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  • Facebook to use AI, ML to stop the spread of revenge porn on its platform

    Facebook will be implementing new detection technology to help curb the spread of revenge porn, it announced on Friday. "To protect victims, it’s long been our policy to remove non-consensual intimate images (sometimes referred to as revenge porn) when they’re reported to us," the company said on its blog. The new detection methods will use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to reach this new level of security. "This means we can find this content before anyone reports it, which is important for two reasons: often victims are afraid of retribution so they are reluctant to report the content...

  • Influx of new music is all Twitter’s talking about on Friday

    Not only did Solange, Hozier and 2 Chainz release their latest albums on Friday, but The Jonas Brothers made a come back with a brand new single as well. The influx of music has sent fans into overdrive. https://twitter.com/ceceliaysj/status/1101352233730482176 https://twitter.com/emanizaire/status/1101364181280931840 https://twitter.com/cyber_velvet/status/1101362916765458432 Solange's When I get Home had people feeling soulful. https://twitter.com/willyonce99/status/1101355575009558528 https://twitter.com/Exotically777/status/1101359068919283712 https://twitter.com/hyunniana/status/1101358638013300736 Wasteland, Baby! gave Hozier fans all kinds of feelings. https://twitter.com/aknifeandacane/status/1101364653374885888 https://twitter.com/goalietandem/status/1101354798811627520 https://twitter.com/althepaI/status/1101360972898295808 https://twitter.com/kathinko/status/1101359473820459009 The Jonas Brothers reawakened their fans with 'Sucker', a song about their wives with a music video starring their wives. https://twitter.com/wqstcoast/status/1101355078227619840 https://twitter.com/_mandyybearr/status/1101357727031283713 https://twitter.com/innocent_niall/status/1101360113753997312 https://twitter.com/bloodlinebucky/status/1101356507554332672 Seems like Fridays are great for dropping new music. Feature image: screenshot, Deezer

  • #JusticeForThoriso: South Africa outraged by Thoriso Themane murder

    On Saturday, Polokwane man Thoriso Themane was allegedly attacked and beaten to death by five high school learners. Two videos of the attack has been spotted on social media, but have since been removed. According to multiple reports, Themane was attacked after he allegedly stole a cellphone from the boys, who are in their mid-teens. While there is no confirmation of the theft, a teenager in one of the videos was overheard calling himself "untouchable" because his father is a former policeman. The news sparked outrage among South Africans on Twitter, who sparked the hashtags #Thoriso and #JusticeForThoriso as more information about...

  • Try not to drool too much over these National Milk Tart Day posts

    Today is National Milk Tart Day and South Africans have taken to social media to share pictures, recipes and love for the famous local dessert. Here are our favourite, craving-inducing, posts. https://twitter.com/KwaggaBoucher/status/968481755253628928 https://www.instagram.com/p/BuYLatIhs6G/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link https://twitter.com/Hungryforhalaal/status/1100651847856148480 https://www.instagram.com/p/BuYUrcwhewB/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link https://twitter.com/janvr1652/status/836178437626867713 https://twitter.com/BeerCountrySA/status/836216630094987264 https://twitter.com/ZAFoodMusketeer/status/968550906596913152 There's even an entire Instagram account called Nasionale Melktertdag, dedicated to celebrating the day. https://www.instagram.com/p/BuYSKn6hWNe/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Are you craving a slice as bad as we are yet? Feature image: Canva

  • WhatsApp’s getting an ‘advanced search’ feature

    According to a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is currently working on a new advanced search feature. The feature will give users the ability to make more refined searches in their chats. This means that you will be able to search through your chats more acutely to find pictures, GIFs, audio files, documents and more. Currently users can only search for text within messages. The feature is still being developed, but will be available for both iOS and Android. Feature image: Andy Walker/Memeburn

  • Meme-worthy, eye-raising, tear-jerking highlights from the 2019 Oscars

    The 91st Academy Awards, or the 2019 Oscars, took place this weekend in a hostless buzz of meme-worthy, eye-raising and tear-jerking moments. *SPOILERS INCOMING* With Lady Gaga winning Original Song for A Star is Born, Green Book taking Best Picture and Bohemian Rhapsody winning in four categories, the night trended on Twitter for hours after the show ended. One of the most intense moments came in the form of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gage performing their on-screen duet Shallow. https://twitter.com/Chocmilksheikh1/status/1099931276944068608 People just couldn't keep themselves together. https://twitter.com/lizmcgillz/status/1099868751392993282 https://twitter.com/marvelofthronxs/status/1099867159893749760 The internet went into a bigger frenzy when Jennifer Hudson reacted to Lady Gaga's acceptance speech for the song. "I've worked...

