Twitter Streets: Hot Trends Today- January 18

Article by Oliver Nash
Posted: January 18, 2021  

WhatsApp Delays New Privacy Policy

WhatsApp has announced that it will be delaying its updated Terms of Service for three months, from the originally scheduled February 8th to May 15th. The move comes amidst widespread confusion following the Facebook-owned App’s planned service integration to monetize the platform.

“We’re still working to counter any confusion by communicating directly with @WhatsApp users”, tweeted the messaging platform on Friday. “No one will have their account suspended or deleted on Feb 8 and we’ll be moving back our business plans until after May”. WhatsApp further assured users that they will be given “plenty of time to review and understand the terms”, adding that they “never planned to delete any accounts based on this and will not do so in the future.”

Your contact list, location and financial information are some of the things that would have been compromised if users accepted the terms. According to the messaging platform, the users either had to agree to the changes or exit the app altogether.

Despite several assurances, there has been an upsurge of newly registered users migrating to alternative platforms, Signal and Telegram.

Mejja Faces Backlash Over Failed ‘Nairobi’ Lyrics

On Friday, the long awaited music video for Bensoul’s “Nairobi” was released. What was expected to be a smash hit took a different turn just minutes into the release – Mejja, a feature on the song alongside Sauti Sol and Nviiri the Storyteller, bore the brunt of insults online because of his lyrics.

Fans took to various social media platforms, criticizing the Gengetone star for his “failed lyrics” on what was an already assured chart-topper. “The Mejja part in that Nairobi song was unnecessary. Why do Kenyan artists think that they must have Mejja on their songs to sell?”, said a tweep, as another lamented, “Mejja is slowly losing relevance by being too available. This is something he would know if he had a PR team.”

Bensoul, in an interview with Amina Abdi Rabar on NTV’s “The Trend”, addressed the critics saying, “I feel like he [Mejja] really expressed himself in a certain way I wanted. I wanted someone who can express themselves in the new culture”. Take a look at some of the reactions below.

‘Flack’ Trailer Released

Amazon Prime Video has released the official trailer for their upcoming series, “Flack”. Created and written by Oliver Lansley, the drama series is set in the world of high-stakes public relations and exposes the dark underbelly of cleaning up clients’ messes.

Anna Paquin plays Robyn, a sharp and witty publicist – a flack – who’s an expert at her craft, but is completely self-sabotaging when it comes to her personal life. “Flack” centers on Robyn and her four quick-witted and relentless flackers who must figure out how to make the best of bad situations and somehow manage to come out unscathed. Equal parts drama and comedy, “Flack” reflects the brutal reality and complexities of our modern and hyper-connected life, where anything can go viral for the wrong reasons in an instant. The series’ loveable antiheroes will shock you with their self-destruction – but have you rooting for them anyway in this dark and brazen comedy.

“Flack” debuts on the streaming platform January 22nd,2020. Check out the trailer below.


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