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WhatsApp starts new feature that allows users to photos or videos vanish after they are seen

WhatsApp has started a new feature that allows users to have photos or videos vanish after they are seen. After the recipient opens the image for the first time, "view once" deletes it, without saving it in phone. However, it is possible for a user to take a screenshot or screen recording of the message when it is first opened...

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Pakistan lifts ban on PUBG post PTA meeting with game’s data controlling company

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) on Thursday lifted a ban on popular online game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) after a meeting with the representative of the game's data controller company. The decision comes after a lot of back-and-forth between the regulator, the courts, and the game's fans, who expressed outrage on social media platforms. The PTA said it met with...

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PTA deems PUBG ‘wastage of time’ in detailed order

The state-run Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has refused to unblock the online game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), insisting that the game is “highly addictive” and a “wastage of time". After holding a consultative meeting with citizens, government officials and the company, Proxima Beta Ptv. Ltd, the authority released a detailed order on July 23. In the order, the PTA ruled that...

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PTA asks social media platforms to ensure ‘immoral’ content is inaccessible to users

KARACHI: While the Supreme Court has taken notice of “objectionable content” being shared on YouTube and other social media platforms, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has directed internet operators to ensure that no “immoral or illegal” content is made accessible to users. In a letter dated July 21, the PTA said it had discovered that a high volume of immoral content was...

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IHC orders PTA to immediately lift PUBG ban

The Islamabad High Court on Friday ordered the government to lift the ban on online game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG). The decision to lift the ban was announced by Justice Amir Farooq while hearing a petition filed against the banning of the game. The decision comes a day after the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had announced that PUBG will remain blocked in...

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Banning YouTube not a solution as it would held back content creators: Tania Aidrus

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Digital Pakistan, Tania Aidrus, said Wednesday that banning video streaming website YouTube was "not a solution", highlighting how the platform had created thousands of jobs for Pakistanis over the years. Taking to Twitter, Aidrus recalled how Pakistan's content creator ecosystem had been held back the three years YouTube was banned in the country....

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Maintaining safe and positive in-app environment top priority: TikTok responds to PTA

Responding to the criticism, the Chinese mobile app TikTok said on Wednesday that “maintaining a safe and positive in-app environment” is its topmost priority, a day after Pakistan issued a stern warning to the platform over the uploading of "obscene" content. In a statement today the spokesperson said: “We deploy a combination of technologies, and moderation strategies to detect and...

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SC takes notice of objectionable content on YouTube, other social media platforms against judiciary

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan took notice of objectionable content on social media platforms in the country Wednesday, noting that such forums are rife with content that incite hate against Pakistan’s institutions. The apex court was hearing a case against suspect Shaukat Ali pertaining to a sectarian crime when the topic came under discussion. During the hearing, Justice Qazi...

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PTA gives final warning to TikTok, blocks Bigo

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Monday issued a final warning to China-owned short-form mobile video platform TikTok and blocked live-streaming application Bigo over complaints of "immoral, obscene and vulgar content" and "extremely negative effects". In a press release issued late Monday, the PTA said it had received a "number of complaints ... from different segments of the society against...

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UAE launches mission ‘Hope’ to Mars

TOKYO: United Arab Emirates on Monday launched its first mission to Mars becoming the first Arab nation to do so. A live feed of the launch showed the rocket carrying the unmanned probe, known as "Al-Amal" in Arabic, lifting off from the Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan at 6:58am local time (2158 GMT). Almost exactly one hour later, the...

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TikTok user arrested for alleged rape of girl in Lahore

LAHORE: Lahore police have arrested the TikTok friend named Shiraz after he was accused of gang rape of a 19 year old girl in Lahore a few days ago. The complaint was originally submitted by the victim herself at the Millat Park Police Station in Lahore against a man named Shiraz who she befriended from TikTok. The investigation was carried out...

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Bitcoin scam: Twitter accounts of Bill Gates, Obama, Musk and others hacked

A number of high profile Twitter accounts belonging to Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and others were hacked on Wednesday to solicit them into sending digital currency. The list of accounts commandeered grew rapidly to include Joe Biden, Apple, Uber, bitcoin specialty firms and many others. "Tough day for us at Twitter," chief executive Jack Dorsey said...

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PML-N lawmaker submits resolution seeking ban on TikTok in Punjab Assembly

A PML-N lawmaker submitted on Monday a resolution in Punjab Assembly, seeking a ban on short video app TikTok in Pakistan. PML-N MPA Rabia Nusrat submitted the resolution. It stated that the short video app misguides the masses and is being used for insulting people. The indecent and vulgar language being used on TikTok will have a negative impact on...

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IHC reserves verdict on PUBG suspension by PTA

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court reserved its verdict on the petition pertaining to the ban on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) on Tuesday after completion of arguments by parties. The case was heard before Justice Amir Farooq. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) objected to the petition filed by PUBG's controlling company in Pakistan. "Under which law did you ban the game," inquired...

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Fawad Chaudhry says govt will turn Pakistan into ‘technological superpower’ within 10 years

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said on Saturday that the PTI-led government aims to turn Pakistan into a technological superpower within the next 10 years. According to the federal minister on Twitter, the Ministry of Science and Technology adopted ‘Made in Pakistan’ projects under the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan. “In Pakistan, sanitisers and masks were...

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Modi shuts down Sina Weibo account as India bans Chinese apps

Sina Weibo, China's response to Twitter, closed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's account on Tuesday after a request from the Indian embassy following the country's move to boycott Chinese mobile apps following a deadly border clash involving soldiers from both sides. Since posting on Sina Weibo the first time in 2015 during a visit to China, Modi has been an...

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PUBG temporarily banned in Pakistan by PTA citing health concerns

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has temporarily banned the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), an online battle game, for being "addictive" and detrimental to players' health, a notification issued Wednesday read. The "PTA has received numerous complaints against PUBG wherein it is stated that the game is addictive, wastage of time and poses serious negative impact on physical and psychological health of...

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