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  • Zuckerberg’s posts mistakenly stripped from Facebook

    What is it with companies taking down their CEO's social media messages this month? First Twitter's Jack Dorsey, and now Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg The latter reportedly removed several posts published by the Facebook CEO in what it's calling a "mistake". Eagle-eyed reporters at The Verge noticed that Zuckerberg's posts about fake news on the social media site, as well as commentary on the US elections, were stripped from his timeline Tuesday, only to later be restored just before 8pm SAST. Facebook's fake news problem One of these posts included a statement made by Zuckerberg on 18 November, regarding misinformation on Facebook. "The bottom line...

  • AfricaCom: 10 takeaways from Facebook, SA govt & more

    Day one of AfricaCom closed with a rather informative session, as Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele, Facebook Internet.org vice-president Chris Daniels and Akon Lighting Africa co-founder Thione Niang took to the stage. Cwele said that the spectrum issue is being tackled, Daniels touted Facebook's innovative internet connectivity devices and Niang called on people to look at electrification before internet access. Here are some of the standout quotes and takeaways from the session. Are people using free WiFi to be productive? Cwele gave an update on government-backed free WiFi projects (ostensibly talking about Project Isizwe), with some insight into what people were using it for. "...we...

  • Did fake news on Facebook contribute to US election?

    Some have questioned whether fake news and hoax articles have contributed to Donald Trump emerging victorious in the US elections last week. After all, the social network has seemingly seen a rise in fake news trending after it fired human editors. However, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has denied that these stories influenced results, taking to (surprise!) Facebook over the weekend to share his thoughts. "After the election, many people are asking whether fake news contributed to the result, and what our responsibility is to prevent fake news from spreading. These are very important questions and I care deeply about getting them right. I...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #85: US Elections, Samsung Gear Fit 2 & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and Matthew Alexander. In this edition of the Weekly Round Up, the team talks the newly-reviewed Samsung Gear Fit 2, and WWE 2K17. In light of the US Elections, we also talk the social impact of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Twitter, Facebook and Netflix. The US Elections caused massive traffic spikes for Facebook and Twitter, but overall bandwidth usage drops in North America With the Supermoon due on Monday, we also mentioned...

  • Instagram Stories: Boomerang now included, but is live video next?

    Facebook-owned social network Instagram is reportedly trialing live video on its Instagram Stories feature, similar to Twitter's Periscope and Facebook Live. The company also officially announced that the likes of Boomerang, mentions and links are all coming to Instagram Stories, which aims to "make your story even more fun". What's confirmed Firstly, Boomerang can be used in Instagram Stories much like with traditional posted images. "Swipe right from your feed to open the stories camera. A new format picker under the record button lets you select “Boomerang” mode. Tap record and the camera will stitch together a burst of photos into a mini...

  • US Elections helps Twitter, Facebook to big traffic spikes

    Although Donald Trump won the electoral vote Wednesday, it seems that Twitter and Facebook were the real winners. The two social networks saw a massive spike in traffic thanks to US Elections coverage, this according to a new report by Sandvine's Internet Phenomena blog. The social elections According to Twitter, the social network saw a billion tweets about the elections since August 2015, with tweets about Clinton and Trump gradually growing and spiking more often since. Image: Twitter Top tweeted policy issues also included "Foreign Affairs" with 50-million tweets, "Terrorism" with just under 30-million and the "US Economy" at 25-million. But those stats were...

  • Block (or improve) US Elections coverage with these tips

    If you don't have an internet connection at home, a TV that hasn't worked since 2004, and a mobile phone that's even older than that, it might be easy to escape the 2016 US Elections. Well, that is, if you don't switch on the radio. But what if you're forced to use the net, watch television or communicate with people in the outside world? Although we can't control the latter, we can give you tips on how to block Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the seemingly excessive coverage of this year's US Elections. And here's how to do just that. Do you...

