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Residents of Karachi, grab your mobile phones because the police need your help

Nine criminals have been arrested so far with the help of footage on social media or WhatsApp

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Religious affairs minister wants strict laws for social media users

Ulema must use influence to promote interfaith harmony, the minister says

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Facebook’s new system helps it detect offensive memes

Rosetta extracts text from a billion images per day on Instagram and Facebook

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US teens prefer texting to face-to-face meeting

81 per cent of respondents say online exchange is part of their lives

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Sonali Bendre shares her new look

Bollywood actor Sonali Bendre has shared her new look in a social media video documenting her battle with cancer. Sonali Bendre is currently undergoing cancer treatment in New York. As a result of chemotherapy, Sonali Bendre went bald but has now decided that she will wear a wig. In her latest post on Instagram, Sonali…

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British PM’s dance moves dubbed the ‘Maybot’

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s somewhat stiff dance moves won mixed reviews on Wednesday as she became an unlikely social media star with her “Maybot” manoeuvres. The PM got into the groove in Cape Town on Tuesday when she was welcomed to South Africa by some dancing schoolchildren. The 61-year-old joined in the fun with…

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Trump social media ‘censorship’ claim is fake but widely believed

Both Twitter and Facebook deny bias in policing their platforms, and various studies suggest conservatives are thriving on social media

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Trump accuses social media firms of ‘silencing millions’

US President Donald Trump has blamed social media companies of silencing people in an act of censorship

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Facebook moves to rate users on trustworthiness: report

Facebook has started scoring its users based on their trustworthiness in an attempt to fight misinformation, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing a company executive. The social media giant developed the rating system over the past year, the newspaper reported, citing an interview with Facebook product manager Tessa Lyons, who is tasked with the…

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Trump says it is ‘dangerous’ for Twitter, Facebook to ban accounts

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that it is “very dangerous” for social media companies like Twitter and Facebook to silence voices on their services

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Man detained in China for asking why can’t Taiwan be called a country

Police in China have detained a man who asked on social media what law prevented anyone calling self-ruled Taiwan a country, questioning a fundamental principle of China’s sovereignty. Taiwan is China’s most sensitive diplomatic issue. Beijing views the democratic island as merely a wayward province and it has stepped up a campaign against the island…

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New notification on Eid holidays is fake: Interior Ministry

The Interior Ministry denies issuing any new notification, extending the Eid-ul-Azha holidays to four days. The notification circulating on the social media is fake, a spokesman for the ministry said. On August 15, the Interior Ministry had announced three public holidays–August 21 to 23–for Eid. The fake notification stated that the government holidays have been…

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Bangladesh shuts down mobile internet to tackle teen protests

Bangladesh authorities have shut down mobile internet across swathes of the country, officials and local media said Sunday, as the authorities try to quell massive student protests that have spiraled into violence

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Egypt’s Coptic pope quits ‘waste of time’ Facebook

The head of Egypt’s Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, has shut down his Facebook page, saying it was a “waste of time”, after the church ordered monks off social media. State-run Al-Ahram newspaper said on Saturday that Tawadros’s decision was in line with a dozen measures announced Thursday by the church relating to the activities…

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Tech firms should be made liable for ‘fake news’ on sites – UK lawmakers

Tech firms like Facebook should be made liable for “harmful and misleading” material on their websites and pay a levy so they can be regulated, British lawmakers said, warning of a crisis in democracy due to misuse of personal data.

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Twitter shares plunge in black week for social media

Twitter shares took a pounding on Friday after it reported a decline in its user base, extending a stock market bloodbath for what had been a sizzling social media sector.

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Facebook probes whether data firm violated policies: report

Facebook has suspended a Boston analytics firm from its site and says it is investigating whether the company’s contracts with the US government and a Russian non-profit violated policies, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Facebook cracks down on bogus posts inciting violence

The new tactic being spread through the global social network was tested in Sri Lanka

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Trump doubles up as most followed world leader on Twitter: study

US President Donald Trump is by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, with the Pope trailing him by some 4.5 million followers, a study showed Tuesday. The number of Trump’s followers has “more than doubled since taking office”, the study authors said. With more than 52 million followers, the @realDonaldTrump account also counts…

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‘Neymar Challenge’ goes viral on social media

Brazil may have been eliminated from the FIFA World Cup 2018 but the social media continues to poke fun at striker Neymar Jr. over pretending to be injured.

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PSL 2018 garners combined media exposure value worth over $230 million

Leading sports evaluation firm Nielsen Sports has given the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) a hugely positive report on the third edition of the tournament. The event was held in February-March this year in the UAE with three games including the final played in Pakistan, said a spokesman for Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) here on…

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