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A malicious version of a popular WhatsApp messenger mod (unofficial modification of the app) called FMWhatsapp has been discovered by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky. This mod spreads the Triada mobile Trojan, which downloads other Trojans and can launch ads, issue subscriptions, and intercept a user’s SMSs. Even though WhatsApp is one of...
Ethiopia has begun development on its own social media platforms to rival US-based social networks like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. The state communications security agency said on Monday that the country does not have any plans to block the global services, as per Reuters. Instead, according to the director general...
Social media mainstay Facebook has announced today the launch of its Marketplace platform to 37 more countries and territories in Sub-Saharan Africa. The platform is currently available in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria. Facebook Marketplace is a convenient destination for users of the social network where they can find,...
WhatsApp is planning to launch fully native tablet-supporting apps for the first time, as the chat platform continues to expand its encryption features for true multi-device connection without the requirement of a smartphone. According to 9To5Mac, Mark Zuckerberg hinted in June that the app was coming to Apple's tablet. The...
OnlyFans, a site where users pay to access videos and pictures from celebrities and other content creators, has announced that it will soon ban adult content from its platform from October. "In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the platform, and to continue to host an inclusive community of...
Last week, IT News Africa reported that Nigerian authorities were expecting to lift the country's ban of social network Twitter "in the next few days or weeks", according to Nigeria's Information Minister, Lai Mohammed. The Minister said that the Federal Government's negotiations with Twitter were soon to be concluded and...
According to the findings of a study by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, dating app scammers pose a serious barrier to people wanting to use such services. In particular, 35% of respondents in South Africa are afraid to use them, as they fear being deceived by fraudsters, and 35% generally do not...
Nigeria is soon expected to lift its ban on Twitter, according to Information Minister Lai Mohammed who relayed as much on Wednesday. This comes after the apparent resolution of some of the differences between the country's Federal Government and the California-based social network, writes Reuters. Twitter's operations in Africa's most...
Instagram has launched a set of new features to help protect its users from abuse on its platform. "We have a responsibility to make sure everyone feels safe when they come to Instagram," says the Facebook-owned picture sharing social media platform. The company says that it is constantly listening to feedback...
In a novel move for chat commerce in the continent, KFC South Africa has announced the launch of an innovative chat-ordering channel. The channel will allow customers to place a food order via WhatsApp for collection, and will soon even have the functionality to pay for the order via...
South African eMedia, owners of E-tv and Openview, has launched a new video-on-demand streaming service called eVOD. The new service comes after a partnership with SA telco giant MTN. "eMedia Investments is excited to announce the launch of a new online viewing platform in an exclusive three-year partnership with mobile...
Tech titan Apple is set to roll out a new technology that will allow the company to scan through the iCloud library of users and detect and report known child sexual abuse materials (CSAM) to the relevant law enforcement in a way, the company says, will preserve user privacy. The...
WhatsApp has launched its "View Once" feature, which deletes photos or videos from your WhatsApp chats after they've been opened by the media's intended recipient. Now, when a user wants to make a video or photo they are sending "View Once" they can tap the green '1' button that is...
Strengthening your company’s reputation through online platforms is an important part of brand management. For executives who are navigating through social media, it is even more important to avoid certain behaviours when interacting in this space in a personal and professional capacity. To keep in check with what is permissible, executives...
Social media platform Twitter has begun testing its new Shop Module e-commerce feature, beginning on Wednesday. The new feature is set to be Twitter's version of other e-commerce novelties offered by social networks like Facebook's Marketplace and Instagram's Checkout. With Shop Module, Twitter users can scroll and tap through a...
Spotify is introducing a "What's New" feed, which will deliver ongoing updates about new releases in music and podcasts to its mobile app. The feed will work similarly to those found in social networks like Facebook, as a constant stream of notifications under a "bell" icon in order to keep...
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