DHANGADHI, May 19: Sabitri Ghimire is 21 years old and she already has three kids. A resident of Ghiya village of Tikapur Municipality – 3, she married a man who was a year elder than her when she was 16. “I was studying in ninth standard. I fell in love with a man from a neighboring village, and subsequently we got married,” she recaps.

COLOMBO, May 13: Sri Lanka on Monday temporarily blocked some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, after attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in the worst unrest since Easter bombings by Islamist militants.

Building a social media presence

April 26, 2019 08:57 am

You have a brilliant plan: Art that is unique to you, poems that have their own distinctness or food recipes that everyone on the planet just has to try. So you want to share these on social media and  have as many people as possible see your work.

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it may have unintentionally uploaded email contacts of 1.5 million new users on the social media site since May 2016.

Impose tax on social networks: OAG

April 13, 2019 16:23 pm

KATHMANDU, April 13: At a time when the government has been advocating for bringing the social network under tax net, the Office of the Auditor General has asked the government to impose tax on social networks.

KATHMANDU, April 5: A viral video of Miss Nepal audition, 2019 has divided social media users into two.

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI, April 2: Pakistani social media campaigner Hanzala Tayyab leads about 300 ultra-nationalist cyber warriors fighting an internet war with arch-foe India, in a battle that is increasingly sucking in global tech giants such as Twitter and Facebook.

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, April 2: Two weeks after a suicide bombing in Kashmir in February killed 40 Indian policemen, a Facebook user called Avi Dandiya posted a live video in which he played a recording of a call purportedly involving India’s home minister, the president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and an unidentified woman.

WELLINGTON, March 28: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday that she welcomed Facebook Inc’s decision to ban praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism on its social media platforms.

Legal response to age of hate

March 25, 2019 01:05 am

Social media has become both a mitigating and magnifying force for divisions between people around the world. In recent days, we have seen the connection between growing online hate speech and hate crimes in the real world. The apparent inability of legal regimes to creatively deal with this growing trend demonstrates how fast technology has outpaced the law.

When I wake up I instinctively reach for my phone. I just mean to check the time and get out of bed. But before I know it, I have spent 30 minutes or more browsing through Instagram and Facebook and then watched a few videos on YouTube as well.

What’s your digital footprint?

March 16, 2019 02:00 am

We are broadcasting our personal message to the real world and collecting likes, loves, emojis and wishes, instead of doing something meaningful

KUALA LUMPUR, March 9: A Malaysian was sentenced to more than 10 years’ jail and three others were charged over insults against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad on social media, police said on Saturday.

KATHMANDU, March 8: New proposed laws relating to social media use in Nepal are intended to stifle dissent and silence critical voices, say global and regional human rights groups.

KATHMANDU, March 6: People have vented their fury on social networking sites over the VIP motorcade recently conducted by President Bidya Bhandari.

Thirty years ago this month, a young British physician working at a lab near Geneva invented a system for scientists to share information that would ultimately change humanity.

NEW YORK, Feb 2: The latest parental panic on social media — over a purported challenge for kids to complete harmful tasks — elevates the importance of establishing an open dialogue with children and taking advantage of online parental controls.

More women falling prey to cyber crimes

February 25, 2019 14:56 pm

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: Women are increasingly becoming victims of cybercrimes, according to the Metropolitan Crime Division.

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: Minister of Information and Communications Gokul Baskota said that users of the social network are not necessarily to be registered in the government bodies.

FEB 18: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

February 18, 2019 18:00 pm

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

WELLINGTON, Feb 18: New Zealand said on Monday that it plans to update its laws so it can tax revenue earned by multinational digital firms such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, extending a global effort to bring global tech giants into the tax net.

Stay out of eco-chamber

February 17, 2019 01:00 am

In Nepal, social media has not been used for liberal democratic debates. It has become a source to foster large-scale political polarization

KATHMANDU, Feb 14: In an apparent bid to control foreign social media operators in the country, the government has proposed a law making it mandatory to register all social media platforms within the country.

