How the Saudi Women Can Drive poll was conducted

Updated 14 October 2017
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How the Saudi Women Can Drive poll was conducted

As part of the continued partnership between YouGov and Arab News to research attitudes within and about the Arab world, YouGov conducted an opinion poll among Saudi nationals about their views of the decision to allow women to drive in the Kingdom. 
Topics were designed to capture a range of views, including the current level of familiarity with the decision, initial reactions to it, reasons for agreeing or disagreeing with the move, the impact of women driving, reasons for women wanting or not wanting to drive in KSA, and their car-purchase intentions. 
The survey was conducted using an online interview administered among members of the YouGov Plc panel of close to 728,500+ individuals across the MENA region who have agreed to take part in surveys. 
An email was sent to panelists selected at random from the base sample, inviting them to take part in the survey and providing a link to the survey. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov. 
The total sample size was 503 Saudi nationals who reside in the Kingdom. Fieldwork was undertaken between Oct. 1-4, 2017. 
The sample was representative of the urban adult Saudi population in terms of gender, age and city of residence. The overall margin of error is 4.38 percent, which is under the admissible level.
The questionnaire included a total of 21 close-ended questions. The effective number of questions applicable per respondent groups were, however, different as they were filtered mainly based on gender. 
There was an even gender split among respondents, with 50 percent males and 50 percent females. Eight in 10 of the sample group fell between the ages of 20 and 39. 
The sample included residents of Riyadh (26 percent), Jeddah (19 percent) Dammam (9 percent) and other cities in Saudi Arabia.

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Facebook dating service rolling out in Colombia

Updated 5 min 24 sec ago
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Facebook dating service rolling out in Colombia

  • Colombians are particularly avid fans of using social networks and websites to find partners
  • The service is programmed not to link up people who are already connected as family or friends

BOGOTA: Facebook said Friday a dating service it teased early this year is being rolled out in Colombia.
The social media giant chose the Latin American country as its test lab because Colombians are particularly avid fans of using social networks and websites to find partners.
The new feature, rolled out in Colombia this week, allows users to create a separate “dating” profile not visible to their network of friends, with potential matches recommended based on preferences and common interests.
The service is programmed not to link up people who are already connected as family or friends, and users of Facebook Dating will also be able to block people if they wish.
A basic chat service will be available, and the site will bar strangers from sending photos, videos or links.
Some 21 million people log in to Facebook every day in Colombia, a country of 50 million people, according to the company.
“We view this as an incredible opportunity to continue helping people build relationships in meaningful ways on Facebook,” said Facebook Dating product manager Nathan Sharp.
Facebook’s chief Mark Zuckerberg in May announced plans for the new dating feature at the world’s leading online social network — while vowing to make privacy protection its top priority in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Zuckerberg was emphatic that the focus would be on helping people find partners, not flings.
“This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships, not just hookups,” Zuckerberg said in presenting the new feature.
He said the dating offer was built with privacy and safety in mind.
Facebook faced intense global scrutiny over the mass harvesting of personal data by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consultancy that worked for Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.
The company has admitted up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked in the scandal.