The digital revolution, which kick started in the 19th century, has successfully managed to drive us off from the world of actuality.
As a matter of fact, exploring the globe is on our finger tips. However, the flip side of the coin is totally different, which now is taking toll on human beings physical as well as mental dexterities.
When we talk about social networking sites, we have innumerable options such as Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp and now Saraha, which has gone viral like wild fire.
It was designed by Saudi Arabian developer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq back in 2016 somewhere in November as to assist employees in giving feedback, harboring positive/negative remarks, to their employers sans revealing their names and identities.
Soon, he came up with the idea that the app might help friends exchanging constructive messages anonymously to each other as well; and that’s how the app is sweeping across the globe like a wild fire and now, it reaches to more than 300 million users to be exact.
As mentioned earlier, the app was originally initiated to let people send positive comments; but the reality is just the opposite. Copious people have started using the app to bully and troll individuals.
Hence, using the app is proved to be perilous particularly for teens and young folks, as they tend to take such non-constructive comments critically, which leads them to mount depression or anxiety sooner or later.
If the online reports are to be considered, most of its users are teenagers, which is certainly a bitter pill to swallow for parents.
It is pertinent to mention here that adolescents are really into such secret confessions sort of games. These apps sound appealing to their budding mind.
Reports further stated that countless users particularly ladies took to social media as to post the comments, harboring body shamming stuff, they have received while using the said app.
Who to blame: The app or its junkies?
There has been always a debate that social media is just a platform to share goings-on or feelings and thus, there are the people who are accountable for creating online fuss.
It has been observed that internet trolls tend to leave a raft of abusive messages online on a daily basis for no reason.
Considering this, experts are of the view that such sorts of apps are instigated for two kinds of people: Narcissistic, who are obsessed with themselves and Sadistic, who seek pleasure via abusing and harassing people online.
It is worth mentioning here that secrecy, which the app is providing, is considered an addictive drug that can potentially be used in non-constructive means.
Believe it or not, but it has been scientifically proven that humans harbor malicious and aggressive side, which emerges at its nastiest upon donning a mask of anonymity over their individualities.
Also, its aficionados can say noxious stuff that they can never ever dare to utter in person. Thereby, it is crystal clear that the app is promoting hatred and enmity.
Critics go haywire learning about the way digitization is taking toll on humans themselves. We are getting robotic in order to meet the requirements of fast pacing world.
From kids to oldies, everyone seems to be hooked up with their devices exploring online world.
These days, humans prefer checking their social networking sites rather than sitting with their family and friends.
It seems as if we increasingly getting dependent on those man-made devices, which overshadow the actuality of our own selves.
P.S. It is pertinent to point it out here that there are some other similar apps like Saraha (such as Whisper, Yik Yak, After School etc ) roaming around the online globe. Of which app AskFM was accused of taking teens life in the UK and Italy back in 2012.
Facebook says data breach affected 29 million users
Cyber attackers stole data from 29 million Facebook accounts using an automated program that moved from one friend to the next, Facebook Inc (FB.O) announced as the social media company said its largest-ever data theft hit fewer than the 50 million profiles it initially reported.
The company said it would message affected users over the coming days to tell them what type of information had been accessed in the attack.
The breach has left users more vulnerable to targeted phishing attacks and could deepen unease about posting to a service whose privacy, moderation and security practices have been called into question by a series of scandals, cybersecurity experts and financial analysts said.
The attackers took profile details such as birth dates, employers, education history, religious preference, types of devices used, pages followed and recent searches and location check-ins from 14 million users.
For the other 15 million users, the breach was restricted to name and contact details. In addition, attackers could see the posts and lists of friends and groups of about 400,000 users.
Lawmakers and investors have grown more concerned that Facebook is not doing enough to safeguard data. Facebook cut the number of affected users from its original estimate after investigators reviewed activity on accounts that may have been affected. Still, cybersecurity experts warned that attackers could use stolen information in targeted phishing scams.
Facebook said it was continuing to investigate whether the attackers took actions beyond stealing data, such as posting from accounts but had not found additional misuse. Hackers did not steal personal messages or financial data and did not use their access to accounts to access users’ accounts on other websites, Facebook said.
Jetliner lands in the US after world’s longest flight
NEW YORK: An Airbus jetliner arrived in Newark on Friday after a nearly 18-hour trip from Singapore, completing the world’s longest commercial flight.
It marked the revival of a route that had been eliminated in 2013. Singapore Airlines Flight SQ22 arrived at 5:29 am (0929 GMT), having left Singapore’s Changi airport at 11:23 pm, the Newark Liberty International Airport website said. That made for a flight of 17 hours and 52 minutes. The flight had been scheduled to take 18 hours and 25 minutes.
The plane was carrying 150 passengers and 17 crew members as it traveled 10,250 miles (16,500 kilometers). “I feel perfectly well rested,” said Kristopher Alladin, a 37-year-old Canadian. “I’m lucky because I’m able to sleep on the plane.” Flying from New York to Singapore would be a longer journey, lasting an estimated 18 hours and 45 minutes. The first flight in that direction took off from Newark at 11:10 am Friday.
Singapore Airlines only offers premium economy and business seats on the flight – no regular economy seats. “Although you’re in premium eco, you feel like you’re in first class,” said Alladin, adding that he had taken the same flight in 2008. “The flight was very smooth, very quiet.”
Air India jet hits wall on takeoff
NEW DELHI: Air India today grounded two pilots after one of its jets carrying 136 people hit an airport perimeter wall on takeoff and then flew for almost four hours with a damaged body, officials said.
The Boeing 737 suffered the damage as it left Trichy in southern India bound for Dubai. Officials at the airport in Tamil Nadu state “observed that aircraft might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall,” said an Air India statement.
“The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command. The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally. It was decided to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure.”
The jet landed in Mumbai four hours later and pictures of the damaged aircraft went viral on social media soon after it landed safely. The 130 passengers were moved to a new flight to Dubai.