Snapchat Stories coming to Facebook, Guns, Gays and GBV and WhatsApp Tax?
Facebook has been working hard to kill Snapchat's growth streak and this week they took another step as it was revealed that Snapchat's popular disappearing stories feature will be making its way onto your news feed. For those who don't know what this is, it is a feature which allows you to post photos or status updates which disappear after 24 hours. Users of Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp will already be familiar with the feature but for those holding out, the walls are slowly closing in. Most users already find the feature annoying but when the advertisements start rolling in, Facebook will see how far they can push their users.
Guns, Gays and Gender Based Violence
Popular gay rights activist and co-founder of the Tambourine Army, Latoya Nugent has been hospitalised after a brief stint behind bars. According to sources at the Jamaica Observer, Nugent initially complained of feeling ill but was denied medical attention even after a doctor was called to her cell. She then began having seizures and was then transported to the Duhaney Park Medical Centre in a non-responsive state.
Nugent was arrested after accusing several individuals as sexual predators on social media. Under section 9 (1) of the Cybercrimes Act of 2015, this is an illegal act and she was instructed to report to the Cyber Crimes unit of C-TOC to which she refused. A warrant was subsequently issued for her arrest.
In her defence, Ms. Nugent alleged that 6 heavily armed officers went to her home in order to arrest her but as she was not home avoided that confrontation.
She has since been granted bail.
WhatsApp Tax incoming?
WhatsApp is arguably the most popular chat app in Jamaica. Used for video and voice calling, it has replaced the traditional calling someone with credit and most persons just call on WhatsApp since it is very much cheaper. For those persons, the Government may have taken notice of your habit and may be coming with taxes for your calls.
This comes as the Government seeks to fund their new budget and the tax on regular phone calls has proven to be not up to the task as most persons bypass this by calling on WhatsApp. Audley Shaw made the statement as he was questioned by former technology minister Phillip Paulwell on instances of persons bypassing the this tax to which Shaw repiled:
So we may be hearing of new taxes for data plans and usage, as if Digicel wasn't bad enough with taking our money.