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  • Twitter adds 230+ new emoji for your enjoyment

    Twitter's 300-million strong user base can look forward to a treat today. The social network's UX designer Bryan Haggarty announced this week that users can look forward to seeing and using a slew of new emoji on the social network. 69 new Emoji 5.0 icons are now usable on Twitter for those who have supported platforms, and if you include the variations of these emoji, the number rises to 239. 🆕 đŸ€© We've just added all the new emojis to https://t.co/LOTAlBvtUR and updated our Twemoji open source repo đŸ„Ą https://t.co/lD0IvE7ifj — Bryan Haggerty đŸ€© (@bhaggs) May 23, 2017 If you use Twitter's website regularly,...

  • Snapchat introduces group sharing feature for Stories

    Social sharing platform Snapchat has today debuted a nifty group sharing mechanic to its Stories feature. "Today we’re announcing a new way to create custom Stories – about anything, with any of your friends, even for a specific location! It's perfect for a trip, a birthday party, or a new baby story just for the family," it writes on its blog. Heading to a gig with friends? Going to the big game on the weekend with chums? Or heading to your local canyon for some paddling with your besties? Snapchat now lets users create custom Stories to capture the moment with...

  • Facebook doesn’t want you to know its censorship policies

    Facebook still won't tell the world what its censorship policies are, despite receiving a slew of criticism from experts and users alike for its ambiguity. While the controversy of what Facebook allows on its site has been around its entire existence, the criticism turned to uproar last year when the platform censored an iconic picture from the Vietnam war. It subsequently defended its decision, declaring it in line with its policy on nudity. Eventually, Facebook acknowledged that graphic images for the service of public interest are important enough to remain on the platform. This amended policy came into play last month, when videos of dying...

  • 11 SA gaming YouTubers to keep an eye on [Digital All Stars]

    Digital All Stars is a series of articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs, business people, advertisers, and media professionals among others. Gaming is massive business on YouTube. Don't believe me? Well, take a look at the most popular YouTuber in the world, PewDiePie. Take a look at the rest of the top 50 most subscribed channels, and you've got gaming personalities like VanossGaming and Jacksepticeye. What about South Africa though? Well, we've got our fair share of gaming YouTubers finding a...

  • Facebook deletes journalist’s account after exposĂ© of corruption

    Pulitzer-winning Malta journalist, Matthew Caruana Galizia, has had his Facebook account suspended after posting allegations of corruption against Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his associates. Caruana Galizia took to Facebook on 7 May after accepting that print journalism was not reaching the youth of Malta. In a series of four posts, coupled with the hashtags #FattiKorrotti and #CorruptionFacts, he alleged that the Prime Minister and his wife were receiving payments from an offshore shell company. The posts were a hit, and were shared more than 1000 times (Malta's population sits around 431 333). But just three days later, Muscat threatened to sue for libel, and...

  • Facebook to compete with Twitch as it signs deal with ESL

    Facebook has landed a major deal with the Electronic Sports League (ESL) which will see 5 500 hours of events and original content added to the platform, The Wall Street Journal reports. A report by Digiday earlier this year suggested that Facebook was looking to secure deals with major pro sports leagues, but it seems the company is sticking to digital for now. The deal with ESL comes after the company secured deals with five esport teams (including G2 Esports, Echo Fox, and Team Dignitas) who will broadcast their practices and competitions exclusively to the site. Facebook has been making the move towards producing original content for a...

  • Twitter knows an awful lot about you, it reveals in new privacy policy

    Tweet often? If so, there's a fat chance that Twitter knows an awful lot about you, your interests and even your lofty aspirations. This revelation comes after the company announced an upcoming revision to its privacy policy, which allows it to siphon more data about you from the web, and gives users more agency in their privacy options. If you're a mobile app user, you would've seen a pop up notifying you about this change. Heading to Twitter's blog though, the company outlined a more granular point-form summary of the changes heading to the platform in the coming weeks. In case you didn't...

  • Facebook didn’t cause Palestinian uprising, court rules

    A US court has dismissed a lawsuit set to implicate Facebook in a Palestinian uprising in 2015. Dubbed the "Facebook Intifada," the spate of violence saw ostensibly apolitical Palestinian men attack and kill a number of Israelis in outrage over Israeli occupation. Much like the Arab Spring, the men were largely assembled and incited via social media -- in this case, Twitter and Facebook. The lawsuit's plaintiffs consist of 20 000 Israeli individuals who claim they are in direct threat of Palestinian terrorists who continue to use Facebook as a tool for communication. They also consist of victims and surviving family members...

