smooth, because there are signs that this month it is predicted that growth will begin to experience a slight slowdown.

With the presence of TikTok, the competition between the two will be tighter and indirectly the battle for social media supremacy will occur. Also recently, Facebook introduced a new feature called Reels. The product launch was carried out in Brazil. Reels are made by copying the style of posts that exist on TikTok, it is done so that the popularity of TikTok can be rivaled.

At the same time, TikTok has also penetrated the world of e-commerce, which allows top-class users to start connecting to their stores within posts. The users can then freely access the store and buy various types of goods without having to die the main application TikTok. Everything is done to facilitate its users.

The rapid growth of TikTok certainly raises polemics in the business world of applications. This is evidenced by criticism made by Mark Zuckerberg, who is also the owner of the Facebook company for application censorship applied by the Chinese government. Simultaneously, US government lawmakers are also investigating the ties of TikTok owned by ByteDance by directly visiting Beijing.

The Whale is currently on a long list of experimental applications that have been bought or launched by Facebook for years since the company was founded. The experimental applications include Moments, Lifestage, Notify, Slingshot, Poke, Moves, Hello, and Tbh. Now, the question that arises is whether the Whale will be able to expand to other markets outside of Canada? This might happen if the application succeeded in capturing the hearts of customers to use it, in other words successfully running the test. However, even if the Whale succeeds, Facebook can easily get rid of the Whale’s main application and immediately implement its tools in the Facebook application that they depend on. By following Facebook’s track record, we suggest not to be too attached to their latest experiments.

Non-Profit Social Media: an Alternative for the Better Generation

Social media, the term must be really familiar to all of us nowadays. Yes, in the past, the so-called media refer to public broadcasts like TV and radio. The shows given for audience are interesting for sure. However, they can only be enjoyed one way. So that people can participate more in the media, social media are definitely great answers. On platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, users cannot only post the feeds but also comment with each other.

No matter how good social media work, there are many issues and problems following behind. Even at the beginning of its presence Facebook has been a medium for cyber-bullying. When there are more platforms like Instagram and Twitter, the condition is getting worse. Moreover, you can simply connect to public figures and celebrities. Well, if you don’t like them, you can just bully them.

Not to forget, there is YouTube. Okay, this platform is great since you basically can watch any video you want for free. There are countless good and advantageous videos uploaded everyday starting from music, cooking instructions, tips and tricks, and more. it is reasonable anyway if there are now many social celebrities coming out from various social media, including YouTube.

But does it mean YouTube is completely good? Of course, it is not. There are many other problems coming from this platform. One of them is easy access for underage kids to open inappropriate content. Well, it is although YouTube has provided the feature of Age Restriction Content. In many cases, it doesn’t work. Sure, bullying still happens in the comment session also. Meanwhile, so many types of content are considered not educative but even dangerous for other people.

The main reason why almost all social media platforms work that way is because; it is all about the money. Yes, they allow many kinds of unnecessary content to upload are due to the high demands. Undeniably, products and demands are things that cannot be easily separated.

Based on the facts mentioned above, it seems great for all of us to have a kind of social media that is really educative and necessary for all realms. Well, money is not the main purpose here. People who create, manage, and use the non-profit social media only want to share advantageous information to others. There is no more toxic content, propaganda, and other terrible things you commonly find in conventional social media.

Since it is non-profit, the content should also be non-commercial. There are no ads needed to fund it. Besides, it is much better if there are no brand accounts that are advertised their products all the time. Well, there is nothing there except educating others.

Sure, for other aspects, it can just be the same as for-profit social media. For example, you can create your own accounts, post photos, videos, and quotes there, and more. Besides, it is allowed if the account doesn’t use your real name. Moreover, it is if you just don’t want your identity to be revealed by others.

Even if you are protecting in a fake name, it doesn’t mean you can post anything as you want. Toxic matters are not allowed and you cannot post something dangerous. There are also no unnecessary challenges. As information, there are now so many challenges that are not giving any advantage at all. Well, they are probably fun but at the same time, they can make people die. You can mention some dangerous challenges viral in social media. They are including swimming in the whirlpool, taping your friend’s body, and more. Those are useless, aren’t they?

Of course, there will be a typical question; will people be interested to use it? This type of social media looks not fun at all. Yes, the users are probably not as many as the conventional ones. But it is definitely a really important thing to start. At least, the non-profit social media must be started by us who care about the future of our kids. Let other social media exist in their own ways. But there must be an alternative, the more positive one.

Finally, the internet has given so many benefits for us. But sure, we can get many problems from them also. So, rather than not caring of all of them, it is much better to stand up starting from now. Sure, there are many ways to use the internet more wisely. If many social media owners only think about profits, let them be. There is still a chance to make the non-profit one, which must be better for all of us.