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FILE PHOTO - The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone in this picture illustration taken December 2, 2019. REUTERS-Johanna Geron-Illustration-

Facebook’s Donald Trump ban will be reviewed by new oversight board

Facebook vice president Nick Clegg says the company is referring its decision to indefinitely suspend former President Trump from its platform to its newly-established oversight board for a complete review. The president’s Facebook account was suspended indefinitely on January 7th after he incited his followers to attack the US Capitol on January 6th. Six people died in the ensuing riots.
FILE PHOTO - A Twitter logo is seen outside the company headquarters in San Francisco, California, U.S., January 11, 2021. REUTERS-Stephen Lam

Twitter locks account of China’s U.S. embassy over its defence of Xinjiang policy

Twitter has locked the account of China’s U.S. embassy for a tweet that defended China’s policy towards Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang, which the U.S. social media platform said violated its stand against “dehumanizing” people.
(FILES) This file photo taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of US online news and social networking service Twitter displayed on computers’ screens. – Twitter said July 28, 2020 it had withdrawn a video retweeted by President Donald Trump in which doctors made allegedly false claims about the coronavirus pandemic, after Facebook took similar action. “Tweets with the video are in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy. We are taking action in line with our policy,” a Twitter spokesperson said, declining to give details on how many people had watched the video.The video was also removed by Facebook on Monday evening, said a company spokesperson, explaining that the footage shared “false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19.” (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)

China concerned over locked Twitter account of its United States embassy

China is concerned over news that social network Twitter has locked the account of its embassy in the United States, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.
President-elect Joe Biden is filling out his State Department team with a group of former career diplomats and veterans of the Obama administration, signaling his desire to return to a more traditional foreign policy after four years of uncertainty and unpredictability under President Donald Trump.

Joe Biden’s @POTUS Twitter account start with zero followers

President Biden is going to need some Twitter followers. Twitter has wiped out all followers from the @POTUS and @WhiteHouse accounts once Biden was sworn in, today, January 20th, rather than transferring the accounts’ existing followers over to the new administration. That’s what what Rob Flaherty, Biden’s digital director, said would happen in late December.
Twitter said Tuesday it was rolling out tweets which disappear after 24 hours, joining rival social platforms in offering ephemeral messages.

Turkey slaps ad ban on Twitter under new social media law

Ankara has imposed advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest after they failed to appoint local representatives in Turkey under a new social media law, according to decisions published on Tuesday.

Telegram says it ‘shut down hundreds of public calls for violence’ in US last...

Amid rising political tensions in the United States, Telegram founder Pavel Durov says his chat service has taken down hundreds of public calls for violence, in accordance with the platform’s terms of service.
FILE PHOTO - Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni arrives for the opening of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 9, 2020. REUTERS-Tiksa Negeri

President Museveni: Facebook, Twitter will not dictate what’s true or false in Uganda

Ugandan President Kaguta Museveni has condemned Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms for seeking to arbitrate over what speech should be deemed acceptable to Ugandans, saying it was an unfortunate arrogation of power.
FILE PHOTO - The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone in this picture illustration taken December 2, 2019. REUTERS-Johanna Geron-Illustration-

Facebook says starts process of appointing Turkey representative

Facebook Inc said on Monday it had started the process of appointing a legal entity as a local representative in Turkey in compliance with a new social media law which critics have said will muzzle dissent.
After experiencing technical difficulties Friday, the Signal messaging app appears to be back up and running. The company tweeted Saturday night that it was “back,” although added that some users may still see error messages in their chats.

Signal back after 24 hours outage

After experiencing technical difficulties Friday, the Signal messaging app appears to be back up and running. The company tweeted Saturday night that it was “back,” although added that some users may still see error messages in their chats. The company didn’t explain what caused the outage.
Conversations about election fraud dropped across several social media sites in the week after President Trump was banned from Twitter, an analytics firm found. (Olivier Douliery-AFP-Getty Images)

Misinformation dropped dramatically the week after Twitter banned Donald Trump

Online misinformation about election fraud plunged 73 percent after several social media sites suspended President Trump and key allies last week, research firm Zignal Labs has found, underscoring the power of tech companies to limit the falsehoods poisoning public debate when they act aggressively.
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WhatsApp delays data sharing change after backlash

The smartphone app, a huge hit across the world, cancelled its February 8 deadline for accepting an update to its terms concerning sharing data with Facebook, saying it would use the pause to clear up misinformation around privacy and security.
Twitter said Tuesday it was rolling out tweets which disappear after 24 hours, joining rival social platforms in offering ephemeral messages.

Twitter employees ‘lock’ their accounts fearing reprisal from Donald Trump supporters

According to the Times, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who was working remotely from a private island the day the riot occurred, was not totally convinced a temporary ban on the president that day was the right decision. Twitter executives told Dorsey that the response to Trump’s tweets in the day after the riot suggested there was great potential for more real-world violence, ultimately leading to the permanent suspension.
FILE PHOTO: Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) attends the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing 'Does Section 230's Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?', on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., October 28, 2020. Michael Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS

U.S. Senate Republican asks tech firms to explain account, content removals

The outgoing Republican chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee asked the chief executives of major U.S. tech firms Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Alphabet Inc and Twitter to answer detailed questions about decisions to restrict or permanently ban accounts of conservative users and other steps to restrict content or platforms.
(FILES) This file photo taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of US online news and social networking service Twitter displayed on computers’ screens. – Twitter said July 28, 2020 it had withdrawn a video retweeted by President Donald Trump in which doctors made allegedly false claims about the coronavirus pandemic, after Facebook took similar action. “Tweets with the video are in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy. We are taking action in line with our policy,” a Twitter spokesperson said, declining to give details on how many people had watched the video.The video was also removed by Facebook on Monday evening, said a company spokesperson, explaining that the footage shared “false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19.” (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)

