Facebook struggling to deal with ‘deepfake’ videos

27 June 2019, 6:47 AM
Facebook chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said Wednesday the leading social network is struggling to find ways to deal with "deepfake" videos which have the potential to deceive and manipulate users on a massive scale.
Thandi Modise’s animal cruelty case expected to resume on Friday 21 June 2019, 6:15 AM

A case of animal cruelty involving the National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise is expected to resume on Friday morning at the Potchefstroom Regional Court in the North West.

Cape Town residents cautioned of severe weather conditions on Friday 20 June 2019, 6:16 PM

City of Cape Town Disaster Management authorities have warned residents to take precautionary measures to shield themselves from the approaching storm which is expected to hit the Peninsula tomorrow evening.

Signed letter by Albert Einstein
Einstein’s relativity document gifted to Nobel museum 20 June 2019, 4:15 PM

The Nobel Museum in Stockholm has been gifted Albert Einstein's first paper published after he received the Nobel Prize in 1922 and discussing his then still controversial relativity theory.

Cold temperatures expected in Cape Town 20 June 2019, 12:24 PM

The Cape Town Weather Office has issued a warning of a series of cold fronts and gale force winds from Friday afternoon in the Western Cape.

Facebook called before Senate panel over digital currency project 20 June 2019, 8:33 AM

Facebook Inc’s plans to create a global cryptocurrency will face scrutiny from the US Senate Banking Committee on July 16, the latest sign that policymakers around the globe are casting a wary eye on the project.

CapeNature to restrict use of wild flora for medicinal purposes 20 June 2019, 6:53 AM

CapeNature has introduced a new policy that will allow for the restricted consumptive use of species of wild flora for traditional, cultural and medicinal purposes.

health worker holding bottle.
Congo declares measles epidemic after it kills more than Ebola 19 June 2019, 4:30 PM

Democratic Republic of Congo's government has declared an epidemic of measles, which the latest health ministry figures show has now killed at least 1,500 people, more than a hundred more than have died of Ebola.

Facebook’s cryptocurrency ambitions face privacy concerns, political backlash 19 June 2019, 12:10 PM

Facebook has linked with 28 partners including Mastercard, PayPal and Uber to form Libra Association, a Geneva-based entity governing the new digital coin, according to marketing materials and interviews with executives.

France has lowest levels of trust in vaccines globally: poll 19 June 2019, 6:28 AM

France has the lowest levels of trust in vaccines globally, according to the world's biggest survey on public attitudes toward health and science, which was published on Wednesday.

Dr Naledi Pandor and Dr Aaron Motsoaledi
Motsoaledi looking forward to Home Affairs advancements 18 June 2019, 6:01 PM

The newly appointed Minister of Home Affairs says he looks forward to the advancement in technology that will improve the department's service delivery.

Ford SA launches water project in Nelson Mandela Bay 18 June 2019, 1:46 PM

Ford South Africa working with World Vision South Africa, have launched an innovative community water project.

Science suffers collateral damage as US, China tensions rise 18 June 2019, 7:24 AM

A rise in US visa denials for Chinese academics and intensified scrutiny of alleged links to Beijing over fears of potential espionage are having a chilling effect on long-standing research collaboration, researchers say.

Ebola’s spread highlights importance of societal issues in scientific advancements 17 June 2019, 4:06 PM

The persistence of Congo’s Ebola outbreak and its deadly spread to Uganda in recent days show how societal issues are as crucial as scientific advances in controlling disease outbreaks, specialists in global public health say.

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei attends a panel discussion at the company headquarters in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China.
Huawei underestimated impact of US ban: CEO 17 June 2019, 11:38 AM

This is the first time that Huawei has quantified the impact of the US action against the company and Ren Zhengfei’s downbeat assessment comes after weeks of defiant comments.

A Huawei company logo is seen at a shopping mall in Shanghai, China.
US chipmakers quietly lobby to ease Huawei ban 17 June 2019, 7:44 AM

Huawei’s American chip suppliers, including Qualcomm and Intel, are quietly pressing the US government to ease its ban on sales to the Chinese tech giant.

