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Fifth generation war imposed on Pakistan: Shehryar Afridi

PESHAWAR: Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi on Saturday said that fifth generation and hybrid war has been imposed on Pakistan. Addressing a ceremony in Peshawar, Shehyar Afridi said that social media is a tool for fifth-generation warfare that affect minds and added that conspiracies are being hatched to divide the nation on the basis of ethnicity, creed and culture. He said that PM Imran Khan wanted to transform Pakistan into Madina-like state which negate the division of people on the basis of ethnicity…

Facebook can play significant role in checking misuse of social media: PM Imran

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday underscored the need for putting in place a robust mechanism to effectively check misuse of social media in spreading fake news, violence and hate content. Talking to Simon Milner, Vice President of Public Policy, Facebook Singapore, who called on him at PM Office, PM Imran said that Facebook, with its large number of subscribers, can play a significant role towards checking negative attempts that threaten our society and social values. He appreciated Facebook’ existing…

Weibo eyes expansion to ‘Chinese-speaking world’

Chinese social media giant Weibo is making a push into foreign markets and is considering launching new products in different languages, a senior executive told AFP, brushing off concerns over censorship and credibility. The Twitter-style platform has long been prominent in China, known for its heavy censorship and Great Firewall, but it now wants to reach Chinese audiences overseas, Weibo Sports senior operations director Zhang Zhe said. "We want everyone in the Chinese-speaking world to use Weibo," he said on the…

Will regulate social media in collaboration with tech giants: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday vowed to regulate social media in collaboration with tech giants. Addressing a ceremony in the federal capital, Fawad Chaudhry said that they had contacted international bodies to regulate the social media in the country. He said the government wanted to form one authority to regularity three different mediums of social media. Fawad said they were establishing Pakistan Media University so as to tackle the challenges of new era and underscore the need of…

Despite crackdown, ‘junk news’ still flourishes on social media

Despite an aggressive crackdown by social media firms, so-called "junk news" is spreading at a greater rate than in 2016 on social media ahead of the US midterm elections, according to researchers. Oxford Internet Institute researchers concluded that Facebook and Twitter remain filled with "extremist, sensationalist, conspiratorial, masked commentary," and other forms of "low-quality" news. In analyzing some 2.5 million tweets and 6,986 Facebook pages over a 30-day period, the study found that less than five percent of…

ISPR clarifies against fake social media accounts of army officers

RAWALPINDI: The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Wednesday clarified against the presence of fake accounts of army officers on social media sites. According to a statement by the military's press wing, neither does the Director General Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) nor any officer of the Pakistan army maintains an official account on any social media platform. It further said that there is only one official account by army spokesman DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor. Therefore, it said that all such…

Man held for posting girl’s objectionable pictures on social media

FAISALABAD: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has taken into custody a man for allegedly posting a girl’s objectionable pictures on social media. The FIA’s Cyber Crime Wing registered a case against Sikandar for blackmailing his former class fellow by posting her immoral pictures on social media for some time. Acting on the girl’s complaint, the FIA snared the accused and recovered her objectionable pictures from his laptop. Lately, the FIA acting on a tip-off recovered 19 boys from a gang of human traffickers…

Panel recommends regulation of tech firms over fake news

SINGAPORE: A Singapore parliamentary committee said on Thursday the government should consider legislation to ensure technology companies rein in online fake news and that those responsible are punished. The committee, set up to make recommendations on fighting “deliberate online falsehoods”, said measures were needed as companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter “have a policy of generally not acting against” content known to be false. “I think there is increasing recognition on all sides that there has to be…

Shahid Kapoor blames social media for nepotism

Shahid Kapoor is currently busy multi-tasking between professional and personal life. He was recently blessed with a baby boy with wife Mira Rajput and his upcoming film 'Batti Gul Meter Chalu' will release this weekend. In a recent interview with Rajeev Masand, he was asked about the term nepotism. Shahid said that his profession is largely driven by insecurities which make you limited as a human being. He blamed social media as one of the factors for encouraging nepotism in the film industry nowadays. “We are also…

CJP orders arrest of DIG for ‘posting ex-wife’s photos on social media’

LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Saturday ordered the police to arrest and present DIG Gilgit Baltistan Syed Junaid Arshad before it. Headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, a bench of the apex court gave this order on a petition filed by the senior cop’s former wife who accused her spouse of posting her objectionable photos on the social media. The chief justice directed the authorities concerned to place the DIG’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL). He remarked: "Does the police officer consider himself…