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19 January 2018 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


The end of Facebook as we know it

Facebook’s new News Feed changes are expected to dramatically change the format of the world’s most popular social media platform. And Legalbrief notes that CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week claimed the move is an attempt to make users more engaged ... Read More


Revenge porn victim gets Facebook settlement

Social media giants are reviewing their operating policies and legal protections amid fears of a multimillion-euro avalanche of damages claims. It comes after an action taken by a 14-year-old Northern Irish girl over an explicit photo. The schoolgirl sued social ... Read More

SADC addresses roaming costs

The Communications Regulators' Association of Southern Africa (Crasa) has requested a deadline extension on its mandate to oversee the reduction of mobile roaming charges across SADC by 2018. ITWeb Africa reports that the association was handed the mandate by SADC ... Read More

Trump's attorney sues Buzzfeed for defamation

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, filed two defamation lawsuits last week regarding BuzzFeed's publication of the Steele Dossier, a condemning but unsubstantiated report indicating collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian agents. According to a Jurist ... Read More


Africa's surge in connectivity addressed

The challenges that have emerged as a direct consequence of the rapid development of technology can also undermine progress and expose users to illicit activities online. In a Daily Maverick analysis, Mark Shaw notes that before 2000, Africa hosted only ... Read More


KFC accepts bitcoin

* Fast food chicken franchise KFC will now allows customers in Canada to pay for a bucket meal using bitcoin. According to KFC’s Canadian website the fast food chain will, for a limited time, offer customers the opportunity to purchase the ... Read More

Paton saluted

* Google celebrated South African author and activist Alan Paton with a new Google Doodle to mark what would have been his 115th birthday last week. Google’s Doodle depicts Paton on a train ride – the moment he is believed to ... Read More

Paul under fire

* YouTube says it is looking into ‘further consequences’ for Logan Paul, the user who recently posted a video showing a dead body. Paul was widely criticised for making the video in Japan's so-called ‘suicide forest’. Amid widespread criticism, Paul ... Read More


Love at first sight

Love at first sight Everyone who uses Facebook will have come across some pretty strange posts in their time. Random friend requests, being added to groups you did not ask to join, and tags that allow ‘friends’ to clog up ... Read More