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OnlyFans does a somersault says it will no longer ban sexually explicit content

About five days ago, OnlyFans the revolutionary creator site revealed something shocking – they would be banning sexually explicit content from their platform. This was due to intense pressure from their payment processors who were being moralistic. We thought that was the end of the story. Now OnlyFans has made another turn-they are no longer […]

OnlyFans, in a massive u-turn, will now prohibit some adult content

While Netflix was one of the major beneficiaries of the ongoing global pandemic, it was not the only one. OnlyFans, a platform that allows creators to charge and get paid for exclusive content, saw an explosion in creators as well as normal paying users. Creators now stand at over half a million and the company […]

The Messi effect: PSG social media gets millions of new followers

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Lionel Messi has parted ways with Barcelona and has found himself in Paris playing for PSG (Paris Saint Germain). Now we can wax lyrical about how Barcelona absolutely botched this, I mean how do you lose one of the greatest players to ever lace up like this?! Anyway, […]

Facebook may be forced to sell off WhatsApp and Instagram

The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit yesterday that may force Facebook to sell off WhatsApp and Instagram as independent businesses.

Instagram’s 10th anniversary has come with new features

Instagram is celebrating its 10th birthday. It seems like the app has been around forever. Or it might just be that the decade (on my part) has seemed to have flown by or melded together. Anyway, to celebrate its 10th anniversary Instagram has unveiled a number of new features. Instagram Stories map feature Instagram introduced […]

Instagram isn’t being subtle about wanting us to watch Reels

Since TikTok has been in all sorts of trouble, Instagram has really been pushing Reels. Instagram isn’t alone in this, YouTube has also tried its hand at the short video format popularised by TikTok. On Instagram’s end, they have really been trying to establish Reels just in case TikTok’s situation gets a lot more complicated. […]

Facebook’s integration of Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger takes a step further

We’ve written about Facebook Portal before. Essentially this is Facebook’s grand plan to make sure that their social media platforms (Instagram and Facebook) and their messaging application are integrated. This integration seems to be finally happening. As reported by the Verge, some Instagram users are being met by the pop-up below when they open the […]

Instagram is rolling out a fundraising feature

Instagram announced that they will rolling out a way for users on the platform to fundraise. This could be for a personal cause, for someone they may know going through a difficult time, a small business or any number of initiatives. The reasons behind this decision seem to be the coronavirus and social movements that […]

How close is Facebook to integrating WhatsApp and Instagram in a cross-chat platform?

Last year, Chief Executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg said that he wanted to put all their social media holdings under one umbrella. Instagram and WhatsApp have, for the most part, been their own separate entities. The apps themselves are distinctly different from each other but their parent company, according to NY Times, says the underlying […]

Why are tech giants racing to clone TikTok in their apps?

What can I say about TikTok that hasn’t been said already? Well, for starters it is the app I’m yet to install and play around with because I’m afraid of yet another social media addiction – Instagram is cocaine to me. Anyway, over the last few days it has emerged that a number of big […]

Zim Social Media Users Fall Under 1M As Cost Of Data & Electricity Woes Become Clearer

We Are Social’s Digital Report on Zimbabwe is pretty telling of just how impactful the floundering Zim economy on Zimbos usage Even before statistics started coming in from the likes of POTRAZ – data usage is on the decline, I think the assumption for most was that we’re using the internet less because of two […]

US Regulators Consider Blocking Facebook From Joining FB, WhatsApp & Instagram

Facebook’s vision culminates with them having one super app to rule them all. That super app would have seamless integration between Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp and it will exist as Facebook Portal… That’s if regulators don’t have a thing or two to say about that. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is considering filing an […]

Instagram Dark Mode Now Available For iPhones With The Latest iOS Version

Instagram has finally released their dark mode but right now it’s only available for iPhone users running iOS 13 and upwards. The dark mode isn’t available on Android yet but iOS users already have access to the new mode. Unlike on Twitter where you can toggle dark mode on/off on Instagram, the app will follow […]

Econet’s Social Media & SMS Bundles Go Up Again: $3 For 75 SMS’

Econet recently raised the prices for its data bundles and as is usually the case SMS bundles and social media bundles also saw price increments. Your weekly SMS will now cost you the following: $3 for 75 SMS’ $4 for 125 SMS’ $5 for 200 SMS’ This is a far cry from the pricing four […]

WhatsApp & Instagram Adding “from Facebook” To Their Names

We’ve known about Facebook integrating their social media services (Facebook & Instagram) with their messaging service (WhatsApp) for a while now. It seems this integration will not only come in the form of Portal but the naming schemes for Instagram and WhatsApp will also clarify Facebook’s ownership of both apps. Both IG and WhatsApp will […]

