Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates



Is TikTok Reviewing & Censoring Videos Posted By Users?

TikTok recently announced that their app had been downloaded 1.5 billion times and calling that feat impressive is an understatement. In fact, it ranks them 3rd globally among non-gaming apps downloaded this year trailing behind WhatsApp and Messenger only. Behind all that success, however, are questions regarding how the application owned by a parent Chinese-company […]

ZRP Dismisses Social Media Bank Notes Story As Fake News

The ZRP has become the latest in an ever-growing list of organisations to dismiss stories circulating on social media. The national police force released an official statement dismissing stories alleging government official Energy Mutodi was involved in circulating fake banknotes: The Zimbabwe Republic Police wishes to categorically dismiss social media posts that they held a […]

ZESA Denounces Fake Twitter Accounts Which “Mislead” & “Defraud” Consumers

ZESA has released a statement in response to an infamous Twitter account which has been getting attention for clapping back at customers who can’t tell the difference between official and parodies of ZETDC’s twitter account with tweets such as these: ZETDC’s has now issued out an official statement through their account and it reads: ZETDC […]

Saudi Government Accused Of Hiring Twitter Employees To Spy On Critics

Prosecutors in the United States are saying that two ex-Twitter employees were hired by the Saudi regime in order to access personal account information about critics of the Saudi government. According to the complaint filed, the accounts compromised included those of journalists – one with more than a million followers and popular critics of Saudi […]

Ministry Of Information Says We Were Hacked After “Satanic US Embassy” Tweet

On the 2nd of November, the Ministry of Information’s Twitter account, appeared to have gone berserk when they responded to a tweet about the ongoing Doctor’s strike with a barrage of insults to the Doctor’s along with a jibe at the US embassy which was called satanic in the now deleted tweet. The Ministry of […]

Nigerian Government Considering Social Media Regulation

World governments have a pretty complex relationship with tech giants and social media companies right now. The Nigerian government is among nations looking at a way of making social media better. The government is reportedly considering ways to “sanitise” social media. Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture was quoted as saying the time was right […]

Crisis Communication Is Not Just For Corporates: The Zimbabwe Gender Commission’s Missed Opportunity

NB: This article was written before yesterday when the ZGC issued a fuller statement about the alleged dress code mooted to curb sexual harassment in tertiary students in Zimbabwean universities, You can read their full report here. A few years ago, I wrote an article bemoaning the public relations response of Econet, Zimbabwe’s largest telecommunications […]

WhatsApp Rolling Out Feature That Allows You To Choose Who Can Add You In Groups Globally

Back in April, WhatsApp started rolling out a much-anticipated feature – the ability to choose who can and cannot add you to groups. Unfortunately for most of us the feature was rolled out to Indian users only. Half a year later, WhatsApp has finally decided that this feature can start rolling out globally and this […]

Trump Joins Game Streaming Service Twitch

The only predictable characteristic of United States President Donald Trump is that he isn’t exactly a predictable fella. His latest move doubles down on that unpredictability. Trump recently joined game streaming site Twitch. To the uninitiated, gamers record and share gameplay with other gamers and fans on the website. Does this mean Trump will now […]

For #Twimbos, It’s a Marvelous Time To Be On Twitter

By Fungai Machirori Twimbos – the collective term used to describe Zimbabweans on Twitter – have indeed come a long way. Just under a decade ago, when the platform had only a few active and consistent users, most Twimbos tended to know each other personally. And where they didn’t, physical meetings would be convened here […]

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 […]

Twitter ‘Hide Replies’ Feature Being Tested In More Countries

Twitter is expanding its testing of the hide replies feature to users in USA and Japan. The feature will allow the user who tweeted to hide replies on their tweets (viewers will be able to see the hidden replies). Twitter is doing this to afford users a higher level of control on their tweets. According […]

LinkedIn’s New Skill Assesment Validates Your Skills In Certain Areas

LinkedIn is social media for grown-ups and in line with the no-nonsense approach that most of us take once we go there, they’ve introduced a new Skill Assesment feature that allows “recruiters and hiring managers to more effectively pinpoint which candidates are a good match on the basis of proven skills.” Hiring is one of […]

Interview With Zim’s Viral Genius Who Got 5 Million Impressions For Tweeting From KFC Ice Cream Machine

Yesterday Ed Tatenda Chitambo broke the internet with a simple but pretty interesting tweet: So y'all tweeting from iPhone and Android. Have you seen what I'm using? — Ed Tatenda Chitambo (@edychitambo) August 26, 2019 This isn’t the first time something Tatenda has done has gone viral. Last year when WhatsApp introduced the stickers feature, […]

Google Accuses China Of Using YouTube To Interfere In Hong Kong Protests

Google isn’t so happy with come actions coming out of China in attempts to stop the Hong Kong protests. The tech giant has accused china of spreading misinformation and discord among protestors. The company took action and disabled 210 YouTube accounts they believed to have been working to influence viewers: Earlier this week, as part […]

Facebook Accused Of Transcribing Audio Messages Sent Via Messenger

Facebook and privacy are new water and oil. Regardless of how much the company says they will do better on the privacy front, the last two years have just proved that privacy is not a core concern for the social media giant. Most recently, Bloomberg has reported that the company paid contractors to transcribe users’ […]

ZimboTube Is Zim’s Version Of YouTube – Is It Necessary?

