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2 weeks after Kylie Jenner disses Snapchat, Snap lays off 120 engineers

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In fact, it’s the second time in 2018 alone that Snap is laying off employees. In an email to employees reviewed by Recode, Vice President of Engineering Jerry Hunter told team members that 120 engineers, or about 4 percent of the company’s total workforce, will soon be out of a job. “We want to unleash speed and productivity in our organization, while keeping a high technical bar,” Hunter wrote. “That required us to think carefully about the shape of the organization, and where each member of our team fits.”

This layoff is said to be the largest in the company’s history — previously, Snap has only laid off a few dozen employees at a time. Last year, a few employees from the company’s hardware unit were let go (unsurprising, given that Snapchat Spectacles were not the resounding success the company hoped they would be), and earlier this year, around 24 individuals were released from the company. There has been trouble brewing at Snap for at least the last several months, as Bloomberg previously reported that the social media giant did not award end-of-year bonuses in 2017 because employees “didn’t beat internal goals.”

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We should note that the layoffs come after a period of extremely aggressive hiring. Over the course of the last two years, Snap has hired a total of around 2,400 people, or about 100 per month. But now, it seems as though some of that growth may have been excessive. As Hunter wrote in his email, the goal of the “restructuring” is to “unify the entire engineering organization as a single, powerful and diverse team that is highly productive, extremely innovative, and technically excellent.” Moreover, the executive wrote that the organization would rally “around our key priorities, specifically, addressing the technical debt that we have accrued over the years so that we can develop a product that engages customers and drives Snap forward.” And finally, moving forward, Snap will “deploy an organizational structure that aligns top talent with the most critical priorities, creates clarity around our mission, drives accountability, and rewards technical excellence in product development.”

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Instagram makes move to begin removal of fake likes and followers

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People will do anything in their power to work less and still earn money. this is why casinos, the lottery and crypto-mining are so popular. It’s also the reason behind a lot of people hoping to make it in the social media “influencer” space going to extremes by manufacturing likes and followers in the hope they can convince companies to give them free stuff to advertise on their platform.



This is a phenomenon which Instagram is currently dealing with as the site is seen as a growing platform for influencers and brands to market products given its young and impressionable user base. In fact, there is even a current trend reported in The New York Times called “nanoinfluencers” which is even seeing people with as few as 10000 followers approaching companies for free products in exchange for advertising them to their followers. All this means though is that people hungry for the extra income and swag are turning to “fake” likes and followers through apps which will automatically like and follow everything you post, thereby artificially boosting the popularity of our posts.  Something, which even if it’s just a few, is not fair to the rest who are legitimately trying to build up their network.

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However, according to the latest report, Instagram has developed a way to counter this issue by using machine learning tools to help identify which accounts use these services and automatically remove the likes, follows, and comments that come with it. Like with Twitter’s crackdown on bots, the hope is this will remove much of the fraudulent activity that takes place on the platform and protect companies who want to promote their products from illegitimate claims.

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 It’s definitely something which needs to be done and hopefully clean up the social media platform from those trying to “game the system”. While Instagram has long removed fake accounts from their platform, this will be the first time they are narrowing in on fake likes and followers and it will be interesting to see exactly how widespread the problem is by seeing how much it changes existing nanoinfluencers on the site.Personally, I’m still amazed that all it takes is 1000 followers for companies to take an interest in you. Now all I need to do is find a thousand friends who actually want to follow me. How hard can that be?

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Ghanaian authorities reopened Nigerian traders shops

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Mr Chukwuemeka Nnaji, The President of Nigeria Union of Traders Association Ghana (NUTAG), Has laud Ghanaian authorities for reopening hundreds of Nigerians’ shops closed after three month.



Nnaji said the Ghanaian authorities had reopened all the shops as at yesterday. He said reopening of the locked shops followed the intervention of the Federal Government.

The Federal Government had on November 2, summoned the Ghana High Commissioner to Nigeria, Rashid Bawa, to explain how the government of Ghana was handling the situation.

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source reports that the shops was shut down following the disagreement with the Ghana Union of Trader Association(GUTA).

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About 390 shops run by Nigerians was closed, had stage protest by Nigerian traders, who condemned the order issued by the Ghanaian government compelling foreigners to have one million dollars (R14.3 million) as minimum foreign investment capital to do business in Ghana.

Nnaji confirmed to news agency stating, the shops have been reopened,  He said that Nigerians have started their businesses peacefully without harassment in Ghana. source from vanguard

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