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New languages democratizing social media in the Middle East

By Nada Akl BEIRUT: On March 6 micro-blogging service Twitter announced the launch of its Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu versions. It all started with the grassroots #LetsTweetInArabic campaign by a handful of users who wanted Twitter to be available in more languages. While many communities are still disadvantaged when it comes to digital resources, translation …


Twitter adds Arabic and Hebrew home pages

By AFP SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter on Tuesday launched Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi and Urdu versions of its website, further localizing of the popular one-to-many text messaging service. Twitter users have long been able to fire off messages, referred to as “tweets,” in those languages but will now be able to visit home pages with local-language …


Twitter CEO says blocking policy over-distilled

DANA POINT, California: Twitter CEO Dick Costolo sought to calm the global outrage over the company’s new country-by-country censorship policy, complaining in part that the issue is being treated with the same kind of shorthand that has made Twitter popular. Speaking at the All Things D conference on Monday, Costolo repeated the company’s justification for …


Twitter’s new censorship plan rouses global furor

NEW YORK: Twitter, a tool of choice for dissidents and activists around the world, found itself the target of global outrage Friday after unveiling plans to allow country-specific censorship of tweets that might break local laws. It was a stunning role reversal for a youthful company that prides itself in promoting unfettered expression, 140 characters …


Alwaleed pushes the limits with edgy Twitter stake

By Una Galani / Reuters Breakingviews DUBAI: Prince Alwaleed might be pushing the limits with Twitter. Even though the billionaire entrepreneur Saudi-royal is known for both his reformist views and bold media investments, his latest coup, a $300 million strategic stake in the social networking site, is decisively edgy. If Twitter is worth around $8 billion, …


Tunisia’s Revolution was Twitterized

By Firas Al-Atraqchi In what could be a sign of how social media is reshaping politics in the Middle East and North Africa, Tunisian protesters turned to Twitter to broadcast information on their popular revolt against the government’s economic and media policies. Videos of street clashes in Tunisian towns were broadcast on YouTube before some …


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