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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Will social media checks make people leave online platforms?

Our readers have their say about social media checks, Trump, the Dubai World Cup and the Global Teacher Prize

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in trouble with a data protection scandal engulfing his social network. Robert Galbraith / Reuters
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in trouble with a data protection scandal engulfing his social network. Robert Galbraith / Reuters

In reference to your editorial Social media checks are invasive and unnecessary (April 2), with social media being accessible to the entire world, it could be exhausting to peep into the personal data spread right across it. As there are numerous fake accounts, it questions the integrity of genuine users who are adhering to set guidelines. As far as the US is concerned, it is obvious officials are more concerned about the visa processes of potential migrants.

However, for individuals' safeguarding of personal information, there is also concern in this present climate. Service providers might find it difficult to regulate the extensive information available in the virtual world, which users might post without considering seriously whether they should be sharing personal information.

At the same time, questioning the privacy of individuals might lead to the concept of freedom of choice, thus persuading people to pull back from the popularity of social media platforms.

Ramachandran Nair, Oman

Sheikh Mohammed's good work makes Thunder Snow's win all the more special

In reference to your story Sheikh Mohammed performs victory dance at Dubai World Cup (April 1), the win by Thunder Snow was richly deserved. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid does so much for charitable causes around the world.

Dina Karrar, Paris

The world cannot tolerate Netanyahu's tyranny

I write in reference to your article Netanyahu scraps UN agreement to send migrants to West (April 3): A strange person with a strange ideology and an even stranger mindset. Will Mr Netanyahu ever be ready to face the grim reality that he is simply not the world's most powerful man, and cannot get away with these constant atrocities. The world cannot endorse or tolerate his tyrannical ways.

Name withheld by request

President Trump is a national embrarassment

Please refer to your article Trump outraged over Mexico migrant 'caravan' (April 3). President Donald Trump is complaining about 1,500 migrants. That is less than five per cent of the population of my small suburban town. Mr Trump is scared; every move he makes and speech he gives show the man is terrified and has no clue what he is doing. This is just another example of him overreacting to fragmented information. Mr Trump is a national embarrassment.

Jeff Scott, Philadelphia

The future of our nations is in our classrooms

In reference to your story Inner-city London school buzzes with pride over global teacher award (March 19), this is a great initiative which gives due plaudits to teachers.

The future of every nation is in its classrooms. The young students of today will be managing the world tomorrow.

Yet teachers and professors in many parts of the world are not paid adequately so the appreciation and laurels for the very best teachers are most welcome.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

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