Facebook is the main reason why fake news is here to stay

The bitter truth buried in recent headlines about how the political consulting company – Cambridge Analytica – used social media and messaging, primarily Facebook and WhatsApp, to try to sway voters in presidential elections in the US and Kenya is simply this: Facebook is the reason why fake news is here to…

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Facebook's letter to South Africa's Information Regulator

Information Regulator (South Africa) 316 Thabo Sehume Street Pretoria For the attention of: Adv. P Tlakula 18 April 2018 Dear Adv. P Tlakula RE: Reported misuse of Facebook user data by Cambridge Analytica I am writing on behalf of Facebook Ireland Limited (“Facebook Ireland”). Representatives of Facebook South Africa passed…

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Facebook vows to fight class action lawsuit

Facebook is set to face a class action lawsuit with regards to its facial recognition technology. This comes after US District Judge, James Donato, ruled to certify a class of Facebook users in Illinois (USA) had the right to take on the social media platform as it allegedly collected their…

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Social media users in Uganda to be taxed starting July 2018

A few months never go by without authorities in Uganda coming up with something bombastic to declare, the latest is a social media tax. The social media tax is expected to be implemented in July 2018 according to Uganda's government. In making the announcement, Uganda's government said that the soon…

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No electronic voting for Nigeria's 2019 elections

Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairperson of Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has stated that there will be no electronic voting in the western Afrikan country's upcoming 2019 general elections. Professor Yakubu said this at the three-day International Conference of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) in West and Southern African countries in…

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