FaceBook, Google Lose $123m to Scammer

The Court of Appeal of Lithuania has decided to extradite to the United States a Lithuanian scam artist identified as Evaldas Rimasauskas, who conned $123 million out of FaceBook and Google by sending fake emails.

“Assumption that the damage was done to the companies registered in the United States became the ground for the extradition of Rimasauskas,” the court said in a press release on Friday.

The decision to extradite the scammer was irrevocable, the court said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York accused Rimasauskas of wire transfer fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering, news agency Elta reported.

It is alleged that Rimasauskas took part in the scam using e-mail correspondence and posed as an Asian computer hardware manufacturer to persuade Google and FaceBook to accept fraudulent invoices and transfer funds to the company established under the same name in Latvia.

The funds were transferred to the latter company’s accounts in banks in Cyprus and Latvia.

The court underlined it has not been assessing the circumstances of the crime and the proof of guilt as it “should trust the information provided by the judicial authority of the country which applied for the extradition.”

Rimasauskas is suspected to have conned 23 million dollars from Google and 100 million dollars from FaceBook.

He was detained in Lithuania on March 16. On April 18, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Lithuania received the U.S. Justice Department’s request to extradite the suspect.

Rimasauskas has denied the charges.

Meanwhile, the attorney of Rimasauskas claimed that the investigation of the suspected crime must take place in Lithuania as the allegedly criminal actions were carried out within the country, local media reported.

Lithuania has a bilateral extradition agreement with the United States and this case “meets all the criteria”, the chairman of the court underlined.

Building A Purpose-Driven Company The Facebook Way

 

When Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg, hit the stage in June to announce the company’s new mission to a hall filled with community group heads in Chicago, Illinois, it was obvious that something revolutionary – or at least, profound – was about to happen.

The tech-entrepreneur told Facebook users across the world – all 2 billion of them – that the company is doing what it has not done in 10 years – it is changing its policy direction from its mission to develop a platform to ‘make the world more open and connected’ to one that has a broader value proposition: ‘Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.’

In a 3,000 word treatise that followed, Zuckerberg took time to explain the rationale behind the company’s move stating that rather than moving away from its mission of connecting friends and family, Facebook is simply embarking on a social mission broadening its focus to enable people to connect with ‘meaningful communities’. He said communities help users find common ground, which helps people engage with new perspectives and become aware of different issues. Groups also offer individuals personal support, which gives them bandwidth to look outward and address the biggest human problems, like climate change, global health issues, domestic violence, substance abuse, and more.

Essentially Facebook is on a mission to help people across the world gain perspective by providing them with a platform to engage in groups.
“We’ve been thinking about what our responsibility is in the world,” Zuckerberg said in an interview. “Connecting friends and family have been pretty positive, but I think there is just this collective feeling that we have a responsibility to do more than that and also help build communities and help people get exposed to new perspectives and meet new people — not just give people a voice, but also help build common ground so people can actually move forward together.”

Many private organisations across the world are increasingly seeing the need to engage in activities that are traditionally the sole prerogative of public institutions and governments. We are increasingly seeing brands who consider impacting the lives of citizens and communities as a mission that must be accomplished with or without the collaboration of government or its institutions.

Like Facebook, other companies like Chivas Regal which organizes ‘The Venture’ – an international contest open to social entrepreneurs using business as a force for good – and the Union Bank Centenary Innovation Challenge – an initiative set to impact Nigeria by unearthing and supporting innovative ideas for addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in entrepreneurial ways – are taking Corporate Social Responsibility a notch higher by taking on far bigger national and global challenges.

RED, the media company which I co-founded with my partner, Chude Jideonwo perhaps takes it a bit further by placing its core-growth ideology around inspiring and enabling young people to engage towards inclusive growth and active nation-building.

With this shift in approach, it is increasingly apparent that companies are realising the need to step beyond the laser focus on profits, eschew the tokenism that has hitherto been regarded as CSR, and invest resources in directly impacting the lives of people and communities around them for the greater good. It is hard to argue against this business philosophy as the way to go moving into the future.

