ARTICLES RELATING TO SOCIAL NETWORKS

Social media 'bots' distorting global politics - study

2017-06-21 12:00

A wave of "computational propaganda", largely driven by Russia, is impacting politics around the world by spreading misinformation designed to manipulate public opinion, researchers say.

Twins' kidnapping, rape nightmare after social media ad goes sour

2017-06-13 17:54

A man and his twin sister in Free State thought they had found an opportunity of a lifetime on social media, but instead endured a horrific ordeal.

Durban clearing company sues over 'defamatory' Facebook posts

2017-06-12 16:21

A Durban cleaning and clearing company claims, accused on social media of illegal dumping in a nature reserve, is now suing two Facebook sites and two individuals.

Police, Western Cape government rubbish rumours of 'arsonists' being arrested for Plett fires

2017-06-09 19:05

The Western Cape government and police have rubbished social media rumours about "arsonists" being identified and arrested for the fires in Plettenberg Bay.

Paramedic suspended for 'discriminatory remarks' over #KnysnaFires

2017-06-09 16:34

A paramedic has been suspended after allegedly posting "discriminatory remarks linked to the tragic weather conditions", Netcare911 says.

G7 demands internet giants crack down on extremist content

2017-05-26 22:30

The G7 nations have demanded action from internet providers and social media firms against extremist content online, vowing to step up their fight against terrorism after the Manchester attack.

Twitter defends Shabangu's 'Karabo was weak' claims

2017-05-24 13:32

Some Twitter users have defended claims by Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu that abuse and murder victim Karabo Mokoena was "weak".

WATCH: Pastor calls 'Papa God' on cellphone during prayer service

2017-05-22 18:59

A video of a Zimbabwean pastor claiming to be on the phone with God during a prayer service has gone viral.

Melania Trump skips headscarf as she arrives in Saudi Arabia

2017-05-20 14:04

Melania Trump's decision not to wear a headscarf upon arrival in the Middle East is drawing attention on social media.

Facebook gearing up to fight political propaganda

2017-04-29 08:32

Facebook is acknowledging that governments and other malicious non-state actors are using its social network to shift public sentiment.

 

Twitter eyes SA growth with Lite app

2017-06-20 14:17

Twitter is eyeing its Lite application to grow in South Africa to mitigate the cost of data.

Zille apologises for 'insensitive actions'

2017-06-13 13:43

Former DA leader Helen Zille has apologised to South Africans for her tweets justifying some aspects of colonialism.

Pakistan: Death penalty for blasphemy on Facebook

2017-06-12 11:08

A Pakistani court has sentenced to death a man who allegedly committed blasphemy on Facebook, a prosecutor says, in a first such case that involves social media.

Thai man jailed for 35 years for 'defaming' royals on Facebook

2017-06-09 16:51

A Thai man was jailed for 35 years for Facebook posts deemed insulting to the royal family, a watchdog said.

Trump defends tweeting as valuable tool

2017-06-08 05:16

President Donald Trump is defending his tweeting habit despite complaints from some Republicans that the president's practice can be a distraction.

Fake news poses threat to mainstream media - minister

2017-05-24 19:54

While the jury is still out on what exactly constitutes "fake news", the peddling of untruths is not a new phenomenon in South Africa, and the fourth estate needs to work harder than ever to prove its credibility, Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says.

South Africans express shock, sadness, following Manchester bombing

2017-05-23 14:00

South Africans have expressed shock and sadness following the killing of 22 people in a suicide bombing in Manchester, UK.

Twitter leader laments social media role in Trump's election

2017-05-21 15:29

A co-founder of Twitter says he's sorry if the popular social media platform helped put Donald Trump in the White House, as the president has suggested.

Gigaba's former mistress takes on his wife in social media storm

2017-05-09 17:49

A storm has erupted on social media with a woman claiming to be Buhle Mkhize taking on Norma Gigaba, wife of Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba after her TV interviews.

Trump's tweets cooling - and the impact is fading a bit

2017-04-29 07:32

President Trump's tweets are the 140-character bursts that helped define the first 100 days of his presidency. But they seem to be losing some of their impact as his tone has cooled.

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