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 carried out the configuration change and what led to that. “Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers…

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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, it’ll never fall behind other platforms. It is also catering to a changing audience and has changed with that audience.” He explains that when Facebook first launched, it was catering…

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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 globally; and partnering with publishers and nonprofits to combat misinformation, promote news literacy, and improve journalism. Reuters developed the free online course curriculum after its Digital News Report found more…

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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 regions will be required to give their consent for Facebook to access their data, including their phone numbers and information about how they interact with others, in order to continue using…

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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 of the MFWA told the opening session of the conference that “Security forces play a key role in ensuring integrity during elections.” He stressed their important role in creating enabling…

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Africa Business Nigeria 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 businesses, organizations and communities through social media. The SMEs in this programme will have the opportunity to attend online trainings, and for those in Nigeria face-to-face trainings, that will focus…

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Africa World 

Facebook workers listened to Messenger conversations

Hundreds of workers were paid to transcribe voice recordings of Facebook users, it has emerged. Facebook is the latest company to confirm it has used third-party workers to do such work, following Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon. The practice had been halted “more than a week ago”, Facebook said. Workers were given audio of people’s conversations but were not told how it was obtained, according to Bloomberg, which was first to report the news. Facebook said the recordings were being transcribed manually so that artificial intelligence systems used to automatically transcribe…

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Africa East Africa Featured World 

Ugandan academic exposes breasts in protest at jail term

A Ugandan academic will be spending 18 months in prison after a court sentenced her over some of her comments on Facebook about President Yoweri Museveni. In protest at her jail term, Stella Nyanzi exposed her breasts via a video link during Friday’s sentencing. Nyanzi was jailed for cyber harassment but activists say her sentencing undermines Uganda’s commitment to freedom of expression. The outspoken academic was however acquitted on a second charge, of “offensive communication”. On Thursday, Nyanzi gave a passionate speech expressing her disappointed with that verdict “I intended…

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