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Keep the spoilers at bay — how to survive Game of Thrones season 8

'Tis the time to be vigilant, because many a foe on the interwebs will try to spoil each weekly instalment of the last season of Game of Thrones.

Leaked unencrypted passwords and the Christchurch massacre show Facebook’s problems aren’t going away

The good news is Facebook has shut down white supremacists and hate speech. The bad news was that it happened after the live streaming of the horror Christchurch massacre in March. The even worse news is that Facebook's notoriously lax policies around data privacy were confirmed when it was revealed that hundreds of millions of its users' passwords were stored in an unencrypted plain text format.

WhatsApp now lets you block people from adding you to groups

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned instant messaging service will now give users the option to control who adds them to groups.

Zuckerberg’s ‘new rules’ for the internet must move from words to actions

After years of rejecting calls for increased regulatory oversight of Facebook, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has now called for more cooperation with government in dealing with problems posed by internet platforms and emergent internet technologies.

Change your password right now, because Facebook stored millions of them in plaintext

Facebook's found a flaw in its systems that stored user passwords in plaintext. Which means you should change your password immediately.

Last week Facebook indicated it is moving into an ecosystem that may look like China’s WeChat

If you want a good picture of what Facebook seems to be pivoting itself to become, start using that great everything app WeChat. South Africans tend to think of it as just a messaging app, an alternative to WhatsApp.

Cell C rolls out Wi-Fi hotspots at UWC with the help of Facebook

The mobile and internet-provider, Cell C ,has partnered with Facebook to launch public access Wi-Fi hotspots at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

Facebook CEO’s missive on privacy disturbs as it tries to take over messaging too

If ever Alanis Morrissette wanted a definition of "ironic" it was Mark Zuckerberg's use last week of the word "privacy". He says bizarre things like Robert Mugabe used to, oblivious to the reality on the ground, and how absurd his utterance sound.

Facebook’s ‘pivot’ is less about privacy and more about profits

Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s latest promise is that his social media conglomerate will become a “privacy-focused” one. By turns lauded and lambasted, this move does not quite address users’ primary problems with the company.

Facebook is beefing up its security in South Africa ahead of elections

One of the most unexpected presidential elections in history (that one experienced by the US in 2016) could have been influenced by Facebook and targeted ads by Russian bots. People do go on about it and Facebook has said that it’s very, very sorry. Facebook also really doesn’t want a similar catastrophe to take place in South Africa in 2019’s elections. To improve transparency and combat th...[Read More]

Becoming more like WhatsApp won’t solve Facebook’s woes – here’s why

Zuckerberg aims to make private messages private and ephemeral – meaning Facebook can’t read our messages, and the data doesn’t stick around on the company’s servers for longer than necessary. His vision involves merging Facebook and the company’s other digital platforms – Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger – into a super app, similar to China’s WeChat.

Mark Zuckerburg promises a “privacy-focused” future for Facebook

We've gotten used to Facebook being rather terrible at anything like protecting user privacy, being transparent about ... most things, or keeping its promises. So we could be forgiven for being skeptical of Mark Zuckerburg's newest note to the internet, which claims that Facebook is looking towards a "privacy-focused" future for the social network. 

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