Soon, instead of racking your brain trying to remember which TikToker’s “Follow The Ladder” version you liked best, you may be simply select the Watch History button to view all the videos you’ve watched in the last 7 days.
If released, the feature will be the simplest way for users to find lost videos among other workarounds.
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Ghana’s e-levy bill inches closer to reality
ECOWAS orders Nigeria to amend its cybercrime law
South Africa is delaying its analogue TV switch off
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President Nana Akufo-Addo’s administration claims the move will help address some of the pressing socio-economic problems bedevilling the country, from unemployment to dwindling state revenue and high public debt.
However, for the average citizen, the new tax represents yet another burden as the majority of Ghanaians continue to grapple with high living costs, which have only been aggravated by soaring fuel prices induced by the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis.
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According to the Court, the law has been used by Nigerian authorities to sanction social media users and journalists.
What’s included in Section 24?
Section 24 is titled “Cyberstalking” and it criminalises the transmission of content that is “grossly offensive, pornographic or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character”, and messages or images that threaten others.
The section also gives the court authority to grant injunctions to anyone who wants to commit any of the offences listed under it.
Several journalists from different states have been imprisoned on charges of cyberstalking. Freelance journalist, Rotimi Jolayemi, for example, was jailed after the government claimed his poem “caused annoyance, insult and hatred towards Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed”.
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SOUTH AFRICA IS DELAYING ITS ANALOGUE TV SWITCH OFF
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Speaking of court action, a high court in Pretoria has decided that South Africa’s analogue TV switch-off date should be moved from March 31 till the end of June.
Hold on, what’s happening?
A not-so-long time ago, TVs weren’t the fancy flat screened darkness that only needed modems, subscriptions and satellite dishes. They had antennas that broadcasted channels from local tv stations, all for free.
The simplicity of the setup, as well as the affordability, made analogue TVs the go-to choice for many households, even as digital television grows in strides.
In South Africa, for example, over 5.7 million households are still using analogue TVs. By June though, most of them will be staring at blank screens after the South African government cuts off all analogue TV transmitters.
First, it’s not happening in South Africa only. It’s a global occurrence.
In fact, at least 18 countries on the continent have completely switched off analogue terrestrial transmissions including Algeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Lesotho and Ghana.
The major reason for this switch is to free up the broadcast spectrum “which can then be used for other purposes, such as advanced wireless services and for public and safety services”. There are other reasons including better sound and picture quality, as well as more channel options.
This same reason is what’s holding up South Africa’s switch off.
South Africa provides free set boxes
To prevent this blackout, the South African government is offering these households free set-top boxes that can receive digital transmissions.
Over 3.75 million South African households qualify for these devices but only 1.12 million have applied while millions more are left to fund the switch themselves.
Last year, eTV, a South African TV broadcaster transmitting via analogue, applied to a court in Pretoria seeking to prevent the switch off. Yesterday, the court declined the application but extended the deadline to June in order to give people more time to switch.
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