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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. […]


Social media outrage as official buys burqas for students in KP village

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PESHAWAR: Social media was fuming on Monday after pictures showing girls in burqas bought for them by local authorities went viral, igniting anger across the country where women have fought for their rights for decades. A district councillor in the small village of Cheena in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province used Rs90,000 of local government funds to […]


Kashmiri journalists protest India’s media gag

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NEW DELHI-Dozens of journalists in Indian Occupied Kashmir held a sit-in protest Thursday against an ongoing communication blackout in the region, describing the blockade of the internet and mobile phones as a government-imposed gag. The journalists, holding placards and wearing black bands, said the Indian government was muzzling the press in the region and demanded […]


Easing collections: Punjab to launch ePay mobile app

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LAHORE: The Punjab government is set to launch ePay, a mobile application, on Friday for all business-to-government (B2G) and public-to-government (P2G) payments in order to facilitate the public and improve country’s revenue collection through easy payment solution. The application has been jointly developed by the Punjab Finance Department and the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), said […]


Google remembers Pakistan’s chocolate hero

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KARACHI: Pakistan’s chocolate hero, Waheed Murad, was celebrated by a Google doodle on what would have been his 81st birthday. The doodle shows a dreamy Murad with a jacket flung on his shoulders looking on with a photograph of a woman in the background. According to Google, Murad’s blockbuster films electrified cinemagoers throughout the 1960s […]


Muslim journalists to strengthen bonds to counter fake news

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On the concluding day of the two-day Fifth International Forum of Muslim Journalist and Bloggers, a draft Declaration was adopted that outlines the future prospects of such a useful interaction. Besides the Declaration outlined ways and means to further strengthen these bonds among the participants and those who would participate in future events. The organizers […]


Muslim journalists call for urgent steps to check fake news

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A moot of Muslim journalist on Friday severely criticised use of baseless propaganda and fake news as a tool for the advancement of vested interests and called for taking urgent steps to check this menace. On the second day of the 5th International Forum of Muslim Journalists and Bloggers, speakers noted that social media, particularly […]


Feminism in the context of digital media

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KARACHI:The 21st century has seen various worldwide movements gain momentum, with feminism and climate change being the prominent ones. Where methods of demonstrations and disapprovals have also evolved with increasing globalisation and reliance on digital means, what has played a significant role in disseminating messages is social media. To discuss the renewed, contemporary feminist policies […]


Rescue services soon an app away

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PESHAWAR: In a bid to improve access to rescue services and their response times, the government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) has signed an agreement with one of the largest ride-hailing mobile application services in the country. According to the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the K-P authorities and Careem, the ride-hailing service, at the Chief Minister’s […]


Facebook exempts political speech from fact-checking

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SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook will not fact-check the statements politicians post to the site, the social network announced Tuesday ahead of the US 2020 elections, even as it works to discredit false information meant to manipulate public opinion. While the social network relies on third-party fact-checkers, including news organisations such as AFP, to help it discredit viral misinformation, […]


Court orders French #MeToo founder to pay damages for defamation

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PARIS: A Paris court on Wednesday ordered the woman behind France’s answer to the #MeToo campaign to pay thousands of euros in damages for defaming the man she had accused of sexual harassment in a viral Twitter post. Sandra Muller, a French journalist who coined the viral hashtag #balancetonporc ( “expose your pig”) to describe […]


These Pakistani superheroes have been patrolling the streets of social media

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DUBAI: As an honest fan of the superhero genre, the previous five months have been hard. Iron Man’s exit seems like a yesterday that’ll stay with you till tomorrow. It has, perhaps it will. To use clichés with an iron hand, the end of Avengers: Endgame was nothing short of marvellous. And while we wallow in our misery, […]