Tag: Tech

Federal Government has said it would not rest until social media is regulated in Nigeria

The Federal Government has said it would not rest until social media is regulated, noting that nobody will survive otherwise. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, sounded the note of warning in an interview with newsmen in Washington, United States of America, USA, on Wednesday. At the[Read More…]

Nigeria budgets N4.8 billion for NIA to track, intercepts and monitor WhatsApp messages

The Nigerian government has earmarked N4.8 billion for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to monitor WhatsApp, an encrypted messaging application, and Thuraya, a satellite telephone. According to TheCable, the provision is contained in the supplementary 2021 budget passed by the national assembly. On Wednesday, the National Assembly approved the sum[Read More…]

Bishop David Oyedepo backs regulation of social media in Nigeria

The presiding bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide, David Oyedepo, says unlimited access to social media platforms is robbing youths of their future. Speaking on Friday at the seventh convocation of Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara state, Oyedepo called for urgent steps to check unrestricted access to social media. He lamented[Read More…]

“We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria” – Twitter fights back Buhari’s regime #KeepitOn

The management of Twitter has reacted to the ban on its operations by the Nigerian government, assuring Nigerian users that it will work to restore access. In a statement on its Public Policy handle, the social media platform said: “We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria.[Read More…]

After Twitter, facebook deletes Buhari’s inciting “civil war” post

Facebook, another social media platform, has removed a controversial statement posted via President Muhammadu Buhari’s official page. The President had on Tuesday threatened to treat insurrectionists and those attacking facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) like Nigerian soldiers treated Igbos during the civil war. Buhari, a retired general fought[Read More…]

Microsoft new partnership to benefit millions of Nigeria says Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Leveraging Microsoft’s experience in the utilization of technology as an enabler for the delivery of public and social good, the Buhari administration is partnering with the tech giant to accelerate Nigeria’s certain advance towards a more digital economy in line with the Economic Sustainability Plan.  In a dual announcement today[Read More…]

Prince Harry is now a Chief Executive at a Silicon Valley startup

Prince Harry has officially arrived in California – The Duke of Sussex has joined Silicon Valley startup BetterUp as its chief impact officer, the company told CNN Business on Tuesday. A spokesperson for Harry also confirmed the prince’s new role. BetterUp provides coaching and mental health services to clients. The company’s[Read More…]

How tech giants use “grey surveillance” to exploit users

By Ephraim Modise A few days ago, Whatsapp, a  messaging app owned by Facebook, made an announcement that from February 8th 2021, it will be sharing users’ data with the broader network of Facebook’s services including Instagram. This has caused a lot of outrage among some of its 2 billion-plus[Read More…]

WhatsApp officially launches ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature

WhatsApp is introducing a “disappearing messages” option that will erase chats from the phone of both the sender and recipient after seven days. The Facebook-owned app, which has two billion users worldwide, said the setting would help keep chats private. But it said recipients would still be able to screenshot[Read More…]

US-based payment company Stripe, acquires Nigeria’s Paystack in a deal worth $200 million

US-based global payment company Stripe has on Thursday acquired Nigerian payment company Paystack in a deal reportedly worth around $200 million. The deal seals about two years of co-existing as partners by the two companies. Stripe had led Paystack’s Series A financing round and provided guidance as the company scaled[Read More…]