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UN: Facebook has turned into a beast in Myanmar

UN: Facebook has turned into a beast in Myanmar

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UN investigators have said the use of Facebook played a "determining role" in stirring up hatred against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. One of the team probing allegations of genocide in Myanmar said Facebook had "turned into a beast." About 700,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since Myanmar's military launched an operation in August against "insurgents" in Rakhine state. Facebook has said there is "no place for hate speech" on its platform. "We take this incredibly seriously and have worked with experts in Myanmar for several years to develop safety resources and counter-speech campaigns," a Facebook spokeswoman told the BBC. "This work includes a dedicated Safety Page for Myanmar, a locally illustrated version of our Community Standards, and regular training sessions fo...
Instagram is finally adding a scheduling feature, sort of

Instagram is finally adding a scheduling feature, sort of

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In a move that will bring unbridled joy to social media managers and influencers everywhere, Instagram is now allowing business profiles to schedule posts, the company announced on its Business blog today. Currently, the feature only works for photos, not videos, and it’s only available through third-party social management tools for now. This means that if you want to get your hands on scheduling features, you have to pay for subscription services like HootSuite, Sprout Social, or any one of the companies working as a Facebook Marketing Partner or Instagram Partner. Post scheduling has never been available until now, despite third-party companies’ best efforts to advertise such features. The only tools around have been ones that let users pre-write post captions and send out push notif
President Mnangagwa Engages User On Facebook Through Video

President Mnangagwa Engages User On Facebook Through Video

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As times are changing, it’s always good to see people who choose to move with them, especially if it’s people whose choices directly affect you. Some time back, we wrote on how important it was for the government to be on (or at least follow) social media, and they (well, some) took heed of it. And of course we’d love to say the President read that article and decided “yea, why not?” but well… Nevertheless, we’re writing about it again to commend that action; not only to commend the fact that Mr President now has both a Facebook and a verified Twitter account (more of now has some functional accounts since it seems his Twitter account was more of a revived account than a new one, joined in 2011) but the fact those accounts aren’t somewhat ghost accounts. Remember, it’
Ghanaian Prof Recommends WhatsApp Be Banned During Working Hours, you agree?

Ghanaian Prof Recommends WhatsApp Be Banned During Working Hours, you agree?

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Are you one of those whose new year’s resolutions are “to be more productive by cutting out on social media”? something you’ve been telling yourself you were first introduced to social media. If we were in Ghana, I would be saying no worries right now, but oh well… I’m sure we agree that the most addictive of the social media networks is WhatsApp… or maybe Twitter (once you get the hang of it)… or Facebook if you’re old fashioned like that (no pun intended whatsoever). I just came across an article on how a Ghanaian professor (Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast) recommended that the government bans WhatsApp during working hours and I thought it would make an interesting light discussion. In as much as the Professor’s suggestion sounds absurd, let’s face it, some
How social media is helping news spread faster than ever

How social media is helping news spread faster than ever

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News - good or bad, true or false - has always traveled fast, but since the dawn of social media, it travels faster than ever. Here is how social media is helping news spread globally at a rapid pace. How news reaches us today Once upon a time, we had to wait for newspapers and news reports on the TV or radio to get the latest local, national and international news. Today, newsfeeds on social media pages and push notifications sent directly to both Android and iOS mobile phones keep you up-to-date on what's happening around you - with the iPhone 'Amber Alert' feature even being known to jolt their unsuspecting (many iPhone owners first learn about their phones having this feature in this way) owners awake in the middle of the night to bring them the latest news updates. What's ...
Instagram is changing your feed again, this time with ‘recommended’ posts

Instagram is changing your feed again, this time with ‘recommended’ posts

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Instagram is now rolling out its “recommended for you” feature that shows photos in your feed snapped by people you’re not following. It was spotted in testing earlier this month, but now folks at the photo-sharing service have told TechCrunch they’re rolling it out for all users, albeit gradually and without any official announcement (so far). No, Instagram won’t be throwing in random images from random users. The recommended shots, which are clearly labeled as such, will of course be selected by Instagram’s carefully designed algorithms in the hope that each image will pique your interest and prompt you to follow whoever took it. “These posts are suggested based on posts liked by accounts you follow,” Instagram explains on its support pages, adding that you can choose to hide th
Snap Inc working on a feature called ‘Stories Everywhere’ to allow sharing of content outside of Snapchat

Snap Inc working on a feature called ‘Stories Everywhere’ to allow sharing of content outside of Snapchat

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Snap Inc has not had such a great year. Ever since Facebook and Instagram started ripping off features from Snapchat, the user engagement numbers for Snapchat have been plateauing. In a move to increase user engagement and get more active users on its platform, it looks like Snap Inc is working on a feature to let you share stories outside of the Snapchat app. 'Stories Everywhere' is the new feature which is reportedly being worked upon. This will let you share stories from Snapchat outside of the platform. So far, the only destination to view Snap stories is the Snapchat app. Of course, you can still export your stories later and upload them separately as a video file. But unlike say a Twitter or a Facebook post, you cannot embed Snap stories elsewhere. The idea is to boost the presenc...
Aadhaar for Facebook? Here’s what you need to know

Aadhaar for Facebook? Here’s what you need to know

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New Delhi: Facebook has begun testing a feature with a set of new users in India where they are being asked to enter names as per their Aadhaar details. The social media giant, however, is not asking new users to give their Aadhaar number but just the name as written on their Aadhaar cards. "This is a small test where we provide additional language when people sign up for an account to say that using the name on their Aadhaar card makes it easier for friends to recognise them," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement on Wednesday. Currently, only a small percentage of people who use Facebook on mobile in the country are able to see this feature. "This is an optional prompt which we are testing," the spokesperson added. The move is aimed at encouraging users to put their ...
WhatsApp pulls plug on older smartphones from New Year

WhatsApp pulls plug on older smartphones from New Year

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WhatsApp is to stop working on certain older operating systems including some offered by Blackberry and Windows from New Year’s Day. The Facebook-owned app is not offering any more technology upgrades on systems it says don’t offer the capabilities it needs to expand in the future. After December 31, users will not be able to use WhatsApp on BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 systems, as well as Microsoft’s Windows 8.0 and older systems. Newer BlackBerry handsets which run off an Android operating system will still be supported. The company says Nokia S40 and Android 2.3.7 and older systems will also be unusable from specified dates over the next few years. A year ago, support for WhatsApp Messenger was ended on several mobile platforms because of changing technology. Back in Febr
Instagram Introduces The ‘Hashtag’ Feature

Instagram Introduces The ‘Hashtag’ Feature

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What about our lives has social media changed? Well, honestly that’s a big question because social media has done tonnes; talk about how it has eased the flow of information, how it has defied the geographical limitations to communication, how it has enabled the otherwise ignored voices to be heard and the list goes on and on… However, the greatest of these things is how social media has brought people together hence the “global village” – well, of course aside from the existence of certified professional trolls. And because of this, it has allowed people to somewhat have a sense of belonging – a basic human need. On social media, you can easily find people with similar interests, needs, skills, perspective etc. as yours. Platforms like WhatsApp groups, Facebook groups and pages, Tw
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