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It's something of a nightmare for parents these days: You wake up only to discover your bank account has been drained by your children spending money online. We've seen it happen with microtransactions in games, but one teenager managed to spend close to $20,000 through Twitch donations.
Speaking to Dot Esports, the teenage boy's mother revealed that over the course of two weeks in June, he donated more than $19,870 in Twitch donations using her debit card, and these donations went to both career Twitch streamers as well as professional athletes like Falcons quarterback Kurt Benkert.
Nearly all of the money was returned to her bank account by contacting the firm Xsolla, which Twitch uses for payments. The son is now limited to an hour of gaming per day and must also pursue activities outside and with his family.
This new allegation is almost certainly linked to advertising, it also has echoes of TikTok’s secret clipboard access caught by Apple’s iOS 14 beta. More critically for users, it shows yet again that the app does not apply the level of rigour that any platform of its size and with its reach should do as a matter of course.
The former chief operating officer of Pinterest is suing her ex-employer, claiming that the platform's woman-friendly public face is not matched internally and instead "reflects a pattern of discrimination and exclusion."
Pinterest hired Francoise Brougher as chief operating officer in March 2018, then fired her in April of this year. In a lawsuit (PDF) Tuesday in California, Brougher claims that her dismissal was unrelated to her performance and was instead in retaliation for complaining about sexism.
The lost in time FantasyFaire team still thinks Pinterest is the best way to present shopping items LOL...Anyone remember Pinterest? It's still out there. And apparently loves irony.
Over the past few months, the company has continued to hold out the app as a safe and reliable way for activists to communicate in large gatherings. Bridgefy's tweets embrace protestors in Belarus, India, and Zimbabwe, not to mention the Black Lives Matter protests throughout the US. The company has also said its software developer kit can be used to build COVID-19 contact tracing apps.
Just this month, on August 10, this article quoted Bridgefy cofounder and CEO Jorge Ríos saying: “Last year, we became the protest app.” Up until last week, Bridgefy told Android users via the Google Play Store, “Don’t worry! Your messages are safe and can’t be read by those people in the middle.” The company continues to encourage iOS users to “have secure and private conversations” using the app.
But now, researchers are revealing a litany of recently uncovered flaws and weaknesses that show that just about every claim of anonymity, privacy, and reliability is outright false.