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Revenue: Nigerians To Pay The 7.5% VAT For Surfing Facebook

The Facebook authority has revealed that Nigerians will commence the payment of 7.5% Value Added Tax (VAT) on all facebook Ads from next year. The social media giant made the disclosure yesterday Thursday saying the charges will only apply to those buying ads for businesses or personal purposes in compliance with VAT implementation in the country.

Tinder Partners Spotify To Launch Music Mode Feature

Online dating and geosocial networking app, Tinder is partnering advertising and media streaming service, Spotify to launch a new "Music Mode" feature to enable users to judge a potential match by their musical tastes. According to Tinder, the new feature allows users to hear a 30-second looped preview of a potential matches' chosen song while checking their profile, noting that the feature works when a user links their Spotify account and adds a chosen song, called "Anthem" to their Tinder profile.

Apple To Equip iPhone Users With Tools, Manual, Parts To Repair Their Own Devices

Apple Inc. announced that starting from next year, customers using iPhone 12 and 13 would be equipped with parts, tools, and manuals to comfortably repair their own iPhone devices. Potential for users to conduct additional repairs will also be made available later in 2022 which would include its Macs with M1 chips. The company made this known on Wednesday and also said the "Self Service Repair" scheme would kick off in the United States of America and would be expanded to other countries throughout 2022.

Donald Trump Launches 'TRUTH' Social Media Platform

Former U.S President Donald Trump is set to launch his own social media app 'TRUTH social' in a bid to "stand up to Big Tech" companies like Twitter and Facebook for banning him from their platforms. TRUTH Social will be created by a new company formed by a merger of Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) and a special acquisition company (SPAC). “I created TRUTH Social and TMTG to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech. We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced. This is unacceptable," Trump said in a released statement.

Twitter Bans Sharing of Private Media Files Without Consent

Tech giant Twitter under the guidance of Parag Agrawal has stated that the Social-media platform will henceforth remove private media when it is reported by a person depicted or authorized representative.

Facebook Changes Its Name To Meta In Major Rebrand

Facebook has announced that it has changed its corporate name to Meta as part of its rebranding itself to reflect the company's focus on broadening its reach beyond social media into areas of the virtual world. Meta will be a new holding company, presiding over individual platforms like Facebook, and other services including WhatsApp, Instagram, and its virtual and augmented reality. The move comes after an ex-employee, Frances Haugen leaked documents revealing negative information about Facebook, accusing the company of putting "profits over safety".

Deployment Of 5G Network In Nigeria At 97%

Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC) readiness to begin full deployment and implementation of 5G network in the country is at 97 percent status, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has said. Danbatta re-affirmed the status of the Commission’s 5G technology deployment in a statement on Thursday. Danbatta, during the annual African Tech Alliance Forum (AFRITECH) 2021, held in Lagos with the theme: “Embracing Changes and Digital Transformation in the New Normal,” stated that this paradigm shift in communication has led to a significant increase in network connectivity requirements as a result of an unprecedented upsurge in internet traffic, occasioned by the use of a plethora of web applications. He explained that the NCC is working with operators to implement a number of initiatives to ensure network expansion. These, he said, include an ongoing plan to auction spectrum in 3.5 gigahertz (Ghz) band to operators for the deployment of 5G network in Nigeria.

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