This weekend wasn’t fun or relaxing for actor Peter Reckell who was the center of a Facebook scam in which an impersonator raised the hopes of fans with word that he’d soon be returning to “Days of our Lives” as Bo Brady in the near future. Fortunately, Reckell himself set the record straight after Facebook and Twitter were lit ablaze with Bope fans looking forward to what’s next for the character who last appeared on the soap in 2016 as a ghost of sorts, nearly one year after the character died in the arms of his fancy face, Hope Brady (Kristian Alfonso), after revealing he had an irreversible brain tumor.
“So how many that can’t wait ‘til I’m back on Days?” read a message on the fake Facebook account claiming to be Reckell’s. “Not final but I have been asked to do a surprise drop in for Ciara; on her behalf for one week. Nothing for certain, but I’m thinking about it…,” the message continued.
With the post gaining recognition across social media almost immediately, the outpouring of support was massive. In response, the impersonator thanked fans for their support, saying (as Reckell), “[Ahhh], thank you. I am seriously thinking maybe it wouldn’t hurt, but my wife’s career keeps us so busy. It’s hard to fit anything in.” The poster added, “Nothing is [definite] yet. Just up in the air right now. I got to run… Thanks for the love and support.”
Reckell not only confirmed the news was untrue but also iterated that he does not have a Facebook account. “It would be nice if people would stop saying I’m going back to DOOL without checking with me. Yes, I miss Bo, but not enough to change how fulfilling my life is right now,” he said, adding, “I do NOT have a Facebook account. I hope none of you have been taken in by this imposter. Stay healthy and happy.”
Fans and followers have since submitted multiple complaints to Facebook about the imposter, asking the social media giant to delete the account. As of this writing, the company has responded to several fans with word that they do not plan on taking down the account because “our technology reviewed your report against our Community Standards. Ultimately, we decided not to take the profile down.” Facebook cited that it only removes profiles that “pose a danger to other people or are harmful to the community.” It asks people to submit specific examples (i.e. a photo) showing the profile violating its terms of service and that people should “report the content itself.” Essentially, Facebook will not be taking the account offline. The fake account continues posing as Reckell even after the ruse was uncovered.
At this point, Reckell’s fans and followers can just take the advice of the actor’s wife, Kelly Moneymaker, who said, “Please spread the word that @peterreckell doesn’t have a FB page. We don’t live in Hamilton & it’s not my career that keeps him from returning to @daysofourlives. Sheesh. We are both so tired of imposters & ppl who spread misinformation. Love to all.”
As a result of all the drama, Reckell commented that he appreciated the efforts and the support by others, and that “I may have to get a page because of this.”
While we’d love to see Bo back in Salem in the form of Reckell, sadly the character’s emotional death scene below brought a fitting end to such an iconic character.
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Facebook-Meta Earns the ‘Worst Company of 2021’ Title in This Survey
Facebook parent Meta has been named the Worst Company of the Year (2021) by Yahoo Finance respondents. According to the publication, an “open-ended” survey was published on Yahoo Finance on December 4 and 5, where 1,541 respondents participated. Facebook received 8 percent of the write-in vote, but respondents were seemingly mad about the Robinhood trading app as well. Electric truck startup Nikola, which was named last year’s worst company by the same publication also faced respondents ire.
Yahoo Finance even highlights, “At the same time, some critics, including conservatives, say Facebook over-policed the platform’s speech and stifled their voices.” Critics also blame Facebook and other social media platforms for not curbing hate speech that led to Capitol Building riots.
However, around 30 percent of Yahoo Finance readers said that Facebook or Meta could redeem itself. One respondent suggested that the company could issue a formal apology for negligence and donate a sizable amount of its profits to a foundation to help reverse its harm.
On the other hand, respondents chose Microsoft as the Company of the Year (2021). The Satya Nadella-led company touched the trillion-mark this year and introduced notable upgrades. The most notable is the Windows 11 OS update that succeeds Windows 10.
Facebook pays 1.7 Cr fine to Russia after failing to delete content Moscow deems illegal
In the latest legal tussle with Russia over controversial social media regulation laws, Facebook paid 17 million roubles (Rs 1.7 Crore) for failing to remove content deemed illegal by Moscow. With a threat of potential larger fines looming, Facebook parent company Meta, owned by Mark Zuckerberg, is scheduled to face court next week over repeated violations of Russian legislation on content, Interfax News Agency reported. As per the latest updates, the social media giant could be fined a percentage of its annual revenue.
In October, Moscow sent state bailiffs to enforce the collection of 17 million roubles. Meanwhile, as per Interfax report citing a federal bailiffs’ database, on Sunday, there were more enforcement proceedings against the company. Apart from the popular social media app, Telegram has also paid 15 million roubles in fines for failing to comply with the Russian social media legislations that came into force in 2016.
Facebook pays $53k to Russia for refusing controversial social media laws
It is pertinent to mention that Facebook has locked horns with Moscow earlier in November, resulting in it paying 4 million roubles ($53,000) over its refusal to adhere to Russian data localisation laws, the Moscow Times reported. The Moscow court on November 25 had said that Facebook paid the fine levied in February, following which all proceedings against the US-based social media giant. The payment comes against the litigation filed against the company in 2018, alongside Twitter. The tech companies were also forced to pay an additional 3000 rubles ($40) for failing to comply with user data sharing rules as per the law. The Russian authorities have also previously blocked LinkedIn, owned by Microsoft, for failing to abide by the laws.
Russian social media laws
As per Moscow Times, under the Russian social media regulation laws, all foreign technology companies are required to store data related to Russian customers and users on servers located in Russia. Additionally, the Russian tech companies will also have to share encryption data with the federal authorities as well as record user calls, messages and civil society group conversation records. The apparatus is said to be a severe breach of privacy rights and unfettered back-door access to personal data that could be used to harass Kremlin critics.
Facebook Messenger Is Launching a Split Payments Feature for Users to Quickly Share Expenses
Meta has announced the arrival of a new Split Payments feature in Facebook Messenger. This feature, as the name suggests, will let you calculate and split expenses with others right from Facebook Messenger. This feature essentially looks to bring an easier method to share the cost of bills and expenses — for example, splitting a dinner bill with friends. Using this new Split Payment feature, Facebook Messenger users will be able to split bills evenly or modify the contribution for each individual, including their own.
The company took to its blog post to announce the new Split Payment feature in Facebook Messenger. 9to5Mac reports that this new bill splitting feature is still in beta and will be exclusive to US users at first. The rollout will begin early next week. As mentioned, it will help users share the cost of bills, expenses, and payments. This feature is especially useful for those who share an apartment and need to split the monthly rent and other expenses with their mates. It could also come handy at a group dinner with many people.
With Split Payments, users can add the number of people the expense needs to be divided with and, by default, the amount entered will be divided in equal parts. A user can also modify each person’s contribution including their own. To use Split Payments, click the Get Started button in a group chat or the Payments Hub in Messenger. Users can modify the contribution in the Split Payments option and send a notification to all the users who need to make payments. After entering a personalised message and confirming your Facebook Pay details, the request will be sent and viewable in the group chat thread.
Once someone has made the payment, you can mark their transaction as ‘completed’. The Split Payment feature will automatically take into account your share as well and calculate the amount owed accordingly.
Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to email@example.com.