Power cuts
Argentina and Uruguay scramble to restore power following mass blackout 16 June 2019, 5:53 PM

Argentina and Uruguay were scrambling to restore power to millions of people after a massive power failure hit the Argentine grid early on Sunday,Argentina's Energy Secretariat said.

Plastic and other waste is seen floating on the Marine Lake at New Brighton beach near Liverpool.
G20 set to agree on marine plastic pollution deal 16 June 2019, 10:08 AM

The Group of 20 major economies were set to agree a deal on reducing marine plastic waste at a meeting in Japan Sunday where they also discussed energy security following the oil tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman.

NSPCA slams Johannesburg Zoo for putting elephants in captivity 15 June 2019, 7:36 PM

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ( NSPCA) says it will be seeking legal advice to reverse the Johannesburg Zoo's decision to bring in two elephants from the Eastern Cape into the facility.

Dead False Bay whale causes outcry 15 June 2019, 4:00 PM

There's been a public outcry after the discovery of a dead 12-metre long Bryde's whale in False Bay near Cape Town.

US World War II bomb defused in Berlin 15 June 2019, 2:13 PM

A 100-kilogramme (220-pound) US World War II bomb was defused overnight near Berlin's central hub of Alexanderplatz, police said Saturday.

A staff member shows the new Huawei Mate X smartphone with 5G network provided by China Unicom and Huawei at the media center for the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing.
Huawei delays global launch of foldable phone by three months 15 June 2019, 8:37 AM

The delay comes as Huawei phones face being cut off from updates of Google’s Android OS in the wake of the US blacklist that bans American companies from doing business with the Chinese firm.

Group of Cape Town learners march against climate change 14 June 2019, 6:41 PM

A group of learners from various schools in Cape Town have marched against climate change.

Power restored to most parts of Kempton Park 14 June 2019, 3:08 PM

The City of Ekurhuleni says it hopes to restore power to the remaining parts of Kempton Park in the next few hours.

David Mabuza
SA can still reach UN Aids 90-90-90 target: Mabuza 14 June 2019, 12:48 PM

Deputy President David Mabuza says all Premiers and Mayors will be held accountable for the performance of their local Aids Councils in the fight against the epidemic.

Blood donation
World marks Blood Donor Day 14 June 2019, 12:22 PM

Friday marks World Blood Donor Day. This is a global celebration of the millions of people throughout the world who donate blood on a voluntary, unpaid basis to save the lives of those in need.

polio outbreak
In Afghanistan, conspiracy theories fuel polio outbreak 14 June 2019, 11:35 AM

Two-year-old Farid should have been vaccinated against polio, but his family - like many in rural Afghanistan - believed the conspiracy theories and refused to have him inoculated.

WATCH: AIDS Conference Closing Address 14 June 2019, 9:33 AM

Deputy President David Mabuza will deliver a keynote address at the close of the 9th SA AIDS conference in Durban on Friday. Mabuza is the chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC). The four day conference started on Tuesday with a march by SANAC calling for the promotion of human rights and respect […]

For stomach cancer, aerosol chemotherapy offers breath of hope 14 June 2019, 6:44 AM

"Classic chemotherapy was awful... but with this treatment, I feel hope," says French pensioner Jacques Braud, who is undergoing treatment for stomach cancer with a new form of therapy dispersed by aerosol.

Ebola health workers
WHO to convene over whether current Ebola outbreak constitutes global crisis 14 June 2019, 6:06 AM

A top committee of the WHO will convene on Friday in Geneva, Switzerland, to consider whether the current Ebola outbreak in central Africa constitutes a global health crisis.

WHO officials
Family sent back to DR Congo after two die of Ebola in Uganda 14 June 2019, 6:01 AM

Authorities repatriated the relatives of two people who died of Ebola in Uganda back to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, including a three-year-old boy confirmed to be suffering from the disease, the Ugandan health minister said.