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How a Yemeni man’s love for science got him 16 million followers on Facebook

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Hashem al-Ghaili, a Yemeni man based in Berlin, had a mission when he started his science page on Facebook in 2009: to make science accessible to everyone regardless of their age or background. Al-Ghaili told BBC that his father wanted him to be a farmer when he grew up, but he always had a passion for science, which started when he was young and began to read children’s science magazines. A molecular biologist by trade, al-Ghaili expanded his skills to include video production and began ...

Twitter sets crackdown on automated ‘bot’ accounts

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Twitter announced Wednesday a crackdown on accounts powered by software “bots” which can artificially amplify a person or cause and which have been accused of manipulating the social network during the 2016 US election.The San Francisco messaging platform said the move was intended to rid the service of spam-spewing automated accounts, and not aimed at people using the service according to the rules.“These changes are an important step in ensuring we stay ahead of malicious ...

Duterte slammed for barring Rappler news site from his events

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to ban a critical news website from covering the presidential palace is a threat to press freedom, rights and media groups said on Wednesday.Rappler, set up in 2012, is among a clutch of Philippine news organisations that have sparred with Duterte over their critical coverage of his drug war which the government says has claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 suspects.Human rights groups charge that thousands more have been killed by shadowy ...

MENA one of the largest groups of active users on Twitter Moments

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region represents one of the largest groups of active users on Twitter Moments and we have witnessed high levels of interest from our audience, Hebatallah Wahab, Head of Moments on MENA at Twitter has said. “Stories unfold on Twitter across multiple Tweets and points of view every day. With Moments, people can bring together their favorite Tweets, whether from their own or someone else’s, into one moment,” Wahab said. ALSO ...

Woman sues Twitter, Facebook, Google over 2015 Paris attacks

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

A Chicago-area woman who was at a cafe in Paris during the 2015 attacks is suing Twitter, Facebook and Google alleging the sites helped aid the growth of the Islamic State group by giving it social media access. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Mandy Palmucci filed the federal lawsuit last week in Chicago. The lawsuit says she was at a Paris cafe when more than a dozen people were killed there and that she suffered emotionally. The attacks on cafes, the national stadium and a concert hall left 130 ...

Aljazeera spreads fake news over Al Arabiya UK operations

Friday, 16 February 2018

Dubai-based Al Arabiya has responded to fake news circulating over its UK operations and has said that it is part of a new distribution strategy. The channel described as false the claims that Al Arabiya news was forced off air in the United Kingdom because of a complaint filed by Qatar News Agency, calling it “ridiculous and unfounded”. “It was an unsuccessful attempt to justify a decision to stop its participation in the British BSkyB package under a new distribution plan ...

Turkey rolls out domestic rival to WhatsApp, raising surveillance concerns

Friday, 9 February 2018

Turkey has launched a domestic messaging app to rival Facebook’s popular WhatsApp Messenger service, raising concerns among government critics that Ankara could use the new platform to tighten surveillance and bolster an 18-month-old crackdown. The app, called PttMessenger after Turkey’s Post and Telegraph General Directorate (PTT), was introduced in a limited roll-out to state institutions and some private companies this week. It is expected to be publicly available in six months. ...

Qatar promises Jewish leaders not to broadcast film on Zionist lobby

Friday, 9 February 2018

Some officials in Qatar reportedly promised a Jewish American delegation to Doha late last year not to broadcast a documentary about the Israeli lobby in Washington, five sources close to pro-Israeli circles in the US told the Haaretz newspaper. The reason being attributed to this promise is Qatar's plan to improve its image, especially in the United States, following the boycott by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt in June last year. READ ALSO: Why are prominent Jewish figures ...

Twitter reports first-ever profit, boosting shares

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Twitter on Thursday reported its first-ever quarterly profit, delivering a boost to shares of the social network which has been lagging for years against fast-growing rivals. The San Francisco-based messaging service said it earned $91 million in the fourth quarter, the first positive net income since going public in 2013. Revenue was up two percent from a year ago to a better-than-expected $732 million, while the number of monthly active users rose modestly to 330 million. Twitter shares surged ...

Here’s why Jim Carrey is deleting his Facebook account

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Delete your account. That’s what Jim Carrey says Facebook users should do, as the actor looks to pull the mask off fake news. The star of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Mask said on Twitter on Tuesday that he’s dumping his Facebook stock and deleting his page because the social media giant profited from Russian interference in the US presidential election via spreading false news with Russian origins, and says the company is still not doing enough to stop it. The 56-year-old ...

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