FTC issues first fines using a law against ticket scalping bots

  • January 23, 2021
Most live events simply aren’t an option due to the pandemic, but that isn’t stopping the FTC from cracking down on ticket scalper bots. The regulator has taken its first legal action using the Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act meant to punish th…

Instagram will make suspicious accounts verify their identities

  • August 13, 2020
Instagram is taking new steps to root out bots and other accounts trying to manipulate its platform. The company says it will start asking some users to verify their identities if it suspects “potential inauthentic behavior.”Instagram stresses that t…

Valve is allowing racist bots to invade ‘Team Fortress 2’

  • June 5, 2020
Content warning: This story contains images and descriptions of hate speech.For the past two months, Team Fortress 2 has been under attack by a horde of racist, homophobic, sexist, pornographic and generally bigoted robots. The bots appear in nearly…