Telecel Reviews WhatsApp & Social Media Bundles

In what must be one of the slowest announcement of new bundles, Telecel is still announcing bundle reviews and it seems today the focus is on the new pricing for social media bundles. WhatsApp Bundles will now be priced as follows: Instagram bundles: Facebook bundles: Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: […]

Instagram To Become Less Of A Popularity Contest With New Update That Hides Number Of Likes

If you’ve used Instagram and you’re self-conscious then you’ve probably wondered what you can do to increase the number of likes (and followers) you have. This has made the social media network less of a picture sharing community and more of a popularity contest and it seems the developers are now looking to change this. […]

WhatsApp Adds “Share To Facebook” Option

WhatsApp has added a “Share to Facebook” function that I’m finding a bit baffling (in its current form) if I’m 100% honest with you. The feature allows you to long press on a message and share the message to Facebook. It’s not exactly clear to me what the point of this is but it’s already […]

Global Report: There Are 1.2 Million Zimbabweans On Social Media

If data from We Are Social and Hootsuite is to be taken at face value, the number of active social media subscribers grew by 20% from 0.88 million users in 2018 to 1.2 million this year. That’s an interesting number, but it seems pretty low and only makes up 7% of Zimbos. Of this 1.2 […]

WhatsApp, Instagram And Facebook Are All Down

If you’re having trouble sending and receiving messages on WhatsApp, you’re not the only one. WhatsApp along with Instagram and Facebook are all not working right now. The Facebook-owned services have all bee down for more than hour and Facebook is attributing this problem to a “server configuration change”. The issues seem to have started […]

4 Reason Why You Should Keep Your Apps Updated

Without the apps, smartphones would probably be not so integral in our lives. Developers are working day and night to improve the apps so the users can have an amazing experience. In order to get the latest version of the app, you need to update it. But, the question is: why are the updates so […]

GB Instagram Is The Instagram Version of GB WhatsApp – It Has Lots of Additional Features Too

Instagram is one of the most trending social media platforms for photo-hungry users. The app is used to share pictures and videos, either as a post or as a status update with your followers. No doubt, you have come across the irritating problem that you can’t download any pictures or videos of anyone on Instagram. […]

UK Government Considering Social Media Laws After “Instagram Fuelled” Teenage Suicide

Following the death of a teenager who had viewed some content about suicide on social media online, Britain’s Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has come out and said the country must work together with social media companies to stop such incidents from occurring. If this can’t be done then there’s the threat […]

Facebook Wants To Combine WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram Chat

According to various international media news sources including the Guardian and BBC Facebook is planning to integrate WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram so they can cross talk to each other on the orders of the big jefe, Mark Zuckerberg himself. No, they are not going to do this by making a  chimera app with bits taken […]

Iran To Block Instagram For Moral Reasons

Social Media sites are not doing so well thus far in 2019 and it seems governments will keep piling on to their misery. The Iranian Nation Cyberspace Council approved a move to block Instagram because they believe the platform has obscene and immoral content. The country already banned Twitter (as far back as 2009), Facebook […]

Access To Twitter & Instagram Now Being Blocked, As The Government’s Grip On The Internet Tightens In Face Of Protests

Zimbabweans have woken up to quite the dark morning as access to the internet is now being limited to sites that can’t help the cause of the latest Shutdown Zimbabwe protests. Since the early hours of the morning access to Facebook and WhatsApp was being blocked by Internet Service Providers and it seems that block […]

Talk It Out: You Can Finally Now Send Voice Messages On Instagram

Instagram is finally giving you the ability to send voice messages, in addition to text and photos, via its Direct Messages feature. This feature has been in the works for months and it’s now finally live. For a platform that relies primarily on visual content rather than words and sound, Instagram may be preparing itself to take a left […]

WhatsApp To Come Up With Two New Features: Instagram Account Linking And Vacation Mode for Archived Chats

WhatsApp continues to improve its app with new features meant to enhance engagement and user experience, in an attempt to remain relevant in a pretty competitive market. The social media giant is reportedly planning to bring three new features to its app soon, including linking accounts to Instagram, in order to improve chat and notifications […]

Is Instagram’s Ask Me Anything Feature The Apps Most Addictive Feature Yet?

Instagram has always been referred to as the social media app for the vain, egotists and narcissists among us. I mean why else would you make an app that only allows users to post photos. Initially, you couldn’t even message the people you followed on IG as the platform only allowed you to communicate through […]