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Facebook Partners Red Cross, Lunches Digital Campaign To Combat Covid-19 In Africa

Facebook says it has launched “AfricaTogether,” a digital campaign to encourage vigilance against COVID-19 in partnership with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Jocelyne Muhutu-Rémy, Facebook’s Strategic Media Partnerships Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, said on Monday that as part of the launch, there would be a digital campaign across Africa and a two-day festival on June 4 and June 5 featuring artists.

The event is said to include a festival with performances by artists such as Femi Kuti, Ferre Gola, Salatiel, Serge Beynaud, Patoranking, Aramide and Youssou N’dour.

She as well stated that there will also be a digital awareness campaign with prevention messages developed with Red Cross and Red Crescent health experts targeting simultaneously Facebook users in 48 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

The statement further reveals that the event will be streamed on Facebook Live on June 4 in English and will be hosted by the Nigerian popular actor and comedian Basketmouth and in French on June 5 by the renowned media personality Claudy Siar.

Those interested are urged to tune in
to the Facebook Africa page, Red Cross and Red Crescent Facebook pages.

He concluded that with a network of more than 1.5 million volunteers and staff across the continent, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was on the frontlines of combating COVID-19 in communities through information campaigns.

Mamadou Sow, a long-serving member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, said the COVID-19 pandemic was an unprecedented crisis, noting that it was affecting everyone regardless of ethnicities and religions.

Five Things That Make Your Smartphone To Damage

Without mincing words, smartphone is one gadget that has helped improved our day-to-day life. Modern man enjoys better communication, more profitable way of doing business and get loads of entertainment from this technology.

Though smartphones are very important as mentioned but many people are not attaching importance to the maintenance of this technology. If thing is not properly taken care of, it will definitely damage.

There are some common habits that seem harmless, which however, may coincidentally damage your smartphone. These include:

1. Ignoring software and application updates

Software and apps updates are introduced to fix loopholes and to boost your smartphone’s effectiveness. Your smartphone may get sloppy and slow when you postpone an update for so long.
More importantly, cybercriminals are usually on the lookout for devices with loopholes to gain easy access to such devices and dupe proprietors. Endeavour to always update the app in your phones.

2. Using cheap, incompatible chargers

Most smartphones come with a compatible charger but in a situation where such charger gets damaged or missing for whatever reason, it is best to replace it with another charger with the same quality.

A cheap charger might be pocket-accommodating yet may be to the detriment of your cell phone’s battery.

Utilising a charger with a specification that isn’t compatible with your smartphone may destroy additionally your charging port.

3. Downloading apps from suspicious source

Free access to certain applications may not be genuinely free until you affirm the wellbeing of their source. The most straightforward approach to open your gadget to malware is by downloading applications from unconfirmed platform.

So it is to your greatest advantage to avoid downloading applications from third-party stores or suspicious websites, regardless of whether they show the symbol and name of an application you think you can trust.

4. Allowing your phone to overheat

Strong sunlight, delayed charging, and multitasking on your device may cause it to overheat. But repeatedly pushing your device to that point will probably do more harm than good to your smartphone.
Shielding your phone from the sun, turning it off if you have to leave it in a hot car, and otherwise keeping your device at a comfortable temperature is a good idea to forestall inadvertent harm.

5. Prolonged charging

Leaving your phone plugged in overnight is one habit that might eventually damage your phone’s lifespan. Once your battery reaches its charging limit, prolonged charging will make your phone generate excessive heat and further strain your smartphone’s battery.

Ways To Boost Your Business With WhatsApp

You will attest to the fact that the simplicity of WhatsApp is a top notch but that shouldn’t fool you into thinking its use is limited to mere casual chatter. WhatsApp can be a powerful and highly cost-effective business tool to those who know how to properly employ its features for business. It can help in customer engagement and support.

WhatsApp is a great tool for delivering customer service and a great platform for customer engagement and support. WhatsApp’s SMS features and its ability to send images, video clips, documents, media and audio files make it a great tool for customer engagement and support; it can be used to engage customers and help increase sales as well as garner a good reputation for your business. WhatsApp is also a great follow up tool for converting business leads into repeat orders, and is a platform for you to also share regular updates about your business at little or no cost rather than through email or SMS

It is also an effective, convenient and cost-effective way for customers to reach out to you when they have complaints or feedback on your products or services, rather than customers wasting time and spending hundreds of Naira on-hold, waiting for their calls to be picked on a customer care line.

