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


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


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


TikTok sale ‘uncertain’ as Trump ban looms

Negotiations for Microsoft to buy the US operations of Chinese-owned TikTok are on hold after President Donald Trump threatened to bar the social media app and came out against the sale, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.Trump has pledged to get tough on the massively popular video-sharing a


Trump says he’ll act to ban TikTok in US

President Donald Trump said he will take action as soon as Saturday to ban TikTok, a popular Chinese-owned video app that has been a source of national security and censorship concerns.Trump’s comments came after published reports that the administration is planning to order China’s Byte


Twitter: Hackers used phone to fool staff, gain access

Twitter says the hackers responsible for a recent high-profile breach used the phone to fool the social media company’s employees into giving them access.The company revealed a few more details late Thursday about the hack earlier this month, which it said targeted “a small number of emp


Saudi Vision 2030 revolutionized the whole entertainment industry: UTURN founder

The entrepreneur behind an award-winning Saudi online entertainment network has credited the Kingdom’s ambitious reform plan for helping to boost the business sector.From facing objections to his company’s content to receiving funding toward generating new material, Kaswara Al-Khatib,


Twitter sees surge in users, revenue slides amid turmoil

Twitter said Thursday user growth soared in the past quarter even as ad revenues took a hit amid civil unrest in the United States.The short-messaging service reported a net loss of $1.2 billion in the quarter, most of that coming from setting aside funds for income taxes.Revenue slumped 19 percent


Missing Saudi Arabian man found dead in desert, died while praying

A Saudi Arabian man who was missing for three days has been found in the middle of a desert in Riyadh province while he was in the “sujood” or prostration praying position, prompting hundreds of social media users to pray for him online. Videos of a rescue team finding the man and his


World Emoji Day: What are the most popular Facebook emoticons in the region?

To celebrate World Emoji Day, Facebook has released statistics showing the most popular emoticons in the MENA region.The top emojis used by people to comment on Facebook are: face with tears of joy, red heart, heavy black heart, smiling face with heart shaped eyes, rolling on the floor laughing, fac


Gigi Hadid reveals first glimpse of baby bump

Palestinian-American supermodel Gigi Hadid revealed on Wednesday to her 55 million followers on social media her baby bump for the first time during an Instagram live. “There’s my belly y’all,” she said, as she unbuttoned her top and turned sideways to show her growing belly.


Internet access in Iran disrupted as anger at protesters’ death sentences grows

 Internet access was restricted across Iran on Tuesday after widespread anger on social media over death sentences handed to three protesters. A Farsi hashtag translated as #DontExecute began trending globally on Tuesday evening according to Radio Farda, and Iranian activists — including


Passengers scream in terror and weep as flight battered by severe turbulence

Mask wearing passengers screamed in terror as their flight was bucked around by sudden mid-air turbulence. The IndiGo flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Kashmir, India on Saturday was thrown into chaos ten minutes from touchdown when the plane began to shudder. A constant low-level shaking that r


Instagram apologizes to Bella Hadid for removing Palestinian father post

Instagram apologized to model Bella Hadid who called out the social media platform for taking down her post, which stated that her father, real estate mogul Mohammed Hadid, was born in Palestine. This week, the 23-year-old, who is of Dutch and Palestinian descent, shared a photograph of her father&


TikTok to leave Hong Kong as security law raises worries

 TikTok said Tuesday it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law that took effect last week.The short-form video app’s planned departure from Hong Kong comes as various social media platforms


Facebook ramps up efforts to curb ‘hateful content’ in ads

Facebook said Friday it would ban a “wider category of hateful content” in ads as the embattled social media giant moved to respond to growing protests over its handling of inflammatory posts.Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook also would add tags to posts that are “newsw


Should the shisha ban stay after COVID-19 lockdown ends?

As the coronavirus pandemic gripped the world, many countries in the Middle East — including Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait — imposed bans on shisha use. Although plastic tips and disposable pipes are offered for customers who smoke shisha – a staple of society across the Middle





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