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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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Could Facebook’s new privacy rules endanger your kids?

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Not a week goes by without another story of an adult doing something colossally stupid on social media and paying the price. So why in the world did Facebook think it advisable to allow 13-year-old kids to make their pictures and status updates public? In a widely-decried move, Facebook announced last week that underage users […]

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What’s next for social media?

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What merely started as a platform to connect with friends online — social media — has now expanded into a much larger medium, which is set on the course of becoming a major component of mass communication. Even though it still has a non-serious connotation attached to it in the wider sense, all sectors of […]

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Facebook on the rise in Pakistan

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Islamabad: It seems that Pakistanis are becoming increasingly more active on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter after Facebook Ads Manager—the site’s marketing tool—revealed that Pakistani users of the social networking website passed the 10 million mark for the first time last month. In a country of approximately 200 million people, Pakistan’s Facebook […]

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Pakistan’s cyber dilemma

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Our leaders are a group of professional thinkers and planners. This has been proved by the ridiculous plans that they come up with to curtail terrorism. Everyone had laughed at our ex- Interior Minister Malik for suddenly closing down cellular phone services whenever ‘HE’ thought the country was at risk, I am sure he took […]

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Imran Khan strongly condemns harassment on social media

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan strongly condemned abuse and harassment on social media, especially targeting of women, said a statement issued here on Wednesday. He said it was unacceptable for those claiming to be PTI supporters to harass and abuse anyone on social media, especially women. “PTI can make its case effectively based on […]

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Importance of social media

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Sir: The importance of social media is increasing rapidly. It is the main source of information as well as a source of enjoyment. People from all disciplines are benefiting from it. Through the social media, people can trade and advertise. It is a two-way communication system. Educational institutes are also using this opportunity. Students remain […]

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Proposed ban on chat apps

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THE proposed ban on chat applications WhatsApp, Viber, and Skype is akin to smothering the channel of communication. Despite the technological advancements we are lagging behind in the field of science and technology due to such measures. And the dilemma is that our government is still unaware about the serious consequences these immature steps are […]

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Quagmire on banning of free phone mobile applications

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LAHORE: Pakistan is among the 10 worst countries of the world with reference to freedom of social media internet websites, according to a study titled “Freedom on Net 2013” conducted by an American organisation, Freedom House, in 60 countries of the world in the period of May 2012 and April 2013. Here, a much-discussed issue […]

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Social media: redefining the way we interact

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ISLAMABAD: Since ancient times, different symbols, signs and facial expressions have been used by man to communicate. In the past man used to make use of drawings or use sounds to let know other people about any important information when verbal communication was not possible. Now in the 21st century, advancement in technologies have paved […]

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Ban it like it’s hot

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Despite popular belief, it appears that Rehman Malik wasn’t the only one with a vendetta against communication services; it’s the whole of the PPP. The Sindh government’s decision to ban Skype, WhatsApp, Viber and Tango is just another illustration of the country’s ‘just-ban-it’ approach towards matters. They say that once you taste blood, it’s hard […]

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A ban onslaught for Sindh

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Words cannot describe the foolishness of the latest move by the Sindh government to ‘curb’ terrorism. In an inexplicable move, the provincial government has suspended essential free cyber messaging applications such as Skype, Whatsapp, Tango and Viber for three months, stating security concerns as the reason behind this step. Many are shocked that the Sindh […]

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Banning freedom

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The PPP had demonstrated that it understood little of how the internet worked when it banned YouTube to block access to one of the billions of videos on the site. That ban has now been in place for over a year and seems to have become sadly permanent. Now, the PPP provincial government in Sindh […]

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