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Develop new apps to serve African users – Tech community urged

After a total shut down of popular social media apps for some hours, the youth in the country in the technological space have been charged to develop new apps for communication to serve users in the country and Africa at large. 

This call to action is being initiated by the Minister for communications Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful following the global outage of social media giants; Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram on Monday, 4th October.

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Reacting to this recent development, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said stakeholders in the tech space must take advantage of the recent happenings to design local social media apps that can be globally competitive.

“I’m all for government using its purchasing power to stimulate the tech ecosystem. We’ve demonstrated that by procuring the National ID system from a local company. The digital address system and the Ghana.gov payment platform were developed by a local company. Our SIM registration platform was developed by a local company on existing infrastructure that we already have,” she explained in an interaction with Citi Business News.

She added, “So if our young people are able to utilise technology to address challenges that we face and come up with solutions, I don’t see why yesterday’s incident can’t also be an opportunity for them to innovate and develop something that we can use, if not as our main source of communication, as our alternative source that overtime can also grow to rival these global giants.”

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On Monday, three social media giants, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram experienced global outages for six hours with users unable to access their accounts.

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The outage left many users and businesses in disarray as they heavily relied on the platforms to communicate and reach out to various audiences.

Shortly after the outage, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram took to Twitter to clarify the outages and subsequently announced the apps were back online for users.

Bloomberg on Monday, October 4, 2021, published a report that Founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, who also owns WhatsApp and Instagram, had his net worth tumble by US$7 billion in a matter of hours due to the widespread outage

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