Snapchat Adds Filters for Cats
Snapchat is mostly used by famous people and young people who are happy to share their photos decorated with crowns, flowers, funny glasses, and facial expressions. Now, the app announced something that might delight all Snapchat users who like to take photos with their pets, especially with their cats.
The photo-sharing app announced that Snapchat selfie filter will now work on cats as well as on humans. Previously, the facial-recognition technology could apply the filters to humans and some breeds of dogs. However, now cat owners and lovers could use Snapchat to decorate photos of their pets adding glasses, funny hats, and slices of bread. The cats are probably the most popular internet animals and it seems unusual that Snapchat did not think of this earlier.
The announcement came from Snapchat weeks after the parent company reported the number of users using Snapchat on a daily basis has significantly dropped. The number of users has dropped by three million. From April to June, they had 188 million active users and now the number of active users is approximately 185 million. This was the first time ever that the company reported a drop in active users.
Snapchat is not the only company that has face recognition technology that works on animals. In September, Sony announced they are developing autofocus technology that can work on animals as well.
Facebook Shuts Some Politic Pages
Facebook removed more than 800 pages and accounts which could be related to pages who profit from politically themed spam. In their blog, Facebook said 559 pages and 251 accounts abused the platform while trying to make people visit their sites which make money from advertisement.
Scammers usually send a message about celebrities or disaster, but recently they were more focused on generating traffic regarding some popular political and controversial views. As you can imagine, Facebook is under criticism since some accounts stated that they are legitimate political activists. Facebook said they have removed pages created by fake accounts, they also removed accounts with same names which are usually used as “clickbait” messages. According to Facebook:
“This artificially inflates engagement for their inauthentic pages and the posts they share, misleading people about their popularity and improving their ranking in News Feed.”
Previously, Facebook struggled to select these pages and accounts since posts shared on these pages often seem legitimate and similar to other political sites.
Instead of analyzing the content of the pages and accounts, Facebook looked into fake accounts which are behind these pages. Some of these removed accounts have been present on Facebook for years and they have millions of people following them.
Chris Metcalf, whose admin of Reasonable People Unite account on Facebook which was removed said:
“I am a legitimate political activist. I don’t have a clickbait blog. I don’t have a fake news website.”
Facebook has been criticized for allowing hate speech on their platform and for allowing third parties to collect data from their users without their knowledge. They have also been criticized for deleting legit pages and accounts usually from people who are politically or socially active.
The US Weapons Systems Could be Easily Hacked
A government report concluded that most of the US’ cutting-edge weapons in the military can be easily hacked. This included the newest F-35 jet and missile systems. The committee’s members expressed their concerns how protected we are against cyber-attacks.
The main findings are that the Pentagon did not change the default passwords on multiple weapons system and the ones which are changed can be easily guessed in nine seconds. According to the test’s results, two people managed to gain initial access to the weapons system and in one day they gained full control. The Pentagon did not issue a detailed and elaborate response to the 50-page report.
Ken Munro, an expert at the security firm Pen Test Partners, said that he was “not at all surprised” by the report’s findings, saying:
“It takes a long time to develop a weapons system, often based on iterations of much older systems. As a result, the components and software can be based on very old, vulnerable code… However, that’s no excuse. This report shows some very basic security flaws that could easily have been addressed by changing passwords and keeping software up-to-date.”