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Instagram Announces New Safety Updates for A safer Online Community

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Instagram has announced new safety updates geared towards creating a safer community for the users.

Instagram’s terms of use require a user to be at least 13 years of age which is the average age of consent for most social media pages.

According to Instagram press, the information will help them prevent underage people from joining Instagram, keep young people safe and enable more safe appropriate experiences at all.

The information acquired thereafter will be kept private from the public and only the user is able to access it while viewing their private account information.

Facebook, Twitter has a 13-year age-restriction and any other person who is younger than that is fully restricted from joining.

For instance on Twitter, once you create an account and it happens your age is below 13, the account is automatically blocked from your access.

If Instagram introduces such a feature for their users will be safe online especially from malicious misconducts like cyberbullying which is on the rise and if not restricted the children might be subject to online torture.

Globally, in 2018, there were almost 4 billion internet users who are nearly half of the world’s population of 7.7 billion people.

The number indicates a 50 per cent rise from 2 billion in 2015. by 2020 according to cybersecurity ventures, the number is expected to rise to 6 billion, 75 per cent of the world’s population.

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Ordinarily, crimes in the parts of the world arse as the population increased.

Instagram boasts of around 1 billion users globally and out of the  number 38 per cent are believed to be children under the age of 13 according to Mobopinions 

According to another report by Ofcom children and parents media use and attitudes report confirms that 28 per cent of 10-year-olds, 46 per cent of 11-year-olds and 51 per cent of 12-year-olds have access to social media and have a social media profile.

Instagram’s announcement to factor age restriction however long overdue, it will be a great step towards keeping young people safe.

Instagram help centre also allows users to report suspected minor social media users.  Instagram also,  projects to create a super safe experience through education around account controls and recommended settings around young people.

Secondly, users will be able to control who they can send messages to and also have the ability to control who sends them messages.

Originally, on Instagram, there is no restriction on message sending. One would send you a message despite them not being your followers or even go overboard by adding to group messages without your permission.

With these changes in place. we predict Instagram to be a more safe place for users.


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Haraka Haraka app to link customers with service providers

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A new App dubbed “Haraka Haraka” has today been unveiled in Kenya to help customers find the right service providers in their current location within a specified range of choice.

The platform was invented by three former Meru University of Science and technology students and with the app, they seek to make it easier for people to find services such as a plumber, retailers, shops and house agents that have been difficult to get physically.

The team, Mr Kelvin Muinde, Mr Pius Momanyi Nyachio and Mrs Naum Mutie said there are currently about 3,500 users who are potential clients and service providers on the platform who include carpenters, hairdressers, plumbers and mechanics, and more.

“We are taking away the burden of searching for experienced and reliable professional businesses in a hassle-free model to deliver critical services to individuals who are in need of their specific location,” said Pius Momanyi Nyachio who is the Marketing Manager.

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Mr Kelvin Muinde, who is the head of the project said the idea to start Haraka Haraka was initiated out of his observance of people having difficulty in finding a reliable service in an area that they are not well conversant with.

“The biggest challenge customers face is finding the right service providers at any area, mostly if you are not familiar, most people end up getting poor services that cost them time and resources,” he said.

To find any service or to register as a service provider, individuals are requested to first download the Haraka Haraka App on Google and register where later one can choose a range between 100m to 30km to find the service they are in need of.

The app also comes with an option of reviewing and rating a service provider which acts as an advantage to next service seekers enabling easy referrals to new clients.

‘’The registration to the app is free for both users and professionals,’’ said Mr Kelvin Muinde. The company’s aim is to hit 10,000 users by the end of this year. Ideally, they plan to have a maximum of 30,000 professionals on the platform.


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A new App dubbed “Haraka Haraka” has today been unveiled in Kenya to help customers find the right service providers in their current location within a specified range of choice.

The platform was invented by three former Meru University of Science and technology students and with the app, they seek to make it easier for people to find services such as a plumber, retailers, shops and house agents that have been difficult to get physically.

The team, Mr Kelvin Muinde, Mr Pius Momanyi Nyachio and Mrs Naum Mutie said there are currently about 3,500 users who are potential clients and service providers on the platform who include carpenters, hairdressers, plumbers and mechanics, and more.

“We are taking away the burden of searching for experienced and reliable professional businesses in a hassle-free model to deliver critical services to individuals who are in need of their specific location,” said Pius Momanyi Nyachio who is the Marketing Manager.

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Mr Kelvin Muinde, who is the head of the project said the idea to start Haraka Haraka was initiated out of his observance of people having difficulty in finding a reliable service in an area that they are not well conversant with.

“The biggest challenge customers face is finding the right service providers at any area, mostly if you are not familiar, most people end up getting poor services that cost them time and resources,” he said.

To find any service or to register as a service provider, individuals are requested to first download the Haraka Haraka App on Google and register where later one can choose a range between 100m to 30km to find the service they are in need of.

The app also comes with an option of reviewing and rating a service provider which acts as an advantage to next service seekers enabling easy referrals to new clients.

‘’The registration to the app is free for both users and professionals,’’ said Mr Kelvin Muinde. The company’s aim is to hit 10,000 users by the end of this year. Ideally, they plan to have a maximum of 30,000 professionals on the platform.


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Balala wants investigation into alleged harassment at Ol Jogi launched – KBC

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Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala

Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has directed the Kenya Wildlife Service to commence investigations into the alleged harassment of a victim by private game ranchers at Ol Jogi Conservancy in Laikipia County.

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It is reported that the victim known as Mordecai Ogada in the company of his children was harassed on Saturday while driving on a public road in the conservancy.

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In a statement, Balala has asked for speedy investigations and findings to be concluded by Wednesday this week.

The CS added that no discriminations will be allowed to any Kenyan at any conservancy in the country.

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“The government of Kenya and my ministry will not condone any undue harassment or intimidation of Kenyans who are going about their normal businesses and enjoying their God given heritage by anyone,” said CS Balala.

He urged Kenyans to report any such incidents with facts for action to be taken.

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