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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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Strive Masiyiwa Gets More Interaction Than Zuckerberg & Bill Gates On Facebook

Recently published data from analytics company Crowd Tangle shows just how popular Econet Wireless Global CEO Strive Masiyiwa is compared to other business leaders on Facebook No other business leader gets as many interactions Because Mr Masiyiwa is constantly posting and interacting with his followers on the social media platform he ranks first for interactions […]

Twitter To Stop Accepting Political Ads

The CEO of Twitter has come out and said the social media platform will no longer accept political advertisements in a statement that will probably end up putting more pressure on Facebook as their CEO recently said they will continue to accept political ads and won’t flag political ads if they carry any falsehoods. Jack […]

Video: Mark Zuckerberg Discussing Free Speech

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Besides Masiyiwa, Mark Zuckerberg Recently Discussed The Impact Of AI Too. WATCH

Strive Masiyiwa recently discussed the impact of artificial intelligence in the world today and the future. He sounded quite optimistic about this transition. We were reminded of Mark Zuckerberg’s recent video discussing AI and other tech trends right now in respect of global economies and society in general. He was discussing with author and historian […]

Facebook To Introduce The Long-Overdue ‘Clear History’ Feature This Year

Back in the day, everyone thought it was cool to have a Facebook account, but fast forward to today and following all the privacy scandals the company has found itself embroiled in, it’s not surprising that some are considering deleting their Facebook accounts to stop the company from learning and sharing details about them with […]

British Parliament Report: Facebook Are Digital Gangsters

In the past few years, Facebook has buckled under the pressure of fake news and how to get rid of it from its platform. They have been accused of either not doing enough or being complicit. On other numerous occasions, they have been found to have deliberately violated privacy laws. In the latest attack by […]

Facebook Tracks Location Of Users It Deems A Threat To Its Employees, Says Ex-Facebook Employees

According to a CNBC report, Facebook has been tracking users it deems a threat to its employees. In the report, more than ten ex-Facebook employees described details surrounding how the social media giant deals with threats. These former employees shared that Facebook tracks those it views as a threat and then notifies its physical security team […]

A Report Claims Over Half Of Facebook’s Users Are Fake And Zuckerberg Is The World’s Greatest Conman, Is This True?

2018 was a terrible year for Facebook and it seems 2019 has more of the same for them. The platform has been on the receiving end of many an accusation including multiple data leaks that compromised people’s rights to privacy, being used to sway an election in what is arguably the world’s most loud democracy, […]

Here’s Why Google Shows You Donald Trump When You Search For ‘Idiot’ According To Google’s CEO

The internet despises Donald Trump and Google is not able to do much about it. Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai was summoned on Tuesday for a round of grilling by a committee comprising of US Senators. While the session was primarily around the tech giant’s role in maintaining a fair and indiscriminate platform for searching anything […]

Facebook Shared Data With Chinese Smartphone Companies And The US Government Is Pissed

Mark Zuckerberg recently leap-frogged Warren Buffet as the third richest man on the planet but the grass is not entirely green in Facebook’s camp. The Cambridge Analytica Scandal seemingly came and went but the story is far from resolved and sooner or later the rooster will come home to roost. Though coverage has not been […]

Mark Zuckerberg Now Third Richest Person In The World

Facebook Chief Executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has over taken Warren Buffet to become the third richest person on earth (now worth $81.6 billion) according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index. This also marks the first time that the top three is solely occupied by tech titans as first and second place belongs to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos ($142 […]

You Will Soon Be Doing Video Chat And Group Video Chat On Instagram, Bullies Will Be Kept Out By Anti-Bullying Filters

Facebook’s highly anticipated F8 developer conference happened on Monday, with founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg taking the stage to announce the latest updates to come from the social network’s universe. Not only was Zuckerberg sharing new features from the Facebook platform, but he also gave us glimpses into what we can expect from companies that […]

Lawmakers Who Are Trying To Regulate Facebook Have No Idea How The Internet Actually Works!

The recent Cambridge Analytica scandal that has rocked Facebook does not seem to be reaching a conclusion any time soon. The Facebook boss had already given an explanation as to what changes they had made to make sure such an incident doesn’t occur again, but the pitchforks were still raised! Yesterday Mark Zuckerberg went before […]

Of WhatsApp’s 2 hour outage, and the political power an app can have

WhatsApp is that kind of app that just works. Unless some government blocks it ofcourse. So it came as a shock for most people globally a few hours ago, when the app stopped working, that it could stop. In Zimbabwe, like elsewhere in the world, #WhatsAppdown trended on Twitter as people complained that their messages […]

Facebook to launch internet satellite in Africa in the “next few months”, Zuckerberg at F8

Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said yesterday that his company is close to launch its first satellite into space to provide Internet access to Sub-saharan Africa. The satellite will be launched in the “next few months” he said. The satellites were first announced last year in October. Facebook has partnered a European satellite operator called Eutelsat and all this is part […]

Mark Zuckerberg’s disappointment with India’s ban on Free Basics, and the internet’s reaction

While net neutrality proponents celebrated the victory, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook and the man pushing for Free Basics took to Facebook (where else, really) to express his disappointment and to let people know that his team wouldn’t be giving up on India or its mission to offer a free internet.

India bans Facebook’s Free Basics – offers Zimbabwean regulators another chance at self reflection

The net neutrality cause got a huge boost today when the Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) permanently banned Facebook’s Free Basics on the grounds of net neutrality violations.

Telecel to partner Facebook for free internet service

In the latest bit of information to be shared about the service, it has been confirmed that Telecel is the mobile operator that will be partnering with Facebook and for the launch in the Zimbabwe. This information was shared by sources working on the Free Basics implementation.

Here’s what you need to sign up your website for Facebook’s Free Basics

Free Basics is set for launch in Zimbabwe and here are some requirements that site owners have to meet if they want to sign up their properties on it.

Facebook’s Free Basics service shut down in Egypt

Egypt becomes the second country to block the service after India made the move as part of a response to concerns raised around Free Basics’ net neutrality violations. Etisalat Egypt, Facebook, and Egyptian officials haven’t mentioned the reason behind the shutdown in Egypt but there has been a lot of speculation that the country is also concerned about the same net neutrality violations.

Facebook to introduce Free Basics internet in Zimbabwe, the project from Facebook which facilitates free internet access to specific website and platforms, and is now working under the name of Free Basics, is set to be launched for the Zimbabwean market in January 2016.

WhatsApp blocking in Brazil, Zuckerberg’s business plea, and why the MNOs are fighting a losing battle

As you’ve probably heard, WhatsApp will be blocked in Brazil by all mobile operators for some 48 hours. The reason: The operators have mourned to the government to block WhatsApp because it’s eating their revenues as people don’t call much anymore. The government, so far, had refused, but then someone (either the government itself or the operators […]