Social Media

MISA Launches Youth Usage of Social Media Study

Media Institute of South Africa (MISA) has partnered with the Swaziland Youth Empowerment Organisation (LUVATSI) to launch its study on youth usage of social media, which focuses on the benefits and disadvantages of the use of social media by young people.

According to Vuyisile Hlatshwayo, national director for MISA Swaziland, social media is an important source of information for young people that gives them greater freedom to express themselves.

Call for Responsible Social Media Use

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) urged the public to use social networking sites responsibly.
The call came after the commission resolved a case involving, Ziyaad Kayat, who made anti-semitic statements.
In a message sent to the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) Facebook page, Kayat, stated that, "All Jews are pigs and I think we should kill you SA Jews and kill your kids and let you feel what the Palestinians are feeling."

Highway Africa Growth Pleases Kwabato

The director of Highway Africa, Chris Kwabato, says he is pleased that the conference is showing signs of growth since it started 18 years ago.

The annual conference, which is hosted by the Rhodes school of journalism and media studies, ends today (8 September 2014) in Grahamstown with more than 500 delegates from across the African Continent attending.

Kwabato says impact of social media on journalism is part of the theme this year, adding that the conference has also attracted delegates from beyond the continent.

Zim Laws to Curb Cyber-Crime

A government official has announced that Zimbabwe is crafting cyber laws to regulate activities on social media in order to protect its citizens and the state from cybercrimes.

Speaking to the parliamentary portfolio committee on Information Communication Technology, Cecilia Nyamutswa, Postal and Telecommunication Authority of Zimbabwe’s director for legal services, stated that that draft bills were ready and would soon be transmitted to the Attorney-General's office for legal direction and finalisation.

Facebook Offers Free Internet Access

Facebook is launching a mobile application to give users in Zambia free access to a handful of online services on mobile phones, to broaden an effort of boosting Internet usage in underdeveloped countries.
In partnership with wireless operator Airtel, the application will offer more than a dozen services including online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, websites devoted to weather, job listings and health information, as well as Facebook's own social network and messaging service.

Feel Good Activism - Clicking Isn't Enough

The phrase ‘it starts with the person in the mirror’ is often used as a call to action. A way of telling us we should be the change we want to see. It’s a cliché that’s inspired many into doing some great things, be it cleaning up their environment or even volunteering for a good cause. But I believe we only grasp the phrase at surface level, ignoring the deeper meaning it possesses. When we think of the person in the mirror we shouldn’t only translate it as a call to action, we should start by thinking about our motives and interrogating why we want to take action.

Social Media, Rape Culture, and How Women Fight Back

The recent suspension and dismissal of FHM editor, Max Barashenkov, and editorial assistant, Montle Moorosi, for having made a joke out of ‘corrective rape’ on the former’s Facebook page, come at a point at which the border between our public and private lives is not only blurred by our participation in social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), but in an age where violence against women has run rampant.

NMF Calls Volunteers on Mandela’s Birthday

The Nelson Mandela Foundation is hoping that volunteers around the world will donate 67 minutes of their time when South Africa's former president turns 95 on 18 July 2013.

Mandela remained hospitalised in critical but stable condition for a recurring lung infection from 8 June 2013.

The foundation's Twitter feed is asking people to join in the volunteer-day initiative. The Twitter feed often shares quotes from the man who spent 27 years in prison during white racist rule in South Africa.


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