Facebook to let users rank ‘trust’ in news sources

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Facebook announced Friday it will ask its two billion users to rank their trust in news sources, in its latest attempt to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network. The change to the Facebook news feed comes as the online giant seeks to address charges that it has failed -- along with Google and Twitter -- to prevent the spread of bogus news, most strikingly ahead of the 2016 US election. In a Facebook post, co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the network would ...

Trump: The Media Incinerator

Friday, 19 January 2018

I have discussed earlier about the bias of the American media towards former US President Barack Obama. This fascination was because of Obama’s charisma, the eloquence of his speech and his social intelligence.As such, the media overlooked all his political blunders. However, the media has dealt with his successor President Trump in a very different manner. It overlooks his achievements and exaggerates his mistakes.The reality is that Trump also contributed to his poor relations with the ...

Ahmad al-Farraj

CNN takes the cake in Trump’s Fake News Awards

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Donald Trump unveiled the winners of his much-touted "Fake News Awards" and the "winners" included top networks and newspapers CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post. The brash Republican president announced the ten "honorees" using his preferred medium of Twitter, linking to a list published on the Republican Party's website that crashed minutes after his big reveal. CNN took the cake with 4 “prices” and the list begins with New York Times ...

Five journalists jailed in Turkey for ‘terrorist propaganda’

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Five journalists were handed jail terms by a court in Istanbul on Tuesday after a trial in which they were accused of taking part in “terrorist propaganda”, Turkish media reported.Four of those condemned received 18-month sentences for participating in a solidarity campaign with the now-defunct pro-Kurd daily Ozgur Gundem, according to the private Dogan news agency.The paper’s editor-in-chief, Huseyin Akyol, was given three years and nine months behind bars, Dogan said, adding ...

Swiss journalists launch crowdfunded online magazine

Monday, 15 January 2018

A team of experienced journalists is launching a new online magazine in Switzerland after reportedly collecting more than 7.7 million Swiss francs ($8 million) with the help of a crowdfunding campaign.The German-language magazine, called Republik , is intended to provide high-quality, ad-free journalism to paying members.Over 15,700 people paid at least 240 francs for an annual subscription within weeks of the project's announcement in April. Private investors contributed another 3.5 million ...

Turkish court orders journalists’ detentions to continue

Friday, 12 January 2018

A Turkish penal court ordered on Thursday that two journalists stay in jail, after a top court earlier in the day asked that they be freed, Turkish media said on Thursday. Turkey’s Constitutional Court had ruled that the rights of journalists Sahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan had been violated while in custody and had requested their release. The penal court re-evaluated Altan’s case in the light of the Constitutional Court decision, but rejected his request to ...

The fight against terrorism enters a new phase

Thursday, 11 January 2018

In response to the Saudi initiative in pursuit of the unification of efforts of Muslim countries in the face of terrorism, the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition has been established. “Allied against Terrorism” was the slogan of the first meeting of the coalition hosted by Riyadh on November 26, 2017.The keynote speech by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman was clear and comprehensive as he relied on facts, not slogans. He reaffirmed the strong message of the coalition of over ...

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Othaimin

Will Fire and Fury topple Trump?

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

It’s rare for a book to cause a fuss worldwide as has been the case with Fire and Fury about President Donald Trump written by Journalist Michael Wolff.Everyone is talking about it these days but let’s wait for a week or two. We will forget about it because it did not provide anything new or a destructive evidence that has the potential to topple Trump like Wolff had promised.It relied on gossip, a pattern that has become common. Almost all political leaders were featured in books ...

Mamdouh AlMuhaini

Sudan seizes newspapers after bread price rise criticism

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Sudanese security agents on Sunday seized all copies of six newspapers after they criticized the government over soaring bread prices that have almost doubled this week, editors said.Discontent has been simmering over the past few days as bread prices jumped on the back of a sharp rise in the cost of flour after a government decision to shift importing of wheat to private sector companies.Several newspapers have criticized the decision concerning wheat imports, while the country’s ...

CNN, NYT called out over Iran protests coverage

Sunday, 31 December 2017

US news channel CNN came under strong criticism for its coverage of the Iran protests after posting an article on a pro-government rally while ignoring the anti-government protests all over the country. Republican senator Ted Cruz attacked the news network on twitter for ignoring the uprising and likened them to the Soviet Union’s communist party newspaper, Pravda. “Guys, when you're being accused of being fake-news propaganda, maybe try not to write stories that read like Iranian ...

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