Silicon Valley eyes Africa as new tech frontier

2018-07-15 17:54

With its colourful hammocks and table tennis table, a new tech hub in the Lagos metropolis wouldn't look out of place among the start-ups on the other side of the world in Silicon Valley.

Death by 'fake news': social media-fuelled lynchings shock India

2018-07-14 10:10

The smartphone footage shows the two blood-soaked men pleading for their lives. Moments later they were dead, two more victims of lynchings sparked by rumours spread on Facebook and WhatsApp in India.

Facebook will soon let you virtually try on the makeup in their ads

2018-07-11 13:01

Soon you’ll be able to “try on” make up and accessories like you’re in a digital dressing room.

Facebook tells EU it faces tough time regaining users’ trust

2018-07-03 12:17

Facebook faces a tough time regaining the trust of users whose confidence was shaken by the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Land hearings demonstrate our intolerance

2018-07-02 08:24

Political leaders have also failed to rise to the occasion and create a viable environment where communities get to air their different views about the issue, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Facebook, Google 'manipulate' users to share data despite EU law - study

2018-06-27 07:25

Facebook and Google are pushing users to share private information by offering "invasive" and limited default options despite new EU data protection laws, according to a study.

Instagram estimated to be worth over $100bn

2018-06-26 05:30

The photo-sharing platform is estimated to be worth more than $100bn, if it were a stand-alone company, marking a 100-fold return for the app purchased in 2012 by Facebook.

Social media is making us mean and intolerant. Why I've never been on it

2018-06-20 09:11

Even the most hardened journalist or commentator will struggle with a level of self-censorship when they write after reading hateful comments about them, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Here's a way around Facebook and Google's marketing dominance

2018-06-14 22:30

A small tag that costs less than 10 cents could put a dent in the marketing machines of Alphabet’s Google and Facebook.

Facebook's data-sharing with Chinese firms roils key MP's

2018-06-07 12:15

Facebook is coming under fire from top US lawmakers after the company revealed it had data-sharing partnerships with four Chinese consumer-device makers.


Fake news: algorithms in the dock

2018-07-14 13:17

At the heart of the spread of fake news are the algorithms used by search engines, websites and social media which are often accused of pushing false or manipulated information.

Parents can inherit dead daughter's Facebook account - German court

2018-07-12 19:49

Germany's top court ruled Thursday that Facebook should grant a grieving mother access to her dead daughter's account, in a landmark judgement for how social network data is treated after its owners pass away.

Britain to fine Facebook over data breach

2018-07-11 07:30

Britain's data regulator has said it will fine Facebook for failing to protect users' data, in an inquiry into whether personal information had been misused by campaigns on both sides of Britain's 2016 EU referendum.

Velaphi Khumalo tells court his Facebook post about whites not hate speech

2018-07-02 21:08

The Equality Court has heard that comments made by the man, who allegedly called for whites to be "subjected to what Hitler did to the Jews", constituted a grave form of hate speech and amounted to incitement to genocide on the grounds of race.

Twitter will show who pays for ads and how much they spend

2018-06-29 20:11

Anyone will be able to search for a Twitter account and see all the ads it has run in the past seven days.

Twitter ramps up fight against abuse and malicious bots

2018-06-27 05:15

For the first time, Twitter is going to require confirmation of an email address or phone number to sign up for an account.

Instagram adds TV feature after reaching 1 billion users

2018-06-20 22:30

Facebook’s photo-sharing app Instagram has reached 1 billion monthly active users. And to spur future growth, it has announced a new feature: Instagram television.

Five massive data breaches affecting South Africans

2018-06-19 07:37

The Information Regulator is clearly concerned about the increasing number of cyber attacks affecting personal data in South Africa. Fin24 looks at some of the biggest data breaches in recent years.

Facebook bug switched millions of privacy settings to 'public'

2018-06-08 07:47

Facebook had a software bug for 10 days in May that set the audience for people’s posts to public even if they had intended to share them just with friends, or a smaller audience.

Apple ups privacy controls in growing spat with Facebook

2018-06-06 05:00

Apple executives rarely call out Facebook, but they made more moves to limit the social network’s data collection.

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