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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, […]

‘Media is lying’ about Amazon devastation, says Brazil’s president

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UNITED NATIONS: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday it was a lie that the Amazon was being devastated by fire and accused countries critical of him of having a “colonialist spirit.” Speaking first at this year’s UN General Assembly, the far-right leader also heaped praise on his American counterpart Donald Trump for respecting his […]

Twitter closes thousands of fake news accounts worldwide

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WASHINGTON: Twitter said on Friday it has closed down thousands of accounts across the world for spreading fake news as well as pro-government propaganda. Accounts coming from China seeking to sow discord among protesters in Hong Kong were closed down, as were accounts amplifying a pro-Saudi message coming from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates directed […]

Facebook suspends ‘tens of thousands’ of apps

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Facebook said Friday it suspended “tens of thousands” of apps on its platform as a result of its review on privacy practices launched following the scandal involving Cambridge Analytica. The review was launched in 2018 after revelations that the political consultancy hijacked personal data on millions of Facebook users and included attorneys, external investigators, data […]

China boosts soft power in Pakistan via film and social media

In a small office at the Pakistani Television Corporation (PTV) headquarters in Islamabad, producers are preparing to air a video interview of a Pakistani man and his Chinese bride. The woman in the footage is dressed in traditional Pakistani clothes, sitting next to her husband who addresses her in fluent Mandarin, amplifying a message of […]

80pc news on social media are fake: PML-N senator

LAHORE: PML-N Senator Kulsoom Perveen, convener of the sub-committee of the Senate Standing Committee for Information Technology, has said parliamentarians and citizens are being defamed through propaganda on the social media. She asked the CIA Cyber Crime Cell to take action against the culprits. A meeting of the sub-committee was held under the chair of […]

Spread of fake news Facebook, Twitter cooperating ‘very little’ with authorities: FIA

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The social media giants Facebook and Twitter were cooperating very little with Pakistani authorities against spread of fake news on social media through unverified accounts and this cooperation witnessed further low level after August 5 when India revoked special status of Indian-occupied Kashmir. This was revealed by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) while briefing a subcommittee […]

PTA seeks meeting with Twitter over muzzled Kashmir voices

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has requested Twitter’s administration for a meeting to discuss the suspension of Pakistani handles tweeting in support of Kashmir since August 5, the day New Delhi stripped the occupied valley of its semi-autonomous status. “The PTA is already putting in efforts to engage Twitter to ensure freedom of expression […]

PTA takes up suspension of accounts over Kashmir with Twitter

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakis­tan Telecommuni­cation Authority (PTA) raised the issue of suspension of tweets and blocking of Twitter accounts apparently related to India-held Kashmir with the Twitter administration on Wednesday. The telecom sector regulator has also asked the users of the microblogging site to register their concerns about the suspension of their tweets or blocking of […]

Twitter restores some accounts suspended ‘at India’s behest’

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KARACHI: Around one fifth of the 200 Pakistani social media handles that posted in support of Kashmir have been restored since the National IT Board (NITB), on behalf of the Pakistan government, approached Twitter, The Express Tribune has learnt. However, since there was no official response from the tech giant, Islamabad has approached it once […]

Social media network rejects India’s complaint to block Malik account

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ISLAMABAD: The administration of social media network Twitter rejected the India’s complaint to block the personal account of Chairman Senate’s Committee on Interior and senior leader of the PPP Senator Rehman Malik. The Indian government has made a request to twitter to block the personal account of Senator Malik on his posts to expose the […]