How Facebook celebrated the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birthday

Facebook celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day, what would also have been the former South African President's 100th birthday, on 18 July 2018, by supporting various initiatives by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. This also included supporting the Nelson Mandela Foundation by Facebook live streaming the Mandela lecture by former USA president,…

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Uganda’s social media tax is causing a ruckus

In a shocking move, Uganda's government has implemented a law requiring mobile users to pay taxes on using social media apps such as Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To voice their frustrations, Ugandans took to Twitter informing the world about the law forcing citizens to pay 200 Ugandan shillings,…

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Nigeria's government launches campaign against fake news

Nigeria's government has launched what it calls a "campaign against fake news." This was announced by Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information, at a press briefing on 11 July 2018. Mohammed further exclaimed that fake news was like a time bomb waiting to explode. “In a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country…

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Facebook for Creators training programme launched in Nigeria

Facebook and Afrinolly will be collaborating on a programme aimed at developing creative skills in Nigeria. Known as Facebook for Creators, the training programme is designed to equip Nigeria's content creators with "the skills to thrive in a digital world." With creative entrepreneurs and journalism students at the heart, the…

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This tax must fall

Ugandans are angry that the government has followed through with its threat to tax them for using social media, which the president, Yoweri Museveni, has on several occasions derided as a good for nothing rumor mill. Now they cannot, literally, puff curls of smoke that look like glistening halo emojis…

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This is why doxxing is so scary

It’s almost a given that you have personal information available online. Beyond social media and online discussion boards, there are public records of property ownership and voter registration, as well as massive databases of financial information assembled by credit-rating agencies. Taken individually, many of these pieces of information are…

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