social media

Social media bots an influential force in Africa’s elections

Social media bots an influential force in Africa’s elections

Internet, Mobile, social media
Automated bots are increasingly muddying election cycles in Africa, disrupting conversations, distorting facts, and bringing into focus the changing dynamics of politics in the continent. Bots on social media became an influential voice during crucial Africa polls over the last year, claims a report called How Africa Tweets from communications consultancy Portland. These bots, defined by some as a new form of media, are software programs that combine artificial intelligence with communication skills and intimate human behavior. Using them, one could amplify a specific conversation on social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook by posting videos, photos, and biased statements targeting particular hashtags and wordings. In 10 elections across nine African nations which took place be...
70% of Kenyans vulnerable to digital financial transaction fraud says USSD firm

70% of Kenyans vulnerable to digital financial transaction fraud says USSD firm

Cyber Security, Mobile, social media
Myriad Connect has concluded recent research that found that over 70% of Kenyans have been the victims of digital financial transaction fraud, or know someone who has. Other figures indicate 57% sms, 73% phone calls, 17% social media and 19% email were the channels through which Kenyan consumers were targeted to become victims of financial service transaction fraud. “Financial service transaction fraud in Kenya is costing banks billions and customers their life savings,” says Fabien Delanaud, GM of Myriad Connect. “While financial service transaction fraud is a global issue; Kenya has been a leader in the adoption of mobile and digital payments, which unfortunately brings with it a growing risk of fraud.” One of the most prolific forms of financial service fraud is SIM swap fraud, wh
Uganda to rethink social media tax after backlash

Uganda to rethink social media tax after backlash

Business, Internet, social media
Uganda is reviewing its decision to impose taxes on the use of social media and on money transactions by mobile phone, following a public backlash. The tax means Ugandans will now have to pay 200 Ugandan shillings ($0.05) a day to use popular platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp. Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda made the announcement soon after police broke up a protest against the taxes. President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for the taxes to boost government revenue and to end "gossip" on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter. Critics accused the 75-year-old of trying to stifle dissenting voices. The social media tax targets the use of what are described as Over The Top (OTT) services, which offer "voice and messaging over the internet", according to a previous statement by telecom c...
YouTube Music Charts Launches worldwide in 44 countries including Kenya

YouTube Music Charts Launches worldwide in 44 countries including Kenya

social media
YouTube understands the importance of showcasing and celebrating the hottest artists, songs and music videos from around the world. They  rolled out a new and improved music charts experience for 44 total global destinations including US, Japan, Germany, Brazil and the U.K. at YouTube.com/charts. The YouTube charts now include a new Trending chart, as well as improved charts for Top Songs, Top Artists, and Top Music Videos all in one spot. With more than 1.8 billion global monthly users, YouTube charts is the new go-to destination to see what’s popular, what’s rising and trending both locally and globally on YouTube. The new charts are based purely on the number of views and are a reflection of the success achieved by artists on the world’s most expansive music platform. The new
SmugMug Acquires Image and Video Website Flickr

SmugMug Acquires Image and Video Website Flickr

Business, social media
Over the weekend, photo hosting platform SmugMug acquired Flickr from Verizon; merging two companies that have offered similar services for nearly 15 years. So what’s changing, and in which cloud should you stash your photographs? SmugMug said that it couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring two photography communities together, and that it doesn’t yet have any plans to unify the two. As such, they’ll continue to operate independently with their own distinct offerings; the only change that’s coming is that Flickr users will soon have to review and agree to SmugMug’s terms and conditions in order to continue using the service. If you’ve got photos on either SmugMug or Flickr, they aren’t going anywhere – but I imagine that the two sites will soon let you transfer pictures between