Martin Williams
3 minute read
6 Oct 2021
6:01 am

Never enter random quizzes, surveys, or games on Facebook

Martin Williams

'These are, sadly, schemes used for data mining and scrapping.'

In this photo illustration, the Facebook logo is displayed next to a screen showing that the Facebook website is down on October 04, 2021 in San Anselmo, California. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images via AFP)

When the great scientist, Isaac Newton (1642-1747), declared “What goes up must come down”, he could not have foreseen that WhatsApp would also come down, occasionally. When WhatsApp malfunctioned on Monday afternoon, communication between councillors and officials was severely affected. We have become dependent on WhatsApp. Each of the city’s seven regions and various depots operates differently, but WhatsApp is a common denominator. In Region B, stretching from Coronationville in the west to Sandhurst in the east, we have separate WhatsApp groups for Joburg Water, City Power depots, and JMPD, among others. Issues logged by residents are posted on these...