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WSJ: Mark Zuckerberg used a private Trump meeting to hurt TikTok

Mark Zuckerberg may have used a private meeting with Donald Trump to push for the US to attack TikTok, writes the Wall Street Journal. During his visit to Washington DC late last year, the Facebook CEO made both public speeches and private exhortations about the threat posted by its rival. The pap


Twitter hits Trump for 'misleading health claims' that could dissuade people from voting

Twitter on Sunday slapped a label on a tweet from President Donald Trump for "making misleading health claims that could potentially dissuade people from participation in voting."Trump claimed in posts on Twitter and Facebook early Sunday morning that mail drop boxes for voting "are not Covid sani


Israel ‘deeply concerned’ by Saudi Arabia, China alleged nuclear cooperation

Israel’s Walla news website revealed that Tel Aviv has informed the United States that it was “gravely” concerned by alleged nuclear cooperation between Saudi Arabia and China. The website said senior Israeli intelligence officials had called their American counterpart


Facebook boots QAnon groups for ties to violence

Facebook on Wednesday said it had removed hundreds of groups tied to the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory and imposed restrictions on nearly 2,000 more as part of a crackdown on stoking violence. The moves, which were made across both Facebook and Instagram, were against accounts tied to “


TikTok signs music deal with UnitedMasters

 TikTok is partnering with US music distribution company UnitedMasters, a deal that will allow creators on the Chinese video sharing app to directly distribute their music to streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. Meanwhile, China on Monday slammed Washington for using “digi


Facebook accused of promoting hate speech in India

Facebook was accused Monday of promoting hate speech and destabilizing democracy in India by the country’s main opposition Congress Party. The social media giant has one of its biggest markets in India, with more than 340 million users. But a report last week in the Wall Street Journal sai


Egypt TikTok and Instagram stars pay heavy price for 'indecency'

"We were left in utter shock. She did nothing wrong - my sister is not a criminal," says Rahma al-Adham, talking of her younger sibling, a social media influencer in Egypt. Mawada, a 22-year-old university student, was last month sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted of viol


Facebook Journalism Project and ICFJ launch fund to support Lebanon’s news industry

The Facebook Journalism Project, in collaboration with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), has announced that it will invest $300,000 in a program that aims to support the stabilization and recovery needs of journalists and news organizations in Lebanon affected by the Beirut explosio


Facebook donates $2.1 million to support Lebanon

 Facebook is giving millions to local hospitals, medical institutions and NGOs in Lebanon to support relief and recovery efforts in Beirut following the devastating blast there. “In support of the vital work that organizations and individuals are doing on the ground in Beirut, we are don


Lebanese news agency boycotts politicians’ media events

Lebanese news agency LBCI has said it will no longer provide coverage of any politician’s press conference, including Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, following Tuesday’s massive explosions. “The Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International decided that wha


Facebook creates unit devoted to financial services

Facebook on Monday said it has created a new unit devoted to financial services to harmonize payment systems on its platform.The new group, called Facebook Financial, will be headed by e-commerce veteran David Marcus, who was a president at PayPal before joining the leading social network six years


Mahesh Babu Achieves Milestone As #HBDMaheshBabu Becomes World’s Most Tweeted Hashtag!

Yesterday, (August 9), Twitter was completely taken over by Mahesh Babu fans, who trended the hashtag #HBDMaheshBabu on the special occasion of his birthday. Fans and followers of the actor trended the hashtag for complete 24 hours (8 August to 9 August) as a tribute to the Superstar, and made the


TikTok prepares advertisers for possible app ban

TikTok is preparing advertisers for a possible ban of its app in the United States, ad buyers said, offering refunds for ad campaigns that are unable to run. The short-form video app’s advertising business is still nascent. TikTok’s anticipated $1 billion in 2020 revenue is a small frac


Lebanese news agency boycotts politicians’ press conferences, including Hezbollah’s Nasrallah

The Lebanese news agency LBCI has said it will no longer provide coverage of any politician’s press conference, including Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, following Tuesday’s massive explosions. “The Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International decided that


A South Korean lawmaker has come under fire for her outfit. Her offense? She wore a dress

A barrage of online abuse directed at a South Korean lawmaker over her choice of attire has sparked a debate in the East Asian nation, where women have long complained about sexism and a patriarchal culture. The look in question? A red and white shirt dress. Not long after lawmaker Ryu Ho-jeong


Prince Harry hits out at social media for creating 'crisis of hate'

Prince Harry has hit out at social media companies for creating a “crisis of hate” and called for “meaningful digital reform” after an unprecedented advertiser boycott of Facebook. In an opinion piece for the US business magazine Fast Company, the Duke of Sussex revealed tha


Malaysian police chief insists Al Jazeera probe ‘professional’

 Malaysia’s police chief insisted Wednesday investigations into an Al Jazeera documentary are being conducted “professionally” and rejected concerns about worsening media freedom, a day after the broadcaster’s office was searched.Authorities are investigating the news ne


Snapchat evolving the use of the camera from entertainment to utility

At the core of every modern mobile phone is a camera and one self-declared “camera company” has placed its focus on the Snapchat community in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). As far as Snap is concerned, the camera is king. “Our audience in the GCC market specifically unde



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