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How a Hashtag Becomes a Tool for Spreading False Rumors: The Case of #SaveKessab

How a Hashtag Becomes a Tool for Spreading False Rumors: The Case of #SaveKessab

« The problem is that information from Kessab, as such, is very scarce. There is practically no first-hand information. And when there's no information, it's quite easy to replace it with misinformation » The Twitter hashtag campaign #SaveKessab...

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Twitter ban raises specter of broader social media clampdown

Twitter ban raises specter of broader social media clampdown

Turkey's abrupt ban on Twitter Inc stirred concerns on Friday that the country may pull the plug on other social media and Internet services as it grapples with internal turmoil. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has in the past threatened to block  Facebook  Inc and...

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Twitter ban sparks outrage in Turkey

Twitter ban sparks outrage in Turkey

In a tweet, Turkey's president has hit out at the government ban of Twitter, as opposition leaders vowed to mount a legal challenge to the measure that came just days ahead of crucial polls. The popular micro-blogging site, one of several that has been used to publish allegations of...

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Viral video of harassed blonde Egypt women sparks backlash

Viral video of harassed blonde Egypt women sparks backlash

A video of a young Egyptian woman with long blonde hair being aggressively sexually harassed by a group of university law students has sparked country-wide controversy. In the video, the female university student can be seen with long, platinum-blonde hair wearing a pink top,...

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Video: Fourth episode of 'President and Women' sitcom

Video: Fourth episode of 'President and Women' sitcom

You can watch the fourth episode of 'President and Women'. The sitcom which has sparked outrage recently amid the opposition ranks as well as  between Assad's loyalist since the YouTube series first episode has been streamed online Feb 15. The Syrian political sitcom, which...

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 Saudi protester jailed for 10 years over Twitter messages

Saudi protester jailed for 10 years over Twitter messages

A Saudi court sentenced a man to 10 years in jail and a 100,000 riyal ($26,700) fine for joining protests against the kingdom's rulers and using Twitter to urge people to do the same, state news agency SPA said on Monday. SPA quoted Justice Ministry spokesman Fahd al-Bakran as...

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Facebook's big buy, WhatsApp messaging app, back up after outage

Facebook's big buy, WhatsApp messaging app, back up after outage

 WhatsApp, the rapidly expanding mobile messaging app, suffered an outage for more than three hours on Saturday, frustrating users just days after its acquisition by Facebook for $19 billion. "WhatsApp service has been restored. We are so sorry for the downtime...," WhatsApp...

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For WhatsApp, keeping things simple is both a draw and a handicap

For WhatsApp, keeping things simple is both a draw and a handicap

In recent years, a bevy of messaging apps has fought for global domination, with many boasting a lucrative combination of communications features, online shopping and games . But this week,  Facebook  CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent a staggering $19 billion to buy WhatsApp,...

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Lords of Lebanon co-opt the  #NotAMartyr campaign

Lords of Lebanon co-opt the #NotAMartyr campaign

Lebanese leaders adapt quickly… and they’ve done so yet again. After decades of manipulating political divisions and communal distrust, the Lords of Lebanon—your favorite Arsonist Firemen—have now co-opted a popular social media campaign aimed at undermining the logic of martyrdom...

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Video: Look Back Syria

Video: Look Back Syria

Syrian Revolution also has its own Look Back. You can watch the Video bellow.     A 'Look Back Syria' is an experience that compiles the Syrian conflict highlights since joining Facebook in a collection of photos. Syria's nearly three-year...

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Facebook's 10th birthday: Zuckerberg reflects, looks to future

Facebook's 10th birthday: Zuckerberg reflects, looks to future

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to his social network early Tuesday to look back on how his company came to be so successful. Zuckerberg, who launched the company when he was just a 19-year-old student at Harvard, said he never imagined that Facebook would be...

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9 ways Facebook changed how we talk

9 ways Facebook changed how we talk

  "I'm gonna tag you in this hideous photo and then unfriend you if you don't stop oversharing and poking me." If you said this to someone 10 years ago, they'd look at you like you were speaking Klingon. Nowadays, you just sound like an active user of social media....

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Facebook, Twitter go head to head in Super Bowl social media playoff

Facebook, Twitter go head to head in Super Bowl social media playoff

More than 100 million people will be glued to their TV screens on Sunday, when the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks in America’s premier sporting contest, the Super Bowl. But two fierce rivals, Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc , will also be clashing head-to-head on a...

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Twitter to be available on mobile phones without Internet

Twitter to be available on mobile phones without Internet

Twitter is tying up with a Singapore-based startup to make its 140-character messaging service available to users in emerging markets who have entry-level mobile phones which cannot access the Internet. U2opia Mobile, which has a similar tie-up with Facebook, will launch...

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2 million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords stolen in massive hack

2 million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords stolen in massive hack

Hackers have stolen usernames and passwords for nearly two million accounts at Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and others, according to a report released this week. The massive data breach was a result of keylogging software maliciously installed on an untold number of computers...

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Video: Syrian children narrowly escape shelling in Damascus

Video: Syrian children narrowly escape shelling in Damascus

Dramatic video appears to capture the moment a shell lands near a group of children on the outskirts of Damascus. Despite the proximity of the explosion all the children survive and are seen later in the video smiling and talking about the near miss. It is estimated over 7,000...

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 Cameron Instagram picture shows the PM asleep in awkward family photo

Cameron Instagram picture shows the PM asleep in awkward family photo

David Cameron Instagram picture shows the PM asleep in awkward family photo posted by Emily Sheffield It’s one of those awkward family photos that would be best gathering dust in an album, seen only by the eyes of one's nearest and dearest. Unfortunately David Cameron’s...

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Mark Zuckerberg says people trust Facebook less after NSA revelations

Mark Zuckerberg says people trust Facebook less after NSA revelations

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that recent revelations of the US National Security Agency’s surveillance programs have have led to a meaningful decline in trust of Facebook and other big internet companies. At an event hosted by The Atlantic in Washington,...

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