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  • Twitter explodes as same-sex marriage legalised in Australia

    Following a postal survey earlier this year that showed that 61.6% of voters approved of same-sex marriage, the Australian parliament has passed a bill legalising the unions, and Twitter is beside itself with joy. As the proceedings unfolded in parliament #MarriageEquality began trending in top spot worldwide. It's a YES! Simply and fairly, #MarriageEquality is now law! Today our country can be truly proud. We did it together! 🎉pic.twitter.com/lGZgUgSmyL — AU Marriage Equality (@AMEquality) December 7, 2017 Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 has passed the House of Representatives and has passed the Parliament. Just a few tears and so very proud to...

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: South Africa loves itself a Royal Wedding

    Kensington Palace today announced the engagement of Prince Harry and Suits actress Meghan Markle -- and even South Africans have joined in on the excitement. The couple, who have been dating for 16 months, will wed in spring -- which will be early 2018 in the UK. Since news of the announcement, Meghan Markle has been trending top spot nationwide. So my mother and I are over the moon that @meghanmarkle is engaged #ourfavsuitactress💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼 — Carmy (@carmenpillay) November 27, 2017 South Africans on Twitter seemed mostly excited about the prospect of another royal wedding -- and likely the last for a while, considering Prince William's eldest son is...

  • Miss South Africa crowned Miss Universe, SA split

    Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe Sunday night, beating out runners-up from Colombia and Jamaica. The 22-year-old from the Western Cape is only the second South African to win the title, following Margaret Gardiner's win in 1978. Despite the victory, Nel-Peters wasn't too popular with South Africans on Twitter -- namely for the July debacle in which photos emerged of her wearing gloves when posing with black children but not white. The very same Miss SA we are congratulating.. wasn't she the one treating Black and White kids differently? White kids with bare hands and Black kids with gloves for hygiene purposes?#MissUniverse2017#MissSouthAfrica#MissUniversepic.twitter.com/BqB7tCBAxM —...

  • Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 13 years in jail, SA responds

    Judge Willie Seriti announced today that a unanimous judgment by the Supreme Court of Appeal will see Oscar Pistorius' six year jail sentence replaced with 13 years and 5 months. The moment Judge Seriti hands down the #OscarPistorius judgment. Courtesy #DStv403pic.twitter.com/01LO7CKmJa — eNCA (@eNCA) November 24, 2017 The judgment overturned that of Judge Thokozile Masipa, who failed to put forward substantial reasons for her initial lenient sentencing, Prosecutor Andrea Johnson told the court this month. Pistorius was found guilty of murder when he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. The case sent the nation reeling, and the ensuing trials, convictions, and sentences left many South Africans angry...

  • #MugabeResigns sends Twitter into celebratory meltdown

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who ruled the country for 37 years, resigned Tuesday evening after a week-long pressure from the military -- and the web is rejoicing. On Twitter, #MugabeResigns was trending in top spot in South Africa hours after the leader tendered his resignation. Trends for Zimbabwe aren't made available by the platform, but it's safe to assume the hashtag was exploding locally as well. What a time to be alive!!! 🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼 The People are the Power!!#MugabeResigns — Boity Thulo (@Boity) November 21, 2017 While some expressed disappointment at the 93-year-old's departure, they were drowned out by the celebration of the majority. They still flockin into this...

  • Twitter’s flawed notion of news and public interest could kill us all [Opinion]

    In September this year, North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho claimed that the US had declared war on the country because of something US President Donald Trump had tweeted. "If echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!" Trump wrote. Twitter users were outraged, declaring the tweet in clear violation of the platform's rule against threatening violence. North Korea interpreted it in the same way. Twitter's response? That the tweet was newsworthy and in the public interest, and therefore deserved to stay up. Now, two months later, Twitter is doubling down on this position by elaborating on...

  • South Africa responds to Charles Manson’s death on Twitter

    Charles Manson, one of the US's most notorious murderers in living memory, died of natural causes on Sunday at the age of 83 -- and the responses to his death prove the cult leader's global impact. By 11.21am Monday, Manson was trending number one worldwide, and even worked his way into South Africa's trends behind #IdolsSA and "Mugabe", among others. Manson orchestrated the infamous murders of heavily pregnant Sharon Tate and four others in an attempt to thwart what he claimed to be an impending race war. Many refused to wish him a peaceful rest. Charles Manson at the gates of hell. pic.twitter.com/y0cuDnPMYJ — Daniella Naomi🥀 (@Danideutsch) November 20,...

