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Egypt Sentences Tourist to Eight Years in Prison for Facebook Post

Egypt Sentences Tourist to Eight Years in Prison for Facebook Post

Human rights groups estimate that as many as 60 000 political prisoners languish in Egyptian jails under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, which is significantly more than under the previous regime. Freedoms and liberties are waning to the extent that the country has detained a tourist for what it terms ‘incitement to overthrow the ruling system […]

Uganda imposes WhatsApp and Facebook tax ‘to stop gossip’

Uganda imposes WhatsApp and Facebook tax ‘to stop gossip’

Uganda’s parliament has passed a law to impose a controversial tax on people using social media platforms. It imposes a 200 shilling [$0.05, £0.04, R0.63] daily levy on people using internet messaging platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Twitter. President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for the changes, arguing that social media encouraged gossip. The law […]

Facebook & Instagram help put African tourism on the social media map

Facebook & Instagram help put African tourism on the social media map

Attending the Annual World Tourism Conference in Rwanda, Facebook (www.Facebook.com) and Instagram representatives were in Kigali this week (28-31 August) to discuss and explore ways in which social media can be used to effectively drive tourism growth across the Continent. Showcasing how both platforms can be used as a tool to creatively help change the […]

Socialite Tazvi Mhaka clears the air on Pokello relationship

Socialite Tazvi Mhaka clears the air on Pokello relationship

Flamboyant businessman and socialite Tazvi “Chief J” Mhaka has joined the bandwagon of defending former Big Brother Africa contestant Pokello Nare after she was roasted on social media for attending his yacht party in Cape Town, South Africa and “hanging out” with married men in the absence of her husband. Pokello, who is married to […]

SportPesa Jackpot Winner Abisai Pictured with White Woman and Social Media is Ungovernable

SportPesa Jackpot Winner Abisai Pictured with White Woman and Social Media is Ungovernable

The winner of Sh221 million SportPesa jackpot Samuel Abisai has become an online sensation after posting a holiday picture on his Facebook page that has raised eyebrows. On Sunday, Abisai posted a photo of himself standing with a white woman at an unknown location. A safari van in the background gave the impression of the […]

Facebook moves into larger South Africa Offices as African growth accelerates: 170 million Africans Access Facebook per month

Facebook moves into larger South Africa Offices as African growth accelerates: 170 million Africans Access Facebook per month

Facebook has moved its Johannesburg offices into new premises, creating a new home for the company to work with its partners to boost innovation and provide an African home for the Facebook culture. The new office will continue to provide support to Facebook advertisers, application developers and other key partners across the continent. “Since we […]

Facebook’s Chief Product Officer, Chris Cox, makes first visit to Senegal

Facebook’s Chief Product Officer, Chris Cox, makes first visit to Senegal

Chris Cox, Chief Product Officer at Facebook, is in Senegal today to find out how the country’s creatives, developers and entrepreneurs are using Facebook and Instagram to bring their passions to life. Senegal is Chris’ last stop on a trip to West Africa which has seen him visit Nigeria and Ghana to learn how Facebook […]

How a selfie with Merkel changed Syrian refugee’s life

How a selfie with Merkel changed Syrian refugee’s life

Syrian refugee Anas Modamani waited with his mobile phone ready at the entrance to his shelter in Berlin on September 10, 2015 – and when German Chancellor Angela Merkel emerged, he snapped a selfie. The photo quickly went viral, becoming a symbol for Merkel’s refugee policy, when she opened Germany’s borders to hundreds of thousands […]

Facebook challenges developers in the Middle East and Africa to create the smartest Bots for Messenger

Facebook challenges developers in the Middle East and Africa to create the smartest Bots for Messenger

Facebook is challenging developers across the Middle East and Africa to create innovative bots in the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge. This aligns with Facebook’s commitment to promote innovation in the Middle East and Africa by providing developers and start-ups with the tools they need to build, grow, monetize, and measure products and services. Facebook […]

Court Orders Facebook to Delete ‘Defamatory’ Posts Against Lawyer Fred Muwema

Court Orders Facebook to Delete ‘Defamatory’ Posts Against Lawyer Fred Muwema

The High Court in Ireland has accepted global social media giant Facebook’s plea to conceal self-styled social media activist Tom Voltaire Okwalinga (TVO)’s identity arguing that revealing it to one of Uganda’s senior lawyers, Mr Fred Muwema would put his life in danger and expose him to harassment from the government. The decision contained in […]

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