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July 16, 2018

Govt imposes tax on use of Facebook, WhatsApp, others

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  Users of these platforms are required to pay UGX200 (52 cents) daily before they can access them. Many Ugandans were on Sunday unable to access social media platforms after the government directive to charge users took effect. Last month, Uganda’s parliament passed new laws that introduced a new tax for use of popular social media platforms which include WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Google Hangouts, Yahoo Messenger, Instagram, YouTube, Skype, and others, reports Daily Nation. “Many Ugandans online unable to access social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp following the government’s directive to tax users UGX 200 daily before they can access…

The evils of fake news

  His Holiness, Pope Francis, in his message for this year’s World Communications Day, taking place today, has drawn attention to the evils of fake news and called for shared commitment to stemming its spread. Titled: “The truth will set you free (Jn 8: 32) Fake news and journalism for peace,” the Holy Father maintained that when we are faithful to God, communication becomes an effective expression of our responsible search for truth and our pursuit for goodness. Fake news has to do with false information based on nonexistent or distorted data, meant to deceive and manipulate the reader or…

Rumour mongering as fuel for crisis

Rumour mongering on the increase on social media

It is true that there is no smoke without fire and that in any “rumour”, so to speak, there is always an element of truth. However, the quantum of damage false rumours have wrecked on Nigeria’s socio-political and economic life is better imagined than described. Among other evils, it leads to unnecessary crisis, fear and apprehension in a nation where insecurity looms large already.   This has worsened, since the present era of information explosion through the social media – cell phones, Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook, Imo, Viber etc which have come within the reach of practically everyone. The social media…

Nigerians don’t have time for God – Priest

…As LSM, Holy Rosary  Sub-Council ends Retreat Nigerians, like the rest of the world, have no time for God as they are busy pursuing material things and matters of the flesh. A Spiritan priest, Rev. Fr. Benjamin Odo Cssp expressed this view during a three-day retreat for Ladies of St. Mulumba, Holy Rosary Sub-Council, Owerri, held at LSM Youth/Women Empowerment and Retreat Centre, World Bank Owerri, July 22-24, 2016. The priest said Nigeria and the world are witnessing turbulence, killings, kidnappings, demolitions, all sorts of violence and wickedness because we have abandoned God and embraced materialism, entertainment and things of…

WhatsApp: Facebook acquires messaging service in $19bn deal

Massive purchase is Facebook’s largest ever and comes after Google reportedly made $1bn offer for the company last year Facebook announced the purchase of the mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Wednesday, in a $19bn deal that represents the social media company’s biggest acquisition yet. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, described five-year-old WhatsApp as an “incredibly valuable” service that was well on its way to connecting 1 billion people around the world. The deal is a big bet for Facebook, which has until recently struggled to convince investors of its strategy for mobile. WhatsApp has more than 400m users around…