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Here’s why people get into such furious rows on social media

NEWS DESK: If you are wondering why your friends and family just don’t understand where you are coming from with your reasoned political argument on Facebook, it may be worth asking them to listen – literally. A new study has suggested the key to winning people over to your side of the argument may be…

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SCARY: Video showing devastating California wildfire goes viral

CALIFORNIA: This apocalyptic footage that showcases the horrific California wildfire that has wreaked havoc in Los Angeles and surrounding areas went viral over the internet.  Many people have been sharing videos and pictures that show the horrific California wildfire. This one in particular has caused quite a reaction around the world. The footage has been…

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Social media not good for mental health, says Actress Daisy Ridley

LOS ANGELES: ‘Star Wars’ actress  Daisy Ridley believes that social media is not good for mental health and vowed never to go back on social media. The actress, who quit social media in September of last year, also dubbed the habit of social media “highly unhealthy for people’s mental health”. In an interview with Radio…

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Huge fines for sharing intimate images without permission

SYDNEY: Social media networks face fines of more than Aus$500,000 (US$380,000) under new Australian laws proposed Wednesday cracking down on “revenge porn”, with individuals distributing images without consent also risking hefty punishment. It follows a survey this year that revealed abuses, including shooting and sharing intimate images without permission, was happening on a “mass scale”….

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Good news for parents of Facebook crazy children

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Monday unveiled a version of its Messenger application for children, aimed at enabling kids under 12 to connect with others under parental supervision. Messenger Kids is being rolled out for Apple iOS mobile devices in the United States on a test basis as a standalone video chat and messaging app. Product…

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Facebook opens new London hub, creating 800 jobs

Social media titan Facebook will open a new office in London on Monday that is set to be its biggest engineering hub outside America, the company has announced. The investment in the office, near Oxford Street in the heart of the city’s West End district, will also lead to the creation of 800 jobs, more than…

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Facebook trains artificial intelligence to spot suicidal signs

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Monday said stepping up the use of artificial intelligence to identify members of the leading social network who may be thinking of suicide. Software will look for clues in posts or even in videos being streamed at Facebook Live, then fire off reports to human reviewers and speed up alerts to…

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At least five dead as protests across Pakistan continue

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: At least five people have been killed and over 150 people have been injured in clashes between protesters of a religious parties and security forces in different parts of the country, Samaa reported. In the federal capital, the protesters have gathered at Faizabad Interchange whereas the main roads of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are closed…

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Israeli blogger’s selfies from Prophet’s Mosque trigger anger, outrage

RIYADH: Images posted by an Israeli blogger inside the Mosque of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) in Medina sparked outrage in the Muslim world over religious insensitivity and what many said double standards of Saudi authorities. Ben Tzion, a blogger and writer for the Times of Israel, shared on his Instagram account pictures…

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Quratulain Balouch faces backlash on Twitter after abusing Imran Khan

Famed Pakistani singer Quratulain Baloch faced a backlash on micro-blogging site Twitter after she used an expletive for PTI chief Imran Khan, on Tuesday. Quratulain Baloch is known for her melodious voice and the number of hits she has churned out for successful drama serials. Her numerous appearances on Coke Studio have also earned her…

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Rapper Eminem trolled on Twitter over latest SNL performance

The going is certainly getting tough for US rapper Eminem, who was trolled on micro-blogging site Twitter after he performed a medley of his earlier hits ‘Stan’ and ‘Love The Way You Lie’ after performing his latest single ‘Walk On Water’ at Saturday Night Live. Eminem may be used to adulation that he received from…

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Europe turns on Facebook, Google for digital tax revamp

BRUSSELS: They have revolutionised the way we live, but are US tech giants the new robber barons of the 21st century, banking billions in profit while short-changing the public by paying only a pittance in tax? With public coffers still strained years after the worst of the debt crisis, EU leaders have agreed to tackle…

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Amitabh Bachchan shares adorable pictures of wife, children

NEWS DESK: While Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan is very active on social media, it’s rare that he share a picture of anyone but himself. However, he recently posted two pictures – one of his children Abhishek Bachchan and Shweta Bachchan Nanda, and another of wife Jaya Bachchan with Shweta. T 2708 – मेरे सर्वप्रथम ! मेरे…

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Harassment debate rages on Twitter after latest Hania Amir scandal

After Hania Amir made a video of a male without his consent and uploaded it on her Snapchat, a furore erupted on social media, prompting the actress to issue an apology for her act after taking it down. However, harassment once again took center-stage on micro-blogging site Twitter with many users slamming Hania Amir for…

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This is how PTA will curb blasphemous material on social media

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has introduced various steps to curb blasphemous content from Social Media websites. PTA has established a web analysis cell where 25 personnel are working solely on identifying unlawful contents on internet including the blasphemous material. According to PTA official, PTA has received 8,000 complaints via email, out of which 188…

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Twitter ‘bug’ lets users smash 280-character limit and break the site for others

NEWS DESK: Twitter users have managed to bypass the site’s tweet limit by posting updates that are thousands of characters long. The majority of users can only send 140-character tweets on the micro-blogging site, but some can go up to 280 characters. However, some users have found a way to go far, far beyond this,…

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Twitter steps up security after Trump account cut off

WASHINGTON: Twitter said it had boosted security measures Friday in response to a rogue employee’s move cutting off Donald Trump’s account, an 11-minute outage which drew mocking praise from the president’s critics but also warnings of a dangerous precedent. The US social network initially said the account had been “inadvertently deactivated due to human error”…

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Sexual harassment and privilege

By Minerwa Tahir Note: This piece is a work of satire “I have received over 700 sexual harassment requests, bro.” “I haven’t been able score a girl as yet. I fear the remaining chances of scoring one will soon be over due to Sharmeen.” “As per Bay-Sharm-een’s logic, friend request is harassment and sending your…

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Pakistani Twitterati rage at Sharmeen over ‘harassment’ fiasco

KARACHI: After news broke that a Pakistani doctor had been fired by the Agha Khan University Hospital for allegedly sending a Facebook friend request to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s sister, Pakistani Twitterati took to micro-blogging site Twitter to bash her. While some were of the opinion that Sharmeen had conducted the ‘drama’ to gain attention, others made…

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I would walk to the door with a knife: Sunny Leone on dangerous stalker

Actress Sunny Leone recently opened up about the dangers of cyber bullying and how she once had to add an extra layer of security around her house for fear of an attack from a deranged stalker. Bollywood superstar and former adult actress Sunny Leone has a huge fan following around the globe. However, the star…

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SHOCKING: Divorce cases on the rise in Karachi–here’s why…

KARACHI: Divorce cases are on the rise in the city, with records revealing as many as 15,000 khula cases registered during the current year. According to experts, divorce cases have been rising in Karachi as well as other cities such as Lahore due to social media. “Nowadays young boys and girls befriend each other on…

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