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Twitter Analysis: Imran Khan talks more about the Sharifs than his own party

What is on PTI chief Imran Khan’s mind? Judging by his Twitter timeline, he seems to be thinking more about the Sharifs than his own party. SAMAA Digital scraped and analysed Imran Khan’s tweets for the past 11 months. Between September 5, 2017 and July 8, 2018, Imran Khan tweeted 808 times. We see a…

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Top Twitter users lose 2% of followers on average as policy changes

A Twitter Inc policy change on Thursday to increase the service’s credibility cost its 100 most popular users about 2 percent of their followers, on average, according to social media data firm Keyhole. Twitter is no longer counting as followers any accounts that have been locked because of suspected fraud, Chief Executive Jack Dorsey posted…

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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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Twitter says removal of fake accounts does not hurt user metrics

Twitter Inc said on Monday it has removed fake accounts but that does not impact its reported user metrics as was indicated in a report by The Washington Post. The newspaper had said the social media company had suspended more than 70 million fake accounts in May and June, leading to a decline of monthly…

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Twitter suspends over 70 million accounts in two months: report

Twitter suspended more than one million accounts a day in recent months to reduce the flow of misinformation on the platform, the Washington Post reported. Twitter and other social media platforms such as Facebook Inc have been under scrutiny by U.S. lawmakers and international regulators for doing too little to prevent the spread of false…

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Maryam says seven years is a small penalty for standing up to ‘invisible forces’

PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz said that the penalty for standing up to invisible forces that have been active in Pakistan for the last 70 years is usually far more than what she received. She was reacting to an accountability court sentencing her to seven years in jail in the Avenfield case.  پاکستان میں 70 سال…

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Akhtar Mengal and Jam Kamal Khan trade barbs on Twitter

The elections are under way as is political point scoring but some candidates are not having it. Balochistan National Party President Sardar Akhtar Mengal shut down Balochistan Awami Party President Jam Kamal Khan’s attempt to start a feud on Twitter. Both former National Assembly members are contesting from NA-272 Lasbela-Gwadar. In his tweet, Khan said…

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Twitter, Facebook launch tools to track advertising

Twitter Inc on Thursday made it easier for users to identify political campaign ads and know who paid for them, as social media platforms faced the threat of US regulation over the lack of disclosure on such spending. The microblogging site launched ‘Ads Transparency Center’ to allow anyone to view ads that have been put…

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Trolls in trouble as Twitter to confirm new accounts in spam fight

Twitter on Tuesday said it will begin asking for email addresses or phone numbers to confirm new accounts as part of a battle against manipulation, particularly by automated bots. Adding a way to check that a real person is behind new accounts was described by Twitter as being among measures to fight abuse, trolls, and…

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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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Twitter shift aims to deliver more news on timelines

Twitter said Wednesday it would revamp user timelines as part of an effort to deliver more news and personalized content, the latest effort to attract more users to the platform. The new features shift further away from Twitter’s original chronological feed and represent a stepped-up effort to be a destination to find news, especially breaking…

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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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You all fell for the wrong Shabnam

Shabnam appreciated Imran Khan for expelling Farooq Bandial, who raped her, from the PTI and thanked Pakistanis for their stand — except that it was a fake account. “Almost all the likes of that account were on tweets related to PTI,” Digital Rights Foundation founder Nighat Dad told SAMAA Digital. “It was childish.” A picture…

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Trump can’t block his critics on Twitter, judge rules

President Donald Trump cannot legally block Twitter users who disagree with him, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in a case with potentially far-reaching implications for social media use by public officials. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said the blocking of Trump critics — which prevents them from seeing and interacting with the president’s tweets — violated…

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ICC gives verdict on amateur cricket video from Pakistan

International Cricket Council (ICC) has given its ruling on a video of street cricketers from Pakistan. The viral video of amateur cricket shows the ball rolling back to hit the stumps after touching the batsman’s willow. The video of weird fashion dismissal was sent to ICC for its decision. The video was extensively shared on the…

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Shahid Afridi tweets daughter’s birthday pictures

Former Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi tweeted pictures of his youngest daughter’s birthday. He tweeted: “Celebrating Asmara’s 6th birthday today, MashaAllah. Daughters are a blessing from the Almighty. We should always take time out to celebrate small happinesses with our families & loved ones, and give thanks for all of the moments. Love you, Asmara!”…

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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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Twitter tweak steps up fight against trolls

Twitter said Tuesday it was stepping up its long-running battle against online trolls, trying to find offenders by looking at “behavioral signals.” The new approach looks at behavioral patterns of users in addition to the content of the tweets, allowing Twitter to find and mute online bullies and trolls. Even if the offending tweets are…

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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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We are harming the beauty of Lake Saiful Muluk with our own hands

Lake Saiful Muluk is one of the most attractive destinations in the country. Thousands of tourists, from Pakistan and other countries, visit the beautiful lake and enjoy the scenery. However, the beauty at this this destination spot is at risk as many visitors keep littering the place.  The tourists throw wrappers, beverage bottles and many other items which gives an…

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Twitter urges users to change ‘unmasked’ passwords

Twitter on Thursday urged its more than 300 million users to change their passwords, saying they had been unintentionally “unmasked” inside the company by a software bug. The social media site said it found no sign that hackers accessed the exposed data, but advised users to change their passwords to be safe. Twitter practice is…

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