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Active social media

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Gone are the days when one needed fervor, passion and power to put up a protest, now all this and much more is possible through the power of social media. Whether it is bashing the political system, creating stereotypical jokes or just enjoying some slapstick comedy, the social grounds never fails to amaze and entertain […]

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Think before you speak: ‘Users of social media add fuel to the fire of hate speech’

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KARACHI: Social media has become a popular tool to incite hatred against minorities which is why there should be a code of conduct to monitor hate speech. These views were put forward by the participants at a meeting of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s (HRCP) Expert Group on Communities Vulnerable because of their Beliefs […]

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Facebook phases in ‘Unfollow’ button

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Facebook Inc has replaced its “Hide All” button with the more succinct “Unfollow,” letting users block all messages and posts from selected friends. As with the previous button, it gives users the option of blocking content from certain people without offending them, say through de-friending. The latter alternative severs ties with that person on the […]

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Social media threat

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Sir: The social media is the largest interconnecting network around the world today. It can connect millions of people at a time but it also has plenty of disastrous impacts on youngsters. Social media is now becoming a serious security and moral threat for our teenagers and their parents. Misuse of social media has initiated […]

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Digital jihad

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AS militant groups increasingly use social networking platforms to reach out to bigger audiences and shape media coverage of their actions, their drive to create sympathisers remains as relevant to them as their traditional objective to kill or destroy the enemy. Hardly media shy, the late Pakistan Taliban leader Hakeemullah Mehsud had met journalists in […]

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Social media

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Staying in touch with each other has become important to the new generation. In the previous era people waited for letters for months but now the world has shrunk. Facebook, Twitter, Viber, Watapps and other social media tools have brought our loved ones closer. Use of cell phones and Internet has increased tremendously. Everybody seems […]

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Government to announce positive news about YouTube anytime soon: Secretary

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Islamabad: Secretary Information and Broadcasting Dr Nazir Saeed on Wednesday hinted at “good news” of lifting the ban on the popular video-sharing website Youtube in coming few days. Speaking at a conference on “Alternative Media in Pakistan: Opportunities and Challenges”, organised by Heinrich Boell Stiftung (HBS) and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) with the support […]

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Blocking websites

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Karachi: The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) website was recently blocked by the authorities concerned before the ban was lifted on Nov 22. While one keeps hearing rumours that the ban on YouTube will be lifted, we were rewarded with yet another ban on the IMDb website. Both actions are tantamount to a violation of our […]

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The police and social media

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THE chief minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, recently urged policemen to utilise social networking sites to reach out to the public during emergencies. We have commonly seen that in developing societies the institution of the police lacks the initiative to make optimum use of technology and social media. Extremist groups fight simultaneously at the physical level […]

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Twitter: The unreliable narrator

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When Twitter made its IPO in early November, the mad scramble from investors sent the stock price sharply upwards in the first 24 hours, proving that the company is as popular with shareholders as it is with social media enthusiasts. Financial analysts are now writing a never-ending series of ‘pro’ and ‘con’ articles about the […]

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Nawaz flays role of social media

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Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday expressed annoyance over incompetence and criminal negligence of police during the Rawalpindi violence and issued directives to the authorities to conduct a fair and neutral investigation into the incident. The Prime Minister issued these while presiding over a meeting on law and order. “The criminal negligence and silence […]

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Banning hatred

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The federal government, on November 18, issued directives to ban the dissemination of hate material over the social media. This follows the violent incident in Rawalpindi on Ashura Day, when nine persons were killed when marchers forming part of a procession went by a seminary and mosque. As curfew was clamped down in the city, […]

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Social media gets active

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RAWALPINDI: Many citizens think that denial of live coverage by the electronic media of Friday’s sectarian mayhem in the city saved the people from the worse. But, no denying, there were efforts to add fuel to the fire. Technology savvy religious zealots took to social networking websites to spread sectarian hatred, especially the Facebook and […]

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Checking intolerance: Government ‘takes notice’ of hate content on social media

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ISLAMABAD: The government has reportedly taken notice of the sectarian and hate literature being circulated on the social media and decided to take action against anyone who propagates sectarianism through social media and mobile phones. However, authorities are yet to receive formal orders from the government. The news first appeared on one state-run radio channel that […]

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