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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 12 December 2018

Facebook needs to quickly earn back the trust of users

Readers discuss schooling, Toronto, the Philippines and social media

Research throws up some intriguing insights into how we view freely available technologies. Dado Ruvic/Reuters
Research throws up some intriguing insights into how we view freely available technologies. Dado Ruvic/Reuters

I write in reference to your article Martin Lewis suing Facebook for defamation over ‘fake’ ads (April 23) by Caroline Byrne: it explained very well how the popular social media site Facebook might have been used to mislead users with fake ads for get-rich-quick schemes using Martin Lewis’s face and his MoneySavingExpert.com brand.

Mr Lewis’s decision to sue is another addition to the growing scandal surrounding Facebook. The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, should tackle this issue and earn the trust of users before it’s too late.

K Ragavan, Bangalore

Philippines has a tricky job protecting domestic workers

I refer to your article Kuwait accuses Philippines of violating its sovereignty over rescues of domestic workers (April 23): I am very impressed with how the Philippines has handled the welfare of its vulnerable citizens in Kuwait.

This is a difficult situation as it is not clear what the embassy should do in a case of abuse. They cannot risk waiting until there is another tragedy like the one that befell poor Joanna Demafelis.

Name withheld by request

Civic duty starts in schools but carries on throughout life

Civic participation is vital to change and never more so than today. At the Dubai American Academy, where I am head of social studies, we have used the recent turmoil around gun laws in America to instil the importance of civic action in our students.

On Sunday 595 students from the middle school made posters in class and participated in a sit-in for 17 minutes to show solidarity with students in the US who staged walkouts in honour of the 17 students killed in Stoneman Douglas high school.

A large part of the social studies curriculum is helping our students to better understand the world around them and learn from history’s mistakes so they can be a positive part of the future and we do this by staying abreast with current events.

Discussion about the happenings of the world are a daily part of class and invite heated debate at times but it is very welcomed because more viewpoints are heard and new insights and views are gained.

Hopefully this is the start, but nowhere near the end, of these student’s civic careers and we will do all we can to harness the power of their individual and collective voices.

Maggie Moffat, Dubai

Another tragedy in Toronto but let’s wait for the evidence

I write in response to your coverage on the recent deaths in Toronto (Police grill suspect after Toronto van rampage leaves 10 dead, March 23): like all incidents of this nature, this is really tragic and unfortunate.

On days like this, we are reminded that life is valuable and should be treated as such.

Name withheld by request

A very sad day for our city.

Rakhee Gupta, Toronto