Zambia reportedly blocked WhatsApp and other social media sites during its presidential elections on August 12, 2021.
Lusaka Times, a local news source announced that Zambia’s Ministry of Information and Broadcast services would shut the internet to curb election misinformation.
WhatsApp connectivity was first off, before Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. This was seen by NetBlocks, as the Zambian government made the changes.
Despite the positives from the shut down of social media platforms in the country, wide election malpractices such as voters fraud and security were not going to be reported. This very act also shuts down freedom of speech during the country’s presidential elections.
Still, citizens found a gateway to go online through VPNs, the same route Nigerians are using to access Twitter after its Nationwide ban.
However, the Incumbent president lost the general elections, days after it was held.
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This cool feature was announced at Samsung’s launch event. The company’s flagship foldable Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 are eligible. Other Samsung phones “in the coming weeks” can access this feature.
The company seems to have taken a leaf from Google Pixel’s transfer strategy. Google in its initial Pixel shipping box has a Lightning to USB-C cable. This easily transfers your entire files and apps from iOS to its pixels.
WhatsApp’s new chat transfer feature solves an annoying data backup for Android and iOS. WhatsApp Backup is in either Google Drive or iCloud. Users can’t get their backed-up files once they switch to another OS.
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