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Social media: A battleground in Occupied Kashmir

SRINAGAR: An unprecedented ban on Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter in Indian-held Kashmir has highlighted social media’s role and Indian atrocities in the valley. Authorities in the Kashmir valley this week ordered internet service providers to block 15 social media services for at least one month, saying they were being misused by “anti-national and anti-social elements”….

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India bans Facebook, Twitter, other social media in Kashmir

NEW DELHI: Authorities in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir have blocked social networking services, an unusually harsh measure to counteract escalating waves of protests in the region. In the order, the Indian government notified internet service providers to block the transmission of messages on 22 social networking services, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter, for a month,…

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Writer’s Block

By :Zara Maqbool This is my thirty-sixth blog! Every week before my previous blog gets published; I already know what I want to write about. This is a first for me where for hours I stared at my laptop screen thinking what would be worthy of the reader’s interest. What can create awareness or impart…

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Facebook out to read minds

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook wants to read your mind. At least, when it comes to what you’d like to say or type.

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Facebook pushes to augment reality through smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Tuesday launched a mission to make smartphone cameras windows to augmented reality, focusing on what people have in hand instead of waiting for high-tech eyewear.

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152 ‘blasphemous’ Facebook pages blocked, NA told

ISLAMABAD: Some 152 Facebook pages have been blocked during action against social media sites having blasphemous contents. It was stated in a written reply by Minister for Interior to a question raised during 4th sitting of 41st session of National Assembly. The Lower House was informed that matter has been taken up with relevant US…

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Interior Ministry awaits KP govt’s request to inspect Mashal’s Facebook account

ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry is awaiting a request from the provincial government to inspect the Facebook account of Mashal Khan, the student of Abdul Wali Khan University who was lynched by a mob a couple of days ago. According to details, the cell phone records of the Abdul Wali Khan University student had been obtained…

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Facebook looking at behavior to weed out fake accounts

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Wednesday said it has started weeding out bogus accounts by watching for suspicious behavior such as repetitive posts or torrents of messages. The security improvement was described as being part of a broader effort to rid the leading social network of hoaxes, misinformation, and fake news by making sure people are…

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Izzee, the new go-to place for the foodies

By: Filza Jawad Hai Imran Ahmad, the man behind Izzee took the inspiration of his continental restaurant from an American Italian chain in England. After running a successful coffee shop in England and working at Ambala for many years he finally decided to open a place of his own. After years of his experience and…

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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube banned in ECP

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has banned use of social media websites in its offices across the country, Samaa reported. According to officials, the ECP staff, including in provincial and on-field offices, has been banned from using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. ECP spokesman said the decision has been taken in the wake possible…

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Schwarzenegger shuts up internet troll for mocking Special Olympics

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood actor and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger was hailed from all quarters for shutting up an internet troll who mocked the Special Olympics, on Facebook. Nobody ever knew Arnold Schwarzenegger could be so on-point and potent when it comes to dismissing trolls. Schwarzenegger posted a video of himself with participants of…

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Violence erupts at pro-Trump rally

LOS ANGELES: Violence broke out at a pro-Donald Trump rally in southern California on Saturday when a masked man pepper-sprayed the female organizer before demonstrators tackled him to the ground. Video posted on Facebook from the fracas at Bolsa Chica State Beach, near Los Angeles, shows a man punching the assailant before being pulled away…

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Apple drives further into Facebook, Snap territory with video app

SAN FRANCISCO: With the release of a new video app called Clips, Apple Inc is inching one step closer to fully engaging in the messaging world, where its huge base of iPhone users could help it compete with Snap Inc’s Snapchat and Facebook Inc’s Messenger.

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Facebook ‘friendship’ murder case: Police book Naila, 5 other suspects

SIALKOT: Police booked a female named Naila and five other suspects in a murder case relating to a boy from Gujranwala, on Tuesday. According to details, police nominated the central suspect Naila as well as five others for the murder of Sharoon, a boy from Gujranwala who became friends with her on the social networking…

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Facebook decides to act on blasphemous content: FIA tells IHC

ISLAMABAD: Facebook management has decided to appoint a focal person on request to act against blasphemous content on social media, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director told Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday. The FIA director said this in response to the query by Chief Justice Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui about the…

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Facebook to send delegation to Pakistan over blasphemy row

ISLAMABAD: Social media giant Facebook will be sending a delegation to Pakistan, the interior ministry said Thursday. The move comes days after government threatened to permanently block social media websites including Facebook if they refuse to cooperate in taking down blasphemous content. A spokesperson for the ministry said that Facebook has even named a focal…

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Govt to ensure removal of blasphemous material from Facebook: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday said the government was determined to use every option to remove blasphemous material from Facebook and other social media websites. He said they were hopeful that the Facebook management would respect the religious sentiments of 200 million people of Pakistan and millions of other users,…

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NO TV Dinners  

By: Zara Maqbool  No TV dinners? Easier said than done! I work in the afternoon, which allows me an hour or so in which I have to make sure the kids have eaten their lunch, changed their clothes after being back from school and so on. Stressed out due to time I used to give…

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Pakistan to introduce local versions of Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed that a comprehensive strategy should be prepared within three days to curb character assassinations and blasphemous content on social media. He has directed officials of Interior Ministry to evolve such a system in consultation with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. The Minister directed that the system should not…

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Nisar annoyed by Facebook’s refusal to share information

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday said that a comprehensive strategy should be prepared within three days to curb character assassination through social media. He directed Ministry of Interior officials to evolve such a system in consultation with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), so that there should not be a curb on…

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Facebook is testing ‘dislike’ button for messages

Facebook is testing a new feature with a small subset of users that includes the closest thing yet to a true Dislike button. Called Messenger Reactions, the experimental feature enables people to share an emoji that best represents their feelings on a particular message. When hovering over a message in a conversation, a user can…

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