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Twitter Reacts As Whatsapp Reportedly Crashes Worldwide Except In Nigeria

Popular messaging platform Whatsapp owned by Facebook reportedly crashed worldwide over the past few hours. The development occurred just a few hours after whatsapp announced that it would be reducing the number of forwarded messages for users worldwide. However, it was observed that the app did not crash in Nigeria and many Nigerians have taken to social media to share hilarious tweets. See reaction below; Whatsapp is down worldwide but in Nigeria it is working actively. Shout out yo Benin people, we knew u…

Instagram Co-Founders Resign In Latest Facebook Executive Exit

Instagram said co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have resigned as chief executive officer and chief technical officer of the photo-sharing app owned by Facebook Inc, giving scant explanation for the move. The departures at Facebook’s fastest-growing revenue generator come just months after the exit of Jan Koum, co-founder of Facebook-owned messaging app, WhatsApp, media reports on Tuesday. These exits leave the social network without the developers behind two of its biggest services. They also come at a…

Fake News: Police Arrest WhatsApp Group Admin, Members

For allegedly circulating fake news, the Kano state police have arrested the administrator and members of a WhatsApp group. PRNigeria reports that the group was spreading the picture of a woman who was accused of trafficking children in Kano. Police spokesperson, Magaji Musa, in a statement said the suspects were arrested following a complaint the woman issued. The administrator and members of the WhatsApp group, when interrogated, begged for forgiveness for circulating the fake information about the woman who…

WhatsApp Introduces Group Video Call For Android, IPhone Users

WhatsApp group calling feature with both voice and video support is finally live. First discovered back in October last year, group calling on the Facebook-owned messaging app was officially announced by Facebook at its annual F8 developer conference in May this year. The new WhatsApp feature is now available for users around the world on iOS and Android. Notably, the group calling feature supports up to four people at the same time. WhatsApp users are claimed to be spending over 2 billion minutes on calls per day, meaning…

FG To Nigerians: Don’t Share Any Information You Can’t Vouch On Social Media

The Federal Government on Wednesday admonished Nigerians not to share any information for which they cannot vouch on Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp as a measure to curtail fake news menace. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed gave the admonition in Abuja at the launch of National Campaign against Fake News. He urged social media users that before sharing any information on Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp, they should ascertain how credible the source was. Mohammed said the campaign against fake…

Uganda Imposes Tax On Facebook And Whatsapp To Tackle Gossiping

Uganda’s lawmakers has passed a controversial law to impose tax on people using social media apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Viber etc. The tax which is expected to come into effect today, June 1, 2018, imposes a 200 shilling (an equivalent of ₦20) daily levy on people using social media and other messaging apps. The Uganda parliament introduced a new Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill to pass the social media tax law in response to the country’s 73years old president Yoweri Museveni’s letter to the country’s…

The ‘Forwarded As Received’ Warfare

This is not a drill. If you are keeping questionable images and videos on your phone, you may want to think twice. A Nigerian man has just been deported from the US after immigration officials randomly stopped him at the airport and searched his phone. They found gory images and hate messages that people normally send around by WhatsApp under the umbrella of “forwarded as received”. He explained that his phone is set to automatically download received files, and that he was not the sender of the offensive messages. They…

Blackberry Sues Facebook Over Patent Infringement

BlackBerry filed a lawsuit in California on Tuesday against Facebook, alleging that the social network and its WhatsApp and Instagram subsidiaries infringed on its messaging app patents. According to CNN, the software company says Facebook is “using a number of the innovative security, user interface, and functionality enhancing features that made BlackBerry’s products such a critical and commercial success in the first place”. Facebook has said it is ready to fight, adding that the Canadian company has abandoned its…

WeChat Surpasses One Billion Monthly Users

WeChat has hit one billion monthly users for the first time, the owner of the Chinese messaging app has revealed. The vast majority of its users are based in China, where it's known as Weixin, and where the recent Lunar New Year boosted it past the milestone. But it is still lagging behind Facebook-owned WhatsApp which has about 1.5 billion monthly users. WeChat is the jewel in the crown of Chinese tech giant Tencent. But why is it so popular? Here are five reasons it has done so well. It's not just about…
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