Google+ Begins Shutdown

By Wisdom Mumera Google has begun the process of shutting down and deleting all consumer accounts on its Google+ social network platform following the failure of the application to meet expected goals. The move brings to an end Google’s attempt to directly compete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter. The Verge reported that, “the …

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MISA Urges Government to Abide By Law

By Staff Reporter On the occasion of the Press Freedom Day the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has urged the government to comply with regional and continental instruments as the sine qua non to the ongoing media law reform processes. Government has been repealing some laws deemed undemocratic and contrary to the democratic agenda …

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Social Media Shutdowns ,An African Staple

By Staff Reporter Chad has just clocked the record for the longest social media blackout in Africa after reaching a year since March 28 2018 when the government instituted the move aimed at fighting its opponents. Cameroon is second with its 230 day blackout covering the entire internet not just social media. The shutting down …

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This is the Real Internet Shutdown

By Wisdom Mumera The gradual erosion of living standards has finally reached the idyllic island of social media where many vent their anger and frustrations by attacking, ridiculing and undressing the clearly lost high offices in the land. With Econet increasing the cost of data and social media bundles following in the footsteps of NetOne …

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Facebook Caught in Controversy Again

By Staff Reporter Social media company, Facebook has been embroiled in another scandal after revelations that it harvested over 1.5 million of peoples email addresses without consent. The company has already been reeling from other PR goofs of late and this latest one has led to speculation that it can face legal challenges. In defence …

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Of Mobile Tariffs and the Impact on Agriculture in Zim

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa The recent hike in mobile tariffs is increasingly becoming detrimental to agriculture which is the backbone of the country’s economy. According to agriculture and tech expert Charles Dhewa the cost of communication is now chewing up most of the revenue realised from this sector. “At the moment, if a Zimbabwean farmer wants …

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Facebook Goes the WhatsApp Way

By Wisdom Mumera Facebook has thought of going the WhatsApp way, more privacy, end-to-end encryption and keeping itself out of the loop as the global community platform threatens to become another private island. The move, however, is likely to face another barrage of criticism as it lays the ground for fake news. The platform’s founder, …

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MISA Statement On The EU Copyright Directive and Content Creators

By Staff Reporter On Tuesday 26 March 2019 the European Parliament voted in favour of adopting the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. The EU Copyright Directive seeks to govern the way copyrighted material or media is uploaded and shared on the Internet. This makes …

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Facebook Live Faces Bleak Future

By Staff Reporter Facebook Live streaming faces an unlikely future following an admission by the parent company that they have no control over the application. The admission follows the livestreamed shootings of Muslims in a New Zealand mosque. A Forbes article stated that according to Facebook, “there is too much content in general but not …

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