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Google takes an anti-harassment step for female journalists, public figures

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  • Twitter and Jigsaw create a tool called “Harassment Manager.”
  • The code is released on GitHub for developers and governments to use.
  • The tool will especially be helpful for female journalists and public figures.

Tech giant Google has taken a step to reduce online harassment step by launching a tool called Harassment Manager on the occasion of International Women’s Day, CNET reported.

Jigsaw Unit and Twitter joined hands to create this took for the safety of female journalists and public figures. 

“Our hope is that this technology provides a resource for people who are facing harassment online, especially female journalists, activists, politicians, and other public figures, who deal with disproportionately high toxicity online,” Jigsaw said. 

The software has a filtering and reporting system to keep records of online harassment. 

The report further said that the tool, which will have an open-source code, will work with Twitter’s Application Programming Interface (API) to combine moderation steps like blocking and muting accounts or reporting comments. 

Jigsaw and Twitter worked with several journalists and human rights organisations. The tool can help victims of harassment identify and report harmful comments and messages. 

The Harassment Manager cannot be downloaded as it will require media outlets to integrate its code into other software that reporters can use to evaluate tweets, the report said.

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Promoting Mother Languages: Int’l Mother Language Day Being Observed Today

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All around the world, including Pakistan, today is International Mother Language Day. “Multilingual education is a pillar of intergenerational learning” is this year’s topic for the day.

Numerous events have been planned to honor the day and emphasize the value of Pakistan’s regional languages.

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Foreign Nationals’ Repatriation: Thus Far, 493,648 Afghans Have Left Pakistan

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Afghans and other undocumented foreign people are still being returned to their country of origin in a courteous and secure way.

493,648 Afghan people who entered the country illegally have returned home so far.

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The government “extends” the three-month deployment of Rangers in Mianwali.

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The Interior Ministry brief was accepted by the federal cabinet, according to sources, and was distributed.

According to sources, the Punjabi government requested that Ranger’s deployment be prolonged in order to preserve the status of peace and order in Mianwali.

Additionally, sources revealed that the deployment extension will take effect from February 22, 2024, to May 19, 2024.

The district administration of Islamabad made the decision to prolong the deployment in the federal capital for a period of six months last year.

According to specifics, the local government asked the interior ministry for 300 more Rangers to form a Quick Response Force (QRF).

The stringent security measures in Islamabad led to the decision to prolong the deployment. The district administration requested the extension in writing from the interior ministry.

The federal cabinet gave its approval in May 2023 for the deployment of Pakistan Army soldiers in Balochistan and Rangers in Punjab.

A circular summary was used to sanction the deployment of Rangers and Pakistan Army soldiers in the provinces of Punjab and Balochistan. The deployment of the Rangers was authorized by 7 ATA.

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