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12
Oct
2020
Posted in website

Gap shoppers order hundreds of pounds worth of clothes for free due to website glitch

GAP shoppers claim they were able to order hundreds of pounds worth of clothes for free due to a website glitch.

Instead of paying full price on items, an error on the Gap website saw customers only charged a £4 delivery fee.

Hotukdeals users shared screengrabs of their orders which showed only delivery had been charged

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Hotukdeals users shared screengrabs of their orders which showed only delivery had been charged

The glitch was reported on deals website Hotukdeals with customers sharing screengrabs of their orders.

One customer said they placed an order for £60 while only paying postage, while another shopper said they ordered £85 worth of clothes.

Separately, one person said the glitch worked on orders up to £200, although another customer said they ordered £214 worth of goods.

But some shoppers were quick to shame other people for taking advantage of the deal when the retail industry is struggling.

One shopper said they were able to place an order for £84.90 - but it's unclear if Gap processed it

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One shopper said they were able to place an order for £84.90 – but it’s unclear if Gap processed it
Gap hasn't commented on the website glitch

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Gap hasn’t commented on the website glitchCredit: Alamy

The high street has been under threat from mass job cuts and store closures after non-essential businesses were ordered to close for three months to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Dire figures published in August 2020 showed 43,000 retail jobs had been axed since the start of lockdown with more roles feared to go when the furlough scheme ends this month.

In June 2020, Gap said it’s lost almost £1billion since the start of lockdown.

The company reported a loss of £740million in the three months to May, compared with a profit of £203million in the same period last year.

One person said: “Does anyone understand what is happening in the world companies going under people not having jobs? I am sorry but this is not the time to take

08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Facebook removes hundreds of fake profiles tied to pro-Trump group

Facebook has removed hundreds of fake profiles it has linked to the conservative group Turning Point USA for carrying out organized attacks on the site, including attempts to influence public conversations by flooding news articles with pro-Trump comments and misinformation.



Charlie Kirk wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a flag: Photograph: Republican National Convention/Reuters


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Photograph: Republican National Convention/Reuters

The move was prompted by reporting last month in the Washington Post that found Turning Point Action, an affiliated pro-Trump group, was paying teenagers to post coordinated messages on the site, a violation of Facebook’s rules.

Related: Facebook announces plan to stop political ads after 3 November

In comments on news articles, paid users cast doubt on mail-in ballots, praised Trump, and spread misinformation about coronavirus. Facebook traced these profiles to an Arizona-based communications company called Rally Forge, which it says worked on behalf of Turning Point USA.

In a blogpost, Facebook said it had removed 276 fake accounts, including 200 Facebook accounts and 76 Instagram accounts.

Comments by the accounts addressed topics such as “Covid-19, criticism of the Democratic party and presidential candidate Joe Biden, and praise of President Trump and the Republican party”, Facebook said, adding that the efforts violated the platform’s policy against “coordinated inauthentic behavior”.



Charlie Kirk wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a flag: Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, speaks at the Republican national convention.


© Photograph: Republican National Convention/Reuters
Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, speaks at the Republican national convention.

These fake profiles commented most frequently on pages of the Washington Post, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and the New York Times, the report from Facebook said. The networks initially became active before the 2018 midterm elections and went dormant until June.

Individuals behind the accounts used stock photos to create fake profiles, many of which were removed by Facebook’s automated detection software and linked to Rally Forge. “Although the people behind this network attempted to conceal their identities and coordination, our investigation linked