10 Things in Tech: Social giants' urge Ukrainians to secure their accounts

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10 Things in Tech: Social giants' urge Ukrainians to secure their accounts
A convoy of Russian armored vehicles moves along a highway in Crimea, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.Associated Press

Hi everyone. Facebook and Twitter suggest users in Ukraine should close or lock their accounts, and tech firms have triggered contingency plans to help staff in the country.

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1. Social media companies encouraged Ukrainian users to secure their accounts. Twitter and Facebook recommended that users worried about their accounts being hacked or manipulated as part of Russia's invasion should lock or close their accounts.

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  • Russia's military has previously used social media to manipulate political events, often spreading misinformation.
  • Twitter said it mistakenly blocked some users that were sharing footage from Ukraine, including open-source-intelligence accounts, which share footage posted to social media from conflict zones.
  • On Thursday, Google's ad tools were still monetizing media outlets run by or associated with the Kremlin. Sites tied to the Kremlin displayed Google-served ads from brands like Paramount+, Best Buy, Eddie Bauer, and others.
  • Tech startups and corporates relying on Ukraine's base of technical talent have rushed to provide assistance to their staff in the country.

Here's what else social media companies have recommended for their Ukrainian users.


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10 Things in Tech: Social giants' urge Ukrainians to secure their accounts
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10 Things in Tech: Social giants' urge Ukrainians to secure their accounts
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