ARTICLES RELATING TO SOCIAL NETWORKS

Facebook rides mobile to strong profit

2015-01-30 12:21

Facebook has reported that its quarterly profit jumped 33.8% from 2014 to $696m as ad revenue and membership grew at the leading social network.

Expert: War against ISIS spreads to Twitter

2015-01-29 05:00

The fight against Islamic State jihadists is taking place online as well on the battlefield, with 18 000 Twitter accounts linked to the group suspended in recent months.

Taylor Swift shakes off hacking on social media

2015-01-28 08:22

Taylor Swift has mocked a hacker who took over her social media accounts and threatened to release nude pictures, with the pop star saying none existed.

We weren't hacked, says Facebook

2015-01-27 11:38

The social network has denied that it was hacked after being briefly inaccessible on Tuesday morning.

Facebook and Instagram hit by downtime

2015-01-27 08:57

Facebook and Instagram was briefly down across the globe on Tuesday, with many expressing their shock on social networks.

France: Social media must help stop violence promotion

2015-01-23 06:31

France has appealed for an international legal framework that would make social network providers share responsibility for the use of their platforms to spread messages promoting violence.

Facebook clamps down on hoaxes

2015-01-21 17:00

Facebook has said it has taken steps to clamp down on "hoaxes" and fake news stories that can spread like wildfire on its 1.35-billion member online social network.

ANC over-reacting to La Grange tweet - FF Plus

2015-01-19 16:40
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The ANC has over-reacted to former president Nelson Mandela's assistant Zelda La Grange's comments on Twitter, the FF Plus says.

Vietnam PM gives up on Facebook ban

2015-01-16 16:00

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has conceded it is impossible for the communist country to ban social media.

Facebook testing workplace version

2015-01-15 11:18

Facebook is testing a version of its leading social network tailored for getting jobs done in workplaces.

Facebook does U-turn on atheist group ban

2015-01-12 10:02

Facebook has reinstated a popular group on the social network after fans erupted when it was banned.

Twitter sees limited blackout

2014-12-29 07:51

Twitter has experienced a partial outage, the nature of which was not immediately clear, the company has said.

Facebook doesn't love 'dislike' button idea

2014-12-13 11:42

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg wants people to quickly express broader ranges of feelings on the online social network, but a "dislike" button doesn't make the cut.

Zille, Chester battle it out in twar

2014-12-10 17:00
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DA leader Helen Zille and puppet "Chester Missing" have battled it out on a social networking site after her suggestion that he campaigned against racists to boost his career.

Joburg City Power red-faced over tweet

2014-12-09 13:41

Johannesburg's City Power has moved to do damage control after a tweet exposed a social media backlash.

Mxit undergoing job cuts

2014-12-01 14:46

Social network Mxit started offering voluntary severance packages to its staff on Friday in a move aimed at “streamlining” the company’s business, says a spokesperson.

Twitter reinstates David Bullard's account

2014-11-19 12:03

Controversial columnist David Bullard is back on Twitter, after his account was suspended - apparently because his profile picture was deemed pornographic.

Puppeteer to challenge gagging order

2014-11-10 15:42

Comedian and ventriloquist Conrad Koch has confirmed he will oppose Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr's interim protection order against him.

Musical tweets coming to Twitter

2014-11-05 08:36

Twitter is making it easier for users to hear songs. Mobile devices can now play a song or an embedded audio sequence inside a tweet with a single tap.

Parly: Mbete social media accounts fake

2014-11-03 20:33

Social media accounts in National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete's name are not legitimate, Parliament has said.

LinkedIn fired up as hiring drives profit

2014-10-31 12:10

Corporate networking site LinkedIn has reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue as more businesses used its services to hire staff.

UK charity launches suicidal tweet scanner

2014-10-29 11:12

A British suicide prevention charity has launched a Twitter-scanning app designed to tip people off when their friends post potentially worrying messages.

Twitter hit by loss, despite user, revenue growth

2014-10-28 09:08

Twitter has reported a quarterly loss as revenue more than doubled and the number of monthly users climbed.

 

Minister's Facebook post unrelated to Soweto unrest - dept

2015-01-29 20:58
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Comments made by Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on social media in no way influenced the recent attacks on foreign shop owners in Soweto, the department says.

