Every Sunday we will be recapping what happened this week in the world of social media, keeping you up to date!
People have been setting up fake Facebook accounts pretending to be CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, informing people that they have won cash prizes. According to a report, carried out by the New York Times, there were 205 imposter accounts impersonating Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg. These accounts have been scamming users out of their money by sending them messages telling them that they have won the “Facebook Lottery”. In some cases, up to $950,000 has been offered. Users are then told that in order to claim their prize they need to first pay a “delivery fee”. According to the NY Times, targets are first asked to pay hundreds of dollars in iTunes gift cards followed by requests for more money payments before they receive their “prize”. The report has revealed that this scam is not a new one and has been around since 2010. Since the report went live, Facebook have deleted 96 imposter accounts and stated that they are working on ways to track these type of accounts in the future and delete them before they cause harm to potential targets.
Snapchat have launched a new version of their glasses for a cool £149.99, which are currently available to buy in the US, United Kingdom, Canada and France. According to TechCrunch, the platform only sold 220,000 pairs of Version 1, writing off $40 million in stock that was not sold. The new version claims to be more stylish, underwater-friendly and has the ability to take both photos and video. Some of the features of the glasses include: recording up to 30-second videos, a charging case as well as a wireless feature where users can send content directly to their friends or store the footage in their phone’s photo gallery. The glasses currently come in three colours: onyx, ruby and sapphire as well as the option for a prescription lens.
That’s the latest from this week!
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