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  • DStv launches VOOV’s ‘world first’ live streaming social channel

    A new channel heading to DStv aims to meld social media, live-streaming and traditional television. Dubbed #VOOVTV, the channel will let users to send self-made content to stream on the channel. This process will be powered by the video streaming platform VOOV, launched in June 2017. The channel will also be available across all DStv bouquets, extending its reach as a novel marketing platform for the streaming platform. Motivation behind VOOV's move stems from the "youth segment who are looking for the next wave of social media to express themselves and interact with each other". "DStv customers can interact with the featured VJs...

  • Somaliland, Zimbabwe crack down on social media

    Somaliland, the self-declared republic in northwestern Somalia, and Zimbabwe have cracked down on social media in the face of current and upcoming elections. Somaliland will be restricting access to various social media platforms in an effort to protect voters from "fake news" surrounding the election held Monday, 13 November. The electoral commission asked telecommunications companies to block the likes of Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Viber, Flickr, Instagram, LinkedIn, Duo, and Google Plus. The companies agreed to the request. NEC declared Social media will be shutting down on the voting day, until the result comes out for fake news avoiding #somaliland. News link https://t.co/JtQJeAd0iR pic.twitter.com/o41CMADFDc —...

  • ‘Heroic’ outgoing Twitter employee deletes Trump’s account

    On their last day at the company, a Twitter employee removed US President Donald Trump's infamous account from the platform. Twitter first blamed "human error" as the cause; it later clarified the removal was purposeful. Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day. We are conducting a full internal review. https://t.co/mlarOgiaRF — Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017 The account was down for 11 minutes before it was restored with all of its tweets, but that didn't stop others on the platform from declaring the unnamed employee the "Greatest...

  • #Matric2017: SA wishes students well on Twitter

    Can you remember the nerves you felt when walking into that exam venue to write your final paper? Twitter does, and has subsequently bestowed messages of luck to South Africa's Matrics beginning their final exams today. #Matric2017 began trending early Monday on the social network, as users across the country joined together to talk about something that isn't direly depressing for a change. Politicians, Twitterati and universities lead the conversation as ANC MEC Lindiwe Sisulu wished the students "all the best" while calling them the "future of this nation". Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Athol Trollip reiterated that the students' "hard work...

  • Donald Trump claims he wouldn’t be president without social media

    In a world devoid of Twitter and other social media platforms, would Donald Trump be the president of the United States? Probably not, and that's coming from the man himself. Speaking in an interview on Sunday with Fox Business Network, the US President explained that without social media, he may not have won the presidency. "Tweeting is like a typewriter -- when I put it out, you put it immediately on your show," he told the interviewer. "I doubt I would be here if weren’t for social media, to be honest with you (sic)." Trump claimed that social media allows him to bypass...

  • Social accounts to follow during Cape Town’s wildfire season [Digital All Stars]

    Cape Town's fire season is off to an early start this year. On Wednesday 11 October, a blaze broke out on the 12 Apostles mountain range between Camps Bay and Llandudno on the city's Atlantic Seaboard. A few days later, another fire was reported on Signal Hill. That same day, a veld fire broke out along the N2. The second week of October was not a good one for firefighters. Said firefighters from a number of different organisations were called to battle the flames. And notably, social media once again became one of the mediums used to disseminate information to citizens through...

  • #Elphinstone: Mumbai railway stampede kills 22, Twitter users question govt

    At least 22 people have died after a rush hour stampede at Mumbai's Elphinstone Road train station. The incident occurred as commuters traversed a foot bridge in heavy rains during the city's morning commute. More than 50 people were injured in the fracas. #Elphinstone became Twitter's top trending hashtag soon after the incident, as Indians took to social media to issue condolences to those affected, blame authorities for the incident, and share their struggles of travelling using the city's metro network. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi lead the sympathies. My deepest condolences to all those who have lost their lives due to...

