Anghami partners with streaming platform TOD to offer sports and entertainment content

Anghami partners with streaming platform TOD to offer sports and entertainment content
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Updated 19 April 2022

Anghami partners with streaming platform TOD to offer sports and entertainment content

Anghami partners with streaming platform TOD to offer sports and entertainment content
  • The TOD streaming platform offers more than 10,000 hours of premium entertainment, sports and original content

ABU DHABI: Anghami has signed a strategic partnership with the new streaming platform TOD. As part of the agreement, it will stream a curated selection of TOD’s exclusive beIN sports audio content and entertainment content.

Launched earlier this month, the TOD streaming platform offers more than 10,000 hours of premium entertainment, sports and original content. It is the exclusive digital home of the beIN Sports channel. The sports audio content on Anghami will include major football league games roundups as well as daily live updates and interviews with footballers.

The move is aimed at further diversifying Anghami’s selection of content and enriching the user experience, the company said in a statement.

“Our goal is a simple one; to provide users around the world with the very best content. Through our partnership with TOD, we are introducing world-class sports to our expansive collection of music and podcasts to enrich the overall experience and attract new audiences,” said Choucri Khairallah, vice president of business development at Anghami.

The agreement marks the beginning of a collaboration between the two companies that “share many synergies that we want to capitalize on in the coming months,” he said.

“We will continue to explore strategic partnerships and opportunities to engage our audiences in music, entertainment and sports.”


WhatsApp announces new features to protect user privacy

WhatsApp announces new features to protect user privacy
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WhatsApp announces new features to protect user privacy

WhatsApp announces new features to protect user privacy

LONDON: WhatsApp on Tuesday introduced a range of new features aimed at protecting users’ privacy, allowing them to control who can see their online status and block screenshots on “View Once” messages.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said this would help keep WhatsApp messaging “as private and secure as face-to-face conversations.”

Ami Vora, WhatsApp’s head of product, said the platform is focused on building features that “empower people to have more control and privacy over their messages.”

“Over the years, we’ve added interlocking layers of protection to help keep their conversations secure, and the new features are one way we continue to deliver on our commitment to keep messages private,” she said.

The features, to be rolled out later in August, will allow users to leave group chats silently, control who can see their online status and block screenshots on “View Once” messages.

In its current format, WhatsApp alerts all members of a group chat to someone leaving or being removed by default.

The change will allow users to leave the group silently, without notifying other group members and only alerting group administrators.

Additionally, the update will give users the option to allow only certain contacts — or no one — to see when they are active on the platform, bringing online status options into alignment with “last seen” settings.

WhatsApp will also allow users to block screenshots of disappearing messages, which is currently being tested and will be available “soon,” according to the platform.

The rollout comes as Meta faces growing criticism that its privacy features could be abused by people seeking to evade law enforcement.


Rights group condemns Israeli targeting of three Palestinian journalists

AFP photojournalist Ahmed Gharabli is taken out by Israeli police officers from Jerusalem's old city, on August 7, 2022. (AFP)
AFP photojournalist Ahmed Gharabli is taken out by Israeli police officers from Jerusalem's old city, on August 7, 2022. (AFP)
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Rights group condemns Israeli targeting of three Palestinian journalists

AFP photojournalist Ahmed Gharabli is taken out by Israeli police officers from Jerusalem's old city, on August 7, 2022. (AFP)
  • Reporters Without Borders said: ‘Not only do Israeli citizens attack Palestinian reporters ... the Israeli police do not react. And worse still, it is the journalists who are arrested’
  • The three journalists were attacked and arrested while covering the unrest last weekend following Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip

LONDON: Reporters Without Borders on Tuesday condemned Israeli authorities for the “unacceptable targeting” of Palestinian journalists covering the recent violent clashes in Jerusalem.

“It is sad to see that Palestinian journalists are still easy targets because they are Palestinians,” the organization’s Middle East desk said.

“Not only do Israeli citizens attack Palestinian reporters while they are working but the Israeli police do not react. And worse still, it is the journalists who are arrested.”