Here are some benefits derived by companies who dare to exhibit some humanity while taking care of business.

Brand differentiation: Brands with a focus on innovation and impact tend to, in the medium and long term, build a reputation among potential customers, consumers and stakeholders as the go-to entity when they need practical solutions to their problems.

For example, brands with established initiatives towards enrolling children displaced by insurgency in the North-west of Nigeria or that which invests massively in providing entrepreneurial training for start-ups across the country would have succeeded in not only building top-of-mind awareness in solving nagging societal challenges, but also gathering a groundswell of goodwill with which they can draw from in the future.

 

Heightened brand appeal: We only do business with brands we like. And if the brand in question appeals to your emotions by offering quality services while taking care of collective challenges – even better. It’s therefore little wonder why financial institutions such as GTBank and its likes invest resources in lifestyle engagements. This is clearly to position itself as a 360-degree brand with a focus on satisfying the daily needs of the rapidly increasing, highly dynamic, attention challenged, digitally-active customers.

Good old trust: Looking closely at the Facebook’s example, it is clear that the global company has chosen the path of trust. With its new mission, the brand has taken another important step in deepening its relationship with users who interact and share information on the platform daily.
Positioning your business as a purpose-driven entity with the sole objective of building a better future etches its essence on the minds of customers and stakeholders alike as a partner, rather than a faceless entity with no soul.

Regardless of the size of your brand, it is becoming a growing imperative to adopt ideas that reach beyond profit making. The real path to growth is exploiting the values that lie in caring for the holistic well-being of the next person. As Zuckerberg maintained in his address: “We have to build the world where everyone has a sense of purpose and community. That’s how we’ll bring the world closer together. We have to build the world where we care about a person in India or China or Nigeria or Mexico as much as a person here. That’s how we’ll achieve our greatest opportunities and build the world we want for generations to come.”

The future starts now.

 

Source: The Guardian

Mark Zuckerberg Meets Founder Of FIN, Nigerian Facebook Group, Lola Omolola

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, on Tuesday received Nigeria’s Lola Omolola, founder of a secret Facebook group called Female in Nigeria.

FIN was founded in 2015 by Omolola, a movement of women focused on building compassion and providing support for one another, with the goal of having up to 1000 members in the group.

However, the group exceeded its target as it recently hit one million members.

According to Zuckerberg’s Facebook page on Tuesday, he will be meeting with Lola and a few hundred of other top Facebook group admins in Chicago later in the month for the first ever Facebook Communities Summit.

“Over the past few weeks, I’ve been meeting group admins across the country that are building meaningful communities on Facebook and will be at the summit.

“Two years ago, she founded a secret Facebook group called Female IN, or FIN,’’ Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg said FIN is “a no-judgment space where more than a million women come to talk about everything from marriage and sex to health issues and work problems’’

“It is helping to end the culture of silence that exists for women in some parts of the world.’’

He said for the past decade, Facebook had been focused on making the world more open and connected.

The Facebook founder expressed the willingness of the platform to continue to connect persons, adding that there was the need to do much more by bringing people closer together and build common understanding.

“One of the best ways to do that is by helping people build community, both in the physical world and online.

“I have written and talked about these themes throughout this year, especially in my community letter in February and at Harvard Commencement in May.

“The Chicago summit will be the next chapter and we’ll discuss more of what we’re building to empower community leaders to bring the world closer.

“I’m looking forward to meeting more admins like Lola and talking about how we can help them do even more to build community.

“I’ll share more info on the summit as we get closer, and I’ll stream the event live from my profile later this month.’’

Reports Facebook Won’t Censor Suicide Videos

Authorities world wide have made efforts to have social media companies censor live videos following the various suicide and murder videos released by social media users through facebook live-feed.

Facebook will reportedly continue allowing people to live stream self-harm attempts because the social media network doesn’t want to censor or punish people in distress.

The Guardian news website has reported on Monday that while Facebook also believes videos showing violent deaths are disturbing they don’t always have to be deleted as the footage can help build awareness around issues, including mental illness.

