Facebook, the world’s most popular social network with over 750 million members, has become an everyday feature of modern society, allowing users to stay connected with people from all across the globe. However, the relative ease with which it is possible to become ‘friends’ with total strangers on the social networking platform has resulted in some women becoming victims of cyber crime.
Three months after giving birth to my son, I discovered that we were both HIV positive. My boyfriend, the baby’s father, tried to blame me. At that time, we lived 400 kilometres away from each other. He had already told me that his sexual desires were causing him to go and seek satisfaction outside our relationship, but he insinuated that it was someone in my past, and not him who had given me HIV. I lost all hope in finding true love and a man who'll love me and protect me.
A study released by technology research organisation World Wide Worx and online reputation management group Fuseware, has found that nearly a quarter of South Africa’s population actively uses social network, MXit.
The study also found that Facebook appears to be losing some of its early appeal as the youth turn to BlackBerry’s instant messaging service instead.
They say currently, MXit remains the most popular site by far, with 10-million active users.
The Department of Communications has called for the decryption of BlackBerry-type messenger services like BBMs amid an increase in cyber-crime in this space.
Speaking at the Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (Satnac) in East London in the Eastern Cape, Deputy Minister, Kopeng Obed Bapela, pointed out that South Africa might have to follow Britain and Saudi Arabia for a decryption system, if crimes were committed using social messenger services.
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has expressed concern about the unregulated nature of communication activity on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and others.
In a press statement, SAHRC chairperson, Lawrence Mushwana, points out that the current environment where there are no regulatory mechanisms to fully subject, among others, user-registration to the relevant legislative provisions, has resulted in users of these sites engaging in acts of hate speech or other human rights violations.
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For the first time, the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) is using social media to spread awareness about the Nelson Mandela Day celebrated on 18 July.
NMF information and communications manager, Sello Hatang, states that, “The first two years of Mandela Day, the foundation was not officially on any social media platforms.”
The following issues will be covered in an interactive session presented by specialists from both organisations:
Using mobile phones, Africans join the global conversation