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China tightens screws on social media

BEIJING — Chinese authorities have ordered a major social media platform to curb "harmfu.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 28th, 2018

China tightens screws on social media

Chinese authorities have ordered a major social media platform to curb "harmful content" more effectively as they intensify oversight of online expression—even taking aim at rap music, crude cartoons, dirty jokes and celebrity gossip......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

China tightens screws on social media

BEIJING, China – Chinese authorities have ordered a major social media platform to curb "harmful content" more effectively as they intensify oversight of online expression – even taking aim at rap music, crude cartoons, dirty jokes and celebrity gossip. The campaign is intended not just to stamp out dissent but to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

China tightens screws on social media

BEIJING — Chinese authorities have ordered a major social media platform to curb "harmfu.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

Spins getting wild

The fact that pinning President Rody Duterte for coddling China as a richly-funded and highly organized effort was again proven after a legitimate refueling of a Chinese military aircraft did the rounds in social media and was made to appear as a breach of sovereignty. It took a Palace action to debunk the deception that […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Huawei denies collecting Facebook user data

BEIJING, China – Huawei has denied collecting data from Facebook users after the social media giant confirmed that the Chinese phone maker deemed a national security threat by the US was among companies given access to user information. Huawei was able to access Facebook data to get the leading social network to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

'PTGF: the online world of Hong Kong s young sex workers

HONG KONG, China – For Hong Kong's "part-time girlfriends," social media provides an easy way to connect with clients looking for sex, but campaigners warn that online convenience is tempting girls as young as 13 to put themselves at risk. The label "part-time girlfriend" is a euphemism often used by young ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 31st, 2018

China gives ‘subversive’ Peppa Pig the chop

A Chinese internet platform has given the British cartoon "Peppa Pig" the chop as state media lamented that the series had become a "subversive" icon for slackers and anti-social young people. At least 30,000 clips of "Peppa Pig," whose heroine is a playful bright pink pig, were removed from the popular Douyin video-sharing platform, while the #PeppaPig hashtag was banned from the site, the Global Times reported on Monday. According to a document quoted by the newspaper, the BBC children's cartoon is on a list of content censored by Douyin, in the same way as men disguised as women, excessive nudity or "erotic behavior." The series, introduced in the mid-2000s in China, has beco...Keep on reading: China gives ‘subversive’ Peppa Pig the chop.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

China gives subversive Peppa Pig the chop

BEIJING, China – A Chinese internet platform has given the British cartoon "Peppa Pig" the chop as state media lamented that the series had become a "subversive" icon for slackers and anti-social young people. At least 30,000 clips of "Peppa Pig", whose heroine is a playful bright pink pig, were ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

Nokia X6 images, details leak ahead of official China release

MANILA, Philippines - A batch of leaked images of Nokia’s latest budget phone have been popping up online, just a few days short of its official launch in China. The Verge reported that renders of the Nokia X6 have found its way into a Chinese social media site; ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

18 dead in China karaoke lounge fire, arson suspect detained

A fire tore through a karaoke lounge in southern China on Tuesday, killing 18 people and injuring five others, as authorities arrested an arson suspect who had reportedly blocked the entrance with a motorcycle.   The fire started after midnight in a three-storey building in Qingyuan City, Guangdong province, and was put out shortly before 1:00 a.m. (China time), according to the police.   A preliminary investigation found that it was caused by arson, the Qingyuan public security department said on its Weibo social media account.   The suspect got into an argument, then used a motorcycle to block the building's door and started the fire, state broadcaster ...Keep on reading: 18 dead in China karaoke lounge fire, arson suspect detained.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

Bahrain vows to hunt social media dissidents

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Bahraini authorities on Sunday, March 25, announced they would be taking "severe measures" to track down dissidents who use social media, as the Gulf monarchy tightens its grip on political opposition. Social networking sites, notably Twitter, are a major platform ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 25th, 2018

Muzzled China feminist group to sue over online censorship

 BEIJING, China – Feminist activists are preparing to sue China's biggest social media platforms for deleting their organization's account, the group's founder said on Saturday, March 24. On March 8, International Women's Day, staffers operating the prolific Feminist Voices account on China's Twitter-like Weibo platform found it had been deleted. Weibo customer ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 24th, 2018

