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Turkey Blocks Access to YouTube days after Twitter ban

Governance, Internet, Mobile, social media
Turkey has blocked access to YouTube, just a week after the country blocked Twitter, and only three days ahead of local elections in the country. Turkish netizens started reporting the block after 10:30 a.m. ET. The ban was ordered on Thursday after leaked recordings of a security meeting were published on YouTube, according to Hurriyet Daily News. Turkey may lift the ban if YouTube agrees to remove the leaked audio recordings, according to a source inside the prime minister office consulted by Reuters. It's unclear at this point if Google will agree to that since the company already refused to remove videos alleging government corruption last week. The video that led to the block was uploaded to YouTube on Thursday by an anonymous user, according to Reuters. The video purported to be a...

Centre proposes ban on Gmail, Yahoo and Facebook sites in India government offices

Business, Governance, social media
The Centre on Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that it has proposed a national email policy for official communication under which five million new IDs would be created to carry out the work, without depending on foreign mail services like Gmail or Yahoo. Popular mail services and social networking sites like Gmail, Yahoo and Facebook will not be used for official communication of government employees to ensure secure access and usage of data, it submitted, adding that the access to social networking will be banned in government offices. Earlier, a division bench of Acting Chief Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Sidharth Mridul had asked the Centre to form an email policy for the government officials in consonance with the Public Records Act to bar transfer of data to a server loca...

Turkish Twitterers Respond Hilariously To The Government’s Attempt To Block Them

Internet, social media
Turkey has restricted access to Twitter, just hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened to shut down Twitter and other social media platforms. Turkish Twitterers — who can still access the service via SMS — have responded in the best way possible: by mocking Prime Minister Erdoğan's attempts at censorship with an endless stream of memes. Some have taken to using the art style made famous during President Obama's 2008 election: #turkeybannedtwitter this tweet is only possible through vpn apps. pic.twitter.com/6aydNvxPpp — Mali Erdogan (@malierd) March 20, 2014 Others have pointed out the absurdity of taking Twitter so seriously: The country banned from tweeting is also where users enjoy twitter most #twitterisblockedinturkey pic.twitter.com/4cZYa2dSBe — bek

How Africa tweets

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  Communications agency Portland has looked at tweets from Africa to determine what languages are used the most and what issues drive the conversation.   Johannesburg was the most active Twitter city in Africa in the last three months of 2013, according to a new study called "How Africa Tweets". Johannesburg had 344 215 geo-located tweets, followed by Ekurhuleni with 264 172, and the Egyptian capital Cairo with 227 509, communications agency Portland said in a statement on Wednesday. Durban followed with 163 019 tweets and Alexandria, also in Egypt, was closely behind with 159 534 tweets. The study also found that cities in South Africa and Egypt were the most active on Twitter, and activity in Africa peaked on the day former president Nelson Mandela died. "The day

Facebook acquires WhatsApp for $19 billion but will they monetize?

Business, Internet, Mobile, social media
Zuck Says Ads Aren’t The Way To Monetize Messaging, WhatsApp Will Prioritize Growth Not Subscriptions Facebook won’t be throwing its advertising weight behind its new acquisition WhatsApp like it did with Instagram. But WhatsApp also won’t be focusing on rolling out the $1 a year subscription fee it currently charges in some countries. Instead, with the financial security Facebook brings, it will dedicate itself to growth. Monetization was the big topic on today’s analyst call after Facebook announced it acquired WhatsApp for a jaw-dropping total of $19 billion. That’s $4 billion in cash and $12 billion in stock, and it reserved $3 billion in restricted stock units to retain the startup’s employees. But Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, CFO David Ebersman, and WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum all sai