Google is putting its weight against global coronavirus misinformation by offering a $6.5 million funding package to fact-checkers and non-profit media outlets. The internet search company set up the Google News Initiative (GNI) to “help journalism thrive in the digital age.” Through the initiative, the company hopes to direct internet news readers to accurate information […]
Access to credit in Africa is difficult because banks consider retail loans risky. But payday lenders are filling this gap, promising instant loans with no collateral. While they provide credit, they have high interest rates and repayment periods can force customers into a debt cycle. In response to these concerns, Google updated its policies. Introduced […]
Google’s Policy and Government Relations Lead (West/Francophone Africa), Titi Akinsanmi’s life and career, an intricately intertwined unit, are built on three pillars: a four-word mandate, a Latin mantra and actionable faith. On the evening we meet, she is preparing to attend Google’s end of year Christmas party in Lagos having been in the country a […]
To curb predatory lending Google has updated its Google Play developer policies and warns that loans requiring payment in full in 60 days or less will soon be banned. But are short-term digital lenders in Nigeria predatory?
Nigeria’s advertising regulatory body is planning to regulate online ads. According to a recently released memo, the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) has threatened to take “zero tolerance on the exposure of adverts on any social media platform.” “The Advertising Standards Panel (ASP) has observed that certain brands expose their communication materials on the […]
Lagos has a population of about 22 million people and a significant traffic problem. With a moribund public transport system that leaves transportation in the hands of private individuals, Lagos has an overload of vehicles and an informal public transport network of yellow buses called danfo. A 2017 report from the Lagos state government says […]