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Dubai Residents Offer Shelter to Guests Stranded by Hotel Fire

BY Arfa Shahid DUBAI – Jan. 1 – Following a massive fire that engulfed a luxury hotel in Dubai’s downtown area, support poured in from different parts of the emirate on social media. Within two hours of the incident, social media users got the hashtag #NeedAnAddress trending on Twitter, offering shelter as well as words of encouragement

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Vietnam Warns of ‘Toxic’ Web Use Ahead of Party Shakeup

HANOI, Dec 30 – Vietnam sought to discourage its internet-savvy public on Wednesday from reading Web postings that disparaged its Communist Party, warning of an increase in “toxic” activity just weeks away from its scheduled leadership shakeup. Using its new Facebook page, the government vowed to tackle social media criticism of the party without interrupting

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Twitter Hires Apple’s Director of Inclusion and Diversity

Dec 30 – Twitter Inc hired a former Apple Inc employee as its vice president of diversity and inclusion, the micro-blogging site announced. Jeffrey Siminoff, who was previously the director of worldwide inclusion and diversity at Apple, replaces Janet Van Huysse. “Welcome to the flock,” Twitter’s vice president of human resources, Brian Schipper, tweeted on

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#Trending: Worldwide Social Media Trends in 2015

As we get ready to move into 2016 with all guns blazing, here’s a quick throwback on what the year looked like on the digital front. These are the topics that concerned you the most in 2015 BY Arfa Shahid #RefugeesWelcome Thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers poured into Europe, primarily from Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan.

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‘Facebook At Work’ To Launch in Coming Months

By Anya George Tharakan Dec 10 – Facebook at Work, Facebook Inc’s professional version of its social network, is expected to launch in the coming months, after spending a year in tests, a company executive said. The new service, geared towards workplace collaboration, is nearly identical to its ubiquitous social network, with a scrolling news

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Cracking the Fake State

Can hackers and Western security services win the online war against Daesh? BY Mirren Gidda One day after the attacks in Paris on November 13—in which young men affiliated with Daesh killed a total of 130 people at six locations across the French capital—a video began making the rounds online. With its dramatic theme music

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EU: Turkey Violated Freedom of Expression Rights by Blocking YouTube

STRASBOURG, France, Dec. 1 (Reuters) – Turkey violated freedom of expression rights by blocking video platform YouTube for two and a half years, the European Court of Human Rights said on Tuesday. Ankara had blocked access to YouTube between May 2008 and October 2010 on the ground that the website contained some 10 videos which

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Austrian Supreme Court to Decide on Lawsuit Against Facebook

VIENNA, Nov. 23 – Austrian student Max Schrems’s attempt to bring a class-action lawsuit against Facebook over its privacy policies will head to Austria’s Supreme Court to determine whether such collective legal action is allowed, his group said on Monday. The law student has claimed 500 euros ($531) in damages each for the more than

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Facebook Activates “Safety Check” For Nigeria Blasts After Criticism

Nov. 18 – Facebook Inc activated its “Safety Check” feature after deadly blasts in Nigeria late on Tuesday following criticism from users that the social media network was being selective about deploying it. Facebook usually activates the feature, which allows users to mark themselves as safe, after natural disasters, but not bombings or attacks. The

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Fly With Me

A young woman with a popular YouTube travel channel recounts how her decision to quit her job to pursue her dreams helped her lead an authentic life  By Haifa Beseisso  I didn’t expect the feedback on the video or the messages from people asking me how I did it; that they wished they could do

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