ARTICLES RELATING TO SOCIAL NETWORKS

Laws against online hate speech inadequate, Parliament hears

2016-08-31 14:30

More needs to be done in terms of the law to get social media companies to assist police in identifying perpetrators of online hate speech, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies has told Parliament.

Margharet van Wyk’s privacy was invaded – law expert

2016-08-26 15:18

The privacy of North West hockey mother Margharet van Wyk has been violated after a picture of her genitals was posted on social media, says a law expert.

US varsity responds to criticism over #StopWhitePeople2K16

2016-08-25 21:24

A public university in New York says the #StopWhitePeople2K16 used as the title of a recent training session had been chosen for its irony and the session - about diversity - isn't anti-white.

Twitter axes 235 000 more accounts in terror crackdown

2016-08-18 20:58

Twitter says it has cut off 235 000 more accounts for violating its policies regarding promotion of terrorism at the global one-to-many messaging service.

Mugabe ministers in Twitter war

2016-08-11 16:23

Social media network Twitter has turned into a battleground between President Robert Mugabe’s cabinet ministers over the just-ended Heroes’ Day and Defence Forces’ Day celebrations, a report says.

Zim says Beitbridge shutdown won't happen

2016-08-07 19:00

Police in Zimbabwe will be "out in full force" to stop an attempted shutdown of the country's main border with South Africa, Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo has been quoted as saying.

Black Lives Matter condemns arrest of man filming police

2016-07-29 18:41

Black Lives Matter activists in New York are protesting the arrest of an anti-violence advocate who was taken into custody while making a video of two officers frisking a handcuffed motorist.

Penny Sparrow back in court

2016-07-20 15:48

Controversial KwaZulu-Natal realtor Penny Sparrow has appeared at the Scottsburgh Magistrates Court in Umzinto on charges of crimen injuria, the NPA says.

Pakistani Christian charged with blasphemy over WhatsApp poem

2016-07-12 06:18

A Pakistani Christian has been charged with blasphemy after his Muslim friend alleged he had sent a poem on WhatsApp that insulted Islam, police say.

Ethiopia blocks social media ahead of exams

2016-07-10 21:13

Ethiopia has blocked social media sites for the next few days, after questions from end-of-year exams were posted online last month, sparking a national scandal and leading to their annulment.

 

Egypt TV host shuns Twitter after pro-president poll fiasco

2016-08-26 17:20

An Egyptian TV host and staunch supporter of the country's army-chief-turned-president has shut down his Twitter account after his improvised poll in favour of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi backfired.

Kohler Barnard's Facebook post 'hate speech' - court papers

2016-08-26 07:02

The ANC has taken DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard to the Equality Court, saying a Facebook post she shared praising apartheid leader PW Botha constituted hate speech.

Cincinnati Zoo cans Twitter account amid Harambe histrionics

2016-08-23 17:15

The Twitter account of an Ohio zoo targeted by online critics and trolls over the shooting of a gorilla, has been taken down.

Mbeki Foundation: Ex-president alive, in Ethiopia for talks

2016-08-14 21:55

The Thabo Mbeki Foundation says it is still being inundated with queries regarding the health of the former president.

'Coalitions' dominate SA social media chatter - study

2016-08-11 14:23

Talk of coalitions has social networks abuzz shortly after the local government elections, according to an online media monitoring company.

Facebook giving the hook to 'clickbait' headlines

2016-08-04 22:33

Facebook has begun updating its News Feed formula to cut down on "clickbait" headlines that promise much more than they deliver.

Mom livestreams daughter's beating

2016-07-26 21:22

Police in Georgia have turned the case of a mother who took over her daughter's Facebook page and streamed a live video of herself beating the teen, over to child welfare authorities.

Facebook appeal helps find baby lost in Nice attack

2016-07-15 14:23

An eight-month-old baby boy lost in the chaos after a truck rammed into a crowd in the French Riviera city of Nice killing at least 84 people has been tracked down through Facebook.

Israeli group sues Facebook over Palestinian violence

2016-07-11 15:21

Israeli rights group suing Facebook, says the social network provides militants with platform for spreading incitement

ISIS Twitter traffic drops amid US efforts

2016-07-09 22:45

The Obama administration says the Islamic State group's Twitter traffic has fallen 45% in the past two years.

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