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Worrying increase in promotion of eating disorder on social media sites, new study finds

NEWS DESK: An alarmingly large number of social media accounts are celebrating extreme thinness by uploading pictures of skeletal women, a new study has found, reported The Independent. Research conducted by the University of Exeter has revealed that hundreds of young women are using Instagram and Twitter to praise anorexic bodies in “bonespiration” feeds. The…

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Malala, how could you?

By Minerwa Tahir Note: This story is  a work of satire. NEWS DESK: Over 200 people have been killed in a deadly bombing in Somalia. Vietnam floods have claimed 72 lives so far while the freedom movements of Catalonia and Kurdistan are being suppressed at best. Yet, the most offensive news of all is closer…

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Transition to e-Governance is not a hefty process as it seems

By Shehroz Kaleem ICT helps governments to deliver services to the citizens with greater accountability responsiveness and sensitivity. Using ICT we could eliminate the classic hierarchical bureaucratic system, as information can be simultaneously shared across different levels and people. As volumes of transactions and information can be electronically handled and delivered over a wider area…

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Mexico’s largest university hosts feminism conference without a single female panelist

NEWS DESK: This week, Mexico’s biggest university began advertising a conference on feminism. There would be two panels, exploring big issues such as law and economics. The organisers had thought of everything, right down to the cheerful pink fliers used to alert students. They’d thought of everything, it seems, except including a woman. The fact…

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Twitterati pay homage to educators on World Teacher’s Day

As the world recognises the hard work, dedication and efforts of teachers around the world, Pakistanis on Twitter also paid homage to their mentors on the micro-blogging site. Here are some of the tweets that were trending in Pakistan using the hashtag #WorldTeachersDay. Respect your teachers.later, if you dont want to cry ! #WorldTeachersDay —…

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Zuckerberg seeks forgiveness for division caused by his work

NEWS DESK: Facebook Inc founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg asked for forgiveness for ways his work was used to divide people in a Facebook posting marking the end of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of atonement on Saturday, reported Reuters. “For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us…

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PTI deletes ‘missile’ tweet after facing much ridicule on social media

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) deleted a tweet from its official Twitter account after facing much ridicule on social media. According to details, the party’s official social media account had tweeted a video of party workers releasing a ‘PTI’ missile into the air. After people started posting memes ridiculing the ‘missile’, PTI deleted the tweet. Here’s how…

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Social media users beware!

Facebook and Twitter accounts are being monitored for hate and terrorism-related contents in Pakistan. Following the implementation of latest monitoring technology, the social media user can now easily come on the radar just by the use of only a single controversial word. The user’s suspicious activity or content can further lead to his/her interrogation by…

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Negative impact of social media websites on youngsters unchecked: Experts

ISLAMABAD: Experts on Thursday have warned of negative impact about unchecked access of children to popular social media sites.  A report aired by a private news channel, a legal expert named Dr. Huma Shaheen said that generations who were brought up spending time with family, neighbors and friends are now engaged with social media web…

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Google, Facebook, Twitter asked to testify in Russia probe

The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked top tech companies Google, Facebook and Twitter to testify about Russian interference in US politics, a Senate aide confirmed Wednesday. The three internet and online social media giants are expected to appear on November 1 in an open hearing on the rising evidence that they were covertly manipulated in…

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Imad Wasim issues clarification regarding female fan in video message

Pakistani cricketer Imad Wasim issued a clarification in his latest video message, stating that he was not romantically involved with a female fan. “I am single and not romantically involved with the girl in the selfie picture,” he said. “Neither am I married hence it is not possible that I am cheating on my wife,”…

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Twitter doubles tweet length

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter’s defining attribute has long been its brevity: 140 characters in a post and no more. That is now set to change. Twitter said on Tuesday that it would test extending the text limit of a post on its service to 280 characters. (In effect, that would double the length of the first…

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Shocking video of men abducting a girl, beating up her mother is from India

RAJASTHAN: The video of two men abducting a minor girl and beating up her mother became viral on social media. The video is from Bap tehsil of Jodhpur, India. Two men were arrested after a video of them abducting a minor girl and beating up her mother in Bap tehsil of Jodhpur did the rounds…

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Twitter aims to boost appeal with new 280-character tweet limit

Twitter announced Tuesday a test project allowing tweets to be expanded to 280 characters — double the existing limit — in the latest effort to boost flagging growth at the social network. San Francisco-based Twitter said the new limit, a major shift for the messaging platform known for its 140-character tweets, aims to address “a…

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Video: Social media activists launch tomato boycott campaign

Following a successful fruit boycott campaign during Ramazan this year, social media campaigners have called for another three-day boycott campaign. This fresh countrywide campaign is against soaring prices of tomato. Social media activist Noor-ul-Huda Shaheen, who has floated the tomato boycott idea, has urged citizens not to use tomato on 26, 27 and 28 Sept…

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Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan comes to Mahira’s defence

Mahira Khan has already made quite a lot of friends in Bollywood after a hit flick alongside Shah Rukh Khan. After the actress was slut-shamed on Twitter, various Bollywood supporters came to her support.  Varun Dhawan is the latest B-Town celebrity who has shown his support for the Pakistani actress after her pictures with Ranbir…

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Rishi Kapoor has seen Mahira-Ranbir’s pictures–and he’s not happy at all…

Bollywood superstar Rishi Kapoor has seen pictures of his son Ranbir with Pakistani beauty Mahira Khan. Ranbir’s father is not at all happy with the way some people have reacted on micro-blogging site Twitter and other social media platforms.  According to the Kapoor and Sons actor, Ranbir was a young, unmarried star who had the…

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Indian actress speaks out against slut-shaming Mahira Khan

NEWS DESK: Just last night a few pictures of Pakistani diva Mahira Khan and Indian star Ranbir Kapoor in New York went viral. The two were seen taking a casual smoking break. Just as the pictures went viral, Mahira started getting trolled and slut-shamed for donning a short backless dress and smoking. Today, at the Golmaal…

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China bans anti-Islam words on social media

BEIJING: Chinese authorities have blocked anti-Islam terms invented by Chinese internet users to stigmatize Muslims on Chinese social media. Searches for “green religion” and “peaceful religion”, often used by Internet users to refer to Islam and to circumvent censorship of inappropriate online speech, showed no results on China’s Weibo microblog, Global Times reported Thursday. “It’s…

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Facebook revamps policy after report on anti-Semitic targeting

Facebook said it was revising its advertising policies to prevent “discriminatory” targeting after a news report showed marketers could aim messages at categories of people such as “Jew haters.” The world’s biggest social network announced the change after the nonprofit investigative news site Pro Publica on Thursday revealed how advertisers could target messages to demographic…

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Video: Zaid Ali and wife answer fan questions

Zaid Ali, one of the most popular Pakistani social media personalities, answered questions relating to his marriage and his wife. Watch as Mr and Mrs Zaid Ali answer questions from their fans with a little bit of honesty mixed in with lots of humor.

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