TWITTER POLL: Coronavirus vaccine ‘most positive story’ say Arab News readers

TWITTER POLL: Coronavirus vaccine ‘most positive story’ say Arab News readers
The vaccine is being given to millions all around the world. (File/AFP)
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Updated 29 December 2020

TWITTER POLL: Coronavirus vaccine ‘most positive story’ say Arab News readers

TWITTER POLL: Coronavirus vaccine ‘most positive story’ say Arab News readers
  • The UAE Mars Mission and Abraham Accords both failed to get close to the vaccine in the poll
  • More than a quarter did not feel any of the choices were the most positive

DUBAI: Nearly two thirds of participants in an Arab News Twitter poll say the coronavirus vaccine was the most positive news story of 2020.

A significant majority – 62 percent – voted for the coronavirus vaccine, while a mere 6.4 percent chose the Abraham Accords and just 4.4 percent of the 873 people taking part said the UAE Mars Mission was the most positive story of 2020.

 

 

The remaining 26.6 percent said that they didn’t believe any of the options were the most positive.

There have been more than 81 million cases of COVID-19 identified around the world and 1.77 million people have died, while 45.9 million people have recovered.

The Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine was approved for use in the UK at the beginning of December after it was found to be 95 efficient.

Already 800,000 people have been vaccinated in the UK and it is now being made available in a number of other countries around the world including the UAE.

Meanwhile the UAE Mars Mission probe, Hope, is well on its way to its final destination, having already traveled more than 400 million kilometers since its launch on July 20, 2020.

Once it reaches the orbit of the red planet, the probe will analyze conditions.

Sept. 15, 2020 saw the signing of the Abrham Accord between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain, with Donald Trump attending as witness to the historic event.

The deal has seen trade barriers removed between the three countries and restrictions on movement lifted.

Now take our poll looking forward at 2021:


TWITTER POLL: WhatsApp users undecided whether to continue using app or switching to other options

TWITTER POLL: WhatsApp users undecided whether to continue using app or switching to other options
Updated 15 January 2021

TWITTER POLL: WhatsApp users undecided whether to continue using app or switching to other options

TWITTER POLL: WhatsApp users undecided whether to continue using app or switching to other options
  • The Facebook-owned messaging service has issued a new privacy policy

DUBAI: WhatsApp users are generally undecided whether to continue using the app or consider switching to other available options, an Arab News poll showed.

The Facebook-owned messaging service has issued a new privacy policy, which some reports claimed would share users’ data without giving them a choice, something that 29.7 percent of the poll respondents said they would accept.

Meanwhile, about 38.8 percent of those who answered the poll said they would decline the new privacy policy and switch to other apps while 31.5 percent were undecided on what to do with the WhatsApp app installed in their phones.

Alternative messaging services such as Signal and Telegram meanwhile benefited from the negative press that WhatsApp received, both receiving subscriber boost in just a few days.

Signal in particular added a whopping 4.6 million new users right after receiving an endorsement from technology mogul Elon Musk.

Unlike WhatsApp, which shares user data with Facebook, Signal has a history of fighting any entity that asks for private data and adds features to further anonymize users where possible.

Telegram, which is currently No. 2 behind Signal on the App Store, saw more than 25 million new users sign up in just the last few days.

The mistrust over WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy may also affect its ambitions in India, its biggest market, where 400 million users exchange more messages on the platform.

The backlash forced it to undertake advertising blitz costing tens of millions of rupees in at least 10 English and Hindi newspapers.