If you live in Canada, you or someone you know may have been hacked on Instagram recently. The platform has seen a big increase in hackers getting access to personal accounts. After taking over an account, hackers post and promote different forms of digital investments, like ForEx trading and cryptocurrency.
Instagram crypto scams fall under general social media “hacks” but are mostly considered phishing scams. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), social media is a goldmine for scammers who stole $770 million from Americans in 2021 (three times the previous year). Their goal is to get you to invest in fake investment sites or give them your crypto credentials, so they can steal your money.
In Toronto, a small business owner had his account hacked by a scammer who pretended to run his online business and engage customers. The scammer quoted prices, immediate delivery upon payment, and provided bank transfer details for an account in Houston. After going back and forth with Instagram support without success, the business owner got his account back with help from Citytv News. His future plans are to sell directly from a website, a blog, or other more secure platforms. Meta suggests users who've had their Instagram accounts hacked visit their help center online since they don't provide telephone support for Instagram. This cybersecurity company offers various tips, the most important one being, DON’T CLICK ON ANY LINKS.
Instagram Hack Insurance: Israeli-based tech startup, Notch is the first company to insure creators who get hacked. They offer insurance for NFTs and Instagram. The way it works for Notch's Instagram insurance is that a customer pays a monthly premium starting at a minimum of $8 per month. Notch pays the creator a daily stipend after they are hacked up to a maximum amount (or 90 days) and also helps them regain access to their account.
After Roe v Wade was overturned, Canadian TikTokers responded with support. They used the hashtag #wegodowntogether to let Americans seeking abortions in Canada that their doors were open. One TikToker posted,
If you want to come ‘see my cows’ for the weekend let me know. I can give you a safe space while you recover from ‘seeing my cows.
While well-intentioned, Jill Doctoroff, executive director of National Abortion Federation Canada, said,
"Travelling to Canada isn't a viable option for the marginalized Americans who will be most impacted by abortion bans...Those who can afford to come north of the border for an abortion would likely prefer to be put up in a paid hotel room than stay in a stranger's home."
What's noteworthy about Gen Z is that their identity is shaped by their personal conversations in-person and online. Ioana Literat, a researcher who studies youth political participation on social media, says,
"TikTok is such a fitting space for those discussions because political expression on TikTok is quintessentially personal.”
Most observers see TikTok as a fun light-hearted platform. But Gen Z who have had to deal with climate change, gun control, racial justice, the pandemic and now Roe v. Wade are increasingly becoming activists and sharing their views with their followers on social media platforms. After the Supreme Court's ruling, hashtags like like #roevwade, #womensrights, #abortion, #prochoice, and #prolife received billions of views.
Gen-Z for Change is a non-profit led by young people. It uses social media to educate, encourage and mobilize civic participation, shift the political debate, and enact change. It has created a coalition of about 500 progressive social media influencers covering the Internet's most trafficked social media platforms. Their influence represents about 500 million followers, about 100 times higher than US cable networks. Olivia Julianna, who is Gen-Z for Change's political strategist posted a video on TikTok in September 2021. She encouraged followers to send fake tips to an anti-abortion whistleblower line in Texas. The line allowed Texans to report suspected violations of the state's new six-week abortion ban that became law in early 2021. The line was forced to shut down after being overwhelmed with fake memes.