Blue for Sudan: Instagram ‘sympathy scammers’ exploit support for protesters (BBC)

BBC: Blue for Sudan: Instagram ‘sympathy scammers’ exploit support for protesters. “Scammers making bogus claims about sending aid to Sudan in exchange for clicks have continued to crop up on Instagram despite the exposure and suspension of fraudulent accounts, some of which had hundreds of thousands of followers.”

Mashable: Influencers have become a vital source of information on the crisis in Sudan

Mashable: Influencers have become a vital source of information on the crisis in Sudan . “On Thursday, Shahd Khidir, a Sudanese influencer and blogger who mainly shares beauty, fashion, and lifestyle content, went ‘off-brand’ to raise awareness to her nearly 64,000 Instagram followers about the dire situation in Sudan. Khidir, who is based in New York City, posted a photograph of herself crying at her desk along with a heartbreaking story about her friend, who she learned had recently been murdered in Sudan.”

The Conversation Africa: Sudanese women are using social media to trade – and break gender barriers

The Conversation Africa: Sudanese women are using social media to trade – and break gender barriers. “Four years ago I started research in Sudan’s capital Khartoum on a group of 45 Sudanese women entrepreneurs called Facebook traders – tajirat al-Facebook. The women used smartphones to trade goods such as cosmetics, garments, traditional Sudanese dresses, fashion accessories and perfumes from their homes. My research showed that their online activities enabled them to work at home without jeopardising social expectations based on class, gender and religion.”

Voice of America: Sudan’s Social Media Deemed Major Player in Bashir’s Ouster

Voice of America: Sudan’s Social Media Deemed Major Player in Bashir’s Ouster . “Ousted President Omar al-Bashir and his government restricted popular social media platforms during protests against his government, but millions of Sudanese found ways to circumvent the restrictions and rally others to protest peacefully.”

Quartz: Sudan has blocked Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to counter anti-govt protests

Quartz: Sudan has blocked Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to counter anti-govt protests. “Data collected by digital advocacy group NetBlocks on Dec. 21 shows varying attempts to block platforms including Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram on mobile networks. The internet was blocked on key telecom companies including MTN Sudan, Zain Sudan, Kanartel, and Sudatel. The interruption to these four services is expected to cost the economy over $7.5 million per day, according to estimates calculated through NetBlocks Cost of Shutdown Tool (COST).”