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After Twitter Ban, Indian Firm Launches Microblogging App In Nigeria

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – An Indian microblogging and social networking app, Koo, was on Tuesday launched in Nigeria to deepen online expression,  thoughts And ideas among people. Mr Aprameya Radhakrishna, Co-Founder of Koo, made this known during a virtual press briefing organised to announce the launch of the App in Nigeria. The new launch is coming […]

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Respect Digital Rights, Group Urges African Leaders

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a network of African freedom of expression and media development organizations has urged governments in Africa to respect digital rights of citizens in their respective countries. AFEX also called on governments across the continent to work towards formulating and implementing policies that promote the exercise and […]

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Group Rallies Support For Digital Rights Law in Tanzania

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Paradigm Initiative, a social enterprise that works to connect underserved young Africans with digital opportunities and ensures protection of their rights, is currently galvanizing support for digital rights and freedoms in Tanzania. Paradigm Initiative connects under-served African youth with improved livelihoods through its digital inclusion and digital rights programmes. Its other programmes […]

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FG Says Twitter Must Register In Nigeria Before Ban Is Reversed

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The federal government of Nigeria has stated that the management of Twitter has reached out for a “high-level discussion” to settle the issue that led to the suspension of its operations in Nigeria. Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, disclosed this to state house correspondents after the meeting of the federal […]

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NIN-SIM Data Linkage Will Boost National Security, Says NCC

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), has enjoined mobile phone network subscribers in the country to embrace the ongoing National Identity Number NIN sim data linkage exercise, saying it will improve national security. Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, (EVC) Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, who stated this while addressing consumers at the NCC […]

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Nigeria Receives 100k Doses Of India’s Covishield Vaccines

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Federal Government of Nigeria has received 100,000 doses of Covishield vaccines from India. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, confirmed this on Tuesday at the national briefing by the PTF in Abuja. HE said: “As you […]

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Facebook, Twitter Lock Trump’s Account, Warn Of Permanent Suspension

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Twitter on Wednesday put President Trump on notice: If he does not stop breaking the platform’s rules, he will be permanently banned. The stern warning followed another step never before taken by Twitter: It locked Trump out of his account for 12 hours after the removal of three tweets that the company […]

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Opera Bridging Digital Divide In Sub-Saharan Africa

  By Jørgen Arnesen (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Africa is a key focus for Opera and we believe there is significant growth ahead. The region is the fastest growing continent in terms of internet penetration. Recent reports from GSMA show that only 300 million out of the total population of 1.1 billion people are connected to the internet […]

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Nigeria Signs Technology Transfer Deal With Czech Republic

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment Mariam Katagum, says that the federal government has signed a deal with Czech Republic over technology transfer deal. Katagum disclosed this on Friday while discussing with State House correspondents in Abuja after the inaaugration of Implementation Committee of Memorandum of Understanding between Czech […]

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German Institute Says COVID-19 Vaccines Could Be Ready Early 2021

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The head of Germany’s vaccines regulator said some groups of people living in Germany could be vaccinated early next year against the coronavirus that has killed hundreds of thousands and wreaked havoc on the global economy. More than half a dozen drug makers around the world are conducting advanced clinical trials, each […]

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[BREAKING] Hate Speech: NBC Slams N5m Fine on Radio Station

The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined Nigeria Info 99.3FM, Lagos N5 million for hate speech. The fine, according to the commission, was for providing its platform to be used to promote unverifiable and inciting views that can incite crime, public disorder. A former presidential aspirant, Obadiah Mailafia, had while speaking on the station alleged […]

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Russia Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine Despite Concerns by Scientists

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess. The development paves the way for the mass inoculation […]

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Google Launches ‘Think With Google’ In Sub-Saharan Africa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Google on Tuesday said it had launched its Sub-Saharan African website- `thinkwithgoogle.com/ssa’- to help marketers on the continent get the locally-relevant insights they need. Asha Patel, Head, Google SMB Marketing, Sub-Saharan Africa made this known in a statement. According to her, Think with Google Sub-Saharan Africa walks alongside marketers and business leaders […]

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Supreme Court Dismisses Lagos, Ekiti Suits; Declares Virtual Court Constitutional

By Ganiyu Nasirudeen  (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Supreme Court of Nigeria has validated virtual court session and declared it as constitutional. A seven-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour in determining the suit filed by the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) and his Ekiti State […]

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Facebook Selects 12 African Community Leaders for Accelerator Programme

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Facebook on Tuesday announced that it had selected 12 African community leaders to join its accelerator programme aimed at equipping societies with training mentorship and funding needed for growth. The Facebook in a statement said that the accelerator programme would last six months. It said the programme was also aimed at bringing […]

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News Feature: Shame As Nigerian Criminals Adopt POS to Steal Victims Money At Gunpoint

By Tajudeen Balogun, Lagos (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Apart from its deadly danger to human’s life, COVID-19 has wrecked sorrow and agony on many families in Nigeria as criminals, hoodlums are reportedly using the Point of Sale (POS) machine during robbery to steal victims money amidst government’s lockdown policy to curb the spread of the coronavirus. […]

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Winners Emerge In Zenith Bank Sponsored 2019 Microsoft Championship

…Winners to Represent Nigeria At World Championship In New York (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The 2019 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship, sponsored by Zenith Bank, has produced six national winners who will be representing Nigeria at the World Championship taking place in New York, USA from July 28 – 31, 2019. The national winners of […]

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“Uganda’s Social Media Tax Will Harm Business, Deter Investment”

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Uganda’s new social media tax will damage business and the economy and cool investor interest in its new IT sector that has wooed global giants Facebook and Google, industry executives said on Monday. Long-ruling President Yoweri Museveni, 73, has touted the levy as necessary to deter Ugandans from using social media for […]

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European Commission Fines Google £4.34bn Over Android

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The European Commission has fined Google with a record €4.34bn ($5bn; £3.9bn) over Android. The Commission alleged that the firm had used the mobile operating system to illegally “cement its dominant position in general internet search”. Consequently, the firm’s parent – Alphabet has been given 90 days timeline to change its business […]

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Whatsapp Announces New ‘Forward’ Feature to Combat Fake News

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Trending social media platform WhatsApp has announced the launch of a new feature globally. The new characteristic will highlight when a message has been forwarded and not composed by the sender. The platform announced the development Tuesday through its official blog following calls from various parts of the world, including India, to […]

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