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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 […]


YouTube ban continues to haunt students

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Does it make any sense to burn down an entire library just because you don’t agree with the contents of one book? I am a student and I have used YouTube for help in my studies many times, now because of the ban I am unable to access information that can help me in my […]


YouTube: wanted urgently

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I REQUEST the federal and provincial caretaker governments to kindly lift the ban on YouTube. The entire nation is being deprived of a channel that provides so much information. If the government cannot reach an agreement with Google, in no way should the punishment be awarded to the citizens. It is the responsibility of the […]


YouTube to be opened soon

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Zubair Kasuri ISLAMABAD: The government has decided in principle to open YouTube once again, it has been learnt reliably.Responsible government sources told ‘The News’ that YouTube would be opened within a few days and all the necessary arrangements had been finalised in this regard. The sources further said that the government department’s concerned and private […]


Mobilising justice through social media

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Karachi: In a bid to ensure justice for Hamza Ahmed, the 16-year-old who was shot dead during a school fight, his friends have created a Facebook page. The idea came from the very similar Shahzeb Khan’s murder case, where his friends used the social media to mobilise the public and media. His case was taken […]


Social media electioneering

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Iftikhar Alam LAHORE – With latest and widely shared post on facebook that carries the message: “We want a democratic demand between Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan” and dozens of other interesting political slogans, chit chat, criticism, favoritism, liking, disliking and comments, the social media has been playing an appealing and vital role in election […]