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  • Facebook removed 1.5 million videos of the Christchurch shooting in 24 hours

    The world is still reeling after the terrorist attack that took place in Christchurch, New Zealand last Friday. The mass shooting was live streamed via Facebook by the shooter himself, and showed him entering a mosque and opening fire on everyone in sight. On Friday, Facebook took down the video. "We're also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we're aware." the company noted further. https://twitter.com/fbnewsroom/status/1106417244412624896 Before the company could take action, users had already shared and copied the video, leaving Facebook and other social platforms with the task of removing them all. In a tweet...

  • Mass shooting in New Zealand sparks global outrage

    A mass shooting, which took place at two mosques in the New Zealand city Christchurch on Friday morning, has sparked global outrage on social media. The terrorist attack, reportedly targetting Muslim citizens, was live streamed on Facebook by one of the perpetrators. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube removed all traces of the footage, and asked users not to share it. Though many details have not yet been confirmed, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden assured the public that more would be revealed as the truth unfolded. "There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence," she said...

  • Update: Eskom continues Stage 2 load shedding into Friday 15 March

    Update, Friday 15 March, 8am: Just when you thought your weekend will be load shedding-free, Eskom on Friday announced that Stage 2 load shedding will commence from 8am to 11pm. https://twitter.com/Eskom_SA/status/1106408305725972481 Update, Thursday 14 March, 1pm: Eskom has announced that it will upgrade today's load shedding level to Stage 2 from 3pm. https://twitter.com/KhuluPhasiwe/status/1106170726959247360 Original article: After a run of a few load shedding free days, Eskom has today announced that Stage 1 load shedding will be implemented on Thursday from 11am to 11pm. "This is due to plant breakdowns, resulting in an imbalance between supply and demand," tweeted spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe Thursday morning. https://twitter.com/KhuluPhasiwe/status/1106107181743697922 Phasiwe failed...

  • Updates: What you need to know about Tropical Cyclone Idai, set to strike Mozambique this week

    Update, 14 March, 6pm: Just hours away from Tropical Cyclone Idai's landfall, we detail how and where to track the storm online using social media, official sources, and nifty tools. Update, 14 March, 10am: MeteoFrance based on Reunion has issued an update on the wind speed and location of Tropical Storm Idai, which has regained its "Intense" moniker. As of 10am Reunion time, the storm packed a sustained wind speeds of 175km/h, with gusts of up to 250km/h. That makes it an equivalent Category 3 hurricane. It's positioned at approximately -19.8 degrees south, 37.1 degrees east, moving west at around 15km/h. The cyclone...

  • From Twitter to Reddit: how and where to follow Tropical Cyclone Idai online

    Intense Tropical Cyclone Idai is now just a few hours away from slamming into the eastern coastline of Mozambique. While we've been covering the storm with daily updates over here, we're not meteorologists, nor are we on the ground in Mozambique. But we know some people who are. Thanks to modern technology and social media, you can track the developing story that is Cyclone Idai through the various sources below. On Twitter We've found two Twitter users who are located in Mozambique tweeting about the conditions, namely Duarte Gouveia and Ben VW. https://twitter.com/duarteg0uveia/status/1106096838808088576 https://twitter.com/vw_ben/status/1106162725145796608 Bloemfontein-based StormReportSA is also publishing videos and images from its "correspondents" living...

  • Cyclone Idai: the latest GIFs, pictures of Mozambique’s impending storm

    Tropical Cyclone Idai is currently posing a massive risk for the population of Mozambique as it slowly swirls its way towards the country's eastern coastline. Read more: What you need to know about Tropical Cyclone Idai, set to strike Mozambique this week At last count by MeteoFrance, the storm has sustained winds of just under 150km/h radiating some 56km from its core. To put this storm's power into perspective, meteorologists and weather enthusiasts have taken to Twitter with animations, stills, and satellite imagery of the storm. These are the latest: #Tropical #Indian_Ocean #18S #Idai ECMWF animation 13/0001UTC data pic.twitter.com/ZXTyx8qafQ— Mike Trigger (@T2mike) March...

  • R Kelly gets emotional and angry in first interview since ‘Surviving R Kelly’

    R Kelly has spoken out for the first time since the documentary Surviving R Kelly aired. In an interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning, the singer claimed that the sexual assault cases laid against him are all based on lies. The interview turned emotional for Kelly, who can be seeing crying and even standing up waving his hands. https://www.instagram.com/p/BupaXcgjHB_/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link "They was describing Lucifer. I'm not Lucifer. I'm a man. I make mistakes, but I'm not a devil, and by no means am I a monster," Kelly reportedly said in reference to the documentary. The full interview is intense and borderline hysterical, with...

  • Kylie Jenner crowned the world’s youngest ‘self-made’ billionaire

    Forbes has officially awarded 21-year-old Kylie Jenner the title of world's youngest self-made billionaire, but the internet is still not having it. In an article breaking down the social-media star's make up brand, Kylie Cosmetics, Forbes outlines how and why Jenner has risen to claim the title. According to the report, Kylie's brand is now worth $900-million, growing rapidly since its launch in 2016. "She owns all of it. Add in the cash Jenner has already pulled from the profitable business, and the 21-year-old is now a billionaire, with an estimated fortune of $1 billion," Forbes explained. The internet however, more specifically Twitter,...