  • Facebook users sue network over ‘racist’ ads

    Facebook's advertising platform has come under fire recently after it emerged that it allowed advertisers to exclude certain races from being targeted in ads. According to an investigation by ProPublica, the ad platform gives people the ability to exclude "ethnic affinities". In fact, the publication was able to publish an ad in Facebook's housing category that excluded African Americans, Hispanic people and Asian Americans. "This is horrifying. This is massively illegal. This is about as blatant a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act as one can find," civil rights lawyer John Relman said in reaction to the ad. A Facebook representative denied...

  • Here’s how South Africans use Facebook during the holidays

    It's becoming more and more difficult to ignore Facebook's influence on our daily lives. With around 1.7-billion active users globally, the social network would be the world's most populous country if Mark Zuckerberg decided to, I don't know, buy Mars perhaps. This popularity is also true in South Africa. Of the country's 53-million strong population, around 14-million use the social network each month, with about 50% of those logging in each day. Clearly, the social network has a massive effect on the online world in the country. And according to a new survey, it's also slowly morphing into a social...

  • Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump: who’s the next US president of social media?

    It's the big day tomorrow. The day when millions of the United States' citizens will take to the polls to vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton (oh, and a few others too). And while the people at the polls will decide the country's fate, social media has also played a huge role in this year's US presidential race. That's right. Twitter and Facebook have both been integral to Clinton and Trump's campaigns thus far. With help from social media analytics firm Quintly, we take a look at key takeaways that shed some light on how Donald Trump and Hilary...

  • WhatsApp Status: Facebook’s latest Snapchat killer?

    According to a report by BGR India, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is revamping its Status page with a splash of inspiration from Snapchat. Dubbed "Status" for now, the new WhatsApp feature will allow users to send and set images as statuses. Users can also doodle over them, and limit the viewable audience. Okay, so it's not entirely like Snapchat's rolling photo-reel then, but it does have shades of the app within it. WhatsApp Status allows users to set images as statuses, similar to Snapchat and Instagram Stories BGR India notes that the new feature is buried in WhatsApp beta version 2.16.336 but can only be...

  • Mark Zuckerberg loses $3-billion in a single day

    If you're having a bad week, do spare a thought for poor Mark Zuckerberg. The founder and CEO of social media giant Facebook lost US$3-billion in personal net wealth on Thursday, after Facebook's growth forecast was given a dim outlook. Facebook claims that it will hit the limit of how many ads can be shown in its app's primary news feed in 2017 -- a big, big problem for the advertising-reliant firm. As a result, the company's share price also tanked 8% in late Wednesday trading. That, of course, lost Zuckerberg a good 6% of his personal wealth. It's an extremely odd...

  • The art of Facebook: 30 of its biggest brands analysed

    For personal use, Facebook is an excellent way to communicate with friends, keep up to date with event lists, and of course, sneak around others' personal lives. But how do some of the world's biggest brands use the social network? A study, conducted by analytics firm Quintly, aims to do just that, looking at 30 of the world's biggest brands and their unique uses of Facebook in the first half of 2016. These brands include the likes of Monster Energy, Intel, BMW, Zara and Skittles, to name but a few. Have a look at the full list below: BMW, Starbucks, Disney,...

  • Weekend News: Sundowns are champions, Cameroon mourns

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter (with a splash of Instagram, Facebook and YouTube for good measure). Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (14 October – 15 October 2016). World News: DDoS leaves internet ailing Friday was a day of total chaos for many who rely on the internet, after one of the net's biggest DNS providers, Dyn, was attacked. The DDoS attack plunged its servers into disarray, and as...

  • Facebook Messenger on Windows 10 now boasts voice, video calls

    Facebook Messenger's Windows 10 app has now gained the ability to place voice and video calls. Much like Messenger on Android and iOS, the green chat icon will begin to glow green when the other user is active, letting you know that you're able to call them immediately. Unlike the apps though, you're not able to set reminders or send messages during an incoming call. Windows 10's native desktop notification however will notify you of an incoming call. Facebook Messenger's Windows 10 app is slowly gaining parity with its iOS, Android cousins If your call happens to not be answered, you do have...