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Islamabad asks for help from Facebook to block online blasphemy
The Government asks for experts to track user comments. The social media giant, however, wants to protect the rights and privacy of its users. The unstated goal is to control the activities of dissidents, including the five intellectuals and bloggers kidnapped last month.
20/05/2010 PAKISTAN - ISLAM
Pakistan: after Facebook, the blasphemy law also blocks YouTube
The Telecommunications Authority decided to close the website that allows the sharing of videos. Behind the decision, the transfer from Facebook to YouTube of material that offends the prophet Muhammad. Some Wikipedia pages also obscured.
Tashkent launches 'state-run Facebook'
Mulogot, Uzbekistan’s first social network, is born. Sponsored by Government, it aims to keep a closer control of Internet users. Activists: Karimov fears Arabic style revolution.
India: Blog, Facebook and Twitter, the new frontier for evangelization
Fr. Errol Fernandes SJ, an expert in communication and new technologies, says new technologies are among the "best tools" to get in touch with others. Not surprisingly, he notes, Benedict XVI has chosen the theme " Social Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization " for the next World Day of Social Communications.
04/07/2016 14:20:00 CHINA
China launches crackdown against spreading of fake news from social media
The Chinese government already exercises widespread controls over the internet and has sought to codify that policy in law. Officials say internet restrictions, including the blocking of popular foreign sites like Google and Facebook, are needed to ensure security in the face of rising threats, such as terrorism, and stop the spread of damaging rumors.
10/01/2014 SAUDI ARABIA
Twitter's growth among Saudi users "highest in the world"
A study shows that the number of users rose by 45 per cent between 2012 and 2013. Religious figures have the most followers. Fundamentalist theologian Mohammad al-Arefi ranks first with 7.5 million followers, but three moderate Muslims follow.
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