  • Facebook moves to end clickbait… and what it’s done will shock you

    Okay, so it's actually pretty standard. Facebook announced yesterday that it would be targeting individual posts that withhold "crucial details or mislead people." Last year, the platform was updated to jointly manage clickbait headlines, but the company is moving now to a more specific approach. "One of our News Feed values is authentic communication, so we’ve been working to understand what people find authentic and what people do not," a press release reads. Anyone who has used Facebook (basically everyone minus hipsters and your grandparents) knows that authenticity is not exactly what the current news feed offers. Aside from the lies of happy lives, feeds...

  • 5 cool Facebook Messenger chatbots for tech news

    Chatbots saw a massive resurgence last year, as Google, Microsoft and Facebook all jumped on the bandwagon. Facebook has been actively encouraging chatbot development with its Messenger platform, recently making it easier for users to find relevant bots. A few tech publications have taken to adopting bots on Messenger too, but which ones are worth using? We've got a few picks for you. Digg One of the original social news websites, Digg pretty much lost its place to reddit several years ago. But the website has re-emerged in recent times, delivering some pretty interesting content in the process. The Digg chatbot is pretty...

  • Instagram copies Snapchat again, internet doesn’t let it go quietly

    Snapcha... sorry, I mean Instagram today announced a brand new feature coming to its Stories feature -- face filters. "Today, we’re introducing face filters in the camera, an easy way to turn an ordinary selfie into something fun and entertaining," the company announced on its blog. Users posting pics or videos of themselves to Instagram Stories can now adorn themselves with furry koala ears, nerd glasses, ice-queen crowns and other things deemed to be "dope af". Today, we’re introducing face filters, an easy way to turn an ordinary selfie into something fun and entertaining. Whether you’re sitting on the couch at home...

  • Feeling chilly, South Africa? Snow reported at Afriski, Tiffindell & Sani Pass

    Update #3, 15 May, 12pm: Snow continued to fall across South Africa's Drakensberg and Lesotho's Maloti mountains. Have a good weekend? Bet it wasn't as 'cool' as @drakensbergcanopytour's though: they had their first snow of 2017! đŸŒšâ˜ƒïžđŸŒš A post shared by Canopy Tour South Africa (@canopytoursa) on May 15, 2017 at 2:35am PDT First snow of 2017 #drakensberg #snow #2017 #winter #winterton #snowhunting #nature A post shared by Kirst (@kirst_tsrik) on May 14, 2017 at 11:53am PDT Descent into Rockeries pass. #mnwenimarathon #trailrunning #drakensberg #lovesouthafrica A post shared by Matthew Smith (@matthewshawsmith) on May 14, 2017 at 8:10am PDT Snow in the Drakensberg! This pic was...

  • #BowWowChallenge: you just can’t fool the internet, even if you’re Bow Wow

    Social media challenges are seemingly a genre of memes unto their own, but throw hip-hop artist Bow Wow into the mix, and you have yourself a viral fad. Posting a flashy Instagram snap to his timeline this week, the rapper whose real name is Shad Moss, seemingly lined up a charter flight on a jet, fit with Maybach in tow for a trip to New York. "Travel day. NYC press run for Growing Up Hip Hop. Lets gooo. I promise to bring yall the hottest show EVER," he writes on the post. But that was all just an illusion of reality. Travel day....

  • Michael Bay-like motorcycle explosion from China caught on tape, goes viral

    Usually its Russia that's on the receiving end of bad driving memes and videos, but last Saturday it was a Chinese motorcyclist who made all the wrong headlines. In Nanchang, China, a motorcyclist collided with a truck attempting to turn into a three-lane road. The bike, caught between the truck's cockpit and dump tray, then exploded, setting the motorcyclist on fire. It all looked a lot like a set-piece in a Michael Bay movie. A motorcyclist in China escaped with his life, and a few more Instagram views, after his fiery crash went viral Remarkably, the motorcyclist didn't sustain any "life-threatening injuries" after...

  • Sorry Cape Town, the Kruger National Park is SA’s most Instagrammed destination

    Here's a turn up for the books. If you were expecting Cape Town's Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront or Johannesburg's Sandton City to be the most Instagrammed place in the land, you've got it all wrong. According to Dutch travel company TravelBird, the Kruger National Park takes the honour of South Africa's most Instagram-famous destination. In fact, the country's largest national park is the only South African venue to feature in the world's top 400, ranking at number 49 in TravelBird's survey, and beating the likes of Boston's Fenway Park, Stonehenge and Mount Rushmore. As for the most Instagrammed place on the planet,...