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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!

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


Focalistic Ke Star (Official Music Video) ft Vigro Deep www.youtube.com

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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Nasty C, Davido, Mr Eazi x Nicki Minaj and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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