Social Media

GovChat gets global recognition with UNICEF partnership

The citizen engagement platform signs a partnership deal with UNICEF to advance child protection, youth engagement and social policy initiatives.


Trump gives Microsoft until 15 September to buy TikTok

After threatening to ban TikTok, US president Donald Trump gives Microsoft six weeks to complete acquisition negotiations with its mother company, ByteDance.


The COVID-19 chatbot that saved lives

Praekelt’s Feersum Engine is an AI-powered conversational platform that builds intelligent assistants with the ability to chat to millions of users in multiple local languages.


Twitter hack masterminds charged in the US

The three suspects, two of whom are teenagers, are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering and the intentional access of a protected computer.

22 Jul

SA's top TikTok influencers stand to cash in

A new report states that 3.43% of TikTok influencers in SA have over 100 000 followers, and can collaborate with brands and get paid for advertising.

22 Jul

‘Think with Google’ launches for Sub-Saharan Africa

The Sub-Saharan African edition of online resources hub, Think with Google, launched this week.

21 Jul

GovChat uses social media to help SASSA manage FAQs

The citizen engagement platform will assist SASSA in managing frequently asked questions about the R350 relief grant, via WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.


Twitter fights to rebuild trust after ‘embarrassing’ hack

The social media platform continues its investigation of the hacking incident, working with law enforcement in a bid to bring the perpetrators to book.


New emojis debut on World Emoji Day

As the world celebrates World Emoji Day, over 117 new emojis are expected to make their debut in 2020, including COVID-19 emojis.

Jul 16, 2020

High-profile Twitter accounts hijacked in crypto scam

A coordinated social engineering attack targets top users like Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Barack Obama and Kim Kardashian, among others.

Jul 15, 2020

African leaders selected for Facebook community accelerator

The social media giant welcomes 12 community leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa to its first community accelerator, with six of them from SA.

Jul 14, 2020

Over 3.4bn people to use social networks by 2023

By 2023, 44% of the global population will use social networks, with the evolution of smartphone tech driving new iterations on old ideas of social media.