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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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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Your tweets could be used as evidence against you

As we increasingly use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp to communicate with each other, many of us are unaware of the ways in which our posts might later resurface – and get us into trouble with the law. There are numerous examples of social media being…

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Social media tax is now active in Uganda

Uganda's much-debated social media (OTT) tax has officially gone live. From 1 July 2018, Ugandans were required to pay the tax if they wanted to access services such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and many others. The social media tax was initially proposed in April 2018 in an announcement in which…

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Disrupting terrorist social media activity

In June 2017, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft announced the formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). The aim of this industry-led initiative is to disrupt the terrorist exploitation of its services. Recently, GIFCT members hailed the achievements of its first year of operations. But, while this…

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Egypt to impose a tax on advertisers on Facebook, Google, and others

Egypt’s parliament is evaluating an option to tax people and organizations that advertize on platforms like Facebook and Google. This, according to some of Egypt’s parliamentarians, will help the country "protect the Egyptian advertising market." Egypt is about to reach a strategy allowing the government to implement advertisement…

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