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The world has been changed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Almost all points of what we used to know are in some ways now different. These changes will no doubt last as long as the pandemic, and many will last even longer. In the world of work, the transition from offices to home has been […]
Facebook has launched its latest eCommerce feature – Shops – which will enable businesses to set up an online store for customers to access across Facebook and Instagram. The company says that it is investing in features that inspire people to shop and make buying and selling online easier. This comes at a time when […]
One of Facebook’s largest and most notable acquisitions in recent memory is for a service commonly used to find reaction GIFs for funny memes. Giphy is a platform where users can create and share their own GIFs of whatever it is they want – from TV show snippets to baby’s eating lemons or cats texting. […]
Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, STC, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC have all partnered to build 2Africa – said to be the most comprehensive subsea cable to serve the African continent and Middle East region ever. The companies have appointed Alcatel Submarine Networks (“ASN”) to build the cable in a fully funded project which will greatly […]
A transformative subsea cable for future internet connectivity in Africa was announced by global and African partners today, 2Africa will be one of the largest subsea projects in the world, connecting 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Despite pledges from massive social media companies to remove dangerous instances of coronavirus misinformation – from false causes to false cures – Silicon Valley and fact-checkers around the world are struggling to stem the flow of fake news about the pandemic. Last week, a video titled “Plandemic” went viral, clocking up millions of views and […]
Facebook Journalism Project (FJP) has announced that it will invest $390 thousand to help South African news organizations navigate the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis. As part of these funds, Facebook will work with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), a non-profit organisation with a history of working with publishers across the world. ICFJ […]
Facebook now has more than 3-billion monthly users active across its suite of applications. #Facebook now has more than 3-billion monthly users active across its suite of applications.Click To Tweet The company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed this in a call to analysts following the release of Facebook’s results for the first quarter of 2020. “For […]
With many countries currently experiencing at least some form of lockdown, businesses are waist-deep in uncharted waters. Companies large and small have had to transform rapidly as they attempt to continue operating while keeping their employees safe. Yet many organizations are encountering a host of new challenges. Taking this into account, Facebook has identified two […]
Facebook has rolled out its Messenger Kids app to 70 new countries, saying it can help children deal with the challenges of distance learning and isolation during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Aimed at children under 13, the app will be adding a “Supervised Friending” feature that will enable parents to approve of new connections, starting in […]
Facebook wants a piece of the game-streaming pie, adding a new dedicated mobile gaming app into the mix with already existing platforms from Twitch and Youtube. Facebook’s gaming app will largely curate and focus on the streaming community, writes the New York Times. The app will also highlight casual games that people might play online […]
Facebook has announced the next step that it’ll be taking to combat the spread of harmful hoaxes and misinformation about COVID-19 on its platforms. Through Facebook’s Newsfeed, users who interact with ill-informed claims will receive messages from the WHO debunking myths – this includes misinformation that has led to imminent physical harm. This step aims to […]
When it comes to phishing attacks, cybercriminals often try to imitate the official website of a well-known brand – they do this by using a similar domain name or URL and web-page design to the genuine site. The link to the fake website can be sent to targeted individuals by email or text message, a […]
Facebook is ramping up efforts to help researchers and healthcare workers better understand the spread of COVID-19 through the Data for Good programme. In an official blog post, the social media giant says in order for public health systems to put the right kind of guidelines in place they need “better information on whether preventive measures […]
Facebook has introduced a standalone Messengers app for Windows and iOS desktops. This release comes at a time when more than a third of the world’s population is practising social-distancing, rendering communication through video calls and text more important than ever before. According to The Verge, the desktop app has been a long time coming, […]
Users trying to download any type of media on WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram – you might struggle to get it on your device. This is according to Gadgets Africa, who state that users around the world reported that platforms owned by Facebook are currently experiencing issues. New reports of issues began streaming in at around […]
Smartphone users will often see the prompts about allowing a certain app to access location services. Often times these apps will request location access when a user is attempting to view a map or when a user wants to send a location pin. However, there are times when an attempt will randomly ask for location […]
The worldwide COVID-19 outbreak has caused thousands of people to merge their working and home lives. Making the transition slightly easier has been video conferencing platform, Zoom. Zoom has seen an unprecedented surge in users over the last few months as employees navigate virtual offices from the comfort of their homes. However, what seemed like […]
Facebook has announced that it will be investing $100 Million in the news industry at a time when combating misinformation is critical. In a blog post shared on Monday, 30 March 2020, the social media giant said that it would grant $25 Million in funding for news agencies and the remaining $75 Million would be […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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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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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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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”.
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, […]
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.