Latest Developments in the Technology Sector

  • Telecommunication companies and banks have protested the Central Bank of Kenya’s move to extend the free mobile money transaction fees without consulting them. The firms said that CBK should have sought their opinion before unilaterally extending various relief measures on mobile phone payments by a further six months, which will see banks and telcos like Safaricom lose billions of shillings.
  • YouTube on Monday said it’s terminated the channels of a handful of white supremacists, including far-right figure Richard Spencer and former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke. YouTube, which is owned by Google, said the accounts were removed for repeatedly violating the platform’s policies against hate speech.
  • Amazon on Monday said it’s paying out $500 million in one-time bonuses to front-line employees — those most at risk of contracting the coronavirus — who worked for the company through June.
  • India banned wildly popular Chinese app TikTok and 58 others on Monday after a border clash between troops in both countries left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead this month. The apps, which range from gaming to music streaming and social media, are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order,” India’s Ministry of Information Technology said in a statement on Monday.
  • Google Photos will no longer backup images and videos saved from folders created and managed by social media apps by default (via Android Police). Previously, Google’s photo backup platform would automatically upload all images saved to your Android or iOS device, including those files stored in folders created by apps like Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Now, Google says that feature is turned off, and you’ll have to toggle it on for specific apps or run manual backups on specific folders.
  • Alphabet Inc’s Google has removed search ads that charged users searching for voting information large fees for voter registration or harvested therir personal data.