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More removal requests sent to Twitter this year than ever: report

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KARACHI: Over 200 requests for content removal were sent by Pakistani authorities to Twitter in the first half of this year, the highest so far, according to a biannual report of the social networking website. The website’s transparency report released on Thursday said that between January and July of 2019, the government sent 273 requests […]


40% drop in Twitter accounts reported by Pakistan

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KARACHI: It may have been a sign of stricter government controls: the number of accounts reported to Twitter by the Government of Pakistan has dropped by 40% year on year in the first six months of 2019, according to the social networking site’s 15th biannual report. The number of profiles reported between January and June this year stands at […]


E-books, p-books coexisting in digital era, says Muneeza Shamsie

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The advent of e-books and e-readers in this digital age has definitely affected the reading patterns of people. Still, the era of printed books, or p-books, doesn’t seem to be over. Author Muneeza Shamsie made this point on Saturday evening as she spoke to a gathering organised by the Readerscafe at a coffee shop in […]


Privacy in the digital age

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Advances in information communication technology (ICT) have made the Internet and our devices an essential part of the way we experience life — from acquisition of goods and services to the creation of opportunity and access. Digital access is considered a human right by the United Nations and the world is so interconnected through this […]


News consumers: speakers call for media literacy

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Keeping in view the spread of information from various sources including social and other media, the speakers at a training workshop stressed the need of media literacy for all news consumers in order to make them able to access and analyze information. The two-day workshop on Tools for Media Information Literacy (MIL) was organized by […]


Film-maker stirs #MeToo debate with rape allegation

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ISLAMABAD: Film­-maker Jamshed Mahmood Raza has added new momentum to the country’s fledgling #MeToo movement after airing the allegation that he was raped by an unnamed media tycoon. The director, who is popularly known as Jami, rocked Pakistan’s social media over the weekend after he published several tweets describing the alleged assault that happened 13 […]


TikTok user incurs social media wrath for FO video

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ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office, the nerve centre of diplomatic activities, was in the spotlight on the web on Wednesday when a TikTok user’s video posing in one of its boardrooms went viral. TikTok app user Hareem Shah can be seen in the video clip sitting at the head of the table in the boardroom located […]


Jami tweets about being sexually assaulted

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Director, cinematographer and storyteller, Jamshed Mehmood Raza, colloquially known as ‘Jami’, took to twitter earlier this week and wrote about why he is supporting the #MeToo movement. In a long thread on Twitter, Jami stated, “Why I’m strongly supporting the #MeToo because I know exactly how it happens now, inside a room then outside courts […]


Speakers highlight pros and cons of social media

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LAHORE: Speakers at a seminar said social media trolls are busy discrediting and putting women down, and acknowledged vulnerability of all others owing to lack of online protection. “Truth filters should be placed on social media,” suggested columnist and author Aisha Sarwari while speaking in a session on ‘The Role of Social Media’ at Asma […]


Facebook chief rules out banning political ads

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US-Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has said he does not think it is right for a company to censor politicians or the news in a democracy. He was giving a speech in Washington DC following weeks of criticism over the firm’s decision not to ban political adverts that contain falsehoods. He added he had considered barring all political […]


Man gets five-year RI for blasphemy on social media

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LAHORE: In a first-of-its-kind conviction in the country as claimed by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), a special court for cybercrime offences on Thursday awarded five-year rigorous imprisonment to a man for posting blasphemous material on social media. Sajid Ali was charged for posting “sacrilegious, blasphemous and derogatory material against Hazrat Umar (R.A)” on Facebook […]


Volunteers gather to add information online about Pakistani women

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ISLAMABAD: Volunteers gathered at the Swedish embassy on Saturday to add more content on Wikipedia about Pakistani women such as footballer Karishma Ali, who before now had to write to people describing herself when they asked about her. Wikipedia is currently far from equal, Swedish Ambassador Ingrid Johansson said at the event, adding: “There are […]


Pakistani tech vlogger gets YouTube’s coveted Silver Play Button

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Karachi-based Ameer Dagha, the founder of ReviewsPK has been awarded a Silver YouTube Play Button for having surpassed 100,000 subscribers. The Silver Play Button is the first on the ladder of the YouTube Creator Awards. At this level, the channel becomes eligible to apply for the verification badge which just adds more credibility to the […]


Twitter to alert govt before suspending ‘official’ accounts

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KARACHI: Two months after Pakistan specified about 200 accounts that were suspended by Twitter for posting content about Kashmir, the government has made headway in its negotiations on the matter with the micro-blogging website. In August, several users complained that their accounts or tweets were suspended or withheld for posting about events in India-held Kashmir. […]