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  • How Cyril Ramaphosa’s Twitter account rose with his political status

    On 15 December 2017, then-Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa had 19 600 Twitter followers. Two months later, and bearing the shiny new title of ANC President and South African President, that number increased to 106 000. It's a remarkable rise for Ramaphosa as a politician and as a social media personality. And for South Africans, it's a breath of fresh air to have a President with a social media presence. While Jacob Zuma did have a personal Twitter account (@SAPresident has since been deleted from the social network) he last posted an update in 2013. Ramaphosa's account came into being on January 2015....

  • ANC recalls Zuma: here’s how global news outlets reported it

    The ANC has finally taken the decision to recall President Jacob Zuma, following weeks of talks between the National Executive Committee, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and Zuma. Of course, it remains to be seen whether the president will resign, as he is not constitutionally required to accede to the party's demands. It suggests that a motion of no-confidence will be tabled if Zuma refuses to go. The press conference was also noteworthy as it was chaired by secretary general Ace Magashule and deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, being two of Zuma's more notable supporters within the party. Here's how international publications reported on the news...

  • Twitter celebrates #YearOfTheDog with a shiba inu emoji

    As one of the integral parts of some of our favourite internet GIFs and a member of the Chinese Zodiac, its only fitting that the dog gets its own Twitter emoji to celebrate the Chinese New Year, and the Year of the Dog. If you're just waking up, don't worry, you hadn't just missed 1 January. And although the Chinese New Year doesn't coincide with the Gregorian calendar's idea of New Year, it is nonetheless special to the most populous nation on Earth, and a slew of others across the world. As a result, Twitter has seen it fit to craft...

  • Twitter posts a profit for the first time, users remain at 330m

    Don't look now, but Twitter just made money. In its 12 year existence the microblogging social network had yet to record a green revenue figure, but this all changed drastically in the company's latest financial report. Its Q4 2017 highlights suggests that it made a profit of US$91-million, this coming after a loss of US$167-million in the same quarter last year. The gains stem from "strong engagement growth, improved revenue features, improved ROI, and better sales execution," it told investors in a report. But that's fluff really. Cost-cutting was the main driver of profit here. Expenses for "General and administrative, research and development,...

  • This is what happens when you call the Gwara Gwara the stanky leg

    Rihanna lit up the Grammy stage last night with her performance of "Wild Thoughts" with DJ Khaled, but it was her final dance move, the local Gwara Gwara, that really tickled South African senses. So when US-based publication Vulture.com called the move the stanky leg, it was met with an appropriate level of ire. Do the stanky leg. pic.twitter.com/nDPJFmY1zb — Vulture (@vulture) January 29, 2018 While the stanky leg adopts a similar stance, it is not the Gwara Gwara. The former sees the dancer move their leg in a circular motion and then alternate to the opposite leg. The local Gwara Gwara is a more...

  • Zille responds to DA criticism, states colonialism isn’t all bad

    I regret to inform you that Helen Zille is back on her bullshit. Last year, the Western Cape Premier ignited outrage when she defended colonialism on Twitter. And now, a year and one empty apology later, she's rehashed the argument in defense against DA criticism. Does Helen Zille care more about defending herself than her frustrated constituents? In March 2017, after attending an event in Singapore, Zille commented on what she believed were positive effects of colonialism. "For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water etc. (sic)," she wrote on Twitter. For those claiming...

  • Fenty Beauty will give this guy free makeup for 1 million RTs

    We've seen how a stupid tweet about chicken nuggets can break the arbitrary most retweeted tweet ever record, but what about something more wholesome? About a guy who really just wants to (seemingly) make his girlfriend happy? Enter @Zackitoooo. While Carter Wilkerson was challenged by Wendy's to receive some 18-million likes for free chicken nuggets for a year, @Zackitoooo challenged cosmetics brand Fenty Beauty with something a bit similar. Fenty Beauty is the brainchild of Barbadian singer-songwriter Rihanna, who founded it in late 2017. "How many retweets would I need to get to get free makeup for my girlfriend," he asked. "1 million (and...

  • What are world leaders liking on Twitter?

    Twitter likes can be dangerous for prominent figures -- just ask Texas Senator Ted Cruz, whose account found notoriety after liking a porn video last year. But they can also offer some interesting insights into what leaders (or rather their social media managers) find important to acknowledge and endorse. Not only do likes hint at what content world leaders are consuming on social media, but they give direct access to the content they deem noteworthy, and that's a pretty neat feature for civilians. World leaders' Twitter likes give a rare glimpse into the content they consume and deem noteworthy Perhaps Twitter's most notorious user,...

  • Twitter: Posting private info is what will get Trump, world leaders in trouble

    Earlier this week, Twitter published a brief statement detailing why world leaders are held in special regard on the social network. "Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation," it wrote. "Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation because of their outsized impact on our society. "Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate. It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions." The tweet in question? North Korean Leader Kim Jong...

  • #ANC54 is a reminder that Twitter is still crawling with Guptabots

    When Twitter was outed for housing hundreds of thousands of propagandist Russian bots during the 2016 US election, it vowed to do better. The company became committed to "transparency", donated the ad revenue the propaganda pulled in, and made a bunch of promises as to how they would avoid this manipulation in the future. As Twitter was making promises, though, South Africa was discovering the extent of its own misinformation campaigns. Twitter has promised the US more "transparency", but has kept mum on SA's Guptabots In November 2016, The Daily Maverick first identified 100 Twitter accounts that all touted similar messages with "white monopoly capital" as...

  • Bullied Keaton Jones went viral, then Twitter learned of his racist family

    A young boy named Keaton Jones went viral yesterday after a video of him discussing being bullied gained the attention of A-list celebrities -- but the boy's family instantly dropped in esteem when photos of them holding the Confederate flag were revealed. This is Keaton Jones, he lives in Knoxville and he has a little something to say about bullying.pic.twitter.com/coyQxFp33V — Everything TN (@Everything_TN) December 9, 2017 In the original viral video, Keaton asks what the point of bullying is. When his mom prompts him to explain what the bullies do to him, Keaton says they make fun of his nose, call him ugly, and...

  • JK Rowling criticised for supporting Johnny Depp

    Following over a year of criticism for casting Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series, JK Rowling has come out with a vague and passive statement claiming the move to be "the right thing". In the statement, Rowling writes that she and director David Yates "naturally considered the possibility of recasting" when news broke of his abuse against ex-wife Amber Heard. Depp was accused by then-wife Amber Heard of physical and verbal abuse in 2016, and Heard's team has provided various evidence to her claims in the form of photos and text messages. The former couple released...

  • 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 —...