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“Can a drone take me to Mecca?”

Al-Hassan Abdullah, a poor Ghanaian villager whose story went viral on Turkish social media when he asked a TV crew if “a drone can take him to Mecca” will travel to the Muslim holy land courtesy of the Foreign Ministry and charities. Abdullah had naively asked a Turkish film crew flying a drone with a…

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Taylor Swift goes blank on social media, sending fans into frenzy

LOS ANGELES: Taylor Swift, one of the most popular celebrities on social media, wiped all her accounts on Friday, sending fans into a frenzy over whether the pop singer had been hacked, was preparing to launch a new album, or was about to reinvent herself. Swift, who has 85 million Twitter followers and 102 million…

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Watch: Woman tortures daughter during study session

A shocking video of a mother beating her daughter has surfaced on social media. In the clip, we can see the girl being tortured and scolded by her mother during a study session.

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PM Abbasi has no Facebook, Twitter accounts

ISLAMABAD: Describing the social media accounts attributed to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as “fake”, the Prime Minister Office on Friday reiterated that PM Abbasi did not maintain any social media account, including Twitter and Facebook. “It is again clarified for information at large that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi does not maintain any social…

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COAS warns youth against militant outfits active on social media

RAWALPINDI: Chief Of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday warned the youth against the influence of banned militant outfits on social media.  Students from FATA and all over Pakistan attended the internship program offered by ISPR. Upon its successful completion, the army chief met with students who participated in the event. “Daesh and…

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Internet doors slammed on white nationalist extremism

SAN FRANCISCO: White extremists are having doors to the internet slammed on efforts to promote violent and bigoted agendas. Internet titans that have contorted to balance free speech with odious content were standing firm this week against being used to glorify killing in the name of race or eliminating those who oppose that kind of…

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Facebook samples China’s potential with sneaky app

SHANGHAI: Facebook’s sneaky launch of a photo-sharing app in China, where its social network is banned, gives it a small taste of the massive market’s potential, but it may have to settle for just that for now. The US tech giant acknowledged last week that it was behind the Colorful Balloons application, which is similar…

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Woman charged with faking cancer, keeping donations from New York towns

NEW YORK: A 38-year-old Orlando woman who pretended to have terminal cancer and accepted donations when she lived in New York’s Westchester County several years ago was arrested on Friday and charged with fraud, U.S. prosecutors said. Vedoutie Hoobraj, 38, used the name Shivonie Deokaran while perpetrating the scam from about October 2014 through at…

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Video: When Khawaja Asif shared the wrong pictures of GT Road rally

KARACHI: Newly-appointed Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Khawaja Asif shared pictures from Mumtaz Qadri’s funeral accidentally on his Twitter account and claimed they were from PML-N’s Grand Trunk Road rally. Editor Digital Properties SAMAA Omar Quraishi points out how Khawaja Asif shared a picture from PML-N’s Peshawar rally from 2016 in the tweet and claimed it…

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Cricket: Sri Lanka told to ignore trolls over ‘slump’

Sri Lanka’s cricketers have been urged to ignore trolling on social media after a dismal run of results triggered a wave of criticism — with even a government minister poking fun online. Team mentor Aravinda de Silva said players should not be disheartened ahead of the third Test against India starting on Saturday, despite their…

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Nawaz’s grandson to head PML-N social media team in KSA

ISLAMABAD: According to a notification issued by PML-N, Zayd Hussain Nawaz, the grandson of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, will head the party’s social media team in Saudi Arabia. In a tweet message, Zayd shared the notification and provided a link where all relevant updates regarding the party’s chapter in Saudi Arabia will be shared….

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Asia security forum to push social media use to fight extremism

MANILA: More than two dozen Asian countries will agree to utilize social media to counter the spread of violent extremism in the region, according to a draft statement being prepared ahead of a top security gathering on Monday. Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and from 17 dialogue partner-countries…

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After serious allegations, Imran Khan vows to emerge ‘stronger’

NEWS DESK: MNA Ayesha Gulalai leveled scathing allegations against PTI chief Imran Khan on Tuesday. She accused him of sexual harassment in text messages, termed PTI an ‘anti-women’ party and blamed K-P CM for corruption. She even challenged Imran Khan to make public his exchange of text messages with Gulalai on his Blackberry phone. The…

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Uber Pakistan taunts Careem over ‘Rishta Aunty’ service

KARACHI: Careem’s Rishta aunty has certainly earned flak from its rival competitor Uber Pakistan, who attacked the application based taxi service with a witty post on social media.  Trust competition to follow your every move and one slip could pave the way for them to take you head on. Which is exactly what Uber Pakistan…

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Here’s how people reacted to Careem’s new “Rishta” service

Early this morning Careem users woke up to an expected message on the application regarding a new “rishta service”. An email was circulated, which read ‘Bas kar forever alone ka naara, ab status hoga ‘taken’ tumhara.’ With this, they highlighted that Careem is offering a ‘Halal’ way to find the right person. They also added ‘Have…

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Yeh bik gayi hai gormint’ auntie faces social boycott in her Karachi neighbourhood

NEWS DESK: Yeh bik gayi hai gormint are ‘wise words of wisdom’. They are simply GOLD – at least in the meme world. One may have thought that Gormint auntie, who delivered the legendary words, would be treated like the gem that she is by everyone. Unfortunately, keeping in line with our tradition of forgetting…

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Shocking: Boy killed over Facebook friendship

Friendship over social media claimed life of a young boy. After his body was identified with the photograph, the assassin was traced. Know more in Dewan Adil’s report from Mandi Bahaud Din.

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Awkward handshake between Trump and First Lady of France

The video of another awkward handshake from US President Donald Trump, this time with the First Lady of France, has gone viral on social media. Watch the video.

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Report: Terror groups fleecing youth on Facebook

Terrorist organizations are using social media website as a tool to fleece youngsters. According to details, 41 out of 64 banned groups are on Facebook while 150000 users have liked their pages. Watch the complete report here.

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Pakistan recommends Facebook to link account with mobile numbers

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has recommended the Facebook management to link opening of a new account with mobile phone number to address the problem of fake accounts. The social media network has designated a focal person to coordinate with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for a prompt action against any reported material. “Facebook reiterated their commitment toward…

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Ads heading for Messenger home screens globally

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Tuesday said that advertisements will begin popping up on Messenger home screens globally after promising tests with users in Australia and Thailand. “Messenger ads are going global,” the Facebook-owned mobile messaging service said in an online post. “People will see Messenger ads in the home tab of their Messenger mobile app.”…

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