Face­book: Trend­ing Sto­ries That Caught Our At­ten­tion


Don­ner Sang Compter

A se­ries of blood do­na­tion-themed posters with the Ara­bic hash­tag (the so­lu­tion is in your hand) were oddly spot­ted through­out the month across mul­ti­ple cities around the world. Pho­tos of these poster were heav­ily shared on so­cial me­dia and re­ported on by a num­ber of Le­banese in­flu­encers as every­one was ques­tion­ing the ori­gin and mes­sage be­hind these posters. The mys­tery was ul­ti­mately re­solved to­wards the end of Fe­bru­ary when it turned out that these posters were part of a re­cent ac­ti­va­tion by prom­i­nent Le­banese NGO Don­ner Sang Compter, which aims to pro­mote vol­un­tary non-re­mu­ner­ated blood do­na­tion in Le­banon.

Le­banese Govern­ment Is­sues Traffic Vi­o­la­tion Fines

As if medi­ocre road con­di­tions in Le­banon were not enough, the govern­ment de­cided to is­sue a whole new set of traffic vi­o­la­tion fines, spurring sig­nif­i­cant hype among Le­banese so­cial me­dia users who took to Face­book and Twit­ter to ex­press their in­dig­na­tion and voice mis­cel­la­neous opin­ions. The new traffic law di­vides vi­o­la­tions across five dis­tinct cat­e­gories. Fines in Sec­tion 1, which in­cludes vi­o­la­tions such as il­le­gal park­ing and il­le­gal sirens, range from $67 to $100 while those in Sec­tion 5 could go up to as much as $2000 for vi­o­la­tions such as driv­ing with no li­cense, rac­ing, DUI and mo­tor­bike ac­ro­bat­ics. Other breaches such as dis­obey­ing a traffic cop’s or­der or talk­ing on the phone while driv­ing are fined at $233 while penal­ties in Sec­tion 4, un­der which vi­o­lat­ing a one-way road, not hav­ing li­cense plates and vi­o­lat­ing a traffic light are listed, are charged up to $467.

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