ARTICLES RELATING TO SOCIAL NETWORKS

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.

Zuckerberg presses Indonesia leader on web access

2014-10-13 14:47

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has pressed Indonesia's incoming leader to improve internet access in the sprawling archipelago.

Yahoo to invest in Snapchat

2014-10-06 13:17

Yahoo is planning to invest into the photo messaging application Snapchat, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Snap! Hajj selfies gain popularity

2014-10-05 18:19

Raising his arm, Yousef Ali hugs his elderly father in front of one of Islam's holiest sites as they grin for a selfie - a craze that has hit this year's hajj.

Facebook tightens reins on research after scandal

2014-10-03 07:45

Facebook has tightened the reins on its research methods in the wake of an outcry by members who felt manipulated by a secret study into how posts affect moods.

Facebook apologises to drag queens for name policy

2014-10-02 08:46

Facebook is apologising to drag queens and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names.

SA has love affair with video on social networks

2014-09-18 13:24

Rich media on social networks is driving internet traffic in South Africa as data and device costs decline.

Twitter users shocked by Judge Masipa's Oscar judgment

2014-09-11 20:19
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Many people were shocked when the judge in the Oscar Pistorius trial said the Paralympian can't be found guilty of murder, and many took to social networking sites to voice their disappointment.

Kiwis crash network over nude celebrities

2014-09-07 13:35

New Zealanders keen to view hacked photos of naked celebrities are being blamed for a nationwide Internet meltdown.

Facebook rolls out 'privacy check-up'

2014-09-05 13:34

Facebook has begun rolling out its "privacy check-up" aimed at helping users of the social network better manage sharing their information and postings.

Minister becomes victim of Facebook ID theft

2014-09-02 16:40

Another minister - the third in the space of two months - has been the victim of stolen identity after a Facebook profile purporting to be his, was created.

Twitter to set up shop in social-media-mad Indonesia

2014-08-29 11:42

Twitter plans to open an office in Indonesia as it seeks to boost revenues in the social-media-addicted nation.

Social media users shy away from opinions

2014-08-27 07:29

People on Facebook and Twitter say they are less likely to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline.

Worried US parents keep kids off Facebook

2014-08-25 14:07

Some US parents with privacy and safety concerns have begun avoiding posting content of their children on Facebook.

Facebook awards 'Internet Defence Prize'

2014-08-21 09:01

Facebook has awarded an Internet Defence Prize to a pair of researchers with a seemingly viable approach to detecting vulnerabilities in web applications.

 

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.

Facebook takes on Google over advertising

2014-10-15 12:02

For years, Google has been the undisputed leader in online advertising, but Facebook is gaining quickly in the fast-evolving market.

Twitter takes on US over data disclosure

2014-10-08 10:01

Twitter has sued the US government, claiming its free speech rights are being violated by restrictions on its ability to disclose numbers of secret orders to hand over user data.

Facebook steps up battle on 'fake likes'

2014-10-06 07:51

Facebook said it has stepped up its battle against spammers who promise to deliver "likes" to its members, and warned users on using such scams.

Twitter launches 'tweet understanding' programme

2014-10-03 09:10

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Twitter are teaming up on a $10m project to better understand social networks.

Facebook changes real-name policy

2014-10-02 14:46

Facebook said it would change its policy requiring users to go by their real names on the social network.

UK Twitter troll jailed for 18 weeks

2014-09-29 19:59

A British man has been jailed for 18 weeks for a campaign of rape threats and other abuse on Twitter against a female lawmaker.

Leonardo DiCaprio joins Instagram! Check out his first posts here!

2014-09-25 11:28

Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has joined Instagram and kick-started his account with two pictures from the United Nations General Assembly on climate in New York City.

Mixed reaction to Parly's #knowyourspeaker campaign

2014-09-17 18:13

Parliament has started a "know your speaker" campaign on Twitter, following the opposition parties' defeat in a vote of no confidence in Speaker Baleka Mbete.

South African Twitter trend heats up social media with raunchy tweets!

2014-09-17 10:56

A hashtag, #saporntitles, has Twitter users tapping into the creative juices for hilarious porn movie titles. (This article contains strong language of a sexual nature.)

Facebook hits 100 million mark in Africa

2014-09-08 14:35

One hundred million people or 10% of Africans are logging on to Facebook every month.

Petition to stop SA playwright's 'racist' exhibition in UK

2014-09-06 15:57

A petition is circulating in a bid to stop South African playwright Brett Bailey's exhibition about colonial oppression, that features living people, from going to London, a report says.

Uproar over Twitter tampering talk

2014-09-05 08:42

Twitter users have erupted with worry after word spread that the globally popular messaging service might try to tame its raw stream of real-time posts.

Ice Bucket cools on Twitter

2014-09-02 12:34

The Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS has generated great excitement on social media, but interest has rapidly evaporated.

Facebook to host Cape Town hackathon

2014-08-28 14:50

Facebook will host its first ever hackathon in Africa with a Cape Town event, the global social network announced.

Stop interfering, tweets Madonsela

2014-08-26 20:03
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Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has taken to twitter and told politicians to stop interfering with her work.

Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

2014-08-21 13:31

The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theatre of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.

Twitter racing to block images of Foley killing

2014-08-20 15:05

Twitter is trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants.

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