Co-founder of WhatsApp joins ‘delete Facebook’ campaign

Thursday, 22 March 2018

The co-founder of WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook four years ago for $19 billion, has joined the movement to delete Facebook.Brian Acton tweeted: “It’s time. #deletefacebook.”This hashtag has been trending since reports surfaced in recent days regarding the improper use of personal information on Facebook by Cambridge Analytica, a political research firm used by the Trump campaign before the election.After remaining silent for a while, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ...

Pakistan’s anti-polio campaign faces new challenge, social media

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Pakistan’s decades-long struggle against polio is facing a new challenge – social media.Dr Rana Safdar, National Coordinator for the country’s Polio Eradication Program, told Dawn newspaper that print and electronic media have been sensitized over the last few years about reporting on polio vaccination campaigns.However, the challenge is coming from a more unlikely quarter. “Whenever a campaign is started against polio vaccination on social media, we face ...

How an Indian girl’s wink turned her into an overnight internet sensation

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

In the 21st century, the wild web is flooded with stories about overnight internet sensations. However, an effortless butterfly motion of the lashes turned an 18-year-old Indian girl from Kerela into an internet sensation. Priya Prakash Warrier, a budding actress from Kerala in India, has become the talk of every man and woman, young and old, across continents. Her iconic winged-liner wink is a heart-throbbing sensation. Warrier’s ‘mountain-moving’ flutter was first seen in ...

Egypt might have its own Facebook very soon

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Egypt has a very high number of users on Facebook that’s estimated at 33 million accounts. It’s a high number particularly when compared with the number of users in other countries in the Middle East. Egyptian Telecommunications Minister Yasser ElKady said “Egypt will have its own Facebook very soon.” The minister’s statement was made during a workshop organized by the Justice Ministry to announce that they finished preparing a cybercrime bill. The bill was ...

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 ...

Snapchat challenging Facebook among US youth: survey

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Facebook remains the most popular social network among Americans but faces a growing challenge from Snapchat for young audiences, a survey showed Thursday. The Pew Research Center survey showed Facebook holding the dominant platform with 68 percent of Americans using the world’s biggest social network. While Facebook leads the other social networks in all age groups, the gap has narrowed in the key 18-24 segment, where 78 percent use Snapchat compared with 80 percent for Facebook, Pew ...

Ibrahim al-Abed on evolution of media in the UAE

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Ibrahim al-Abed always has a story up his sleeve – be it from the era of India’s late prime minister Indira Gandhi or Sheikh Shakhbout of the UAE. The former Director General of UAE’s National Media Council (NMC) has indeed witnessed these stories throughout his long and close association with the industry, and the country. Now, serving as Board of Director’s Chairman Advisor at the NMC, he continues to demonstrate the zest for his field and a keenness to remain abreast ...

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 ...

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 ...

British TV presenter Robert Winston’s lady-on-train tweets stirs row

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Britain’s Professor Robert Winston stirred a row recently as he tweeted a series of images of a woman on train who was talking constantly on the phone.His commentary, however, especially the series of images he posted, was called unnecessary by a large section of his 40,000 followers. Prof. Winston eventually deleted the images.“Whatever I’m contrite - I’ve deleted the tweets but still rather feel that invasion of privacy can be a two-way invasion,” he tweeter ...

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