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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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Politicians honour ECP campaign deadlines – but never on social media

All political parties must end their campaigns by July 23. If they don’t, they can be held liable – except for the campaigns that continue unhindered online.  Digital media experts and activists have been pushing the Election Commission of Pakistan to come up with measures to contain online campaigns. The election regulatory body’s code of…

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Facebook, Google ‘manipulate’ users to share data despite EU law

Facebook and Google are pushing users to share private information by offering “invasive” and limited default options despite new EU data protection laws aimed at giving users more control and choice, a government study said Wednesday. The Norwegian Consumer Council found that the US tech giants’ privacy updates clash with the new General Data Protection…

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Facebook’s Instagram has more than a billion users

Instagram said Wednesday it now has more than one billion active users, highlighting surging growth at the Facebook-owned social network focused on photo and video sharing. The announcement came at an event hosted by Instagram chief Kevin Systrom announcing a new feature enabling users to share long-form videos up to one hour long. “The way…

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Facebook used less for news as youngsters turn to WhatsApp: Reuters Institute

The use of social media networks such as Facebook to consume news has started to fall in the United States as many young people turn toward messaging apps such as Facebook-owned WhatsApp to discuss events, the Reuters Institute found. Usage of Facebook, the world’s largest social network, for news is down 9 percentage points from…

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Facebook out to lure eSports fans with online portal

Facebook unveiled on Friday a portal devoted to streaming video game play and commentary as it ramped up its challenge to Amazon-owned Twitch and Google’s YouTube for eSports fans. Gaming creator programme lead John Imah and product manager Nick Miller described the new venue online at fb.gg as a “gaming video destination” that Facebook recently…

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Critique with intellect, Imran Khan tells abusive PTI supporters on Facebook, Twitter

They are infamously referred to as trolls. They are the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supporters who have flooded social media with vitriol if they find anyone criticising or even disagreeing with the party line or leader Imran Khan. But now, Mr Khan himself took to Twitter to tell them, no more.  Yasir Cheema, who tweeted the video,…

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Celebrities demand punishment for Bahria College examiner

Celebrities have demanded strict punishments should be handed over to an examiner who supposedly harassed students at Bahria College Islamabad. They posted tweets calling for harsh punishments against the examiner named Sadat Bashir. Name and shame this man!! Shame on #SadatBashir!! Make an example out of him. May justice be served to all these brave…

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Salman Khan’s Race 3 trailer has inspired some savage, hilarious tweets…

Salman Khan’s upcoming Race 3 has an ensemble cast to its name but that did not stop Twitterati from making fun of the movie’s trailer, which hit the internet yesterday. Here are some hilarious memes inspired by the trailer:- #Race3 pic.twitter.com/r7zABbq4Ux — Manika Arora (@manikaarora13) May 16, 2018 #Race3 Mom: Where are you going with your friend?…

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10 times Ahsan Iqbal spoke of peace on social media

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal is in the hospital after an assassination attempt. According to the FIR, the 21-year-old, who says he is affiliated with Tehreek Labbaik, shot the minister Sunday with the motive to kill him. While Iqbal became a target of hate, the minister has frequently spoken about peace and tolerance: 1. When he condemned the…

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Facebook’s rise in profits, users shows resilience after scandals

Facebook Inc shares rose on Wednesday after the social network reported a surprisingly strong 63 percent rise in profit and an increase in users, with no sign that business was hurt by a scandal over the mishandling of personal data. After easily beating Wall Street expectations, shares traded up 7.1 percent after the bell at…

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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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