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Fake News and Social Media Reality in Kenya

Fake News and Social Media Reality in Kenya

Mobile, social media
A new study reveals that 90% of Kenyans have seen or heard false news about the 2017 general election, with 87% reporting instances of deliberately false –or fake– news. The popular social media platforms like facebook and whatsApp have become the preferred channels that propagate 'the alternative facts'. The study by Portland and GeoPoll named, The Reality of Fake News in Kenya reports that Social media is widely used by Kenyans of all ages to access and s hare news, with 49% of Kenyans using social platforms to secure general election news. However, social media consistently ranks lower than traditional media on trust. In the past, false stories were used to peddle narratives about the death of showbiz celebrities, the import of plastic rice into Kenya, the dangers of certain o
60 Million Emojis Are Used on Facebook; 5 Billion on Messenger: Where is Africa?

60 Million Emojis Are Used on Facebook; 5 Billion on Messenger: Where is Africa?

social media, Technology
Social media is undoubtedly a lot of fun and many a brand, including personal brands, have established themselves with social media. From emojis to videos, the visual form of messaging has taken the social media platforms to yet another level. Facebook, a popular social media platform has said that the most-used emoji on Facebook in the U.S. during the past 30 days was rolling on the floor laughing, while face throwing a kiss was tops on its messaging application. Globally, face with tears of joy topped Facebook in the past 30 days, followed by smiling face with heart-shaped eyes and face throwing a kiss. Mexico and Brazil are keen on the heart-eyed emoji. I take it as a comfort, rather than a snub, that the eggplant emoji does not appear even once on this list. Zuckerberg, Facebo...
WhatsApp to allow Pinned posts soon

WhatsApp to allow Pinned posts soon

social media
WhatsApp has announced that they are coming with a new update. The new update brings “Pin to Top” feature on the chat list that allows priority chats appear on the top. With this, you can select the chats, including groups, you want to see on the top whenever you open WhatsApp. When a user have pinned chats, then only those chats will be displayed on the top of your screen. But, a user can not pin more than three chats. If a user tries to pin more than three chats then the WhatsApp will send that user a notification conveying that it is not possible. After the chats are pinned by a user then any notification of recent chats can't be received by the user. According to Android Police, the new update can be very handy when the WhatsApp message box gets crowdy. The new update will allow t
WhatsApp may soon let users unsend messages

WhatsApp may soon let users unsend messages

social media
WhatsApp is testing two major new features that could soon make their way to all users. The sought after feature will allow users to "unsend" messages, removing them from a receiver's phone before they have had a chance to read them. The popular messaging App is testing the addition as an option in the beta version of its latest update, which could soon be available on iOS, according to monitors WABetaInfo.  The beta release also includes other changes, including the ability to share your location with other users and a new font shortcuts. There's also a new 'change number' feature, which allows users to more easily tell contact if they've got a new number.  The feature is disabled by default, so users must switch it to inform their friends they have changed their details. A new
Gmail, Messenger and WhatsApp spark Google Play fake review conspiracy

Gmail, Messenger and WhatsApp spark Google Play fake review conspiracy

Technology, Uncategorized
The app stores are more competitive every day and app publishers are looking for more intelligence and organic advantages in order to build a sustainable mobile business. The Google play store specifically is suffering from an epidemic of fake reviews as numerous top-downloaded apps – including Gmail, Chrome, Messenger, WhatsApp, Firefox and more – are getting inundated with heaps of what appears to be spammy five-star ratings. While the total magnitude of the fake reviews remains unclear, one peculiar detail they share is that all of them wrongly refer to ‘games’ and other game-related features like winning bonuses and so on. Apps like Gmail, Chrome, Messenger and Firefox have all received close to 5,000 suspicious positive reviews referencing ‘games’ since February 2017. What makes th