Uncle Hawking draws nearly half-billion clicks from mourning Chinese

SHANGHAI, China – Stephen Hawking's death on Wednesday, March 14, generated nearly half a billion clicks in China, where fans mourned a "giant star" who was admired for rising above physical disability and for heartfelt messages to his Chinese social media followers. Already well-known in China, the British cosmologist two ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

China silences critics of move to abolish term limits for Xi

BEIJING --- The day China's ruling Communist Party unveiled a proposal to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely as Mao Zedong did a generation ago, Ma Bo was so shaken he couldn't sleep. So Ma, a renowned writer, wrote a social media post urging the party to remember the history of unchecked one-man rule that ended in catastrophe. "History is regressing badly," Ma thundered in his post. "As a Chinese of conscience, I cannot stay silent!" Censors silenced him anyway, swiftly wiping his post from the internet. As China's rubber-stamp legislature prepares to approve constitutional changes abolishing term limits for the president on Sunday, signs of dissent and biti...Keep on reading: China silences critics of move to abolish term limits for Xi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 10th, 2018

China s WeChat app crosses one billion account mark

BEIJING, China – China's ubiquitous WeChat social media platform has crossed the one billion accounts mark as its messaging, game, and shopping services attract more and more users. The symbolic threshold was announced by Pony Ma, the chief executive of its parent company Tencent, on the sidelines of China's parliamentary session ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018

NLEX signs up former Sixer Arnett Moultrie

NLEX is set to shore up its frontline with the signing of Arnett Moultrie as its reinforcement for the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. The Road Warriors announced the development on their social media accounts on Tuesday, with the former Philadelphia big man set to arrive in April. Coach Yeng Guiao is excited of what the 27-year-old Moultrie can bring to the table for NLEX. "He's not too young, nor too old, but at the peak of his abilities. He will blend easily to our team," he said. Moultrie spent two seasons with the 76ers, splitting time in the NBA and the NBA D-League with the Sioux Falls Skyforce and the Delaware 87ers. He soon took his act overseas, playing in China...Keep on reading: NLEX signs up former Sixer Arnett Moultrie.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018

China drowns out critics of lifetime Xi presidency

BEIJING, China – China's propaganda machine kicked into overdrive on Tuesday, February 27, to defend the Communist Party's move to lift term limits for President Xi Jinping as criticism persisted on social media in defiance of censorship. The party has shocked many observers by proposing a constitutional amendment to end ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

Specter of one-man rule looms as China lifts Xi’s term limit

BEIJING, China --- For some Chinese, their feelings about plans to lift term limits to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely can be represented best by a cuddly stuffed bear. Social media users shared images of Winnie the Pooh hugging a jar of honey along with the quote, "Find the thing you love and stick with it." The Disney bear's image has often been compared to Xi, prompting periodic blocks on the use of Pooh pictures online. Other online commenters wrote, "Attention, the vehicle is reversing" --- an automated announcement used by Chinese delivery vehicles --- suggesting that China is returning to the era of former dictator Mao Zedong or even imperial rule. ...Keep on reading: Specter of one-man rule looms as China lifts Xi’s term limit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

Netizens slam Roque: Thank China for violating our sovereignty?

MANILA, Philippines – “Tayo pa ang may utang na loob?” (And we're the ones who end up feeling indebted?) Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque is again the center of social media discussions over his latest statement about China’s controversial island-building in the West Philippine Sea, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

SABAH IS OURS! ‘Malaysia tightens grip on mineral-rich island of Sulu sultanate’

