Africa Business World 

Facebook-owner Meta to cut 11,000 staff

Mr Zuckerberg said the company would focus on high-priority growth areas, like artificial intelligence, advertising, and “our long-term vision for the metaverse”. Meta will also cut costs elsewhere – including reducing its spending on buildings and offices, and increasing desk-sharing. Affected Meta employees will receive an email soon, he said, and will have an opportunity to ask questions. US employees… Read More
Africa Featured Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana: Journalist on trial over facebook publication

– – A Ghanaian journalist is on trial for allegedly publishing a false story on social media. The deputy station coordinator of local community radio station, Radio Ada, Noah Narh Dameh, has been charged with publishing false news and is facing prosecution at a local Magistrate Court. Noah Narh Dameh had made a post on his Facebook wall about the… Read More
Africa Nigeria News and Headlines West Africa World 

#NoFalseNewsZone comic book series launched in Nigeria

– – Facebook and Comic Republic have announced the launch of #NoFalseNewsZone online comic book, an exciting and educational comic series designed to help people think critically about the messages they see and read online. The series helps readers to identify false news and what they can do to help minimise its spread. The online comic book, which comes in… Read More
Africa Eswatini Southern Africa World 

Eswatini shuts down Facebook to quell protests

– – The Eswatini government has asked leading telecom operator MTN, to shut down social media giant Facebook. The government wants to curb pro-democracy protests that have been going on for months amid calls for political reforms. Social media platforms have been accused by the government of “irresponsibly” spreading misinformation, which was “contributing to the violent attacks and events around… Read More
Africa Business World 

Why Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram had an outage

– – Facebook has explained why it experienced almost six hours of outage across the world on Monday. The social media giant blamed it on a “faulty configuration change”. The outage prevented the company’s 3.5 billion users from accessing Facebook and other messaging services such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. In a blog post Facebook failed to mention which employee… Read More
Africa World 

Facebook: Will the oldest surviving social media platform remain relevant?

– – Founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook is today the oldest surviving social media platform. But with more and more platforms entering the market, will it go the way of MySpace and MxIt? Kyle Oosthuizen, Chief Operating Officer at Blue Robot, the leading provider of socially powered messaging solutions, doesn’t believe it will. “ Because of Facebook’s development power,… Read More
Africa Featured World 

Facebook partners Reuters to launch online course for journalists

– – The Facebook Journalism Project has partnered with Reuters to launch a free online training programme for Journalists, called the Reuters Digital Journalism Course. The Project works with publishers around the world to strengthen the connection between journalists and the communities they serve. Its training, programs, and partnerships work by: investing in organizations that fund quality journalism; training newsrooms… Read More
Africa World 

Why millions are abandoning WhatsApp for rivals Telegram and Signal

– – Millions of WhatsApp users have taken the drastic step of abandoning the app ahead of a privacy policy update that will force them to share their data with Facebook. The update, which will be released on February 8, affects WhatsApp users in all countries outside of Europe and the UK, where there are strict data protection laws. Users in these… Read More
Africa Featured Ghana West Africa World 

Summit on social media and fake news opens in Accra

The 2019 West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards opened in Ghana’s capital Accra on Thursday. Organized by the Media Foundation for West Africa, it is creating the platform for discussions around social media, fake news and elections in Africa. Discussions at the conference will lead to making key recommendations for good governance and media development. Sulemana Braimah, Executive Director… Read More
Africa Business Nigeria News and Headlines World 

Facebook to open centre in Lagos to support small businesses

Facebook in partnership with Teleperformance, has announced the opening of its first Small Business Group (SBG) Operations Centre in Lagos, Nigeria, which will provide outsourced support to all English speaking advertisers across Sub-Saharan Africa. The centre will support advertisers across the region through its Advocacy, Community & Education (ACE) programme, which aims to build engaged communities who are growing their… Read More