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  • #IdolsSA winner Paxton Fielies also wins Cape Town’s, Twitter’s heart

    17-year-old Paxton Fielies on Sunday won the 13th season of popular South African talent competition Idols at Carnival City, Johannesburg. Competing against fellow hopeful, 25-year-old Mthokozisi Ndaba, the duo received over 30-million votes in the final week. But with the majority, Fielies becomes the youngest ever winner of the competition. "I worked very hard to be where I am," Fielies said, reported TimesLIVE. "I celebrated every performance knowing how hard I worked. I did receive criticism sometimes but I didn't let it get me down." After a record-breaking, 30 MIILLION votes in the last week alone, your WINNER for #IdolsSA Season 13 is...

  • 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...

  • Uncovering the science behind the internet’s best viral video trends

    How often do you think about the sheer coincidence of your existence? The fact that that you were the sperm that reached the egg, that you were born to your specific family in that country in this time period? Your life is a mixture of very specific moments in history coming together to create right now. Ready to take that concept and make it less deep? The same is true for viral videos. And while we can't explain all of the random events that led to their existence, we can explain (or give educated guesses on) some of the science. So here's what...

  • Viral video: Johannesburg Metro police officer attacked in Hillbrow

    A video of a group of people attacking a Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) officer has gone viral on both Twitter and Facebook. The video of the incident, which was captured in Hillbrow on Sunday, depicts members of a Johannesburg church congregation pushing, disarming and beating a JMPD officer. The cause of the incident was reportedly the towing of an illegally parked car. Quoted by News24, JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said that the officer at the centre of the incident was left "beaten" and "unconscious" and was later "rushed to Milpark Hospital". The two-minute-long video, initially uploaded to Facebook by Yusuf Abramjee, received more...

  • 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...

  • #TexasShooting: Latest US mass shooting reignites debate online

    A shooting in a rural Texas church Sunday left 26 dead, and reignited debates around gun control in the US. Among the dead were several children, including the pastor's 14-year-old daughter. A woman in her eighth month of pregnancy was also killed. According to The New York Times, the gunman has been revealed as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, who had served in the US Air Force before being dishonorably discharged after assaulting his wife and child. Kelley was later found dead in his vehicle. Officials are as yet unsure of how he died. This shooting comes a little over a month after the US's worst mass...

  • ‘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...

  • #PanayiotouTrial: SA awaits justice for Jayde Panayiotou

    Update 4.40pm: Christopher Panayiotou has been found guilty of murder. His accomplice Sinethemba Nemembe was found guilty of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Zolani Sibeko was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. They will be sentenced on 17 November. Original article: It's been quite the week for South African men accused of killing or conspiring to kill their family, and the nation is ready for justice to finally be served in at least one case. As Henri van Breda -- accused of murdering three family members with an axe and severely injuring his younger sister -- testifies as the defence's final witness in his own case, Christopher...

  • 23 of Twitter’s top Halloween costumes 2017

    Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of clout. "To Twitter!" spooky users shout. So grisly ghouls in their costumes close on in to share your doom. And though you fight to stay alive, your body starts to shiver. For no mere mortal can resist the evil fame on Twitter. (AKA: These are some of the costumes that got the most likes and retweets on Twitter this year. These numbers are as of 9.35am, 1 November.) 23. Eazy-E, @36O4Arin (34 500+) EAZY MF E pic.twitter.com/CylNkGozTC — BURLY BOY ARIN (@36O4Arin) October 30, 2017 This little kid is dressed as the rapper...

  • Twitter hits 330m MAUs in Q3 2017, sees booming ad engagement

    It's that time of year when the big tech companies announce their third quarter (Q3) financial results, and Twitter just happens to be on that very long list. The social network hasn't been enjoying a positive 2017 thus far, but its latest results suggests a mini turnaround of sorts is currently in progress. Twitter grew its monthly active userbase by 4% year-on-year (compared to Q3 2016), and now hosts 330-million monthly users. That's a four-million user increase from the previous quarter, which the company also made a point of correcting. "Reported average MAU reflects an adjustment for approximately 1-2 million users per...