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Twitter is going to look a lot more like TikTok real soon

Every platform is trying to copy TikTok in one respect or another. I mean who can really blame them, the site is now the most used in the world, supplanting Google… So it only makes sense that Twitter will try its hand at the short format reaction content that YouTube and Instagram have copy-pasted from […]

@pablozw1, 23K followers on TikTok in 4 months. The man is an entertainer

Today I had the pleasure of having a conversation with Michael Sibanda or you might know him by his TikTok handle @PabloZW1. He is one of the funniest guys online and it’s no surprise that he has garnered 23.5K followers on TikTok since his first post in August. You can listen to or download the […]

Meta’s (Facebook) 2021 investments and activities in Africa

Meta (previously known as Facebook) has released its ‘2021 Africa Year in Review’, an infographic capturing some of the company’s significant investments and initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa this yea, focused on driving innovation, connecting communities, helping businesses to grow and supporting the tech and creator ecosystem. The infographic highlights key Meta successes and milestones across […]

Davido raised US$486,000 in 2 days just playing around on Twitter. I’m taking notes

For those not in the know, Davido is an internationally popular Afrobeat musician from Nigeria. He has performed in Zimbabwe in the past and has a collaboration with our very own Jah Prayzah (who is not doing too bad himself). So, Davido was on Twitter one day and was feeling a little ‘playful’ and sent […]

Not even YouTube co-founder was fan of removing dislike counter, looks like it’s back

They are smoking the strong stuff over at YouTube HQ. For some reason they came out and announced they would be removing the dislike counter on videos. They said we would still be able to dislike videos, just that we wouldn’t be able to tell how many other people had disliked it too. Only the […]

You may soon be able to hit pause while recording a WhatsApp voice note

The feature that I am sure many have been waiting for has finally hit the WhatsApp beta program. According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is working on allowing you to pause while you are recording a voice note. The pause function in beta seems to be available only to a select few testers on iOS. However, if […]

Meta launches tool to help African SMEs grow their businesses on WhatsApp, Facebook & Instagram

Meta (formerly known as Facebook) has announced the launch of Facebook Business Coach, an innovative and easily-accessible way for owners of small-and-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya and other English speaking countries to learn more about how to grow their business online with Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.  The Facebook Business Coach available on WhatsApp, is […]

Big Brother is watching: the govt’s social media prefects are back

There truly is nothing new under the sun. Not even in a dynamic place like the little teapot we call home, Zimbabwe. It was only a few years ago that we were making fun of the former finance minister, Chinamasa, when he was made ‘social media prefect.’ Turns out his legacy lives on, the social […]

New Twitter Spaces update basically makes it an online radio platform

Twitter Spaces, the platform that dethroned Clubhouse, is now going to be available to non-Twitter users. This means that you can send a Twitter Spaces link to that one friend (we all have one) who for whatever reason doesn’t want or have a Twitter account. have friends not on Twitter? that's weird but now you […]

Will “Meta” give Zuckerberg enough distance from Facebook & Instagram controversies?

So it happened… Facebook is now “Meta”, well the holding company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp is now called Meta. News of this was broken by The Verge last week in an exclusive that dropped before the official announcement was made at Facebook’s Connect Conference that happened last night. The metaverse kicks off So… essentially […]

Facebook sues hacker who scraped the data of 178 million users

On Friday Facebook filed a lawsuit against Ukrainian national Alexander Alexandrovich Solonchenko on allegations that he scraped the data of 174 million users. The hack/scrap according to a report by The Record was done by abusing Facebook Messenger’s called Contact Import. The feature basically allows users to synchronize their mobile phone contacts with Messenger to […]

Facebook is changing its name as Zuckerberg builds his “metaverse”

Facebook is, according to a report by The Verge, going to be changing its name and the rebranding exercise could happen as early as next week at the company’s Connect Conference scheduled for the 28th of October. The shift by Facebook is meant to signal that the company is more than just a social media […]

Attention Spaces creators: Twitter now supporting select Spaces financially

Twitter has launched a Twitter Spaces Spark Program which will initially be a three-month accelerator program that is “designed to discover and reward great Spaces on Twitter with financial, technical, and marketing support.” As all social media platforms have realised, if there is no compelling content, there won’t be any users. It is sad to […]

What was really going on with the WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram outage?