The news site also says Facebook doesn’t believe photos of non-sexual physical abuse or child bullying should be deleted or ‘actioned’ unless there is a ‘sadistic’ or celebratory element.

It also says Facebook uses software to intercept some graphic context before it is published on the site, the Guardian says.

The rules are contained in a dossier that’s been leaked to the Guardian and is likely to reignite the debate between freedom of expression, safety and censorship on the internet.

Anyone who may be feeling distressed can contact the following organisations for support.

 

Facebook to Pay 110m Euro Fine for Deceit

European Union (EU) antitrust regulators on Thursday said they would fine Facebook 110 million euros (122.4 million dollars) for providing misleading information over its purchase of messaging service WhatsApp in 2014.

Calling it a “proportionate and deterrent fine,” the European Commission, which acts as the EU’s competition watchdog, said Facebook had said it could not automatically match user accounts on its namesake platform and WhatsApp but two years later launched a service that did exactly that.

“The Commission has found that, contrary to Facebook’s statements in the 2014 merger review process, the technical possibility of automatically matching Facebook and WhatsApp users’ identities already existed in 2014, and that Facebook staff were aware of such a possibility,” the Commission said.

The commission added that the fine would not reverse the Commission’s decision to clear the purchase of WhatsApp and was unrelated to separate investigations into data protection issues.

Reuters reported on Wednesday that Facebook was set to be fined.

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Facebook Campaigns Against Fake News In UK

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Facebook has announced a national print advertising campaign in the UK to educate the British public about fake news, as part of a concerted global effort to crack down on the false information epidemic it has seen on its platform.

The social network’s full-page print ads will appear in four UK newspapers on Monday, including the Telegraph, Times, Metro and Guardian, reproducing the same 10 tips to spot fake news that it launched on Facebook itself last month.

The move, which comes a month before the UK general election, follows similar newspaper ads in Germany and France last month ahead of their elections, in newspapers including Bild, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Le Monde and Les Échos. “People want to see accurate information on Facebook and so do we. That is why we are doing everything we can to tackle the problem of false news,” said Simon Milner, Facebook’s director of policy for the UK.

“To help people spot false news, we are showing tips to everyone . . . on how to identify if something they see is false.” The 10 tips include watching out for fraudulent web addresses and manipulated photos, as well as considering the source and tone of a story, such as whether it is a joke.

1.3 Billion Users Visit Facebook Daily

Mark Zuckerberg the founder of  Facebook said on his facebook page on Wednesday that users increased by 18 percent on a year- over-year basis. He also said the social media platform has 1.3 billion daily active users as at the first quarter of 2017.

 

He said that the Monthly Active Users (MAUs) was 1.94 billion as at March 31, 2017.

“We just announced our quarterly results and gave an update on our progress connecting the world.

“We had a good start to 2017. We are continuing to build tools to support a strong global community.

“Our community now has more than 1.9 billion people, including almost 1.3 billion people active every day.

“Our next focus is building community. More than 100 million people on Facebook are members of ‘very meaningful’ groups, like parent support groups or illness support groups that are an important part of their lives,’ Zuckerberg said.

He said that his hope was to help more than one billion people join very meaningful groups to strengthen the social fabric over the next few years.

According to him, facebook has a lot more work to build a global community that works for everyone.

“We are also continuing our work to spot false news, and enabling greater civic engagement by connecting people with their government representatives.

“This quarter, we also took a major technology step forward at F8, by opening up the camera to be the first mainstream augmented reality platform,’’ he said.

Thailand Media Slammed For Facebook Live Baby Murder Coverage

Thailand media has been criticised for publishing images of a man killing his infant daughter in a Facebook Live video, a grim case that sparked outrage and raised fears of copycat killings.

The video, filmed Monday on the southern resort island of Phuket, showed Wuttisan Wongtalay hang his 11-month daughter, Natalie, from an abandoned building before taking his own life, according to police in charge of the case.

The footage was online for around 24 hours before it was removed on Tuesday, prompting cries for Facebook to move more swiftly to take down clips of grisly crimes and killings.

