The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) disclosed on Tuesday that over 180 million telephone lines are now linked with National Identity Numbers (NIN). This was made known by the Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta during the Public Inquiry on three Regulatory Instruments on the Rule Making Process for industry stakeholders at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
Social networking services including Facebook, Whatsapp, and Instagram are back up and running after going offline globally for almost six hours. The companies were down from about 16:00 GMT until around 22:00 on Monday. Facebook, while hinting at the outage blamed an internal technical issue, which not only affected Facebook’s services but reportedly also employees’ work passes and email. Facebook however said there was “no evidence that user data was compromised.” New York Time’s technology reporter, Sheera Frenkel, said part of the reason it took so long to fix the problem was that “the people trying to figure out what this problem was couldn’t even physically get into the building” to work out what had gone wrong. During the outage @WhatsApp wrote on Twitter that, “We’re aware that some people are experiencing issues with WhatsApp at the moment.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has revealed that only security agencies in the country can access people’s personal phone information. The minister said this on Tuesday during the unveiling ceremony of the Nigerian Communications Commission’s Strategic Vision Plan (2021-2025), NCC Global Connect Podcast, and a Compendium of speeches.
Apple announced that it is introducing a new feature that will scan iPhone and iPad users' photos to detect and report large collections of child sexual abuse images stored on its cloud servers to relevant authorities. As part of new safeguards involving children, the company also announced a feature that will analyze photos sent and received in the Messages app to or from children to see if they are explicit. Apple also is adding features in its Siri digital voice assistant to intervene when users search for related abusive material.
President Muhammadu Buhari has on Friday announced that he has directed a conditional lifting of the ban placed on Twitter operations in Nigeria. Buhari made the announcement during his nationwide broadcast to mark the country's 61st independence. He said the importance of Twitter, noting that some users have misused the platform to spread fake news and to promote ethnoreligious sentiments.