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Saudi minister faces backlash over niqab-less public appearance

A Saudi minister made speeches before a crowd. Outrage followed on social media as her mouth, nose and chin were visible. Dr Haya Al Awad, the Saudi Arabian Deputy Minister for Girls Education, appeared at the International Exhibition & Forum For Education in Riyadh without the niqab, reported Daily Mail. The floodgates opened on social…

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Iran bans foreign social media networks in schools

TEHRAN: Iran’s ministry of education on Sunday banned the use of foreign social media networks in schools, the ILNA news agency reported, amid a push by Tehran to limit the influence of outside online platforms. Schools must “only use domestic social networks” for their communication, the ministry said in a statement, according to the reformist-linked…

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American woman marries Pakistani she met on Facebook

Reported by: Atif Qayum An American woman converted to Islam and married a Pakistani man from Haripur who befriended her on social media one year ago.  “I sent her a friend request after seeing her picture on Facebook. She accepted the request and our friendship blossomed into love, resulting in marriage,” said Adeel Awan who…

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Facebook to take measures to protect ‘integrity’ of elections in Pakistan

Facebook will take measures to protect the integrity of upcoming elections in Pakistan, Brazil, India and Hungary, said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg–signalling that the polls in these countries can be influenced online.  “There are important elections in India, in Brazil, in Mexico, in Pakistan, and in Hungary. And we want to make sure we do…

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Facebook to offer ‘bounty’ for reporting data abuse

Washington: Facebook said Tuesday it would begin offering rewards to people who report misuse of private information from the social network, as part of an effort to step up data protection in the wake of a firestorm. The new program “will reward people with first-hand knowledge and proof of cases where a Facebook platform app…

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D-Day for Facebook, Zuckerberg before skeptical lawmakers

WASHINGTON: Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg was set for a fiery face-off on Capitol Hill Tuesday as he attempts to quell a firestorm over privacy and security lapses at the social network that have angered lawmakers and the site’s two billion users. Zuckerberg, making his first formal appearance at a Congressional hearing, will seek to allay…

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Afridi’s tweets on Kashmir anger India

KARACHI: Twitter users in India are criticizing Shahid Afridi over his tweets on the human rights violations towards Kashmiris. The cricketer posted a picture tweet with caption reading: “Appalling and worrisome situation ongoing in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.Innocents being shot down by oppressive regime to clamp voice of self determination & independence. Wonder where is…

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Maryam Nawaz congratulates parents over 47th marriage anniversary

Maryam Nawaz congratulated his parents over their 47th marriage anniversary Tuesday. “My parents celebrated their 47th year of togetherness Masha’Allah. Together or far apart, two hearts beat as one. In sickness & in health,” said Maryam in a tweet earlier today. My parents celebrated their 47th year of togetherness Masha’Allah. Together or far apart, two…

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CIA, R&AW and Jewish agent: the Malala fake news effect

The CIA, Jewish lobby and R&AW have all recruited Malala Yousufzai—if Pakistani social media is to be believed. SAMAA TV’s show 7 to 8 decided to take a look at the various claims that are made and the images that have been circulated about her. One of the guests on the show, Mufti Muhammad Zubair…

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US visa applicants to be asked for social media history: State Department

The US government is proposing to collect social media identities from nearly everyone who seeks entry into the United States, according to a State Department filing on Friday The proposal, if approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), would require most immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants to list all social media identities they…

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Leaked Facebook memo questions cost of growth

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook troubles worsened late Thursday with the leak of a two-year-old memo from a high-ranking executive hinting that the social network was determined to grow despite risks to users. The 2016 memo published by news website Buzzfeed was written by veteran Facebook executive Andrew Bozworth, considered part of chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s inner…

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Pakistan’s first transgender news anchor makes headlines

Lahore: A Pakistani TV channel has put the country’s first transgender news anchor on the air, a watershed cultural moment for the marginalised community in the deeply conservative country. Marvia Malik, a former model who appeared on the Lahore-based private broadcaster Kohenoor for the first time last Friday, told AFP she has received “unprecedented love…

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Facebook revamps privacy settings after data breach outcry

Washington: Facebook on Wednesday unveiled new privacy settings aiming to give its users more control over how their data is shared, following an outcry over hijacking of personal information at the giant social network. The updates include easier access to Facebook’s user settings and tools to easily search for, download and delete personal data stored…

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‘Ecomm Fest’ aims to spur online giants in Pakistan

KARACHI: Group-m, a media investment company, organized its ecommerce festival 2018 at Karachi’s DHA Golf City on Tuesday, extending a valuable opportunity to clients for investment in IT and other sectors. The event offered an optimally effective platform to online enterprise and media giants to help them explore more avenues for investment and create valuable…

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SBP denies rumors of issuing Rs 10,000 banknote

KARACHI:The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has categorically denied a news item circulating in a section of social media regarding issuance of Rs 10,000 banknote. The existing banknote denominations satisfactorily meet the payment, settlement and other allied needs of the economy and thus there is no need for issuing higher denomination banknotes, said a press…

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Quetta’s six-year-old impresses Shane Warne, Virat Kohli

Noor-ul-Arifeen Quetta’s cricket prodigy has stunned world’s renowned spinner Shane Warne from Australia and ace Indian batsman Virat Kohli with his amazing bowling talent in the sport. A video of the six-year-old Eli Mikal took social media by storm. The boy can bowl in five different styles of the leg break. The child can pose…

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ISPR denies report of meeting between Army Chief, Punjab CM

RAWALPINDI: No meeting took place between Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif during last three days, said Pakistan Army’s public affairs department. “News about meeting of Army Chief with CM Punjab twice during last 72 hours being reported by a media house is baseless and highly irresponsible,”…

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Social media voice disappointment over Qalandars

Lahore Qalandars failed miserably in third season of Pakistan Super League (PSL) being played in Dubai. Failing to seal even a single win, Qalandars have disappointed the cricket buffs who raised a tumultuous uproar over social media. In Thursday’s faceoff, they were routed by Islamabad United- the sixth consecutive defeat. Watch this video report.

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Facebook, social media blocked amid communal riots

Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday blocked access to Facebook and suspended internet services in a troubled central district after police warned that rioters were using social media to spread anti-Muslim sentiment. The government declared an island-wide state of emergency Tuesday and imposed curfews across Kandy after days of rioting claimed at least two lives and…

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Sri Lanka blocks social media amid riots

Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday blocked access to Facebook and suspended internet services in a troubled central district after police warned that rioters were using social media to spread anti-Muslim sentiment. The government declared an island-wide state of emergency Tuesday and imposed curfews across Kandy after days of rioting claimed at least two lives and left…

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We Are Pakistan!

By Gulrukh Tausif Recently, I was in a conversation with a friend of mine who is settled in US. Our conversation turned to education and she was full of criticism for Pakistan’s education system, its curriculum and teachers. Though I listened to her diatribe patiently, I could not help feel sad about her prejudice. Both…

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