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PM Abbasi has no Facebook, Twitter accounts

ISLAMABAD: Describing the social media accounts attributed to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as “fake”, the Prime Minister Office on Friday reiterated that PM Abbasi did not maintain any social media account, including Twitter and Facebook. “It is again clarified for information at large that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi does not maintain any social…

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Internet doors slammed on white nationalist extremism

SAN FRANCISCO: White extremists are having doors to the internet slammed on efforts to promote violent and bigoted agendas. Internet titans that have contorted to balance free speech with odious content were standing firm this week against being used to glorify killing in the name of race or eliminating those who oppose that kind of…

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Facebook samples China’s potential with sneaky app

SHANGHAI: Facebook’s sneaky launch of a photo-sharing app in China, where its social network is banned, gives it a small taste of the massive market’s potential, but it may have to settle for just that for now. The US tech giant acknowledged last week that it was behind the Colorful Balloons application, which is similar…

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Facebook lets you see and delete the intimate details it tracks about your life

NEWS DESK: Facebook is tracking you around the internet, and working out what you like. And it figures that you might want to know. The site has a special tool allowing people to see just some of the information that it collects, reported The Independent. It’s been around for some time but has been recently…

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Fakhre Alam invited for lectures at Google, Facebook headquarters

NEWS DESK: Making Pakistan proud, TV anchor Fakhre Alam visited the headquarters of Google and Facebook in California to deliver lectures. He tweeted images of his visit: Thank you @Google for today..15 months ago I was a #tech #startup & today I was delivering a talk & answering questions at Google HQ… pic.twitter.com/HSVYDn06UG — Fakhr-e-Alam…

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Europe battles Google News over ‘snippet tax’ proposal

BRUSSELS: A major battle is brewing in Brussels over an EU reform plan that would force internet aggregators such as Google News to pay newspapers for displaying snippets of their articles online. Google is furious at the reform idea, but powerful publishers, including Axel Springer in Germany or Rupert Murdoch’s Newscorp in the UK, affirm…

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Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign – sources

MOSCOW: Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. congressman and two other people briefed on the effort. About two dozen Facebook accounts were created to conduct surveillance on Macron campaign officials and others close to the centrist former…

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Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign, claims US

SAN FRANCISCO: Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a US congressman and two other people briefed on the effort, reported Reuters. About two dozen Facebook accounts were created to conduct surveillance on Macron campaign officials and others close to…

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Uber Pakistan taunts Careem over ‘Rishta Aunty’ service

KARACHI: Careem’s Rishta aunty has certainly earned flak from its rival competitor Uber Pakistan, who attacked the application based taxi service with a witty post on social media.  Trust competition to follow your every move and one slip could pave the way for them to take you head on. Which is exactly what Uber Pakistan…

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Facebook to test news story paywalls: report

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook will test limiting the number of published news stories that can be read for free on its Instant Articles platform for premium publishers, US media reported on Wednesday.

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Madonna seeks to stop NY auction of Tupac Shakur break-up letter

LOS ANGELES: Madonna attempted on Tuesday to stop an upcoming auction of a prison break-up letter from rapper Tupac Shakur and a note in which she called singer Whitney Houston and actress Sharon Stone “horribly mediocre.” The “Rebel Heart” singer filed a request in New York Supreme Court for a temporary restraining order against New…

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Yeh bik gayi hai gormint’ auntie faces social boycott in her Karachi neighbourhood

NEWS DESK: Yeh bik gayi hai gormint are ‘wise words of wisdom’. They are simply GOLD – at least in the meme world. One may have thought that Gormint auntie, who delivered the legendary words, would be treated like the gem that she is by everyone. Unfortunately, keeping in line with our tradition of forgetting…

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Report: Terror groups fleecing youth on Facebook

Terrorist organizations are using social media website as a tool to fleece youngsters. According to details, 41 out of 64 banned groups are on Facebook while 150000 users have liked their pages. Watch the complete report here.

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Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal denies hate crime behind sudden Essex exit

LONDON: Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal rejected rumours Wednesday that he quit English county cricket club Essex because of a hate crime targeting his family and said it was down to personal reasons. The 28-year-old opening batsman cut ties with Essex after just one match, but dismissed suggestions his sudden departure was because of an alleged attack…

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Pakistan recommends Facebook to link account with mobile numbers

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has recommended the Facebook management to link opening of a new account with mobile phone number to address the problem of fake accounts. The social media network has designated a focal person to coordinate with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for a prompt action against any reported material. “Facebook reiterated their commitment toward…

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Ads heading for Messenger home screens globally

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Tuesday said that advertisements will begin popping up on Messenger home screens globally after promising tests with users in Australia and Thailand. “Messenger ads are going global,” the Facebook-owned mobile messaging service said in an online post. “People will see Messenger ads in the home tab of their Messenger mobile app.”…

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Ads heading for Messenger home screens globally

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Tuesday said that advertisements will begin popping up on Messenger home screens globally after promising tests with users in Australia and Thailand.

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The Phubbing Phenomenon

By Gulrukh Tausif Smartphone technology has revolutionized the way we live our lives today. It has enabled us to stay connected with the world 24/7, send and receive messages, texts and emails from around the globe in matter of seconds, watch videos, read books, browse online stores, order food and get information and whatnot. But…

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Facebook VP assures Nisar of complete cooperation in removal of blasphemous content

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan met with Facebook’s Vice President Joel Kaplan on Friday to discuss removal of blasphemous content on the social networking site. According to details, Joel Kaplan assured the Interior Minister during their meeting that Facebook was doing its best to remove blasphemous content. He offered his full cooperation…

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5 tips for creating a winning hashtag

By: Danya Zaidi #Maiperfecthoon, #Shareacoke, #Likeagirl – you would really have to be living inside a bucket if you are not aware of these amazing marketing-cum-hashtag campaigns. Arousing in 2009, hashtag gained its importance as way to reduce the content and start a simpler way to engage with people by adding anything in front of…

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Twitter, Facebook can build up children’s resilience, suggests new study

Engagement in social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook can build up children’s resilience and have a beneficial impact on mental wellbeing, an extensive new study suggests, despite previous warnings to the contrary, reported The Independent. Analysing evidence from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development data, the NSPCC and other independent studies into the…

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