  • #NewlandsCrash: the death of three school girls leaves South Africa heartbroken

    An early moring hit-and-run in Newlands East, Durban on Wednesday has rocked South Africa. The incident reportedly involved a taxi, which jumped a red robot and clattered into four schoolgirls on their way to school. The driver then abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene. Three girls were killed. Another is fighting for her life. https://twitter.com/rescuecare/status/1103170317818699776 On Twitter, #NewlandsCrash dominated morning conversation in South Africa, with journalists from the likes of News24, eNCA and The Mercury covering the event from the ground. And some of the videos from the scene are absolutely heartbreaking. https://twitter.com/DasenThathiah/status/1103195974434988037 https://twitter.com/TeamNews24/status/1103195230294237184 https://twitter.com/DasenThathiah/status/1103202191165267968 South Africans are calling for justice, and questioned the taxi industry's safety...

  • Eskom: ‘high risk’ of load shedding for South Africa on Wednesday

    It's Wednesday, and Eskom still hasn't solved its weekend maintenance issues. The company this morning issued a release suggesting that there is a "high risk" of load shedding for Wednesday. https://twitter.com/Eskom_SA/status/1103163450640027649 "Eskom did not implement rotational load shedding yesterday, but the risk of load shedding remains high for today as the system is still tight and vulnerable," it penned in a release. "We continue to encourage residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly during this period. Please switch off geysers as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand." Yesterday, Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe announced that a "number...

  • EFF goes to Parliament to rename Cape Town’s airport after Winnie Mandela

    Just two months ahead of the 2019 National Elections, the EFF will table a motion in Parliament to change the name of Cape Town International Airport to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela International Airport. In the release posted to Twitter, the party suggests that the renaming will honour the "struggle veteran and fearless fighter for the liberation of the people of South Africa". It also noted that the renaming will ensure that the memory of Winnie Mandela's "gallant war against Apartheid are not deleted". https://twitter.com/EFFSouthAfrica/status/1102798494723727360 Thanks to a slow political news day, the hashtag #ChooseWinnieMandela began trending on Monday morning after EFF big wigs tweeted the...

  • Update: Babes Wodumo has reportedly opened a case against Mampintsha

    According to a report by News24, Babes Wodumo has opened a case of assault against her boyfriend Mampintsha. This comes after a video posted on Instagram went viral, showing Mampintsha slapping the singer several times. Yesterday afternoon, a family member informed concerned fans via twitter, that a public statement would be made by the end of the day. https://twitter.com/BABESWODUMO/status/1102518906768510976 No statement was made, however, another family spokesperson confirmed to News24 that a case had been opened. On Twitter, calls for Mampintsha's arrest continue to trend under the hashtag #LockUpMampintsha. According to multiple reports, a media briefing is expected at 10am. Feature image: Andy...

  • Lion’s Head’s safety comes under fire on social media, SANParks responds

    The darling of Cape Town's skyline Lion's Head recently reopened to the public after a lengthy rehabilitation period. Initially, this six-week rest period beginning November 2018 was to address the mountain's condition and safety infrastructure in place. This period was lengthened after a wildfire swept across the peak in January causing additional damage. But on 1 March, the trail was reopened to the public. "The conservation team have also commenced vegetation rehabilitation in a number of places and the Park requests visitors to assist the team with this process by not stepping off the pathway for any reason," Table Mountain National Park...

  • Eskom: ‘low risk’ of load shedding for Monday evening

    There is a "low risk of rotational load shedding" for Monday 4 March, power utility Eskom announced around midday. In a tweet, the company detailed that it continues to encourage individuals and businesses to use power sparingly. https://twitter.com/Eskom_SA/status/1102496959137488896 "Customers are advised to keep checking their load shedding schedules on the Eskom or municipal website, and plan on the assumption that load shedding will take place," it added. The utility on Friday suggested that there was a "high risk" that load shedding would occur on Friday and through the weekend, but that did not materialise. "Thank you to all South Africans all customers for...

  • Video of Babes Wodumo beaten live on Instagram goes viral on Twitter

    Update: Babes Wodumo has reportedly laid charges against Mampintsha for the incident that was captured live on Instagram. A live Instagram video from South African singer Babes Wodumo sparked outrage on Twitter when it showed her being slapped around by her boyfriend Mampintsha, another local musician. Though the video has since disappeared, it was recorded by many fans who have since shared the footage on YouTube and Twitter. https://twitter.com/Zakhele/status/1102343424106262528 Since the incident, Babes' supporters flooded Twitter with calls for Mampintsha's arrest. https://twitter.com/SizweDhlomo/status/1102454878033592320 https://twitter.com/M_Letsholonyane/status/1102425601774968832 https://twitter.com/unclescrooch/status/1102371184488968195 https://twitter.com/AdvBarryRoux/status/1102427756174950400 https://twitter.com/Mr_SuitUp/status/1102362040809803776 At least six Mampintsha-related hashtags also began trending Monday morning, including #fuckmampintsha, #mampintshaistrash, and #arrestmampintsha. South African musicians also rallied together to call out...