Three Palestinian journalists were attacked and arrested while covering the unrest last weekend following Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip. Agence France-Presse photographer Ahmad Gharabli was detained by Israeli police. Mohammed Ashu, a reporter for satellite news channel Al-Mayadeen, was attacked by an Israeli settler who hit him with the handle of a flag. Ashu was then surrounded, his camera was stolen and he was detained by the police. Both of the journalists were released later the same day.

Photojournalist Ghassan Abou Eid was attacked by an Israeli settler in a residential district of East Jerusalem. A video shared on social media showed the settler grab Abou Eid’s camera while his back was turned and damage it. A nearby Israeli police officer failed to intervene.

Israeli authorities launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip last Friday to prevent what they referred to as “an imminent attack from Gaza.” The strikes resulted in the deaths of 44 Palestinians and the destruction of several residential buildings and militant bases.

Israeli authorities and Palestinians agreed a ceasefire, brokered by Egypt, on Sunday after three days of violence.

 


Snap to open office in Doha

Snap to open office in Doha
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Snap to open office in Doha

Snap to open office in Doha
  • Social media giant signs deal with Qatar’s Government Communications Office to open new office

DUBAI: Snap Inc. is expanding its presence in the Middle East by signing a memorandum of understanding with Qatar’s Government Communications Office to open a new office in Doha.

This comes as part of the company’s efforts to support and create opportunities for Snapchat users in Qatar, as well as work closely with local partners and businesses, the company said.

“Snapchat has a highly engaged community in Qatar, and we are delighted to announce our expanding presence in MENA with the opening of a new office in Doha, which reflects our support to Qatar’s growing and vibrant digital landscape,” said Hussein Freijeh, general manager of Snap Inc. in the Middle East.

“We are pleased to welcome Snap Inc to Qatar and look forward to seeing the Snap community grow,” said Sheikh Jassim bin Mansour bin Jabor Al-Thani, director of the Government Communications Office.

“The new office and strategic partnership will help them reach one of the most vibrant and digitally enabled knowledge economies in the region and will allow our citizens to continue to engage with dynamic technology for creative and commercial uses,” he added.

The company is in the process of hiring a local team to run the day-to-day operations of the Doha office.


Snap launches ‘Family Center’ to give parents more control

Snap launches ‘Family Center’ to give parents more control
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Snap launches ‘Family Center’ to give parents more control

Snap launches ‘Family Center’ to give parents more control
  • In-app feature comes amid growing concerns for teenagers’ online safety
  • Parents will also be able to report any suspicious or concerning accounts to Snapchat

DUBAI: Snap has launched a new feature, known as Family Center, that gives parents more control over their children’s Snapchat habits.
The in-app feature is designed to be used both by parents and children.
Parents will be able to see which Snapchat friends have sent messages, photos or videos within the last week, but will not be able to see the contents of the messages.
They will also be able to report any suspicious or concerning accounts to Snapchat.
Parents will have to install Snapchat on their own device and then link their account to their children’s accounts to access Family Center. They can also invite other family members aged 25 and above to access the feature.

Only those aged 13 to 18 can join Family Center by opting in, with those under 13 officially not allowed to sign up to the platform.

The feature is being launched in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, and will be rolled out to more countries later in the year.

 


BBC hires first disinformation and social media correspondent

BBC hires first disinformation and social media correspondent
Spring was a specialist disinformation and social media reporter at BBC News. (Twitter)
Updated 09 August 2022

BBC hires first disinformation and social media correspondent

BBC hires first disinformation and social media correspondent

LONDON: The BBC promoted on Tuesday reporter Marianna Spring to the role of disinformation and social media correspondent, the first of its kind at the news platform. 

 

 

Prior to this, Spring was a specialist disinformation and social media reporter at BBC News and BBC World Service since 2020. 

Spring announced her promotion on Twitter, where she confirmed she will be investigating the real-world consequences of online disinformation and trolling on social media, with new podcasts and more in the pipeline.