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Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp suspended during Zambia’s election

Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp suspended during Zambia’s election

Zambia officials threatened to suspend all broadband services on the day of its election to combat misinformation. In the end, its Ministry of Information froze traffic on WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. In the fight to stem the spread political misinformation during its presidential election, has Zambia compromised a sense of genuine democracy? When it comes to political advertising, social media sites frankly don’t know whether to stick or twist. Throughout large...

By London, UK
Facebook accused of using ‘privacy concerns’ to avoid data transparency

Facebook accused of using ‘privacy concerns’ to avoid data transparency

Back again with yet another story concerning data privacy and Facebook. But, there’s a twist this time around – Facebook is on the offensive. General public opinion of Facebook has all but fallen off a cliff in recent years. Following the blunder of Cambridge Analytica, we’ve heard endless stories of political manipulation on the app, nefarious sales through Facebook Marketplace, and a lax approach to user privacy and misinformation...

By London, UK
Study suggests Gen Z prioritise digital life over real life

Study suggests Gen Z prioritise digital life over real life

A new survey shows that young people now believe the way you present yourself online is more important than real life. Is our digital avatar now the priority? If you’ve been active online at all during the last fifteen years, you’ll no doubt have made at least one social media profile somewhere. Whether it be MSN or Myspace in the early noughties, or TikTok and Snapchat in the present day,...

By London, UK
Twitter India concedes to Modi’s problematic digital media law

Twitter India concedes to Modi’s problematic digital media law

Twitter joins Facebook and YouTube as the latest digital platform complicit in India’s problematic digital media law. Is it a matter of time before the whole of Silicon Valley caves to legal pressure? Digital democracy is fast dying out within India’s borders, as social media companies cave at the prospect of losing the world’s second largest market. Just three months ago, we were pleased to report that Twitter had abstained...

By London, UK