Egypt’s transport ministry puts brakes on false Facebook account

A 3D plastic cut-out of the Facebook logo is seen in this illustration. (Reuters)
Updated 15 April 2019

Egypt’s transport ministry puts brakes on false Facebook account

  • A weekly round-up of bogus reports and phony facts in the mainstream and social media

1 Phony Facebook account affiliated with minister 

A spokesman for Egypt’s Transport Ministry has denied that its minister has an official Facebook account.

Mohammad Ezz said in a statement that social media accounts attributed to Egyptian minister Kamel al-Wazir are fake. 

Ezz warned that the ministry is not responsible for any news or statements published on these accounts.

He added that legal procedures will be taken against those who manage these accounts.

 

2 Kuwait rejects claims of not assisting citizens 

The Kuwaiti Embassy in Khartoum has rejected social media claims that it is failing to assist Kuwaiti citizens wanting to return home from Sudan due to the political situation there.

It is reported that social media users have been sharing a voice recording allegedly belonging to a Kuwaiti citizen complaining that the embassy did not fulfill its duties in helping him and a group of other Kuwaitis in Sudan seeking to return home. 

According to the Kuwaiti News Agency, the embassy confirmed its commitment to serve Kuwaiti citizens in Sudan. 

“We have received a phone call from the mentioned Kuwaiti citizens who requested help, and the embassy has expressed its commitment to do so.

“We were surprised to receive a call  from an official at the Saudi Arabian Embassy informing us that Kuwaiti citizens are present at the embassy … The embassy contacted the citizens to find out why they did not go directly to it.” 


Netflix, Apple cross swords in Indian streaming market

Updated 12 September 2019

Netflix, Apple cross swords in Indian streaming market

  • Netflix launched in India in 2016 and two of its Indian-made series have won critical acclaim — “Sacred Games” and “Leila”
  • US technology giant Apple on Wednesday announced the launch of its streaming platform Apple TV+ in India, hoping to upend competition

MUMBAI: Competition in India’s booming streaming market is heating up as Netflix joins forces with a director of Bollywood feel-good blockbusters and Apple launches its TV platform for 99 rupees ($1.39) a month.
Netflix announced late Wednesday a long-term partnership with Karan Johar’s Dharmatic Entertainment to make a range of new fiction and non-fiction series and films for the platform.
Johar has directed eight films including “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” with Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan, and “Raazi,” nominated for best picture at next week’s Indian International Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, dubbed the Bollywood Oscars.
“It’s going to be P.H.A.T — pretty hot and tempting,” said Johar, whose Dharma Entertainment is one of India’s biggest production firms and which already teamed up with Netflix for the successful “Lust Stories” anthology.
Netflix launched in India in 2016 and two of its Indian-made series have won critical acclaim — “Sacred Games” starring Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and “Leila” with Huma Qureishi.
But Netflix faces stiff competition in Asia’s third-largest economy as Amazon’s Prime Video, Disney’s Hotstar, Alt Balaji and other local platforms jostle for digital subscriptions and eyeballs.
US technology giant Apple on Wednesday announced the launch of its streaming platform Apple TV+ in India, hoping to upend competition.
Netflix is available in India from 199 rupees a month and as millions of first-time users access Internet in Asia’s third-largest economy, analysts expect competition to intensify.
India’s video-streaming industry is expected to grow at nearly 22 percent per annum to 119 billion rupees ($1.7 billion) by 2023 according to consultancy PwC, Bloomberg News reported.
Netflix chief Reed Hastings has said the company’s goal is 100 million customers in India — almost 25 times its estimated subscriber base there as of this year, Bloomberg said.