The most striking and relevant breaking news in Nigeria and the world, weekly. By Oyemaja Feeds, a division of The Oyemaja Group
Elon Musk limits users access to Twitter (1st July, 2023)(Tech): CEO of Twitter, Elon Musk, has announced that “to address extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation, verified accounts are limited to reading 6000 posts/day; unverified accounts to 600 posts/day and new unverified accounts to 300/day”.
Mark Zuckerberg launches Threads app (6th July, 2023)(Tech): Meta CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has launched Threads, an extension to Instagram and a rival to Elon Musk’s Twitter where users can share texts, images and videos for public conversations. Threads has been rolled out in over 100 countries in the world for iOS and Android Devices. This comes just a few days after Elon Musk limited the number of tweets readers can view per day on Twitter. Mark Zuckerberg has stated that not less than 10 million users have signed up on Threads in seven hours, including brands and celebrities. Anyone who already has an Instagram account will be given a Threads account with the same username, although they have to download the Threads app. The apps are closely linked, such that changing your username on instagram automatically changes your name on Threads.
President of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, emerges new chairman of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) (9th July, 2023)(Politics).
Twitter starts payment of revenue to creators for advertisements in their replies (13th July, 2023)(Tech): CEO of Twitter, Elon Musk, has announced on his Twitter handle that Twitter will now be paying content creators for advertisements in their replies. To qualify, users must be Twitter Blue verified users and have at least 5 million impressions on their Twitter posts in each of the last 3 months.
Mendy found not guilty of rape allegations (15th July, 2023)(Sports): Former Manchester City footballer and defender, Benjamin Mendy, has been found not guilty by the Chester Crown Court of rape of a woman and attempted rape of another woman in a bedroom at his home in Chesire in October 2020. This comes five months after being acquitted of six other rape charges and one count of sexual assault.
Taylor Swift sets new women’s record for female artistes with the most number one albums (18th July, 2023)(Entertainment): Following the release of “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version),” Billboard has announced that Taylor Swift now has more number one albums than any other female artist in history.
Twitter changes blue bird logo to X (23rd July, 2023)(Tech): Elon Musk, CEO of Twitter has unveiled a picture of Twitter’s new logo - an X symbol, shortly after he mentioned that he intends to get rid of the old Twitter logo, “Larry the Bird” which was a tribute to basketball star and Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird. The new X logo has now been rolled out on the mobile and desktop version of Twitter, and the name of the business has been changed to “X Corp”. A new domain has also been created - x.com which directs users to the twitter website - twitter.com.
PSG (Paris Saint-Germain) have accepted Al Hilal's world-record £259m bid for Mbappe (24th July, 2023)(Sports): Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) football club have given Saudi Club - Al Hilal, the permission to commence negotiations with PSG star Kylian Mbappe. This comes after PSG put him up for sale and left him out of the pre-season tour of Japan and South Korea. Al Hilal has reportedly offered Kylian Mbappe a $775M( €700m) one-year contract, and are willing to pay him a sum of 13 million Euros per week.
Military stages Coup d’etat in Niger Republic (27th July, 2023)(Politics): A group of Soldiers in Niger Republic have announced on National Television on Wednesday 26th July, 2023, that they have removed the President of Niger Republic - President Mohamed Bazoum from power over what they termed “deteriorating security situation and bad governance”. This happened after armed troops blockaded the presidential palace in Niamey, the country’s capital.