  • Rethinking the relevance of Big Data in the age of social media

    In the customer service environment, businesses have access to a wealth of operational and systems data in the contact centre. With the correct measurement and optimisation (dashboards and reporting; staff scheduling; training; processes; workflows; systems etc.) all this data can be used to improve efficiency, productivity, cost savings, and enhanced CX. However, while it takes skill and knowledge to identify and remedy some of the day-to-day challenges in this environment, the quantitative nature of most of this data means that outcomes are easy to measure and the results can be clearly shown as objective. When it comes to analysing and understanding...

  • Here’s what will happen to your Google+ profile before April 2019

    Last year Google revealed that it would be shutting down the consumer version of Google+ due the platform's waning popularity. In a statement on Thursday, it detailed what will happen to current users' profiles, and how best to adjust to the death of its social network. Google will officially shut down Google+ on 2 April 2019, when all user activity, profiles, and uploads will be removed. While users can still back up their content until then, by 4 February, the company will disable the creation of profiles, communities, and pages. This will also affect sign in buttons on some sites, and comments...

  • Security bug brings Google+’s death forward by four months

    Google+, the company's social network, will be killed off sooner than initially planned, after a security-threatening bug reared its ugly head last month. “We’ve recently determined that some users were impacted by a software update introduced in November that contained a bug affecting a Google+ API,” the company confirmed in an announcement. “No third party compromised our systems, and we have no evidence that the app developers that inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused it in any way,” it claimed. Due to this issue, the social network for consumers will be shuttered in April 2019,...

  • The brief timeline of Kevin Hart’s 2019 Oscars Twitter fiasco

    Comedian and actor Kevin Hart was supposed to host the 2019 Oscars, but on Friday he stepped down from the role after a slew of old homophobic tweets resurfaced. A number of tweets posted some ten years ago were shared by Guardian US journalist Benjamin Lee, and other users on the social network. Many of the tweets screenshot in the post were deleted on Thursday. I wonder when Kevin Hart is gonna start deleting all his old tweets 🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/ZbYG6SI3Xm — Benjamin Lee (@benfraserlee) 5 December 2018 Buzzfeed reporter Adam B. Vary too trawled Hart's Twitter account more thoroughly on Wednesday -- when...

  • Twitter thought Johnny Clegg died after tribute went viral

    Legendary musician Johnny Clegg was trending on Twitter on Thursday afternoon after a tribute version of his song The Crossing was released on YouTube. His son Jesse Clegg, Andre Fenter, Jack Parow, Jimmy Nevis, Karen Zoid and a host of other South African musicians feature on the track. According to Zoid's YouTube channel, "a group of well-known musicians came together to celebrate the life and work of Clegg and recorded a special version of his song". Though the message was merely a celebration of the man and the launch of his new charity fund, South Africans were quick to assume that Clegg...

  • Facebook now lets you share, collaborate gift ideas and other content collections

    Facebook has launched a new feature that allows you to share your saved collection (of gift ideas) with your friends just in time for the holidays. “To help you send gift ideas more easily, we’re introducing the ability for people to share a collection of content saved on Facebook with specific friends and family,” the social network revealed on its website. Collections allow you to group saved Facebook content such as videos, photos, products and even recipes. “For example, if you create a collection of products – a holiday wish list of sorts – you can share it with a group of...

  • Instagram Stories’ Close Friends lists are now live

    You can now share you Instagram Stories with a specific list of friends and followers. “Starting today, you can make a Close Friends list on Stories and share with just the people you’ve added,” Instagram revealed on its blog. This means that you can now further choose who will see your Story updates, specifically more personal ones. “Sometimes what you want to share isn’t for everyone,” Instagram notes. “With Close Friends, you have the flexibility to share more personal moments with a smaller group that you choose.” You can add contacts to this new list by going to the Close Friends tab in...

  • WhatsApp will soon let you listen to voice notes back to back

    Delving into the worlds of WhatsApp updates, WABetaInfo revealed that the app's latest beta has a new voice messaging feature. Beta version 2.18.362 includes “consecutive voice messages”, allowing users to listen to voice notes continuously if they have received more than one back to back. “When you start to play the first one, WhatsApp will automatically play all other consecutive voice messages as a sequence, so it won’t be necessary to press play on each message,” WABetaInfo explains. The website also provided a video example of the playback, noting that not all users will be able to see this feature in beta...

  • Facebook to bring more local news to users with ‘Today In’

    Facebook has announced that it will start rolling out its local news feature to more countries around the world. Called Today In, the feature will aggregate local news and alerts for people depending on where in the world they are, allowing them to see more relevant and immediate news. Currently, the feature is available in the US and parts of its surrounding areas whilst also being tested in Australian communities too. “In addition, we have started testing Today In in communities located in news deserts, places that have low supply of local news and community information, by supplementing with relevant content from...