Social Media

CT youth reject ISIS

In a world where mobile internet and social media has dominated the way we communicate and learn things, it’s not hard to understand why today’s youth are becoming more politically conscious and engaged in global socio-political spaces. In the age of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, political engagement through social media[…]

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ISIS a sophisticated machine: ISS

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) managing director Anton Du Plessis says despite public concerns around ISIS extending its reach to South Africa, he hopes recent reports of a Kenwyn teenage girl being recruited was merely an isolated incident, and not a part of an ongoing trend of radicalization within[…]

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SONA 2015 still dominating social media talk

Events at President Jacob Zuma’s 8th State of the Nation Address (SONA) have dominant the local social media front, with talk of the chaos that erupted in parliament still prevalent nearly a week later. South Africans were left shocked by scenes at SONA 2015, where EFF parliamentary members were forcibly[…]

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The biggest social media trends for 2014

2014, a year full of headline grabbing and sensational news stories, also marked a significant shift in the global community’s acceptance and usage of social media as a major news source. Unlike previous years, social media easily became the platform of choice for users to access information, express their opinions[…]

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Social media increasingly used for crime info

Social media has become the new go-to outlet for tip-offs, news and warnings on criminal activity across the City of Cape Town. As Capetonians collectively approach the holiday season, crime is set to increase, and residents are becoming more vigilant, especially on social networks. The Institute for Security Studies’ Lizette[…]

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SA reacts to earth tremor

Social media went haywire on Tuesday after an earth tremor was felt for about a minute shortly after midday in Johannesburg. The tremor measured 5.3 on the Ritcher scale, spreading as far as Rustenburg, Bloemfontein, Durban and Cape Town.  One death was confirmed in Orkney, North West, when a man was[…]

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Gaza reaction unleashed on social media

As the casualties of Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip continue to increase, social media has quickly become the main platform for both Palestinian and Israeli sympathisers to receive information, express their views, and engage in debates on the escalating crisis in the region. In the eight days of the[…]

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