  • Playboy Hugh Hefner dies at 91, social media remembers his life

    Hugh Hefner, the founder of the Playboy empire, has died at the age of 91. According to reports, the American passed away "peacefully" in Los Angeles of natural causes. Playboy's Twitter account broke the news around 6.30am SAST, and called Hefner an "American icon". American Icon and Playboy Founder, Hugh M. Hefner passed away today. He was 91. #RIPHef pic.twitter.com/tCLa2iNXa4 — Playboy (@Playboy) September 28, 2017 Notably, Hefner's final tweets aimed to help raise funds for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma, which swept through the Caribbean islands and Floridian peninsula earlier this month. "My thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricanes Harvey &...

  • Is Tinder a completely different app for men and women?

    I've never had Tinder, but it was always something that fascinated me, and whenever I met someone who used it I found myself asking a barrage of questions. From the beginning, I picked up on the discrepancy between my straight dude friends who hated the experience and the straight girls who loved it. I was around when two women created their accounts -- within weeks, both had got exactly what they wanted out of the app. From casual dates to long-term boyfriends, it seemed the app was teeming with men for any kind of woman. For straight men? Not so much. My...

  • Irma, Harvey and Google: analysing the hurricanes’ search impact

    Tropical weather is seemingly all social media users in the western hemisphere can talk about this week. With three named storms currently swirling in various regions of the Atlantic Ocean, it's unsurprising really. But how are the various regions and countries reacting to these storms in terms of search and online activity? To satisfy our curiosity, we hit up Google Trends, the company's extensive digest of how its users search for information online. We compared search requests between "Harvey", "Irma", "Tropical Storm Jose" and "Tropical Storm Katia" in a number of countries over a period of 30 days, a week and...

  • Violent viral videos spark social media storm around Kempton Park school

    Another school in South Africa has this week gone viral on social media for all the wrong reasons. Norkem Park High School, located in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, is at the centre of online furore following a number of violent videos posted to Facebook. Said videos depict a number of the school's students facing off in physical confrontations. An accompanying image also shows one person seemingly bearing a firearm. "This is what it has been happening at Norkem Park High since yesterday until today. Student fights which lead to some of them calling their friend/families to come with Guns to school to help...

  • Instagram wants you to reply to friends’ photos with their own photos

    Instagram is about to give its 700-million users another way to annoy one another through visual replies. According to a blog post, the Facebook-owned social network is tweaking its direct messaging system, allowing users to now "reply with a photo or video to specific photos, videos, and reshared posts". Previously, direct messaging on Instagram was a simple text-and-GIF based affair. The company has allowed users to reply to Instagram Stories using visual media since July 2017, but Instagram hopes the update to direct messaging will encourage more "visual communication" between friends. But here's the kicker. Instagram: you can now reply with a photo or...

  • Reddit’s video upload feature is now ready for primetime

    Some Reddit users will no longer have to rely on third-party services to upload videos to the platform. The social link aggregator and self-proclaimed "front page of the internet" announced that users on a select number of subreddits can now upload videos to the site directly. The feature has been in beta for a while, but will now be rolled out to a larger audience on mobile and desktop. "This launch is a giant step forward in our efforts to bring rich content to Reddit, following last year's release of native image hosting and our introduction of native video ads earlier this year,"...

  • Here’s how ‘kidnapped’ model Chloe Ayling was saved by Instagram

    British model Chloe Ayling has said Instagram saved her when she was allegedly abducted and held for ransom in Italy. The 20-year-old claims that she was lured to a fake set, but when she arrived in Milan, two men grabbed and drugged her before shoving her into a suitcase. She awoke handcuffed and was told by masked men that she was to be sold on the dark web to the highest bidder. "When the buyer gets tired of the girl he can give them to others or if she’s not longer of interest she’s ‘tiger meat’," one of them told Ayling. Her...

  • #IfTwitterDidntExist: the internet imagines the 140-character apocalypse

    What would you possibly do if Twitter didn't exist? That's one of the most important questions being asked by the internet right now. Founded in 2006 by now-CEO Jack Dorsey, Twitter hasn't had the smoothest existence compared to its contemporaries. It was a breakthrough social network in many ways. While Facebook was toying with personal pages and Google possessed no tangible clue of what a social network is supposed to be, Twitter was the preppy kid with a brief but always sassy opinion. And users' opinion has always been at the fore of Twitter's social mechanics. While things looked up for Twitter prior to...