Facebook-owned Instagram is taking a few extra steps (six to be exact) to ensure that it’s users are well-informed, connected and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. This move comes hot-on-the-heels of the company’s decision to join Google, Twitter, Reddit and others in an attempt to protect their users from coronavirus-related misinformation. Instagram says that it […]

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6 Instagram Updates to Keep Users Safe and Connected

This easy-to-use messaging service has the potential to reach 2 billion people and enables WHO to get information directly into the hands of the people that need it

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WHO Health Alert brings COVID-19 facts to billions via WhatsApp

WhatsApp has seen unprecedented growth in the last few months as average usage has risen by more than 40%. Uptake in the popular messaging platform can be widely attributed to the COVID-19 outbreak across the globe – reports data researcher Kantar. Since initially coming in to play in late December 2019, the coronavirus has forced […]

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COVID-19 News: WhatsApp Usage Grows by 40%

The global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted world economies, international travel relations and even forced entire countries into lockdown in order to curb the spread. This means that people from all over have been looking for ways to keep themselves connected and entertained despite living in lawful isolation. To ensure you’re prepared, here is a list of […]

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COVID-19 Lockdown Survival Guide: 9 Tech Tools You’ll Need

Facebook is struggling under a massive spike in usage across the globe due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, says the company in a blog post on Tuesday. The majority of this new usage is concentrated on private messaging and video calling, tools that Facebook manages but does not monetize. The social media giant says it […]

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COVID-19 News: Facebook is Suffering Amidst Huge Spike in Traffic

Facebook, along with 6 other information-sharing goliaths, has been working hard to ensure that any misinformation surrounding the coronavirus outbreak is detected and then removed from its platform. And while this is a great way to tackle the spread of fake news, it would seem that the company is perhaps trying a bit too hard […]

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Facebook Bug “Deletes” All Posts Relating to COVID-19

Some of the worlds biggest social media and information sharing platforms have announced that they will be working together to protect their users from coronavirus-related misinformation. These companies include Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube. “We are working closely together on COVID-19 response efforts,” reads the joint industry statement from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, […]

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Facebook, Google, YouTube and others to Fight Against the Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation

Facebook has announced the launch of the Community Accelerator programme, available in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. The Accelerator will be a six-month programme that aims to provide training, mentorship and funding to help community leaders grow their communities. Selected leaders will spend up to three months learning from experts, coaches and working within a […]

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Facebook Launches Community Accelerator Initiative in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa

Snapchat’s hugely popular “stories” format of sharing text, photos or videos that disappear every 24 hours has been copied and slightly altered by other massive social media websites – names like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp have all adopted the feature. Even employment and business website LinkedIn is thinking about implementing stories. Now, the one social […]

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Twitter to Introduce a Stories Feature Called “Fleets”

Parallel Wireless, the leading US-based OpenRAN company, today announced that they deployed hundreds of programmable virtualized 4G OpenRAN sites to deliver mobile broadband in Latin America through Internet para Todos Perú (IpT Peru),  a new company launched in May 2019 and owned by Telefonica, Facebook, IDB Invest and CAF banks.  IpT Peru aims to provide […]

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Parallel Wireless OpenRAN Sites deployed in Latin America

GeoPoll conducted a study with 400 South Africans via a mobile web link to understand how they are using their phones. The study focused on what features and apps they use most often and how they are paying for these features each month. Why is this important? South Africa (SA) is one of the top […]

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Top South African Smartphone Habits that You Should Know

Certain products from Apple, Facebook and HP are in short supply all over the world in a possible sign that the Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak is having a dire and widespread effect on the global manufacturing system, reports My Broadband via Bloomberg. Apple Apple’s iPad Pro tablets are seeing limited availability at stores in major cities […]

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Apple and other Tech Heavyweights face Shortages due to Coronavirus

WhatsApp has quickly amassed another 500-million users in just 2 years and now has about 2-billion users, reports My Broadband. This latest tally comes from the messaging service about 6 years since they were acquired by Facebook Inc. for $19-billion. This latest statistic solidly places WhatsApp as the largest messaging platform on Earth though with […]

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WhatsApp Reaches 2-Billion Users Worldwide

Facebook is partnering with nine non-profit organisations and government agencies throughout sub-Saharan Africa to raise awareness about Internet safety and security for Safer Internet Day, celebrated today, 11 February with the theme “Together for a better Internet”. 

