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The power of social media

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ISLAMABAD: Participants of a workshop on social media on Saturday said that social media has become the most powerful source of news updates and an important resource for mobilisation of collective action and implementation of social movement across the world. A training workshop was arranged by Individualland Pakistan in partnership with Freidrich Norman Foundation (FNF) […]


Progress linked to youth empowerment

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By: Israr Ahmad RAWALPINDI: Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) arranged ‘Focus Group Discussion on Youth and Leadership Development, Use of Social Media and High Quality Partnership’ on Wednesday. Panellists of the discussion were Dr Sally Kenny, Dr Agnieszka Nance and Dr Beth Wee, all from Tulane University. In the discussion students from different departments of […]


Minister says no blocking of Google

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ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for IT Anusha Rahman has clarified that the PML-N government does not intend to block Google search engine website in Pakistan.In a statement she said: “We wish to have an effective and efficient mechanism – filters in place for blocking blasphemous contents before YouTube can be unblocked in Pakistan.” The News


To vent anger, students take to Facebook

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Karachi: Enraged by the British Council announcement on retaking two papers, the affected students poured their hearts out on the social media for the organisation’s “reckless and insensitive attitude”. All the candidates who sat the O-level papers for Islamiyat and Pakistan Studies last month will have to go through the exams for a second time […]


Elections and the social media

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By Faisal Kapadia The writer is a Karachi-based blogger who blogs at deadpanthoughts.com and tweets @faisalkapadia. He has previously written for Dawn and The Friday Times During the last year, we have seen immense political presence in Pakistan’s social media. It started with leaders of almost all political parties garnering an online presence to realising […]


Kidnapped by Facebook friend

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THE story (May 28) was indeed bone-chilling as this was the most heinous criminal act performed by criminals with the help of social networking media Facebook. Needless to say that the social media through the blessings of the Internet has invaded every household the world over and ironically access to the Internet is open to […]


Eight months and counting: Can PTA filter unwanted YouTube content, asks PHC

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PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) directed a petitioner to collect information on whether the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) could filter blasphemous material being uploaded to YouTube. A PHC division bench comprising Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth gave the orders while hearing an application filed by Mian Muhibullah Kakakhel. The […]


Google hardly affected: YouTube blockade

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EIGHT months and counting: the government that imposed the ban is gone, a new one has been elected and there have been several appeals. Yet, there is no sign on the horizon of the blockade on YouTube being overturned. The only information to come out on this front recently is that apropos of a legal […]


PEOPLE’S MEDIA

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The use of social media is rising in Pakistan. Over a six-month period from late 2010 to early 2011, the number of Facebook users doubled from 1.8 to 3.6 million, while between August 2011 and January 2012 the number of new Facebook accounts increased by a million. Facebook, according to internet traffic monitoring data, is […]


Hearing in case against YouTube ban adjourned by LHC

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday, on request of the Ministry of Information Technology, adjourned till June 06 the hearing of a petition challenging the ban on YouTube, a video sharing website. The court was informed by the law officer of the ministry that the administration of the Google, of which YouTube is […]


YouTube ban challenged in PHC

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PESHAWAR: A local lawyer has challenged in Peshawar High Court the ban placed on social media website YouTube, pleading that the site should be unblocked. The petitioner, advocate Mian Mohibullah Kakakhel, on Tuesday requested the PHC to direct the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and ministry of interior to open the website (www.YouTube.com) for the benefit of […]


Social media reacts to Altaf’s statement, calls London police

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LAHORE: Reacting of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief’s statements regarding the separation of Karachi from Pakistan, citizens of the country reacted with anger and started calling London Metropolitan Police to register their complaints against him. According to social media buzzing, many people called London police, complaining about Altaf threatening to instigate violence in Pakistan. Source: […]


Voters use social media to slam rigging

Karachi: Live updates on the general elections appearing on popular social networking websites are an indication of how smartphones and the rising power of social media have provided everyone with a voice. By 5pm Saturday, the hashtag #NA250 was one of the top trends in the country on Twitter. The constituency saw a massive turnout […]


PPP’s two official websites hacked

LAHORE: Two official websites of the largest political party in the country, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), were hacked on Monday. The PPP has already been facing terror threats from the extremists, especially the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), during its current election campaign. Extremist forces have been carrying out bombings, targeted killings against three major liberal political […]