Ahead of polls, bots flood Twitter with pro-government messages in Malaysia

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Just weeks before Malaysia goes to the polls, automated accounts known as bots are flooding Twitter with tens of thousands of pro-government and anti-opposition messages, according to a review of the tweets by Reuters and a US digital media research institute. Asked about the matter, San Francisco-based Twitter Inc said it was focused on identifying and suspending accounts that violate its spam policies. “We continue to fight hard to tackle any malicious automation on our platform as well ...

Diaries of a Syrian refugee: Man documents days trapped in Malaysian airport

Friday, 13 April 2018

Humans are born free and seek to live free. Of the many reasons why one may be stripped of the freedom, prison reigns all – but for a 36-year-old Syrian man stuck at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, his passport became his virtual jail cell. Hassan al-Kontar has been trapped at the Malaysian-based airport for over a month. The refugee has taken to Twitter to echo his story to the digital world in an attempt for change and a cry for help. In a series of videos posted onto his Twitter ...

Saudi ministry rushes to help woman violently screaming in viral Twitter video

Monday, 2 April 2018

A video in which a woman can be heard screaming because her husband allegedly attacked her was posted to Twitter this week triggering the Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development to take action to help her. Twitter users who tweeted using an Arabic hashtag, “save the battered woman in Abha,” said the woman’s husband beats her up. Some users published the woman’s name and said that neighbors have informed the police of what’s happening because they could not ...

WATCH: Saudi TV show informs contestant of father’s death on air

Sunday, 1 April 2018

A Saudi channel was criticized for broadcasting the reaction of a reality TV show contestant as he was being informed of his father’s death on Saturday. Bedaya, a local satellite channel specialized in airing reality programs, aired the reaction of contestant Ibrahim Awad when the anchor informed him of his father’s passing on live television. The video of the young man who reacted in shock and began crying while running around the studio went viral. The act triggered furious ...

Photos of Afghan woman taking care of her child during exam get twitter buzzing

Thursday, 22 March 2018

An Afghan woman who was photographed taking her social sciences entrance exam at a private university in Kabul while at the same time attending to her baby, has been praised on social media. Twenty-two-year-old Jahan Thab was spotted calming down the baby, feeding him and then completing the test. According to reports, Jahan passed the exam with good grades. “With gratitude to the young woman in that incredibly powerful picture: Thank you for doing what was simply you being who you are ...

Girls wrongly sends her pic to stranger, receives the sweetest reply

Monday, 12 March 2018

Social media users have been delighted by the story of Sydney, a girl who needed an opinion on a dress, but accidentally sent her text to the wrong number.Instead of being ignored, she ended up receiving huge compliments from a big family of strangers.With pictures of herself snapped inside a fitting room, Sydney was seeking a friend’s option on a slim black dress she was putting on.Instead of landing in her friend’s inbox, Sydney’s message was sent to Tony Wood, a real estate ...

Oscar winner McDormand wants an ‘Inclusion rider’, What’s that?

Monday, 5 March 2018

Frances McDormand left the Oscar stage after winning the Best Actress prize on Sunday with a call for an ‘inclusion rider’ -- an obscure method to increase film production diversity that she hopes will go mainstream. The term is not well known in Hollywood, but by early morning on Monday after the awards ceremony, Twitter boasted an 'inclusion rider' hashtag and a Google search of the term produced more than 10 million hits. While negotiating a contract, actors and film makers can ...

Twitter seeks help measuring ‘health’ of its world

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Twitter on Thursday asked for outside help assessing the health of its world of rapid-fire commentary in the hope of finding cures for trolls, bots, echo chambers and other ills.Pressure has been building on Twitter -- as well as Facebook and Google -- to prevent malicious uses of the online platform ranging from harassment to spreading hoaxes and manipulating elections.“We have witnessed abuse, harassment, troll armies, manipulation through bots and human-coordination, misinformation ...

In Japan, Twitter sees a surge of users and revenue

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Riding a wave of new users, improved advertising options and an embrace of video content by users and advertisers alike, Twitter Inc's revenue has leaped in Japan, helping lead the company to its first quarterly profit. Earlier this month Twitter reported that sales in Japan jumped 34 percent in the last three months of 2017, compared with a year earlier, to $106 million. In Japan, Twitter's success in converting users into revenue - a problem that has vexed the social network since its ...

Two Abu Dhabi rival football fans investigated for breaching UAE cyber laws

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Like all football enthusiasts, it is no surprise that a sense of rivalry and challenge may spark between supporters of different clubs. However, one must know the boundaries of right and wrong. Two supporters of rival footballs clubs in Abu Dhabi are now under investigation by the Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution after they reportedly exchanged obscene and explicit language over social media platforms. Immoral actions Their actions violate the UAE’s cyber laws and were deemed as ...

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