Scrolling through ZimboTube left me with mixed feelings. The website is well designed and works well enough but I also can’t help but feel the same way I’ve felt about apps like Sasai, Magaya’s Let’s Chat and Ndeip. These are all decent applications but they don’t incentivise users to flee from the giants they’ve become […]

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: […]

Twitter Reacts To Econet Blackout

As you may know by now, Econet network (and EcoCash by association) seems to have blacked out in most of the country. Those who rely on more than one network took to Twitter to vent their frustrations with the largest mobile network provider. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount […]

What Does Twitter’s Desktop Redesign Add?

If you use Twitter for Desktop (why would you???) you may have noticed a new refreshed design that was rolled out earlier this week. If you haven’t, the redesign looks like this: Apart from a refreshed design what else has been added and does this make the desktop site better to use? Well, first of […]

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. […]

Tinder Lite Now Available, Allowing Less Fancy Devices To Try Out Online Dating

Back in May, the CEO of Match (who own Tinder) said the following: Tinder Lite will be a smaller app to download. It will take less space on your phone, making Tinder more effective, even in more remote areas or regions. And keep in mind, these are regions where data usage still comes at a […]

Twitter Was Down But Now Back Up For Most People

What is happening with these big platforms? recently Facebook and WhatsApp were both experiencing problems. Today, Twitter has been hit by a funny outage. The team at Twitter at first didn’t seem sure what’s happening and they just said they were investigating: [Investigating] We are currently investigating issues people are having accessing Twitter. We will keep […]

France Passes Bill That Will Allow Them To Fine FB & Tech Companies For Keeping Hate Speech On Their Platform

French government has approved some measures aimed at tech giants to force them to remove hateful content as soon as possible. Once the bill is approved it will push companies such a Facebook to remove hate speech in 24hrs- after it has been flagged. Failure to do so will result could result in a fine […]

WhatsApp Might Be Good For Your Wellbeing According To Recent Study

WhatsApp and social networks get a pretty bad reputation for all the ills they are said to have brought on society. Apart from mailing communication extremely cheap there hasn’t been much appreciation given to these services. Until now… A recent study by researchers at Edge Hill University found that spending time communicating with your loved […]

Twitter’s New Policy Aimed At Government Officials Won’t Affect Most Local Politicians

Twitter recently introduced a new policy that was believed by most to be targeting Donald Trump under the guise of changes affecting popular figures and the impact of what they tweet. The feature is meant to strike a balance when influential individuals post updates that violate Twitter’s rules. Twitter conceded the following: Serving the public […]

Minister Mthuli Ncube Doesn’t Respond To Tweets To Avoid Altercation

During Mthuli Ncube’s informal meeting with Journalists before the bombshell that was the re-introduction of the Zimdollar, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said he only tweets and avoids responding in order to avoid public altercations. Considering the backlash the Minister and his policies and reforms have received over the past few months, it’s pretty understandable that […]

NetOne Continues To Take Digs At Econet In Its Marketing Material

NetOne has made some interesting marketing efforts of late, and it seems central to their marketing is taking subtle digs at Econet wherever they can. This playfulness will probably appeal to subscribers who usually welcome drama with open arms. Back when NetOne announced their 1.2GB data bundle they struck with this: Ok, that one wasn’t […]

Facebook’s Libra Won’t Be Introduced In Countries That Ban Crypto’s Or Are Under US Sanctions

Whilst it looks like Facebook will have to deal with some regulatory hurdles before rolling out, another stumbling block will be the country’s attitude towards cryptos and whether or not that country is under sanctions. Techcrunch spoke to a Calibra spokesperson who cited that sanctions and hostility towards cryptos is a no-no: The Libra Blockchain […]

Chief Charumbira Calls For Measures To Control Fake Social Media Accounts

Another day, another politician complaining about social media and its impact. Chief Fortune Charumbira asked Deputy information minister, Energy Mutodi what the government is doing in response to fake social media accounts. The question was asked in the Senate as Charumbira said he was a victim of these fake accounts, with a fake account created […]