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South Africans Are the Second Rudest People Online, According to Microsoft

Nothing new here. But when's the last time Microsoft had a hit product?

It's clear by now, that we South Africans are a pretty hostile bunch online. When we're not slut-shaming Bonang for doing normal human-being stuff we're fat shaming Lesego Legobane (Thick Leeyonce) until she breaks down. We just can't let anything go. Now, tech-giant Microsoft has determined that we are in fact the second rudest country online. For International Safe Internet Day, on Tuesday 6 February, Microsoft released research about people's digital civility–how well people behave online, particularly social media.


Out of the 23 countries which were targeted for the research, South Africa scored as low a number when it comes to being the least civil online. Some of the countries include Belgium, Argentina, Japan, the UK and the US.

"We did a survey on 23 countries–both developing and developed countries, Kethan Parbho, chief operations and marketing officer at Microsoft Africa told Radio 702 today. "We had a balanced view of ages 13 to 17, and then 18 to 74. South Africa faired 22 out of 23."

Asked what this meant, his response was:

"From a digital civility, looking at things like compassion, empathy, kindness, people getting exposed to negative risks, as a result of going online, South Africa is actually in a difficult position. Many of the areas that were surveyed; areas like hate speech, discrimination, hoaxes, scams and frauds, we scored, in a negative way, much higher than our global counterparts."

This comes as no surprise to a person like myself who spends most of their time on social media. South Africa has one of the most robust online communities in the world, where pertinent conversations are held. We tweet and discuss politics, racism, sexism, homophobia, hip-hop, and a whole lot more. I have personally learned about women's rights on Twitter more than on any medium.

But cyber bullying is still a big issue on social media in South Africa. Be it the sharing of inappropriate videos and photos, racism, body shaming, slut-shaming, we are vicious.

You can read the rest of the survey here. Be warned: bar charts and pie charts galore!

Shay Lia. Image courtesy of the artist.

Meet Shay Lia, the French-East African Singer Writing Hits With Kaytranada

We talk to the Montreal-based singer about her youth in Djibouti, upcoming EP plans and much more.

Shay Lia might be one of the most humble and refreshing artists the game has seen in a long time. While the world may only recognize from Kaytranada records, it's time for the artist, born Shanice Dileita Mohamed, to shift gears and put her alias at the forefront.

Shay Lia was born in France before relocating to Djibouti, a country at the cusp of the Red Sea, at the age of four. It wasn't until she was 18-years-old that she moved to Canada, where the singer-songwriter discovered she could write songs while attending UQAM University in Montreal, a place she currently calls home.

Her signature sound lies in the melodies, whose ideas are often inspired by R&B;, funk, and soul. When it comes to the beat, she just needs a good bass and something to dance too. Juggling between three cultures, Shay Lia accepts her diverse identity and the wide array of influences absorbed from each. At two to three years old, she picked up her "American" ways from watching videos on Youtube, something she doesn't even notice when she sings.

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Mr Eazi and Burna Boy Link Up In the Music Video for 'Miss You Bad'

The Nigerian stars connect for the latest single from Mr Eazi's "Lagos to London Vol. 2."

Mr Eazi enlists fellow Nigerian heavyweight artist Burna Boy for his latest song and video "Miss You Bad."

The emotional song sees the artist singing about a girl he's longing for, and reflecting on a relationship that's gone sour.

In the video, Mr Eazi sits in a colorful room while his special lady sits at a distance, capturing the strain in their relationship. Later in the video, he's joined by a fashionable Burna Boy who offers a tuneful verse about his own lover.

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Idris Elba Teams Up With Wiley, Sean Paul and Steflon Don on New Banger 'Boasty'

Yes, Idris Elba makes music too.

After it was announced earlier this month that Idris Elba is one of the many musical acts performing at Coachella this year, some folks on the internet were surprised to discover that the celebrated actor also makes music.

In fact, everyone's favorite zaddy DJ turned mega-actor, began his entertainment career as a pirate radio host. Elba reminds us that his music-making skills are still very much in tact on a banging new collaboration with British rapper Wiley "Boasty," which also features fellow British MC Steflon Don and Jamaican heavyweight Sean Paul.

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