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Facebook defends itself against critics of social media

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Facebook Inc on Friday struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world’s biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion. Facebook, in a corporate blog post, said that social media can be good for people’s well-being if they use the technology in a way that is active, such as messaging with friends, rather than passive, such as scrolling through a feed of other ...

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

‘Third hand’ appears behind Egyptian TV anchor

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Once again, social media users poked fun at Egyptian state television after a “third hand” appeared behind an anchor while seated during a live interview. A screen grab of the moment on the Nile International TV channel soon became a topic for social media to make fun of. The anchor was seated on her chair, too involved in her interview, when one of her co-workers’ hand appeared to be fixing something at the back of her seat. The incident reportedly prompted an investigation ...

Houthis limit social media access in Yemen

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Social media users in Yemen have confirmed that the internet network and services, specifically Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and Whatsapp are unavailable, and that the only way to access them is through a VPN which is used to hack and remove the blockage. Sites that support or were created by former slain President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s General People’s Congress Party, more notably “almotamar.net” and “almethaq.net”, have also been blocked by the militia and ...

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 ...

In ‘unprecedented’ hiatus, ISIS media offline for a day

Friday, 24 November 2017

The ISIS online propaganda channels went mysteriously quiet for more than a full day between Wednesday and Thursday, in what analysts said was an “unprecedented” silence.ISIS, which uses messaging application Telegram to broadcast daily updates on military operations and claims of attacks, published nothing between 0900 GMT on Wednesday and 1001 GMT on Thursday.Charlie Winter, senior research fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence, ...

When Trump regretted release of basketball players detained in China

Thursday, 23 November 2017

A feud between US President Donald Trump and the father of a UCLA basketball player detained for shoplifting in China has reached a fever pitch, with the president labelling LaVar Ball an “ungrateful fool.” Continuing a volley of insults over social media that has gone on for over a week, Trump took after LaVar Ball, the father of university basketball player LiAngelo Ball, in a series of tweets. Trump chastised LaVar Ball for failing to credit him with interceding with Chinese ...

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

WATCH: Pharmacist in Egypt violently attacked by men with swords

Monday, 13 November 2017

A shocking video has surfaced on Egyptian social media this week showing a group of men, armed with swords, attacking a pharmacist.The incident occurred at a pharmacy in in the Ghariba governorate.The pharmacist suffered serious injuries to his hand as he attempted to fight off the intruders.Before fleeing the scene, the men destroyed the pharmacy.The motive behind their attack is unknown since the CCTV footage showed no signs of theft. 

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