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Facebook, a moment of regret!

Friday, 15 December 2017

There’s nothing new about this. Most of the time, interaction via the internet is usually the window from which extremism find its way into a murderer’s mind. New York terror suspect Akayed Ullah is a Bangladeshi man who immigrated to the US in 2011 via a family reunification application to join his American uncle. Ullah said he began the process of self-radicalization in 2014 when he began to watch ISIS material on the internet, including videos which called on supporters to carry ...

Mashari Althaydi

How social media turned ‘lowly’ maid into a star in India

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

A domestic help who took to Facebook to expose sadistic employers and shine a torch on her miserable existence, has become a media darling in Kolkata – capital of India’s West Bengal state and the country’s cultural hub where intellectuals love to lionize the underdog. The more Alpana Mondal writes, the more she is written about!Thanks to relentless coverage, the 29-year-old is a minor celebrity today exactly a year after she began chronicling her life experience on social ...

Will the Snapchat redesign guard against fake news?

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Snapchat on Wednesday unveiled a redesign intended to rev up use of the image-sharing smartphone application by focusing on personal interests instead of what friends post. Parent company Snap has promised the redesign in a bid to make Snapchat more user-friendly in the face of competition from rival messaging apps, especially those fielded by leading social networking Facebook. Snap changes included separate streams for posts or messages from close friends versus digital content from publishers ...

Facebook to expand artificial intelligence to help prevent suicide

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Facebook will expand its pattern recognition software to other countries after successful tests in the US to detect users with suicidal intent, the world’s largest social media network said on Monday.Facebook began testing the software in the United States in March, when the company started scanning the text of Facebook posts and comments for phrases that could be signals of an impending suicide.Facebook has not disclosed many technical details of the program, but the company said its ...

Facebook to show people if they fell for Russian propaganda

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Facebook on Wednesday said it will help people see if they liked or followed posts considered part of a Russian effort to meddle with last year’s US election.A software tool to be released by the end of this year will allow users to see whether they engaged with Facebook pages or Instagram accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency between January 2015 and the August before last year’s presidential election.The agency is seen as a Russian resource for spreading propaganda online ...

What took YouTube so long to delete Awlaki’s videos?

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

After multiple requests throughout the past few years, YouTube deleted 50,000 videos of extremist Anwar al-Awlaki who was killed in an American air strike in Yemen in 2011. This is a positive step but it raises many important questions that are difficult to ignore or sweep under the rug.The first question is why has it taken so long to prohibit the public circulation of these videos? I think a mix of financial and cultural reasons was behind it. The owners of these social media websites, like ...

Mamdouh AlMuhaini

Amazon, Facebook seeking to help expand Saudi tech sector

Monday, 20 November 2017

Saudi Arabia’s top official for communications and information technology has said that the Kingdom has received requests from international companies to enter the Saudi market, including Amazon and Facebook, as well as other international companies that are interested to work in the cloud computing.Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Ruwais stressed that the ministry does not want to add new mobile operators in the market for the time being, referring to the current operators are sufficient, according to ...

Facebook politics and genocide

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Whether we like it or not, Facebook has become one of the world’s foremost communication medium. It connects over 2 billion people across the world, more than any other service, it disseminates more news than any other social media platform, whether factually accurate or not, and it supports more political and social organisation than any other internet tool. And to hear Mark Zuckerberg talk about it, you’d think Facebook were not too thrilled about it all. Sure, raking in billions ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Facebook and rest of social media forced to mend ways

Thursday, 2 November 2017

A view worth considering: Representatives of three major corporations swearing in before then US congressional committee and surrendering to the state that made it clear to them that “Our interests are far more important than your gains”. The information technology trilogy: Facebook, Twitter, and Google were feeding information to over two billion people in the world and flaunted the fact that they broke down walls, bypassed censorship, and spread facts. They are now admitting that ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Facebook: 126 million Americans may have seen Russia-linked political posts

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Facebook Inc said on Monday that Russia-based operatives published about 80,000 posts on the social network over a two year period in an effort to sway US politics, and that about 126 million Americans may have seen the posts during that time. Facebook gave the details about the reach of Russian posts in written testimony the company provided to US lawmakers which was seen by Reuters. Executives from Facebook, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google are scheduled to ...

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