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China outrage over 'panda abuse' video

2017-07-28 19:33

Viral video footage of giant panda cubs being dragged and hurled around by staff at a Chinese breeding centre has sparked online outrage and accusations of cruelty towards the country's favourite animal. WATCH

Instagram posts will soon help sniff out tax fraud in India

2017-07-28 11:00

A photo of your shiny new car on Instagram or the Facebook post about your chic holiday cottage may lead India’s taxman to your door.

Popular, but completely untrue, headlines

2017-07-22 21:53

A round-up of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week.

BOOK REVIEW: The biology behind social media

2017-07-20 06:01

The vast mesh of social media is a structured and responsive biological organism with “memes” instead of genes, says ace book reviewer Ian Mann.

The scourge of social media

2017-07-14 16:16

Propaganda has entered the digital age, with a number of sinister players around the world propagating false information to sway the public’s views on various political issues.

SA start-up used by Gordon Ramsay sees 500% revenue spurt

2017-07-12 14:10

A South African social media start-up which recently powered a campaign for international chef Gordon Ramsey has seen its revenue grow by 500% in the space of a year.

Social media outcry after Airbnb assault

2017-07-11 19:46

Many South Africans have expressed outrage on social media after an Airbnb host assaulted visual artist Sibahle Steve Nkumbi in Amsterdam.

The high cost of likes

2017-07-09 06:24

Social media unintentionally furthers the commodification of young, powerless women, writes Busani Ngcaweni.

Are you addicted to your phone?

2017-07-04 09:01

Many smartphone owners have trouble disconnecting from the internet, obsessively checking and re-checking their devices. As a result, people are opting for digital detoxes in order to reconnect with the real world.

A look at what didn't happen this week

2017-06-23 21:20

Not the news, a look at what didn't happen this week but was widely published on social media.

 

What didn't happen this week

2017-07-28 19:12

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week.

The small T’s and C's of social media

2017-07-23 06:05

On social media, as in life, it is always advisable to fall back on good manners, writes Hugh Melamdowitz.

MiWay denies sending email calling black people 'baboons'

2017-07-20 16:30

A screengrab of an email - allegedly from an employee of MiWay - calling black people “baboons”, and claiming that a decision was taken that 90% of claims lodged by blacks would be rejected, is causing a stir on social media but MiWay says it is fake.

Locals band together to shut down Gupta-linked web platforms

2017-07-17 12:09

The joint effort of South Africans to shut down Gupta-linked websites and social media platforms signals a strong community focus, says internet expert Arthur Goldstuck.

You’ll be shocked at how dismissive people are of mental health

2017-07-13 14:57

We have a long way to go towards accepting mental health problems. Following an article about taking a 'mental health day', many responses have been shockingly negative.

Celebs behaving badly online: What message are we sending to kids?

2017-07-11 22:00

While public interest in bad behaviour is nothing new, social media has created a vast new venue for incivility and experts say it's affecting social interactions in real life.

Frustration over delays in 'cleanse the whites' Equality Court case

2017-07-11 19:19

The Cape Town man who lodged a hate speech complaint against Gauteng government employee Velaphi Khumalo, over a Facebook post calling for South Africa to be cleansed of white people, is frustrated that the case has still not been heard after 18 months.

Apology not accepted, SA tells #BellPottinger

2017-07-07 13:00

South Africans have taken to Twitter to question the sincerity of the apology made by international public relations firm Bell Pottinger. View some of the responses here.

I called Zuma a 'zombie' out of anger - Lotus FM presenter

2017-07-03 14:03

Lotus FM presenter and columnist Ravi Govender has said he called President Jacob Zuma a 'zombie' on his Facebook page out of anger.

#GuptaLeaks: Direct evidence Gupta henchmen prepared fake race-baiting tweets

2017-06-23 07:32

There is direct evidence from the #GuptaLeaks emails of one of the family’s lieutenants composing tweets for broadcast by fabricated Twitter accounts.

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