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WhatsApp is limiting message forwarding to combat coronavirus misinformation

WhatsApp is limiting message forwarding to combat coronavirus misinformation

The news: WhatsApp has said it will implement new limits on message forwarding amid growing concerns that it is being used to spread misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. From today, messages identified as “highly forwarded” can be forwarded to only a single person …Continue reading

PTA asks internet providers to reduce prices

The news: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has asked internet providers in Pakistan to offer reduced pricing and affordable internet packages to customers during the Covid-19 outbreak. The directive: According to Dawn, the PTA wrote a letter to the Fixed Line Operators …Continue reading

The promise of genome editing

In December 2019, the Pakistan Biotechnology Information Center (Lahore Chapter) hosted a “National Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology for Food Security”, in which experts called for a science-based regulatory landscape for new methods in agricultural biotechnology, including genome editing. The dialogue also featured …Continue reading

Hot weather takes its toll on mental health

Researchers found that hot days increase the probability that an average adult in the U.S. will report bad mental health. Moreover, people are willing to pay several dollars to avoid each additional hot day in terms of its impact on self-reported mental …Continue reading

Coronavirus in Pakistan: Confirmed cases grow as govt formulates relief force, helpline

The numbers: By Friday afternoon, Pakistan’s total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases reached 2,458. The death toll due to coronavirus has risen to 35. The varying lockdowns continue to be imposed across Pakistan, with several revisions to suit the ongoing outbreak. Sindh: …Continue reading