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Fact Checking WhatsApp

With the continuing proliferation of so-called Fake News, it is becoming more and more important to ensure that we can differentiate between them. And while on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, fake news is often spotted and called out, it has proven a little more difficult to do on platforms which are not [...]

By | March 28th, 2019|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , |

Facebook Sues Chinese Companies For Selling Fake Accounts

According to a report earlier this month, Facebook, and more specifically its Instagram division, are suing 4 companies based in China for promoting the sale of fake accounts, followers and likes that, as we well know, can be used for illegal and / or unethical purposes. Fake accounts, likes and followers have ben known to [...]

By | March 28th, 2019|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , |

Emoji’s Making Court Appearances

In the unlikely event that you ever needed more evidence that we're in the digital information age, it turns out the emoji's the little pictures (or emoticons, the little symbols) we use in digital / online communication to express emotion are being used more and more frequently as evidence to support arguments in court. A [...]

By | February 27th, 2019|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , , |

The Facebook Anti-Suicide Algorithm

Following on from recent scandals surrounding the live-streaming of suicides on Facebook, the company last year launched an ambitious project to use artificial intelligence to detect when users might be likely to commit suicide, or otherwise self-harm. The algorithm analyses almost all posts made on Facebook, and rates each one with according to the probability [...]

By | January 30th, 2019|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , |

Instagram To Remove Fake Likes & Followers

Last week Instagram (owned by Facebook), announced that in a continuing effort to reduce "inauthentic" (fake) activity on the platform, they would begin removing fake likes and followers from the hugely popular social platform. They believe that this will allow for a more genuine Instagram experience, and intend for the move to mostly affect those [...]

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , |

Facebook Introducing Advanced Analytics

At the beginning of this month, Facebook announced that they were rolling out advanced analytics that would make it possible to measure performance at a level higher than simply on specific posts. This will allow page admins to see things like the actions people take on the pages themselves, including the number of follows and [...]

By | November 27th, 2018|Categories: Analytics, Social Media|Tags: , , |

Facebook Moves Against Bullying With Keyword Blocking

Under pressure for some time already to combat the growing problems of bullying and harassment on Facebook, the platform has announced that they will begin to allow users to block comments from their posts by selecting keywords which they don't want to see. Instagram and Twitter have both offered keyword blocking since 2016, in response [...]

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , |

50 Million Facebook Accounts Hacked

At the beginning of this month, Facebook announced that as many as 50 million user accounts had been compromised by hackers who took advantage of a vulnerability in the "View As" functionality (which lets you see how your profile would look to somebody else), to steal Facebook access tokens allowing them to take over other [...]

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , |

US Pressures Facebook & Twitter To Make Rules Clearer

The on-going investigations into election interference and misinformation by the United States congress saw appearances by both the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, and the CEO of Twitter, who spoke before the hearing for the first time earlier this month. US Senators were looking for clarity on how the platforms algorithms work, and what leads [...]

By | September 19th, 2018|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , |

YouTube Go Launched In South Africa

A new YouTube app, specially designed to be and offline-first option that reduces the (often heavy) data load of the traditional YouTube, has launched in South Africa. According to Mzamo Masito, Google Africa CMO, “People in South Africa love YouTube, but the current app is too data-heavy for it to be usable to most viewers, [...]

By | August 30th, 2018|Categories: Google, Social Media|Tags: |