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As TikTok already stores data in the USA or Singapore, the move to Oracle-provided infrastructure is unlikely to have any tangible impact on users. The (claimed) national security concerns will likely remain – if ByteDance retains a significant share in TikTok Global.
In Kenya, social media platforms are a tool for communication and not an end in themselves. For more effective messages, even political candidates for lower offices may need to engage paid communication managers.
African leaders have agreed to fast-track the processes leading to the commencement of trading to be implemented for the outstanding AfCFTA negotiations by moving them online.
In what seems to be a common occurrence, the Chinese video-sharing app TikTok is once again in the headlines. A deal is being negotiated between TikTok’s parent company ByteDance and Microsoft.
The first case of Internet shutdown in sub-Saharan Africa was in Guinea in 2007. In the intervening years, light has been shone on the devastating impact of shutdowns across Africa.