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PTA to block unregistered mobile phones after Oct 20

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has announced that all unregistered mobile phones across the country will be blocked after October 20. PTA had launched Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) on May 10 this year, aimed to combat the use of smuggled or counterfeit sets which either serve to reduce tax revenues for the state or pose health problems to unsuspecting consumers. The DIRBS will now become functional on Oct 20. “We recommend that consumers buy only…

‘Twitter could be blocked in Pakistan,’ warns IHC

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has resented government’s apparent inaction to censor content deemed insulting to Islam on Twitter, and threatened to order blockage of the micro-blogging website if no appropriate action was taken against sacrilegious material online. In his remarks over non implementation of the court judgment passed on March 31, 2017, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the IHC asked why sacrilegious material was still present on Twitter despite orders for its removal. He asked the government to…

Trudeau to Trump: Canada will block backdoor steel shipments

OTTAWA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has assured US President Donald Trump in a telephone call that Canada will block foreign steel and aluminum transshipments to the United States. The prime minster, according to a readout of the conversation released on Tuesday, "raised the strong measures Canada is taking to address unfair trade in steel and aluminum." In a separate statement, Ottawa said it was "strengthening enforcement further to stop foreign exporters from avoiding duties meant to level the playing field."…

UK judges block US extradition of alleged hacker Lauri Love

LONDON: British judges on Monday rejected a US request for the extradition of a man accused of hacking into thousands of US government computers in a ruling that could set a precedent for similar pending cases. Lauri Love, 33, faces charges in the United States for allegedly hacking into the networks of the US Federal Reserve, US Army and NASA, among others, in 2012 and 2013. "The reason I've gone through this ordeal is not just to save myself from being kidnapped and locked up for 99 years in a country I've never…

Without naming Trump, Twitter says it will not block world leaders

WASHINGTON: Twitter has announced it would not block the accounts of world leaders even if their statements are "controversial," citing a need to promote a "public conversation" on political issues. The announcement came just days after a tweet from President Donald Trump hinting at the use of US nuclear weapons sparked criticism that the social network was allowing threats of violence. "Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation. Elected world leaders play a critical role in that…

Twitter blocks New York Times account ‘mistakenly’ for 24 hours

NEW YORK: Micro-blogging website Twitter blocked New York Times's international team account after freezing it for "violating Twitter's rule against hateful conduct", but restored it after 24 hours with an apology. In a statement, Twitter admitted it was an "error" and apologized "for any inconvenience this may have caused", reported NYT. The account @nytimesworld was blocked after a tweet from it promoted an article about Candaian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's apology to indigenous people in two provinces.…

Indonesia threatens to block WhatsApp over obscene content

JAKARTA: Indonesia on Monday vowed to block Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp Messenger within 48 hours if the service did not ensure that obscene Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) images were removed. WhatsApp, which is widely used in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, said message encryption prevented it from monitoring the third-party providers Indonesians use to search for GIFs. It asked the government to work with the providers instead. Semuel Pangerapan, a director general at Indonesia’s…