Feb 3: A new Canadian study finds no evidence that social media use among adolescents and young adults predicts later depressive symptoms. However, the researchers did find evidence that greater depressive symptoms can predict later social media use, but only among adolescent girls.

JAN 23: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

January 23, 2019 18:00 pm

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

Brands pay thousands of dollars for a single social media post. But European Union consumer protection law requires social media users to disclose whether they have received gifts or cash to endorse a brand, to avoid giving the impression the post represents their personal view, the CMA said.

KATHMANDU, Jan 23: The government’s move to close parody accounts on social media purportedly for maintaining social harmony has drawn flak as not only posing a threat to freedom of expression but also violating the established practice with such platforms elsewhere in the world.

Two reports about Russian cyber-campaigns on social media platforms during the 2016 U.S. election find that Kremlin-linked trolls relentlessly targeted the African-American community to boycott the election.

Humor in the humdrum

November 30, 2018 09:18 am

If you scroll through the explore section on Instagram, you are likely to come across a comic strip or two quite frequently. Comic strips have been quite big on social media for a while now and it seems like every other popular comics account has millions of followers.

With access to internet, we are living in the world having rapid technological advancements and digital revolution. Majority of activities  on an online platform is definitely of our interest, either at a personal or professional level. Moreover, social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and more are playing a leading role, being a platform to share ideas, communicate and explore new avenues which were not accessible in affordable cost prior to digital revolution.

Cyber crimes on the rise in Valley

November 12, 2018 04:00 am

KATHMANDU, Nov 12: With the increase in the use of social media and the Internet by the Nepali public, cyber crimes too have increased in the last few years. Records maintained by the Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD) show a significant surge in cyber crimes in the last fiscal year.

Social media mining is a process of getting data from those who use social media and such gathered data is basically known as big data

Confesssions of a porn addict

October 6, 2018 08:29 am

A few days ago, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MoCIT) banned access to all the pornographic contents and adult websites. No sooner, the issue has been discussed on the social media. There were fuzzy comments criticizing porn ban, comparing it with kidnapping cases of school children because they go to schools, increase in road accidents because of roads and such. Many say blocking porn sites does not reduce sexual violence.

KUWAIT, Oct 3: A woman who was caught filming her housemaid falling from a seventh-floor balcony as she tried to flee her apartment in Kuwait, has been jailed.

NHS statistics for England show sleep disorder admissions for under-16s was almost 10,000 last year

The pressure to present the "perfect" life on social media could be a factor.

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 25: The co-founders of Instagram are resigning their positions with the social media company without explanation.

Save children from social media

September 15, 2018 00:15 am

I am sure you will agree with me when I say social media plays a role in our lives. I am tempted to ask you a very personal question: How many times do you check your social media account in a day?  Now, don’t be embarrassed. At the same time also think of how you feel when you cannot check your social media account for a few days.  Do you feel you are missing out on something someone said or even the reaction to your pictures that you recently posted? If you do, believe me, that is the beginning of anxiety disorder.

KATHMANDU, Sept 2: Following the government's decision to use the social networking sites to make dialogue with people effective and address their grievance promptly, the government agencies have expedited the use of the social media.

Facebook for the public

September 2, 2018 10:44 am

Facebook was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg.  The sole motive behind Facebook was to bring the whole world together onto a single platform. Today if we are connected with all our friends, family, and acquaintances, it is all because of Facebook. If this social platform is used in a good way, it will spread love, motivation, and encouragement among its users. There are many introvert people who are not good at expressing themselves, and they find Facebook very useful to speak their hearts out. Facebook is helping people to be more sociable and to remain connected.

Trends to follow?

August 31, 2018 09:50 am

With the beauty industry being one that is always growing, there are always new products and trends that people will obsess over, and will flood everyone’s newsfeeds on social media. Here are five beauty trends that have been quite the rage in the recent days.

Social media fever

August 26, 2018 11:54 am

The 21st century is the era of technological innovations and social media. Social media, as a result of the ongoing tech-upgrades, has captivated the whole world. For most, Social media has come in as the most reliable companion as it provides interaction and idea sharing platforms from the touch of the fingers.