Are people still surprised by stories like this?
I’m getting a lot of ideas from this thread though.
Interesting solution, though I think the problem here is that most of these social media giants provide API access via OAuth authorization schemes (insofar as I know, this is the only way most of these bots could possibly post on social media) allowing non-humans to post on behalf of the human. This largely isn’t for nefarious purposes either–think of all of the cross-app integrations that exist out there that post an update to your Facebook whenever you’ve met a personal running goal or something similar.
So provided a human has generated personal access tokens or OAuth-authorized credentials, a non-human would be able to act on the behalf of the human and post any content it wanted to.
Thinking about the use case of automated users (non-nefarious bots), one approach would be to label those accounts explicitly, like Slack does when you use a Slack bot.
I haven’t been on Facebook in awhile, but if I remember correctly this is already implemented in Facebook.
Near the time stamp there (used to be) a string that linked back to a website for an app-originated update.
Maybe I’m missing something, but this is an advert for a VPN service. Why?
Mainly because it is new and people seem to trust proton mail. In my mind a release from a trusted company is noteworthy.
This can’t be that new… I’ve been using ProtonVPN for months now.
Edit: They graduated out of beta on 20 June 2017 according to this article.
Ya it’s been out for a bit
You’re not missing something and I’m not really advertising it but ok. The post was simply meant to be informative with regards to a prominent email service offering a VPN service as well.
As someone who is just starting to get into a software-related field, I found this very helpful. Especially since, typically people my age tend to let the interviewers drive the interview and fail to ask any question.
I always knew it was important to ask questions, but I never knew what questions to ask. Thanks!