  • Twitter updates verification process after verifying Nazi

    Twitter landed itself in hot water last week after verifying a known US white supremacist -- and now it's trying (again) to allay criticisms of its complicity in the rise of global nationalism. Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance. We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon — Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 9, 2017 Twitter's first response was that it didn't realise verification status was being used as an...

  • 150k Russian Twitter accounts targeted Brexit referendum

    More than 150 000 Twitter accounts -- previously only tweeting about the conflict in Ukraine -- turned their focus to Brexit in the days leading up to the June 2016 vote, data scientists from Swansea University and the University of California, Berkeley have revealed. The researchers looked at accounts that tweeted in English, but had their language set to Russian. These accounts, which posted 1000 tweets a day before the vote, amped their activity up to 45 000 in the last two days, and 39 000 on the day of the election. It is unclear whether these accounts were pushing for...

  • Here’s what Twitter’s saying about the #FeesCommission report

    The long-awaited Fees Commission Report has finally be released -- albeit over 30-minutes later than advertised -- and Twitter has responded in earnest. After waiting years for the ANC government to take a firm stance on the possibility of free tertiary education, users not only crashed the official website, but also pushed #FeesCommission to top trending nationwide. The first issue on the table? The official document's (found here) 752 pages -- though a few have already offered sub-280 character summaries. Can the law students kindly read and then give us a summary. I practically got a headache just looking at so many words....

  • Twitter responds to Louis CK’s alleged sexual misconduct

    Louis CK joined the likes of sexual misconduct accused Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey Wednesday when multiple women stepped forward to tell The New York Times their disturbing stories about the comedian. Comedic duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov said that in 2002 Louis CK invited them over to an after-show hang out in his hotel room. As soon as they arrived, the man asked if he could take out his penis. He allegedly undressed and started masturbating. A year later, another comedian Abby Schachner says that while on a phone call with Louis CK, she could hear him masturbating in the background. Six years later, she...

  • This Chrome extension reverts Twitter’s character count changes

    Some people are really, really against Twitter's 280 character tweets. The list includes one Iggy Azalea, the Chrissy Teigen and a Steven King. But if you also really miss living in 2006, there's a Chrome extension that might help. "Whipped up in one night" by Slate's dev team, the aptly named 140 is a snarky, buggy solution to clipping Twitter's wings down to a more manageable and familiar length. "Install our new Chrome extension, 140, and keep the horrifying world of 280-character Twitter at bay for a bit longer," reads the extension's description. "If you’re visiting Twitter in Chrome, 140 will cut everyone’s...

  • It’s official: Twitter’s 280 character tweets are rolling out worldwide

    Christmas has come early for talkative tweeters. Starting this week, Twitter will roll out its 280 character tweet limit to all 330-million of its users. The trusty 140 character limit -- which has been in effect since Twitter's launch back in 2006 -- will now become a thing of the past for users not tweeting in Japanese, Korean or Chinese. The company decided to make the change official after a limited trial period in September. During said trial, a select number of users experienced double the number of characters available to use in a tweet. Granted, some didn't quite take it as...

  • Here’s which Twitter rules changed on 3 November

    Twitter took a note out of Dua Lipa's book this month, presenting us all with a list of new rules. The catch? The company didn't count them -- so just looking at the new list of rules won't provide any hints to what actually changed. Fear not: Having pored over the old rules (found here) and the new ones (here), these are the most noticeable changes to The Twitter Rules. Actions for rule breakers The company now starts its rules by clarifying how it intends to deal with those who violate them. Twitter's new rules contain changes around the use of graphic content, wishing...

  • Watch: Trump demonstrates the most efficient way of feeding koi

    It's not often that a wordless tweet goes viral, but when it involves Donald Trump, Japanese President Shinzo Abe and a koi pond, anything is seemingly possible. The tweet, or more importantly the picture within said tweet, depicted the US President at a koi feeding ceremony during his current visit to Japan. Sources suggest that he lost patience with delicately spooning the food into the pond below, and instead, dumped the remainder haphazardly into the pool below. pic.twitter.com/6u28ZYAJd9 — Alex Pfeiffer (@PfeifferDC) November 6, 2017 US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Abe both look puzzled, while a woman standing ahead of Tillerson tries...