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Safer Internet Day: Facebook and nine partners across Africa work together for a better Internet

Facebook is partnering with nine non-profit organisations and government agencies throughout sub-Saharan Africa to raise awareness about Internet safety and security for Safer Internet Day, celebrated on 11 February with the theme “Together for a better Internet”. The partners Facebook is working with this year include: Digify Africa, South Africa Phambano Technology Development Centre NPC, […]

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Facebook partners with 9 African organisations for Safer Internet

But now, Mastercard CEO, Ajay Banga has pulled out of Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency, Libra. Detailing the reasons why Mastercard has ditched the ‘stable-coin’ project, Banga blames three main concerns over compliance, monetisation and generally Facebook’s tight-fisted grip over the project. In an interview with the Finacial times, Banga says firstly Libra’s leaders couldn’t commit to [&hellip

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Mastercard pulls out of Facebook’s Libra project

The South African Police Service (SAPS) and Facebook have announced a new partnership to help find missing children by sending Amber Alerts to the Facebook community in South Africa. The first of its kind in Africa, the Amber Alert system will enable the South African Police Service to seek assistance from the public when it [&hellip

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Facebook and SAPS Launch Amber Alerts

Facebook harmful content figures ‘underplay’ scale of problem

Facebook has been accused of using “selective big numbers” to promote its latest transparency report after it published figures on the amount of harmful content it had taken down in recent months.

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Facebook harmful content figures ‘underplay’ scale of problem

Facebook admits it can’t keep track of all political ads

Facebook has admitted it is unable to track all political advertising on its platforms as the company faces continued pressure to ban them entirely.

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Facebook admits it can’t keep track of all political ads

Apple’s big services push clashes with Chinese authoritarianism

When it comes to many of Apple’s latest services, iPhone users in China are missing out. Podcast choices are paltry, Apple TV+ is off the air, news subscriptions are blocked and Arcade gaming is nowhere to be found.

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Apple’s big services push clashes with Chinese authoritarianism

Big changes could be coming to Twitter in 2020

A senior Twitter executive has suggested a number of new features that could appear on the social network in 2020, including the ability to block being mentioned without permission.

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Big changes could be coming to Twitter in 2020

Facebook unknowingly shared private group data with developers

Facebook said it unknowingly gave outside developers access to private user information shared within some groups on its main social network.

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Facebook unknowingly shared private group data with developers

Facebook unveils new logo

Facebook has unveiled a new corporate logo which will be stamped across its family of apps in its latest move to bring its various platforms under one roof.

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Facebook unveils new logo

Bitcoin’s government enemies are plotting revenge

States dabbling in blockchain technology, or planning to issue their own digital currencies, isn’t flattery – it’s competition.

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Bitcoin’s government enemies are plotting revenge

Dorsey takes swipe at Facebook as Twitter bans political ads

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted on Wednesday that the company will ban all political ads, delivering a jab to Facebook, which has come under fire for the way it’s handled advertising by candidates.

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Dorsey takes swipe at Facebook as Twitter bans political ads

Facebook suing Israeli company over ‘WhatsApp spyware’

Facebook is suing the Israeli hacker-for-hire company NSO Group for allegedly targeting some 1 400 users of its encrypted messaging service WhatsApp with highly sophisticated spyware.

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Facebook suing Israeli company over ‘WhatsApp spyware’

A senior Chinese foreign-exchange regulatory official called for “special attention” to be paid to blockchain as the nation looks to gain advantages from digital finance. Click here to discuss this article.

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Chinese official touts blockchain after Xi praises technology

Facebook has started testing its news tab with selected users as the social network seeks to push people towards quality journalism. Click here to discuss this article.

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Facebook begins public testing of dedicated news tab

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called out his counterpart at Facebook, saying Mark Zuckerberg has a “major gap and flaw” in his argument for free speech on social media. Click here to discuss this article.

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Jack Dorsey slams Mark Zuckerberg over his free-speech argument

Mark Zuckerberg has indicated he is willing for Facebook to pull out of the libra digital currency if other founding members decide to press ahead without US approval. Click here to discuss this article.

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Mark Zuckerberg attempts to ease concerns over libra

With over 2.3 billion monthly active users around the world, it’s not a stretch to imagine that Facebook could have great influence over who pays whom, and how. Click here to discuss this article.

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Facebook could do to banks what it did to newspapers

The hostility toward Facebook’s libra cryptocurrency appears to be weighing on the sentiment for bitcoin. Click here to discuss this article.

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Bitcoin slumps as Facebook’s libra hit by US backlash

Joining third-party fact-checking programmes in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon and Senegal, Facebook has announced the expansion of its Third-Party Fact-Checking programme to 10 additional African countries. 

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Facebook Expands its Third-Party Fact-Checking Programme to 10 Countries

Facebook, together with Africa Check, has added new local language support for several African languages as part of its Third-Party Fact-Checking programme – which helps to assess the accuracy of news on Facebook and aims to reduce the spread of misinformation.

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Facebook, together with Africa Check, expands its local language coverage

Africa’s young population could be its greatest asset in an age where many other regions in the world are aging as a result of declining birth rates.

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Celebrating Africa’s digital potential on UN Youth Day

Devices now available in 22 African Countries; further availability across the continent throughout 2019.

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WhatsApp Now Available On KaiOS-powered Smart Feature Phones in Africa