 A Thai media body also slammed news outlets that showed graphic images of the crime.At least one major Thai daily printed an image of the murder-suicide on its front page Tuesday, while several TV channels also aired segments of the video.

 

Man Murders Child, Kills Himself On Facebook Live

A man in Phuket has reportedly filmed himself killing his child and then himself on Facebook Live, Thai police said on Tuesday. Officers on the southern resort island said they were alerted to the video by friends of the man and rushed to an abandoned hotel near the international airport on Monday afternoon.

“They had already died when I arrived there,” Lieutenant Jullaus Suvannin, one of the first on the scene, told AFP, adding a smartphone was found propped up against a wall.

 Police said they believed the man had previously argued with the mother of the murdered child, an 11-month girl. The man had hung himself and his daughter, they said.Facebook was not immediately available for comment.

The killing comes just days after Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg vowed to work to keep the world’s leading social network from being used to propagate harrowing acts like murder and suicide.

Zuckerberg was responding to pressure after a man in the US state of Ohio used Facebook Live to broadcast footage of himself walking up to a stranger in the street and shooting him dead. The killer went on to fatally shoot himself after a massive manhunt and police chase.

During a speech, last Wednesday Zuckerberg conceded that Facebook had “a lot of work” to do on the issue.

“We are going to work on building common ground, not just getting more opinions out there,” he added.

 

Facebook Wants More From Your Lives

In a 2015 Q&A, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg argued that the future of communication may well be telepathy. “One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology,” he said. “You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too.”

Now, two years later, Facebook is working hard to make Zuckerberg’s futurist vision a reality. And Regina Dugan — who headed up both the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group — is leading the effort. Onstage at Facebook’s F8 conference Wednesday, Dugan provided concrete details on the company’s telepathy efforts for the first time, introducing a research initiative she hopes will someday enable us to type words into Facebook posts simply by thinking them.

“It sounds impossible, but it’s closer than you may realize,” Dugan said. “We have a goal of creating a system capable of typing 100 words per minute — five times faster than you can type on your smartphone — straight from your brain.”

For Dugan, who runs Facebook’s secretive research and hardware lab Building 8, the idea of such a brain-computer interface is not nearly far-fetched as it might sound. More to the point, it makes good sense. Thinking our words into a computer would likely be more efficient than manually typing them. And thinking commands into our smartphones could free us from staring at them so much, giving us more time to engage with the world around us. It too could make glasses overlaying digital information on the real world feel natural since we wouldn’t have to operate them clunkily via touch or voice. “Even something as simple as a ‘yes,’ ‘no’ brain click would fundamentally change our capability,” Dugan said.

It remains to be seen if Facebook can develop such a technology and widely deploy it. But should it manage to do so it’ll likely encounter a perhaps more monumental task: convincing people to trust a company with a bumpy history of privacy missteps with their brains.

Well aware of such concerns, Dugan stressed that Facebook is taking a measured approach to these new brain-computer interfaces. “To be clear, we are not talking about decoding your random thoughts,” she said. “We’re talking about decoding those words, the ones you already decided to share, by sending them to the speech centre of your brain.”

Source: Buzz Feed

Man Attempts To Kill Daughter Over Facebook

A Thai man has been arrested for  attempting to kill his daughter over a misunderstanding based on her usage of smart phone and Facebook.

Sornkrai Poonperm, police commissioner of Petchburi province, some 120 kms south-west of Bangkok, said Surin Kaewrae, 41, confessed to attacking his 13-year-old daughter with a knife.

“Kaewrae attacked his daughter with a knife after a dispute over her excessive use of Facebook and a smartphone,’’ Poonperm said. However, his daughter survived the attack and is being treated in hospital.

According to Sornkrai, Surin was apprehended while on the run with his 5-year-old daughter in a nearby province.

Meanwhile, he has previously been sentenced to three years for other crimes.

Surin told police he had many arguments with his daughter previously, adding that he had told her several times to study rather than chat with her boyfriend, but his daughter never listened.

Police said later Surin’s wife Hattaya Kaewrae, the victim’s mother, attempted to physically attack her husband but was held back by police.