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Man arrested for dangling baby outside of window for Facebook ‘likes’

ALGIERS: A man was arrested in Algeria on Sunday for dangerously dangling his baby outside of a high-rise building. The caption on the post read, “1,000 likes or I will drop him.” Needless to say, the post earned quite the wrath on social media as users demanded the arrest of the man for endangering the…

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Facebook seeks to become ‘hostile place’ for extremists

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Thursday said it is ramping up the use of artificial intelligence in a push to make the social network “a hostile place” for extremists to spread messages of hate. Pressure has been building on Facebook, along with other internet giants, who stand accused of doing too little, too late to eradicate…

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Katrina Kaif criticized for using excess make-up

MUMBAI: A former Bigg Boss contestant has slammed Bollywood star Katrina Kaif over over using excessive make-up for looking young. According to details, Diandra Soares posted a picture of Katrina Kaif on her Facebook page with a long caption, urging girls to be “original and unique”. “Why? Why? Why? Is everybody obsessed these days with…

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Transgender woman held for Karachi youth murder

KARACHI: A transgender woman was arrested on Saturday in connection with the death of a youth in Karachi five days ago, police said.  The suspect, Alhan Khan, was identified with the help of a CCTV footage and arrested five days later. According to the police, Rashid, a Lyari resident, was trapped by Alhan Khan, who…

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Parents have no right to dead child’s Facebook account, German court says

A German court rejected a mother’s demand on Wednesday that Facebook grant her access to her deceased daughter’s account. In the ruling, which overturned a lower court’s decision, the Berlin appeals court said the right to private telecommunications extended to electronic communication that was meant only for the eyes of certain people. Privacy remains a…

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German court denies parents access to dead daughter’s Facebook account

BERLIN: A German court on Wednesday backed online giant Facebook in its battle to reject a demand by the parents of a dead teenage girl for access to her account. The 15-year-old was killed by a Berlin underground train in 2012 and her parents have been trying since to establish if she committed suicide by…

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Why I quit Smoking, Facebook and Twitter?

By: Imran Khushal   It is funny when I quit smoking I was asked HOW? When I quit Facebook and Twitter I was asked WHY?   The HOW question made me feel like I have achieved something which others failed to but the WHY question made me feel that I have done something wrong.  …

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Facebook ‘ban’ of anti-Muslim slur sparks Myanmar outcry

YANGON: Myanmar netizens were in uproar on Monday after Facebook seemingly banned people from posting the word “kalar,” often used as a slur against Muslims, at a time of rising Islamophobia in the country. Facebook is under global pressure to clamp down on hate speech, violent threats or deliberately misleading information on their platform —…

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Snapchat leads augmented reality gains: researchers

Washington – Augmented reality is seeing strong gains among Americans thanks to social networks like Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook, a market research firm said Monday. A new report by eMarketer said some 40 million Americans will engage with augmented reality monthly in 2017, up 30 percent over last year. Virtual reality is also growing, but…

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Facebook to show baseball matches live

NEW YORK: Facebook has struck a deal with Major League Baseball to show 20 of the league’s games live this season in an agreement that expands the social media network further into the world of live programming. Facebook said in a statement on Thursday that it would stream one game a week beginning on Friday,…

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Snapchat faces harsh reality check after earnings miss

WASHINGTON: Snapchat’s ambition to become the next big social media platform hit a brutal reality check with the first earnings report from parent company Snap Inc.

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Airblue trolls PIA for cockpit video

ISLAMABAD: Airblue trolled Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Tuesday after a video went viral in which a Chinese woman was seen coming out of the cockpit of a PIA flight. Competitors often use viral videos and moments to seize the opportunity and turn the tables on their rivals. This is just what Airblue did when…

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Mobile phones ring changes for Nigeria’s music industry

LAGOS: Phizbarz is only 23 but hopes to become the next Nigerian Afropop star to be famous across Africa — and to get himself known and earn a living, he’s using his mobile phone. The young performer from the country’s commercial and entertainment capital, Lagos, floods social networking sites Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with clips…

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Facebook announces measures for dealing with fake news

NEW YORK: Facebook announced that it is taking new measures for curbing fake news ahead of the general elections in the United Kingdom. According to a foreign news website, Facebook is set will deal with the matter using algorithms in order to crack down fake articles. “We’ve found that if reading an article makes people…

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Facebook reunites Kashmiri woman with family after 60 years

LOWER DIR: An old woman was reunited with her family after 60 years–all thanks to social networking service Facebook.  According to details, 75-year-old Jehan Sultana was forced to marry a man from Charsadda when she was eight years old and had gone missing for 60 years. Sultana was ‘given away’ in marriage by her grandfather according…

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Facebook adding 3,000 people to screen out violent content

WASHINGTON: Facebook said Wednesday it is hiring an extra 3,000 staff to remove violent content like the gruesome killings and suicides broadcast on its video platform.

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WhatsApp’s latest update will save users from a lot of trouble

The messaging application is working hard at a new feature which will prove to be beneficial for users in the sense that it would save them from a lot of scrolling.  According to details, WhatsApp is currently working on a new update which will allow users to pin their chats on top, making it easy…

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UK lawmakers criticize social media over response to extremist content

LONDON: Social media were heavily criticized by a committee of British lawmakers on Monday for failing to do enough to remove illegal and extremist material posted on their sites, and for not preventing it appearing in the first place. Platforms such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook has been criticized over their moderation policies after high-profile…

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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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