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Instagram taps seller of fake likes with multi-million dollar lawsuit


Instagram lawsuit
A Chrome extension can bring your hidden "Likes" out in the open.
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Facebook is suing a New Zealand-based company for selling fake likes and follows to users of its photo-sharing app, Instagram.

The lawsuit, filed today in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, accuses the defendants of using different companies and websites to peddle bot-generated likes, views, and new followers, which violates Instagram’s terms of use along with U.S. computer fraud laws.

You’re winning PUBG Mobile because you’re playing against bots


PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile is easy at first.
Screenshot: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

So, you’re racking up wins in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on iOS and you’re thinking about quitting your day job, ditching the wife and kids, and going pro. But wait!

You’re probably finding the game relatively easy if you’re a new player because you’re going up against bots. PUBG Mobile uses bots to ease new players into the game, then gradually reduces the number of them as you improve and level up.

Twitter begins long-awaited crackdown on bots


Will Facebook and Instagram follow suit?
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Twitter has finally begun its long-awaited crackdown on bots.

The company has made changes to its API that make it significantly harder for services to batch tweet to multiple accounts, retweet, follow users, and more. This puts a stop to the software that powers Twitter bots.

Computer engineer wins 1,000 Twitter contests with Python script


A simple Python script later, Hunter Scott was entered into 165,000 Twitter contests.
Photo: Hunter Scott

Computer engineer Hunter Scott wrote a Python script to enter virtually every Twitter contest started over the span of nine months. The bot ended up entering him in about 165,000 different “RT to win” contests and more importantly, he won close to 1,000. On average, he won four contests per day every day.