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Zuckerberg promises Facebook won’t ruin WhatsApp

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Facebook’s approach to our personal information couldn’t be more at odds with Mark Zuckerberg’s newly acquired company, WhatsApp. While Facebook wants to catalogue as much data on its users as it can, WhatsApp wants to know the bare minimum. The new owner of WhatsApp has promised to keep it that way. In an interview at […]

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Ban on YouTube : LHC summons info minister

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LAHORE: A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday summoned the Federal Minister of Information Technology Anushay Rehman at its next hearing to present the government’s stance on public access to YouTube in the country. The LHC noted that the federal government had not yet presented its stance on the issue, which […]

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Give YouTube a chance: Pakistani rappers take on the ban

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KARACHI: With many deep into withdrawal over the banning of social media network YouTube in Pakistan, they found a new anthem for their cries in the form of ‘Vital Saeen’ Ali Gul Pir along with rapper Adil Omar and music producer Talal Qureshi calling for an end to the block in their new music video. […]

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PTA chief pleads for YouTube ban lifting

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ISLAMABAD: The head of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Monday strongly defended before a Senate panel for lifting ban on YouTube before the parliamentary committee decided to move a resolution in the House as well as recommend the government for unblocking the popular content sharing site. Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights, which met at the […]

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YouTube blockade

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EVOLVING situations require constantly evolving regulatory mechanisms, and one area where Pakistan is lacking is in terms of internet safety — even though the World Wide Web and its benefits can hardly be said to be new realities. Last year, the Federal Investigation Agency received more than 1,000 complaints regarding cyber crime, particularly malicious stalking, […]

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No legal net for the fake

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LAHORE: “My Facebook account has been hacked. The hacker has posted objectionable material on it causing a lot of stress to me, my family members and friends,” says a complainant, a woman. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has no remedy to redress the complaint in the absence of a law to check cyber crime, including […]

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On This Day: 2005 YouTube is created

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YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, all early employees of PayPal. According to online sources, Hurley and Chen developed the idea for YouTube after they had experienced difficulty sharing videos that had been shot at a dinner party at Chen’s apartment. Karim did not attend the party and denied that […]

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Pakistan’s caged social media

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By: Ayushman Jamwal Even though Pakistan has enjoyed one full term of a democratically elected government, followed by a successful election last year, its citizens are struggling to fully enjoy one of the basic tenets of democracy – the freedom of expression. The Pakistani state has been in regulation mode since the former PPP government […]

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‘Using social media can minimise discrimination against minorities’

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KARACHI: Even Indonesia’s pluralistic society seen worldwide as a model of an ideal Muslim democratic society is not immune to discrimination against religious minorities and has been observed more ever since Indonesia transitioned from Suharto’s authoritarian regime to democratic set-ups. These views were expressed by Ihsan Ali Fauzi of the Centre for the Study of […]

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Facebook could fade out like a disease: researchers

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Facebook is like an infectious disease, experiencing a spike before its decline, according to US researchers who claim the social network will lose 80 percent of users by 2017. Two doctoral candidates in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University made their astonishing claims in a paper published online at a scientific research archive, but […]

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Excessive use of social media

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By Muhammad Usama Ibrahim KARACHI: Websites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace can be enjoyable when used moderately. The problem is that they are frequently overused and often misused. With a few clicks, anyone on these websites can access anything we post or upload, including a prospective employer. Company managers often use Facebook as a […]

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The media-wary chief

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IN recent days, the Twitter world didn’t just throw up the Tharoor-Tarar controversy. The Pakistani twitterati also discovered, to their excitement, an account run by Army Chief Raheel Sharif. Though the account appeared to have been active since December, the increased frequency of tweets in January drew the attention of many in the previous week […]

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Islamabad police to open accounts on social media

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ISLAMABAD: The 21st century is known as an age of technology and one of the most important types of new technology is the social media. Recognising its importance, the Islamabad police have decided to use social media as a communication tool for disseminating the information to public and getting recommendations from them to further improve […]

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Socio-political innovations: Making social media responsible

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ISLAMABAD: Social media can play a constructive role by streamlining the development discourse in a demand-oriented, inclusive and people-friendly direction. This was the underlying theme of “Promoting Development Discourse through Social Media”, a moot held at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) on Monday. Although the use of social media is more common among the […]

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