Fake online reviews are being openly traded on the internet, a BBC investigation has found.BBC 5 live Investigates was able to buy a false, five-star recommendation placed on one of the world's leading review websites, Trustpilot.It also uncovered online forums where Amazon shoppers are offered full refunds in exchange for product reviews.Both companies said they do not tolerate false reviews.'Trying to game the system'The popularity of online review sites mean they are increasingly relied on by both businesses and their customers, with the government's Competition and Markets Authority estimating such reviews potentially influence £23 billion of UK customer spending every year.Maria Menelaou, whose Yorkshire Fisheries chip shop is the top-ranked fish and chip shop in Blackpool on several
TSB customers have reported problems with their online banking after weekend upgrades to the company's systems. The bank warned its users that it was carrying out upgrades between 16:00 BST on Friday and 18:00 on Sunday.But a number of customers were still facing problems on Sunday evening. One customer was credited with £13,000 he didn't have, and could see details of someone else's account.TSB apologised and said it is working to fix the issues as a priority. Laim McKenzie, from Paisley, in Scotland, signed into his app shortly after 18:00 on Sunday and discovered the problem. The 20-year-old said: "I saw the details of one other account holder, as well as my own. "My balance, because of my overdraft, is in minus, but my balance was showing at £13,000. "I closed the app and went in agai
One student was teased about being a "brown, bald lesbian." Another was the target of conspiracy theorists who claimed he was really an actor. When a group of teens posed for a photo, they were accused of lapping up attention from the news cameras and "partying like rock stars." Just days after watching their classmates die, survivors of the Florida school shooting came under a different kind of assault, this time from online trolls who threatened the students as they seek tighter gun laws. In the face of such attacks, the students have been undeterred, confronting the trolls head-on in television interviews and on social media. "They see us as a threat. And honestly, that's kind of entertaining to me. And I love it because it means what we are doing is working. We are changing the world,...
Gambling giant Ladbrokes Coral has agreed to be bought by online rival GVC in a deal worth up to £4bn.Under the deal, shareholders in GVC - which owns the Bwin, Sportingbet and Foxy Bingo brands - will hold 53.5% of the combined group.Ladbrokes Coral became the UK's biggest High Street bookmaker following last year's merger of Ladbrokes and Coral.The company has about 3,500 High Street outlets and employs more than 25,000 staff.GVC - which has 2,800 employees - has grown rapidly in recent years through a number of takeovers, most notably that of Bwin.party in February last year.Terminal bluesThe final worth of the deal is dependent on the government's review of gaming machines known as fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has said it will
Over the past year, the tech giants have come under fire for not doing enough to fight ISIS's digital army on their own turf. Now Google, Jigsaw and Facebook are experimenting with new ways to use algorithms and the latest open source technology to try to pull potential ISIS recruits back from the edge before it’s too late. An initiative called the redirect method, which launched six months ago in the United States, uses Google’s not-so-secret weapon: Algorithms that target ads designed specifically for you. “The Redirect Method, put simply, is a way of using advertising to counter and prevent extremism and terrorism,” said Ross Frenett, a director at Moonshot CVE, the company working with Google on the project. “So someone types in 'I want to join jihad into Google...' we’ve placed an