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Bail denied in website account hacking case

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PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has dismissed the bail plea of an accused who had been charged with hacking the Facebook account of a woman which he later misused that led to dissolution of her marriage. A single bench of Justice Roohul Amin Khan dismissed the bail petition of the accused, Rizwanul Haq, a […]

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Facebook boss announces provision of free Internet for Pakistan

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CALIFORNIA – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced the provision of free Internet access for users in Pakistan through the social-media giant’s new initiative Internet.org, which is currently available on Telenor network. Internet.org is a latest Facebook enterprise through which the company aims at providing free internet access to people in developing countries. Before Pakistan, […]

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Social media war

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A COUPLE of months ago I wrote on these pages vis-à-vis the need to think critically about new information technologies and how they will shape life on the planet in the long-run. As Keynes famously said, in the long-run we are all dead. Besides, contemporary developments are already confirming that all is not well in […]

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In fond memory: Remembering Sabeen, the person who made everyone laugh

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KARACHI: When people remember Sabeen Mahmud, the first memory they recall is how she made everyone laugh. “She had a sense of who people are and how they will react to the things she will say,” said Jehan Ara, the president of software house P@SHA. Jehan Ara admired that Sabeen could deal with all kinds […]

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The tweet that prompted a thousand threats

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ISLAMABAD: Can the words of a grief-stricken woman be used to accuse her of treachery against the state? From the sentiments of social media users, it would appear so. On the night of Sabeen Mahmud’s murder, social media was awash with expressions of anger, disgust and disbelief at the killing of one of Karachi’s leading […]

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‘NA committee must reconsider cybercrime bill’

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ISLAMABAD: The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of stakeholders has asked that the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) 2015 be reconsidered by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology. The new cybercrime bill was approved by the chair of the committee last week, in the absence of most opposition members who had objected to […]

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Facebook clarifies guidelines on acceptable posts

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WASHINGTON: Facebook on Monday updated its “community standards” guidelines, giving users more clarity on acceptable posts relating to nudity, violence, hate speech and other contentious topics. The world’s biggest social network said it does not allow a presence from groups advocating “terrorist activity, organised criminal activity or promoting hate.” The new guidelines say Facebook will […]

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Facebook and our youth

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If you have safety check on your children signed in social networks like twittering, Facebook, whatsapp and viber… you may shock of your life. While we are social media enthusiasts and addicted to networking, we still believe that use of social media by the youth needs some careful steps. Facebook is a top social networking […]

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Love in the time of social media

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ISLAMABAD: How are online social networks today affecting true and sincere relationships? Technological development and the widespread use of internet-based technologies have changed the mode of communication. Traditionally, communication was done through the exchange of letters and limited telecommunication in the form of telephones. Now, the internet technology has paved the way for the development […]

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The chasm between ‘free’ and ‘hate’ speech

KARACHI: In the wake of the recent scourge of terrorism in Paris, which left 12 people dead, including the editor and prominent cartoonists of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, netizens have harked back to the debate of what constitutes ‘free’ and ‘hate’ speech. Actor Hamza Ali Abbasi is among those who took to Facebook to […]

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Facebook apologises, says removal of Hamza Ali Abbasi status was mistake

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CEO and Founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg on Monday said his social network’s removal of actor Hamza Ali Abbasi’s status regarding the Charlie Hebdo attack and freedom of expression may have been a mistake. When asked by one profile Angelic Munni what Zuckerberg has to say about his network’s deletion of Hamza’s post, Mark Zuckerberg […]

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COAS, DG ISI don’t have Facebook, twitter accounts: ISPR

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RAWALPINDI: The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Wednesday clarified that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Director General ISI do not have any Facebook or twitter accounts.There is only one twitter and one facebook account of Military Spokesman/DG ISPR Maj Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa, said an ISPR press release issued here. Military Spokesman/ DG […]

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Minister says media should blacklist terrorists

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has called on media houses Wednesday to blacklist terrorists by devising a media code of conduct. Addressing a meeting of parliamentary leaders held at the Prime Minister House, he said that misuse of media by the terrorist outfits should end and this can be easily done if […]

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FIA probing ‘fake column’ in Irfan Siddiqui’s name

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By: Irfan-Siddiqui The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday registered a first information report (FIR) against an unidentified accused for writing a column and publishing it on social media in the name of known columnist and Prime Minister’s Special Adviser on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui. The FIA Cyber Crime Wing initiated investigation on the application […]

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