1. For market survey

WhatsApp is a great interactive tool for getting real-time suggestions and feedback from your customers about your products and services, through brief and concise questions relating to the areas of your business or service you need information on.

2. For promotions or advertising

In addition to helping with customer engagement and support, WhatsApp offers a good platform for promoting your products, discount or sales offers. If you don’t want to broadcast messages, you can use your display picture, status updates and even profile updates to promote or advertise your products or services. If you want to be creative and put in some extra effort, you can send out e-brochures with images of a product, video clips containing directions on the use of a product, or video clips on discount or sales offerings on your products or services to targeted people or groups on WhatsApp. You can also solicit responses to your videos or e-brochures at the same time.

3. For business services and transactions

As a business owner, you can encourage your customer to make orders for your products or services on WhatsApp, and you can even hold E-Classes or Tutorials on WhatsApp. In cases where your students might find it hard to get together at a central venue, WhatsApp can easily be the venue for your tutorial classes, and WhatsApp media, documents and audio file sharing feature makes it very interactive for an online tutorial platform. Your students can easily make the payments to be included in the class before-hand, and once the payment is confirmed, you add the students to the closed WhatsApp group for your tutorial class. Even concierge services can be run through WhatsApp, as well as other similar business services.

4. For internal team communication

A great thing about WhatsApp is that practically everyone uses it and it really doesn’t require any training to use. In addition, you don’t need to explicitly ask your employees or team members to check the app because chances are they’re already hooked to it, this makes WhatsApp a great tool for internal team communication. You can form WhatsApp group for different teams in your business, for example you can form a WhatsApp group for the Business Strategy team, another for the Sales and Development team etc. Your team can share ideas, instant messages, images, audio files, video clips and other media among themselves in a quick and fun way. You also don’t need to be too afraid of the information shared on the these groups getting out because WhatsApp messages are protected with an end-to-end encryption that not only makes it one of the safest messaging apps in existence, but also adequately protects your data from leaks

Facebook Disables Over Three Billion Fake Account in 6 Months

Facebook on Thursday said it disabled over three billion fake accounts between September and March as part of an effort to enforce content standards.

The social networking platform said it disabled 1.2 billion fake accounts in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 2.19 billion in the first quarter of this year.

The company also said it estimated that five per cent of monthly active accounts are fake as it pledged to “continue to find more ways to counter attempts to violate our policies.”

The data is part of Facebook’s third community standards enforcement report.
The category “fake accounts” was one of nine policies in the report.

Among the others are nudity and sexual activity, bullying and harassment, hate speech, global terrorist propaganda and violence and graphic content.

The data show that Facebook took action against about 52 million accounts that dealt with violence and propaganda and 44 million accounts that dealt with adult nudity and sexual activity.

Facebook said the number accounts it took action against increased “due to automated attacks by bad actors who attempt to create large volumes of accounts at one time.”

NCC to fight cyber crooks, internet fraudsters

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday in Abakaliki said it was stepping up its fight against cyber crimes and internet fraudsters in the country.

Its Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB), Mrs. Felicia Onwuegbuchulam, who spoke in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital during 105th edition of consumer outreach programme of the Commission, expressed worry that the activities of these criminals were on the increase in the country with dire consequences on the populace.

The outreach themee was: Mitigating Effects of Cybercrimes: The Role of Telecom Consumers .

According to her, many people have lost their lives, monies, personal identity and privacies to cyber criminals which has made the Commission to adopt measures to curtail their activities.

Mrs Onwuegbuchulam said the Commission was partnering with security agents, National Security Adviser and other relevant stakeholders to tackle the menace.

She said: “Cyber crime gives big concern to the commission; people lose their money, people lose their personal identity; people lose their privacies and in the process, they are either duped or even harmed or killed.

“The war against cyber crime may not have been won but we are doing everything humanly possible to stem the tide, it is an ongoing thing. As they are coming up, you are dressing them and new ones are coming up.

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