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25-year-old sentenced to 13 years in prison over ‘religiously offensive’ Facebook post

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LAHORE: A Pakistani man was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Thursday for allegedly posting religiously offensive material on his Facebook page, lawyers in the case said. Rizwan Haider, 25, was convicted in an anti-terrorism court of three charges, including promoting sectarian hatred, after he supposedly published a post referring to Prophet Mohammed (pbuh). […]

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Man accused of misusing Facebook to ‘avenge’ sister’s divorce

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ISLAMABAD: The misuse of Facebook has so far been reported in relation to blackmail, fraud and impersonation. However, in a recent case, the social networking website has allegedly been used by a man to exact revenge for his sister’s divorce. Mohammad Usman is accused of trying to malign his former brother-in-law, Bilal Asif, his first […]

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JuD’s new ‘Cyber Team’ a far cry from conservatism of old

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ISLAMABAD: At first glance, with their longish, untrimmed beards and shalwars hitched up to their ankles, members of the Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) cyber-team look a little out of place as they adeptly juggle their cameras, laptops, and smart phones. The young men, who now occupy a prominent place at JuD rallies and events as they […]

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‘Facebook is an effective platform for emerging poets’

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LARKANA: Saeed Memon is a poet of nature and his poetry is one of the strongest and representative voices in modern Sindhi literature because of its scholastic value, depth of ideas, spontaneity and accurate portrayal of human tragedies. These thoughts were expressed by poets and writers at the launching ceremony of Saeed Memon’s anthology Azal […]

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Pakistan hitting terrorists on cyber turf

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LAHORE – Over 250 social media accounts involved in facilitating terrorist communications have been put out of business by a top security agency after hectic chase on the cyber highway, sources in a military intelligence service told The Nation yesterday. Shutting down the terrorists and extremist forces’ networks on the internet is one of the […]

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National Assembly to sign up for social media

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly has decided to launch official social media accounts for wider parliamentary outreach to the public, following in the footsteps of the upper house of parliament, which introduced a number of initiatives last year. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, said a statement issued by the […]

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UAF rusticates PhD student for Facebook comments

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FAISALABAD: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad has rusticated a PhD student on charges of posting comments on Facebook against the Kissan Mela organised by the administration in November last. The notification of forever rustication (a copy is available with Dawn) of Kashan Haider Gilani, a PhD first semester student at the agri-extension department, was issued […]

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Public Complaints: Social media page fails to get attention

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ISLAMABAD: Use of social media may very well be a good idea to start off with when the Islamabad Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mushtaq Ahmad decided to set up his official Facebook page last year, but due to limited public awareness and promotion, the page has failed to gather any serious attention from the residents of […]

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Facebook stops using Flash for video

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Washington: Facebook has stopped using Adobe’s Flash technology to show video across the entire social network. Instead Facebook has developed a video player built around the widely used HTML5 technology. Games on Facebook would still use Flash, it said, but it was looking into ways to change those too. The site is one among many […]

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The potential power of social media

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The swift action taken by Punjab Police at the giant Hafeez Centre Plaza, Lahore’s largest IT market, from where dozens of anti-Ahmadi posters were removed from shop fronts, is of course to be lauded. The posters, which had gone up as a part of the local government election campaign, carried slogans stating that the establishments […]

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Cyber Crime Bill passed

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ISLAMABAD – National Assembly yesterday passed Cyber Crime Bill 2015 with majority vote paving the way for awarding up to 14 years imprisonment and fine upto Rs 50 million for wrongful use of internet to threaten people, spread panic and chaos by its misuse and for spreading religious hatred. When the Chairman of the National […]

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Harnessing social media: Imran fields questions in live Facebook broadcast

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf [PTI] Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday introduced a new trend by employing the social media—live broadcast on Facebook, as a mode of interaction instead of conventional mediums. During the interaction moderated by Faisal Javed which lasted for an hour, between 7pm to 8pm, Imran Khan responded to some thousands of questions bombarded […]

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Journalism in Pakistan: Pintak advocates media independence

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ISLAMABAD: At times, even US news outlets follow state narratives instead of digging for facts. This is particularly true for American outlets covering events such as the September 11 attacks and the Iraq War. This was said by veteran American journalist Lawrence Pintak during an interactive session on Tuesday at the Express Media Group office […]

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‘Social media has no doors’

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KARACHI: The Yorkshire Adabee Forum will help people meet social media stars and help those stars to reach a larger platform. This was said by the forum’s secretary Madiha Ansari at a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Wednesday. Madiha introduced a young social media personality, Mansoor Qureshi, to journalists, saying his group, […]

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