Poland proposes social media ‘free speech’ law

Poland’s government has proposed a new law to stop social media platforms deleting content or banning users who do not break Polish laws.
FILE PHOTO - Ivan Marquez of the political party of FARC is seen after a news conference in Bogota, Colombia April 10, 2018. REUTERS-Jaime Saldarriaga-File Photo

Twitter suspends accounts of Colombian FARC dissidents

Twitter has suspended accounts linked to FARC dissidents, shortly after Colombian police requested they be taken down for inciting violence.
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WhatsApp to delay new privacy policy amid mass confusion about Facebook data sharing

WhatsApp on Friday announced a three-month delay of a new privacy policy originally slated to go into effect on February 8th following widespread confusion over whether the new policy would mandate data sharing with Facebook.
Facebook and Twitter have both cracked down significantly on fake accounts since 2016 [Jon Nazca-Reuters]

Mexico launches international campaign to regulate Facebook, Twitter

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico has railed against the seemingly aggressive censoring of U.S. President Donald Trump by major social media platforms over last week’s violence at the U.S. Capitol.
If you’re having trouble sending messages in the secure messaging app Signal, it may be due to technical difficulties the company says are affecting the app on Friday.

Signal outage keeps messages from sending

If you’re having trouble sending messages in the secure messaging app Signal, it may be due to technical difficulties the company says are affecting the app on Friday.
A photo illustration shows the suspended Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump on a smartphone in a media board cast tent at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 8, 2021. REUTERS-Joshua Roberts-Illustration

Europe’s populists fearful of social media restrictions

Europe’s populist leaders are outraged by the decision of U.S. social-media giants to block U.S. President Donald Trump from posting on their sites. They fear Facebook, Twitter and other major social media companies could start banning them, too.
Parler, which claims it had more than 12 million users before being shut out by large service providers, styles itself as a 'free-speech' space and has been favoured by supporters of US President Donald Trump [Gabby Jones-Bloomberg]

Parler chief says social app may not return

Social media platform Parler, which has gone dark after being cut off by prominent service providers that accused the app of failing to police violent content, may never get back online, said its CEO John Matze.
Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, on Wednesday backed the messaging platform’s ban of US President Donald Trump, but said it sets a “dangerous” precedent and represents a failure to promote healthy conversation on social networks.

Donald Trump ban sets ‘dangerous’ precedent – Twitter chief

Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, on Wednesday backed the messaging platform’s ban of US President Donald Trump, but said it sets a “dangerous” precedent and represents a failure to promote healthy conversation on social networks.
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Nextdoor scrambles to address QAnon after Capitol attack

For months, Nextdoor moderators have struggled with the challenge of addressing QAnon content on its neighborhood sites — but after last week’s deadly attack on the Capitol, the pressure between moderators and the company’s policy team may have reached a breaking point.

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Ex-VP Namadi Sambo advocates shift in Nigerian educational system

Former Vice President Namadi Sambo has advocated for a dynamic approach of the Nigerian educational system to produce employees with skills and ability to handle complex jobs and create opportunities for others.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has not approved any drug or vaccine for the treatment of COVID-19.

NAFDAC busts alleged illegal maize flour production facility in Yobe

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has busted an alleged illegal maize flour production outfit in Potiskum town of Yobe.
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Osun governor condemns ethnic colouration in fight against terrorism

Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has condemned the ethnic coloration in which the fight against terrorism and insurgency is taking in Nigeria.
Nobel laureate, Prof. Wọlé Soyinka, has warned that the conflict between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in different states of the federation can degenerate into civil war if the federal government fails to properly handle it.

Wole Soyinka to Nigerians: Don’t accept child hostage taking as a way of life

Following the Friday abduction of over 300 school children in Jangebe in Zamfara State, Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Saturday warned Nigerians against accepting kidnapping of school children in parts of the north as a way of life.
A former Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshall Nsikak Eduok, is dead.

Former NAF chief Nsikak Eduok laid to rest in Akwa Ibom

It was a harvest of tributes for a former Chief of Air Staff, late Air Marshall Nsikak Eduok as his remains were laid to rest in his hometown in Ibesikpo Asutan, Akwa Ibom state on Saturday.

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Chelsea are reportedly to open talks with Bayern Munich star, David Alaba, in the New Year.

David Alaba wants big pay, new position in next move

Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid target David Alaba is not leaving Bayern Munich solely due to money.
In a demonstration to tackle the menace of ghost workers that has continue to drain the coffers of government, Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed will hold a public parley with all the stakeholders involved in the payment of workers salaries in the state.

Bauchi governor reacts to Samuel Ortom’s ‘terrorist’ claims

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, on Wednesday, reacted to the statement made by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.

Nigerian Breweries declares N337 billion revenue for 2020

The revenue represented an increase of 4.3 per cent compared with N323 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2019.
House of Representatives has elected to set a limit and timeframe for any person appointed as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on acting capacity.

Bill to remove prisons from executive list passes second reading

A bill to remove prisons from exclusive list and transfer it to the concurrent list has scaled second reading in the House of Representatives.
Embattled President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has survived a second round of investigation into his conduct, giving him a boost in his re-election bid next month.

AfDB chief: Nigerian system not federalism but fatherism

The President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has lamented that the Nigerian system is not federalism but “fatherism”.