Twitter taps into machine learning to stop abusive content
The company enforces a hateful conduct policy against content that incites fear, which has since been expanded to include content that dehumanises.
TikTok bans promotion of crypto, forex trading products
The video-sharing social media network prohibits promotion of crypto-currency and forex trading products, as part of a list of newly-banned content.
YouTube takes on TikTok, Instagram with short-form videos
The online video-sharing platform introduces a beta version of its short-form video service, to better compete with rivals TikTok and Instagram Reels.
Online shopping boom leads to social commerce trend
PayFast reveals Gen Z’s growing influence on SA’s e-commerce landscape, as this generation moves local shopping to social media platforms.
Big tech gets on board to improve online spaces for women
Stopping online abuse and harassment of women must be a priority, says the Web Foundation, after Facebook, Google, TikTok and Twitter commit to making their platforms safe.
TikTok tightens security measures as regulators zero in
The video-sharing social media network removed almost 72 million videos from its platform in the first quarter, for violating its community guidelines.
SA’s top social media, messenger services revealed
The SA Social Media Landscape Report 2021 shows that close to 100% of people access social media via their mobile devices.
Girls in ICT Day discussion looks to inspire young women
The International Telecommunication Union readies to host a virtual high-level panel session to encourage more girls and young women to actively pursue careers in STEM.
TikTok settles privacy lawsuit for $92 million
If accepted by a federal judge, the settlement will be divided among US-based users of the app.
Global app downloads breached 200bn in 2020
2020 saw a record number of downloaded mobile apps globally, with demand expected to accelerate in 2021, says the App Annie State of Mobile report.
TikTok partners to boost African creator economy
TikTok signs partnerships with local companies, as it sets its sights on growing its African market share.