Verizon and T-Mobile Complete STIR/SHAKEN Rollout

T-Mobile and Verizon announced they have both rolled out the STIR/SHAKEN protocols in an effort to fight robocalls and spam.

Google Rolling Out Verified Calls to Tell You Why Businesses Are Calling

Google is preparing to roll out a feature that will help cut down spam calls by verifying calls before they’re placed.

Mozilla Unveils Email Aliases With Firefox Private Relay

Mozilla has announced it is working on Private Relay, an email alias generating service designed to protect user privacy.

Coronavirus: Facebook Bug Has Been Blocking Legitimate News

Facebook has admitted to a bug that has been blocking legitimate news about the coronavirus pandemic.

Twitter Cracks Down on Tweetdeckers With Mass Account Suspensions

Twitter continues its fight against spam and “tweetdecking” on its platform. On Friday, the social media website suspended a slew of accounts known for stealing and retweeting viral tweets without crediting their original creators. Twitter has suspended a number of…

After Fake News, Facebook Starts Crackdown on Spammy Ads

Facebook has rolled out a new update that seeks to cut down on spammy ads on users’ news feeds. The announcement came just over a month after the social media site clamped down on fake news and disinformation. “With this…

Yahoo Faces Class Action Suit Over Alleged Text Message Spam

Yahoo will face a class action lawsuit related to unwanted text messages it allegedly sent to Sprint customers. According to reports, the company was ordered by a federal judge on Monday to face the suit, which claims it sent unsolicited…

Google Tweaks Algorithm To Better Handle Hacked Spam

Google announced that it has begun rolling out a series of algorithmic changes aimed at better handling hacked spam in search results. The company says it is “aggressively” targeting hacked spam to protect users and webmasters alike. “A huge amount…

Google Will Make It Harder For Repeat Offenders To Get Back Rankings

Google is not cool with you frequently violating their guidelines. Well, obviously they’re not cool with you violating them at all, but they do give second chances. If you screw up and get slapped with a manual penalty, you can…

LinkedIn Says It’ll Stop Sending You So Many Emails

Two things are true about LinkedIn emails. First, like any company that sends automated emails, there’s a way to unsubscribe and/or turn down the volume. Of course, ain’t nobody got time for that, which brings me to the second thing…

19 Kids and Counting: Duggar Petition Site a Scam To Collect Email Addresses?

When the Duggar’s show 19 Kids and Counting was finally officially cancelled by TLC, fans of the show were livid. They took to comment sections of blogs, Twitter accounts, and Facebook pages by the score to vent their displeasure that…

Email Spam Rate Lowest In Over A Decade

Email spam levels have reached a twelve-year low according to research from Symantec. The company released its June Intelligence Report looking at targeted attacks and phishing, vulnerabilities, malware, mobile and social media, and of course spam. “There is good news…

Instagram Has a Bot Problem, Despite ‘Purge’, Say Researchers

After looking at over 10.2 million accounts and studying the behavior of 20,000 purchased fake accounts, some Italian researchers have concluded that Instagram still has a bot problem. How bad is it? According to security researcher Andrea Stroppa, it’s not…

Some Brands Are Absolutely Dominated By Social Spam

It’s not news that spam plagues social media, but Networked Insights (via Marketing Land) recently put out some research looking into how it affects brands, and the conclusion is that data is pretty “dirty”. According to the report, 9% of…

Google Just Announced Another New Ranking Adjustment

Google just announced that it is cracking down on doorway pages with a new ranking adjustment, which will launch soon. Do you think doorways pages have been a noticeable problem in search results? Share your thoughts in the comments. Doorway…

You’re Going To Have A Hard Time Spamming Pinterest

Spam has historically been a problem on Pinterest, but it’s becoming less of one, according to the company. That’s a good thing considering that it’s now getting into monetization, and offering advertising options. Have you noticed a significant decrease in…

Instagram Will Finally Verify Users as It Tops 300 Million

Instagram has just announced a significant milestone – 300 million users. The company says that its user base now shares over 70 million photos and videos every day and CEO Kevin Systrom says that 70 percent is international. Alongside this…

Is The Matt Cutts Era Over?

It’s not 100% clear yet, but it’s looking like for webmasters and SEOs, the era of Matt Cutts is a thing of the past. His career at Google may continue, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be the head of…

Facebook Talks About Its Intolerance For Spam

Facebook revealed on Friday that it has obtained nearly $2 billion in legal judgments against spammers, and talked extensively about how it won’t put up with fake likes and other spam on its network. The company says it’s honoring Cyber…