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Twitter releases banned state propaganda

BRUSSELS: Social media giant Twitter on Thursday released a new archive of state-backed propaganda from accounts it has banned based in Iran, Russia, Spain and Venezuela. The US platform said it had taken the material off its network, but would make it available to researchers and investigators studying online threats. …

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Huawei delays global launch of foldable phone by 3 months

  Huawei will delay the launch of its much-touted foldable 5G Mate X smartphone by three months, the latest setback for the company that was slapped with US sanctions last month. The Mate X, a competitor to Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Fold, is expected to be rolled out globally in September, …

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Study finds Google makes billions from news

WASHINGTON: Google took in some $4.7 billion in revenue in 2018 from “crawling and scraping” news websites without paying publishers, according to a media industry-sponsored study released Monday. The study by the News Media Alliance underscores industry arguments about Google and other online giants harming traditional news organizations by dominating …

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WhatsApp pledges to SUE users over off-platform misbehavior

CALIFORNIA: WhatsApp is threatening users who violate its rules with lawsuits, even if the only evidence of “rule-breaking” exists outside of the Facebook-owned messaging app and the only judge is an AI. “WhatsApp will take legal action against those we determine are engaged in or assisting others in abuse… even …

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Tech Talk: A master app for all your discounts

KARACHI: IN a newly developed consumer market, driven by discounts, it’s usually difficult to keep track of all the offers. Switching between your buy-one-get-one or bank apps to see if there’s a good deal to eat at that posh restaurant only to find out after having the fancy meal that …

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Survey shows internet users distrust social media platforms

  ISLAMABAD: In a new survey of internet users around the globe, social media companies emerged as the leading source of user distrust in the internet — surpassed only by cyber criminals — with 75 per cent of those surveyed who distrust the internet citing Facebook, Twitter and other social …

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Zuckerberg says he is not considering resigning from Facebook

Washington (Web Desk) Embattled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday he has no plans to resign, sounding defiant after a rough year for the social platform. “That’s not the plan,” Zuckerberg told CNN Business when asked if he would consider stepping down as chairman. He also defended Facebook chief operating …

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Let PayPal come to Pakistan

Islamabad (Web Desk) THERE has been a repeated demand from freelancers and e-commerce players to bring PayPal to Pakistan. Finance Minister Asad Umar has also shown commitment to facilitating its arrival. There is also a demand that we should set up our own PayPal-like payment gateway. First, let’s look at …

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Congress to probe Ivanka Trump’s private email use in White House

Washington (Web Desk) Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill will be scrutinising Ivanka Trump’s personal email use in the White House in light of new revelations that she sent hundreds of messages about government business from that account last year. On Tuesday, the Republican chairmen of Senate and House oversight …

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Facebook says steep rise in data requests from Indian govt

Washington (Web Desk) Facebook says there was a steep rise in data requests from India’s government in the first half of this year as compared to the previous two years. The company, in a report released on Friday, said that it received 16,580 data requests from the government in the …

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