When it rains, it pours. Facebook is still in the midst of dealing with a PR nightmare caused by a whistleblower. Now, mere days later, the big three platforms all suffer an outage. Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram were down for hours worldwide yesterday.  The outage affected even Oculus, which is Facebook’s virtual reality platform. Also […]

Facebook, Instagram back up, WhatsApp still unstable

The three Facebook owned platforms were down for about six hours on Monday the 4th of October. The team working on a fix managed to mostly patch it up just before midnight. In our testing Facebook seems to be working normally now. The fix was gradual as in the first minutes of the site loading […]

Facebook outage cost Mark Zuckerberg US$5.9 Billion – Forbes

Facebook and its family of apps, WhatsApp and Instagram have been down for nearly 5 hours and that outage has cost the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg US$5.9 billion according to Forbes. This decline has meant that Zuckerberg’s estimated fortune is now at US$117 billion, meaning he has slipped to being the sixth richest person on […]

Facebook’s hours-long outage caused by “network issues”

It’s been hours since Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram went down, and aside from the communications that acknowledged the outage we finally have some word on what’s happening according to Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer, Mike Schroepfer *Sincere* apologies to everyone impacted by outages of Facebook powered services right now. We are experiencing networking issues and teams […]

WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram are all down

Facebook’s family of applications, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook itself are all down. According to Down Detector, the outage started at 5 pm with users reporting that couldn’t connect to the server, send messages or publish posts. It’s unclear what could be causing the outage. But in the Zimbabwean context, it’s yet another argument for more […]

Nigeria’s govt will lift the Twitter ban if certain conditions are met

Back in June, Nigeria’s government suspended Twitter in the country “indefinitely” after a controversial tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari’s was deleted. The tweet threatened to punish secessionists which goes against Twitter’s terms of service. “Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during […]

Facebook releases research on Instagram’s effect on teen mental health

After facing backlash from a Wall Street Journal report that exposed the effect of Instagram’s effect on the mental health of teens, Facebook has released two slide decks from its internal research on the matter on its blog. The information drop was also done ahead of Facebook’s Global Head of Safety, Antigone Davis’ appearance in […]

RBZ names illegal forex dealers and exposes their private information

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s (RBZ) Financial Intelligence Unit has identified individuals who have been using mobile phone lines and social media for illegal forex dealings (dealers) and money laundering. The full statement by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe on this issue reads as follows: The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has identified individuals listed hereunder […]

Facebook halts the development of Instagram for kids in the wake of damaging leaks

Facebook has been battling a series of damaging revelations made by the Wall Street Journal and picked up on by other major publications around the world for the past few weeks. Most of these revelations are backed by a series of leaked internal documents in possession of the Journal. When I wrote about the issue, […]

TikTok hits 1 billion monthly users milestone

After surviving a Trump Administration onslaught that threatened to end the platform’s existence in North America, TikTok has announced that it has reached the 1 billion users a month milestone. “At TikTok, our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. Today, we’re celebrating that mission and our global TikTok community. More than 1 billion […]

Leaked documents show how Facebook doesn’t care about its users

Before I begin I must confess that these days I am finding it harder and harder to like Facebook. Every time when I am about to forgive them for something untoward we learn of another thing then another and another. The only conclusion I can reach is that Facebook really is a company that doesn’t […]

Jah Prayzah at 1 million Facebook followers, swimming in money?

I don’t think Jah Prayzah needs an introduction now. There are a million reasons why should know him by now. The musician is uber popular now. I mean, how can one have 1 million Facebook followers in a nation of about 15 million. That’s close to 7% of the population. That’s even more impressive when […]

A report shows Facebook can read your WhatsApp messages

One of WhatsApp’s most touted features is end-to-end encryption. It is often claimed that WhatsApp messages are encrypted at the source and only decrypted once they reach their destination and that Facebook themselves cannot see what you and the person on the other end are talking about. This has put Facebook at odds with various […]

Twitter is testing Communities, its version of Facebook Groups or Subreddits

Twitter is trying so hard to become like all the other social media platforms. Earlier this year the company tried out “Fleets” which were a cleverly named version of Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp statuses. That endeavour went nowhere as Fleets were shut down on August 3rd. However, the other trend that Twitter hopped on that […]

WhatsApp may soon allow you to hide your last seen from individual contacts

WhatsApp has provided us with a few ways to mask our activity on the app. If you don’t want people to see that you have opened their message then you can simply disable the blue checkmark. Some prefer not to have their statuses viewed by certain contacts (for a range of reasons) and the app […]

Selling on social media? Don’t frustrate customers, display your prices

To say Zimbabweans have responded well to the pressures of the pandemic would be an understatement. The adoption of online stores, sellers peddling their wares on social media and WhatsApp are fantastic examples of how adaptable Zimbos are. On top of that, we have seen a number of new e-commerce marketplaces that have sprung up […]

EU slaps WhatsApp with a multi-million dollar fine for violating GDPR

Facebook-owned chat app, WhatsApp has been asked by the Irish Data Protection Commission to pay a fine of €225m or roughly US$193 million for violating the provisions of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. It’s kind of hard not to feel like this was long overdue given how Facebook and WhatsApp have been mishandling […]