ARTICLES RELATING TO SOCIAL NETWORKS

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.

Teens speaking out: Who is responsible?

2014-08-15 17:11

As the row over a Jewish school boy’s Facebook post deepens, News24 looks at how far teenagers are responsible for what they say.

Gaza lights SA social media firestorm

2014-08-13 13:40

The situation in Gaza has ignited social media as both pro- and anti-Israeli sentiment finds their voice on internet platforms.

Twitter unveils video ads, eyes increased revenue

2014-08-13 07:44

Twitter has unveiled a new advertising programme that delivers "promoted videos" to the tweet stream of users of the popular messaging platform.

SABJE distances itself from online petition

2014-08-11 19:08

The SA Board of Jewish Education has distanced itself from an online petition calling for the removal of King David Victory Park's deputy head boy for wearing a keffiyeh.

Thank you to my loved ones, tweets Oscar

2014-08-09 07:19
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Murder accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has thanked his "loved ones" on social networking site Twitter after final arguments have been concluded in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

More must be done to counter racism - foundation

2014-08-07 19:26
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The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation says more needed to be done to counter racism, following the publication of two students dresses as domestic workers on social media.

Russia minister 'apology' goes viral online

2014-08-07 07:30

An apology posted on the Facebook page of a Russian deputy economy minister for "stupid" government policies to do with diverting pension money has gone viral online.

Man targeted young girls on BBM, WhatsApp

2014-08-04 17:46

Sentencing of a Rustenburg man who targeted young daughters of divorced mothers on social media to get nude photographs has been postponed in the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court.

Twitter loss widens but user numbers propel shares

2014-07-30 07:20

Twitter has reported that its quarterly loss widened to $145m despite revenue more than doubling, but its shares soared on word of healthy user growth.

Britain's Prince Harry: I hate Twitter

2014-07-23 08:27

Britain's Prince Harry has spoken of his hatred for the micro-blogging website Twitter due to its role in the invasion of his privacy.

British PM reshuffles his cabinet on Twitter

2014-07-16 10:50

British Prime Minister David Cameron has unveiled a major shake-up of his cabinet through his two official Twitter accounts.

 

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.

Facebook helps readers tell truth from fiction

2014-08-19 13:15

Facebook is testing a way to let members know when articles posted to the social network are tongue-in-cheek instead of hand-on-heart.

Cops investigate bogus Nxesi Facebook page

2014-08-18 21:22

Police are investigating the creation of a bogus Facebook page for Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi.

Turkish PM blasts Twitter as 'murderer's knife'

2014-08-15 10:09

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched a blistering new assault on social media, comparing Twitter to a "knife in the hand of a murderer".

5 Facebook messenger app myths busted

2014-08-13 12:05

Facebook's effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Check out the myths versus reality.

Social media firms back Facebook in privacy fight

2014-08-12 07:26

Facebook's fight against New York City prosecutors over search warrants for users' postings and other data is drawing support from other social media companies.

War tweets make Gaza teen a social media star

2014-08-11 13:03

As bombs explode in Gaza, Palestinian teenager Farah Baker grabs her smartphone to tap out tweets that capture the drama of the tumult and fear around her.

Facebook buys cyber security start-up

2014-08-08 11:11

Facebook has announced it was buying California-based cyber security start-up PrivateCore, in a move to boost defences of its vast server network.

UK watchdog proposes rules for social media ads

2014-08-07 08:28

Companies are failing to include risk warnings in financial promotions sent to millions of customers on social media like Twitter, Britain's markets watchdog has said.

LinkedIn to cough up $6m over wage violations

2014-08-05 12:46

LinkedIn has agreed to pay nearly $6m in back wages and damages to 359 current and former employees after a US investigation found it had failed to pay them properly.

Movie studio red-faced after 9/11 Ninja Turtles movie tweet

2014-07-30 12:32

Paramount Pictures film studio has apologised for a poster for its upcoming movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, showing the four characters jumping down from an exploding skyscraper underscored with an 11 September release date.

ANC distances itself from 'kill Jews' tweet

2014-07-29 10:35
79 comments

The ANC has distanced itself from a Twitter account apparently representing the ANC Youth League, which called for the killing of Jews.

Israel detains WhatsApp leakers

2014-07-23 21:07

The Israeli military has detained several soldiers and a civilian on suspicion of leaking Gaza casualty figures over social media.

Jewish Board lodges complaint against 'Hilter' post

2014-07-16 16:04
162 comments

The SA Jewish Board of Deputies has lodged a complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission over a Facebook post justifying the Holocaust.

British PM reshuffles his cabinet on Twitter

2014-07-15 22:15

Getting the latest news on a UK government reshuffle once meant waiting outside the prime minister's Downing Street office, but David Cameron unveiled the reshuffle on Twitter.

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