YouTube overloaded, staff can't filter content

2015-01-28 21:16

Google has said that YouTube is so inundated that staff cannot filter all terror related content, complicating the struggle to halt the publication of terrorist videos.

Facebook unveils 'lite' app in SA

2015-01-27 07:47

Facebook has said it is testing a lightweight version of its mobile app for mobile phones with poor-quality internet connections in emerging markets like SA.

Twitter 'mobilises' smartphone shoppers

2015-01-22 11:40

Retailers can use Twitter to communicate promotions directly to their customers, but they should also bear in mind that users of the social network are mobile.

Charges dropped against two Gupta accused

2015-01-20 14:16
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All charges against Lieutenant Colonel Stephan van Zyl and Lieutenant Colonel Christine Anderson have been withdrawn, the SA National Defence Union says.

Zelda la Grange attacked on Twitter for remarks

2015-01-17 15:24
361 comments

Zelda la Grange has been at the centre of a race argument on Twitter after she made remarks about President Jacob Zuma making whites feel unwelcome in the country.

Pope sparks social media frenzy

2015-01-16 07:39

Millions of Filipinos are planning to endure crushing crowds, security threats and stormy weather to get close to Pope Francis.

Facebook 'likes' reveal your true personality

2015-01-13 11:00

A computer program that analyses your Facebook 'likes' may be a better judge of your personality than your closest friends and family, research suggests.

Facebook shifts to video as demand soars

2015-01-08 11:38

Facebook may yet prove to be the biggest threat to Google's YouTube as an increasing number of people on the social network watch video.

Facebook 'year in review' feature painful for some

2014-12-31 22:25

Facebook wanted to delight its users by compiling each member's "year in review" - but inadvertently revived painful memories for some who suffered tragic events in 2014.

India questions man for pro-Islamic State tweets

2014-12-13 14:30

Police in southern India said on Saturday that they have arrested a man who has admitted to running a popular pro-Islamic State group Twitter account.

SA's most popular Twitter topics revealed

2014-12-11 11:00

Sport related tweets topped South Africa's Twitter topics for 2014 with the Soccer World Cup and the Springbok rugby performances taking centre stage.

Facebook boosts search on mobile, desktop

2014-12-10 10:29

Facebook is rolling out upgraded search capabilities for mobile and desktop users who want to find favourite posts from their friends on the huge social network.

Another fake Mbete Twitter account - Parly

2014-12-02 17:46

Another fake Twitter account in National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete's name has been created, Parliament says.

Prince pulls vanishing act on social media

2014-11-26 12:59

Prince, whose distaste for the music industry's conventions is well known, has abruptly disappeared from social media after tentative efforts to promote his two new albums.

Producer of fake Syrian hero boy video apologises

2014-11-16 18:26

The producer of a viral video showing a Syrian boy rescuing a girl under gunfire has apologised after the revelation it was fake drew fierce criticism.

Facebook: Government info requests spike

2014-11-05 12:45

Facebook has said requests by governments for user information rose by about a quarter in the first half of 2014.

GCHQ: Facebook, Twitter networks of choice for terrorists

2014-11-04 16:35

Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are the "command-and-control networks of choice" for the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, the head of GCHQ says.

SA men, women equal in Facebook use

2014-11-03 14:37

There is significant gender equality in South Africans' use of Facebook, a report on social media has found.

Facebook shares dive as Zuckerberg eyes future

2014-10-30 14:25

Facebook has reported its quarterly profit nearly doubled but saw its stock pounded after outlining a plan to invest heavily in the future instead of revelling in short-term riches.

Hofmeyr faces Twitter backlash after apartheid post

2014-10-28 12:42
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A tweet posted by singer Steve Hofmeyr on Twitter that black people were the architects of apartheid has caused a stir on social media.

Facebook launches Rooms for chats

2014-10-24 08:27

Facebook has released its new app Rooms, which allow users to enter chat rooms using pseudonyms.

Let's keep Reeva's voice alive - cousin

2014-10-16 09:46

Reeva Steenkamp's cousin thanked people for their support on Twitter ahead of her second day testifying in aggregation of Oscar Pistorius's sentencing procedures.

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