MALAYSIA HAS tightened its grip on Sabah which is being claimed by the Sultanate of Sulu following a proposal – by a member of the Philippines’ 25-man consultative committee tasked with reviewing and proposing amendments to the Constitution – to include the mineral-rich island as the country’s 13th federal state. Former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr made the proposal while Filipino lawmakers are preparing to amend the 1987 Constitution and shift from presidential to federal form of government. He said the Duterte administration should continue to push for the country’s claim to Sabah in a way acceptable to international laws. “There should be a way that is acceptable under international laws to assert our claim to Sabah. I think we can defer it a little bit more, but to say that we stop doing it is not in the context of my proposal,” he told ABS-CBN Television recently. He also wanted Scarborough and Spratlys – which is being claimed by China and other ASEAN countries as theirs – to be part of the federated states of the Philippines.  Pimentel has also proposed the following to form part of the federal states Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Western Visayas, Minparom, Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Bangsamoro and Metro Manila as its capital. “Eventually once we have asserted our sovereignty and rights over Sabah, we should include Sabah. Not only Sabah, but also Scarborough, Benham Rise, and Spratlys,” Pimentel said. According to a report by Channel News Asia, Kuala Lumpur has strongly rejected Pimentel’s proposal to include Sabah as a federal state of the Philippines. “Malaysia is aware of remarks made by Mr Aquilino Pimentel Jr, a member of the Philippines’ Consultative Committee, which appeared in the media on the claim on Sabah recently,” it said, citing Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman as saying in a press statement. “The Government of Malaysia reiterates its position that Malaysia does not recognise and will not entertain any claims by any party on Sabah. Sabah is recognised by the United Nations and the international community as part of Malaysia since the formation of the Federation on 16 September 1963,” Anifah said. “Therefore, statements such as these will only expose the ignorance of history and international law of those who make them, as well as potentially harming the excellent bilateral relations which Malaysia and the Philippines currently enjoy.” Death Sentence Just last month, Malaysia’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for 9 Filipinos who were charged with waging war against the Malaysian King during the 2013 assault on Lahad Datu in Sabah. The Filipinos have been identified as Julham Rashid, 70; Virgilio Nemar Patulada, 53; Salib Akhmad Emali, 65; Tani Lahad Dahi, 64; Basad Manuel, 42; Datu Amirbahar Hushin Kiram, 54; Atik Hussin Abu Bakar, 46; Al Wazir Osman, 62; and Ismail Yasin, 77. Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif said the January 15 decision of the five-man panel of the Federal Court was unanimous, according to reports by The Star and Asia News Network, adding, the panel agreed with the Court of Appeal that the death sentence was the most appropriate based on the findings of the facts of the case. The other judges were Chief Judge of Malaya Ahmad Maarop, Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjun, and Justices Ramly Ali and Azahar Mohamed. Basad Manuel is the son of the Jamalul Kiram III, the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu, who died from multiple organ failure in Manila in 2013. The bloody incursion by some 200 followers of Kiram from the southern Philippines in February 2013 was inspired by the supposed sultan’s claims of historical dominion over Sabah. The two-month siege was the most serious security crisis faced by Malaysia in years, involving armed conflict between the Sultan’s loyal followers and the Malaysian armed forces sent to root them out. The panel also dismissed the prosecution’s appeal against the acquittal of 14 men on the charge of waging war against the King and terrorist-related offences linked to the intrusion from Feb 12 to April 10, 2013, the reports further said. Chief Justice Md Raus said the panel has no reason to decide otherwise and affirmed the decision by the Court of Appeal delivered last June. At the height of fighting between Kiram’s followers and security forces, Malaysia deployed armoured vehicles and combat helicopters, including naval boats in an effort to flush out the Filipinos on the oil-rich island being claimed by both sides. About a dozen armoured personnel vehicles arrived in the town of Lahad Datu to support ground troops hunting down at least 50 members of the Sultanate of Sulu headed by Raja Muda Agbimuddin, the sultan’s younger brother. The group intruded Sabah in February 2013 to exert claim over Sabah, citing historical and legal claims, but Malaysia rejected this and launched a massive assault on about 200 of the sultan’s men following a deadline for them to surrender peacefully. The assault by Malaysian jets and ground artilleries left at least 62 intruders dead, but the fighting between the two groups also killed and wounded 18 Malaysian policemen and soldiers. Malaysia arrested more than 300 Filipinos who are suspected of supporting or aiding Raja Muda Agbimuddin’s group under a strict anti-terrorism law. More than 2,000 Filipino Muslims have returned to Sulu and Tawi-Tawi provinces after fleeing Sabah in 2013 for fear they would be arrested in a massive crackdown launched by Malaysian on illegal immigrants and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2018