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Ethiopia is developing local rival Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp for better monitoring of its population

Ethiopia has begun developing its own social media platform to rival Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, though it does not plan to block the global services, the state communications security agency said. Ethiopia has been engulfed since last year in an armed conflict pitting the federal government against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls […]

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Tech

Twitter to make changes to new design and font after users complain of headaches and discomfort

Twitter is making changes to its new redesign, after users complained of headaches and discomfort. Unveiled only last week, the redesign mainly involved high-contrast colours and a custom-designed font, Chirp. At the time, the social network said it “might feel weird at first” but would improve content consumption and clean up “visual clutter”. But many, […]

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India: Twitter accounts of opposition leader Rahul Gandhi among thousands locked

Twitter has reportedly locked several accounts run by opposition party including that of Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. The accounts were locked after they tweeted a photo of the parents of a nine-year-old, who was allegedly raped and murdered in the capital, Delhi. The Congress party accused Twitter of acting on orders from the ruling […]

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Marjorie Taylor Greene: Twitter briefly suspends Republican lawmaker over ‘misleading’ tweets

Twitter briefly suspended the account of Republican lawmaker Marjorie Taylor Greene for posting “misleading” information about coronavirus. The social media giant said her account would be in “read-only mode” for 12 hours. Ms Greene, a Republican congresswoman, has been an outspoken critic of vaccines and the use of masks. Last month she apologised for likening […]

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‘Covid-19 vaccine misinformation killing people’: US President Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden has warned that the spread of Covid-19 misinformation on social media is “killing people”. He was responding to a question from a reporter about the alleged role of “platforms like Facebook” in spreading falsehoods about vaccines and the pandemic. The White House has been increasing pressure on social media companies to […]

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‘Victim Of Censorship’: Donald Trump sues Google, Twitter and Facebook

Former US President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against tech giants Google, Twitter and Facebook, claiming to be a victim of censorship. The lawsuit also targets the three companies’ CEOs. Mr Trump was suspended from his social accounts in January earlier this year over public safety concerns in the wake of the Capitol riots, led […]

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Twitter briefly restricts India’s tech minister’s account over copyright complaint

The squabble between Twitter and India’s right-wing government further escalated on Friday after the nation’s technology minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, claimed he was denied access to his account for almost an hour. “Friends! Something highly peculiar happened today,” the minister said in one of the seven tweets he posted about the incident. “Twitter denied access […]

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Nigerian President Muhammadu BuharI forms team to negotiate with Twitter, two weeks after ban

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari assembled a reconciliation team to lead negotiations with Twitter, more than two weeks after banning the social media company’s operation indefinitely. The move came about after Twitter wrote to the President “seeking to engage with the Federal Government over the suspension,” according to a statement on Tuesday. The team comprises some […]

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Video of man marrying 37th time in front of his 28 wives, 135 children and 126 grandchildren goes viral

An internet video going viral shows a man reportedly getting married for the 37th time. Yes! You read that number right. This bizarre viral clip was shared on Twitter with the caption “Bravest Living man” and claimed that his 37th wedding took place in front of his 28 wives, 135 children and 126 grandchildren. However, […]

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Nigerian government will prosecute anyone breaching country’s Twitter ban

The Nigerian government will prosecute anyone found to have breached the country’s ban on the social media firm Twitter. The government announced on Friday it was suspending Twitter’s operations in the country. Mobile phone networks blocked access after being ordered to do so, but some users are getting around the ban. The move comes after […]

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Nigeria bans Twitter for deleting President Buhari’s tweet

The government of Nigeria “indefinitely suspended” Twitter’s operations in the country, the Ministry of Information and Culture announced in a statement on Friday. “The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria,” it read. The statement, which was posted on the ministry’s official Twitter handle on […]

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Twitter expresses concern over freedom of expression in India

Twitter expressed concern over freedom of expression in India, days after police visited its offices. The police served notice to the social media giant after it labelled a ruling party tweet “manipulated media”. Twitter had applied the label to a post by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Sambit Patra. The government has said Twitter must […]