Facebook shares rise as Zuckerberg soothes investors

Friday, 6 April 2018

Shares of Facebook Inc headed toward their biggest daily rise in a month at opening on Thursday, after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the social network had not seen any meaningful impact on usage or ad sales in the wake of the data privacy scandal. The company’s shares have sunk 16 percent, wiping more than $80 billion from its market value, since March 16, when the New York Times and London’s Observer newspaper broke news of the use of its data by political consultancy ...

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to testify before congress

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg will testify before a US congressional committee on April 11 following the Cambridge Analytica scandal over alleged misuse of users’ personal data, the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced Wednesday. “This hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better understand what happens to their personal information online. We appreciate Mr. Zuckerberg’s ...

Google to offer digital journalism training in MENA region

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Google announced on Tuesday a program offering digital journalism training in the (MENA) region. The program is set to offer training to 4,000 journalists in six Arab countries including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia. It is being organised in cooperation with the Washington-based International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and its IJNet Arabic service, Ahram Online reported. The training begins in May for a year offering workshops on the methods of ...

Arab Media Forum kicks off in Dubai with focus on ‘Impactful Media Trends’

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Dubai’s annual Arab Media Forum (AMF) began on Tuesday, featuring 50 speakers representing 20 countries from across Middle East and the world. This year’s two-day forum is being held under the theme ‘Impactful Media Trends’ and is set to host Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa as the keynote speaker. The event will also bring together more than 2,500 prominent regional and international media figures. AMF Chairperson Mona Ghanem Al Marri ...

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 ...

Huffington Post cuts agreement with former Al Jazeera chief

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Huffington Post announced on Saturday the end of its Arabic platform, HuffPost Arabi. In a statement, the outlet said the decision was “mutual” between HuffPost and their partners Integral Media Strategies. “Both organizations continue to re-assess and evaluate how and where each can best serve audiences in the region,” the statement read. The Arabic platform has previously been criticized for being affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization blacklisted as a ...

Arab Ahwaz citizens protest against Iran’s IRIB media corporation

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Thousands of Arab citizens gathered in the southwest Iranian city of Ahwaz to protest against Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) corporation after a children’s program omitted any mention of their culture during a show celebrating the country’s diversity. Last Friday and during the second day of Nowruz, Iran’s Channel 2 aired an episode of a children’s show that presented a child placing male and female dolls with traditional cloths from different ethnicities of ...

Morocco calls for tighter regulation to protect personal data privacy

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Moroccan Government Spokesperson and Minister of Communications Mustapha El Khalfi is one of the speakers at the International Government Communication Forum being held in UAE’s Sharjah on March 28 and 29. The conference is focusing on the topic of digital communication and comes amid growing scrutiny on technology companies regarding data privacy. More than 3,000 delegates are attending the conference, including leading figures from the fields of technology and politics. During the ...

Facebook announces new steps to protect users’ privacy

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Facebook said Wednesday it will overhaul its privacy settings tools to put users "more in control" of their information on the social media website.The updates include improved access to Facebook’s user settings and tools to easily search for, download and delete personal data stored by Facebook.Meanwhile, a new privacy shortcuts menu will allow users to quickly increase account security, manage who can see their information and activity on the site and control advertisements ...

Thousands take to social media to support Saudi Crown Prince’s abaya statements

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Social media went abuzz following Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s statement during his interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes saying that women should be free to choose their interpretation of decent attire, and that this should not be limited to the black abaya. Tens of thousands of people used hashtags on Twitter to express their views, mostly supporting the crown prince’s statements. Supporters of the statements used the hashtag ‘how I survived the awakening’ ...

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