Sayidaty launches AboutHer.com lifestyle platform

Mohammed Al-Harthi, editor in chief of Sayidaty, Al-Jamila and AboutHer.com
Updated 24 April 2017
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Sayidaty launches AboutHer.com lifestyle platform

DUBAI: An online lifestyle platform called AboutHer.com was launched this month by Sayidaty, the best-selling women’s interest magazine in the Middle East.
The launch, at the Scape Restaurant in Dubai’s Burj Al-Arab hotel, was attended by members of the media, influencers and PR representatives of top regional and international brands.
AboutHer.com is the latest English-language addition to the Sayidaty family and was launched as part of the publisher’s drive to provide readers access to a wealth of diverse topics of interest.
The website offers real-life stories as well as interviews with homegrown and international talents. AboutHer.com also features the latest fashion, beauty and decor trends, reports and advice. Additionally, readers have access to news relating to travel, wellbeing, nutrition and celebrities.
During his speech at the launch, Mohammed Al-Harthi, editor in chief of Sayidaty, Al-Jamila and AboutHer.com, explained the website’s mission.
“After realizing that the Arab women are always being portrayed the same way, our aim became to shine a spotlight on the region’s women in a more realistic, all-round and in-depth way,” he said.
“So we decided we’re not just going to write about why this woman won a prize or how this woman successfully climbed up the corporate ladder to head a company. We want to ask the women profiled on our website about the struggles as well as the triumphs, the ups as well as the downs because those are the realities any reader in our global audience can relate to.
“As well as inspiring our female readers with real-life success stories, we want these stories to be relevant and palpable. So with that premise in mind, we have been featuring timely interviews with homegrown and foreign women from all walks of life and in all kinds of businesses.”
The launch was closely followed on Sayidaty’s and AboutHer.com’s social media feed including Snapchat.


Twitter publishes tweet trove from ‘clumsy’ Iran regime campaigns

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Twitter publishes tweet trove from ‘clumsy’ Iran regime campaigns

  • Twitter found 770 Twitter accounts that it traced back to Iran
  • Nearly 4,000 accounts affiliated with Russian troll farm

WASHINGTON: Twitter published a trove of some 10 million tweets that it said are potentially the product of state-backed operations by Russia and Iran, shedding new light on the scale and nature of misinformation campaigns mounted by the two nations.
Twitter said on Wednesday that it had identified 3,841 accounts affiliated with the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, a Russian “troll farm” that has been indicted by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller for attempts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
It found another 770 Twitter accounts that it traced back to Iran.
“We are making this data available with the goal of encouraging open research and investigation of these behaviors from researchers and academics around the world,” Twitter said in a statement on its “elections integrity” site.
In total, the exposed accounts shared more than 10 million tweets and 2 million images and videos, Twitter said, before being taken down.
Twitter had already made public the existence of tweets it believes to be the product of foreign misinformation campaigns, but the release of the tweets themselves on Wednesday will allow researchers to learn much more about Russia and Iran’s disinformation efforts on Twitter since 2016.
It comes less than one month before US Congressional elections which are already the subject of foreign-directed social media campaigns, according to senior US intelligence officials.
The release shows that both the Iranian and Russian operations started out as campaigns to support countries’ governments at home, but the Moscow-based effort expanded into an “offensive weapon” targeted at the United States, said Ben Nimmo, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, which has seen the tweets.
“The Iranian operation was clumsy. It tried to use social media to draw people toward pro-regime messaging sites,” said Nimmo, whose lab published a detailed analysis of the tweets on Wednesday.
“The Russian operation was much more skilled. It masqueraded as real Americans to turn real Americans against Hillary Clinton, and against each other,” Nimmo added, referring to Donald Trump’s presidential election challenger.