Hi guys! Trust you had a great week. While you’re going about your weekend plans, take a moment to sit back and relax as we bring you the many trends that have been making the rounds across social media.
GB WhatsApp’s Privacy Invasion
GB WhatsApp, a modified version of Facebook’s WhatsApp, was the subject of online conversations over privacy concerns due to the app being able to circumvent certain restrictions on WhatsApp’s mode of use. This lets GB WhatsApp users view contacts’ status anonymously, still see deleted statuses, appear offline and change voice for voice notes.
Many people accused GB WhatsApp users of using the app to unfairly monitor the online activity of other WhatsApp users.
GB WhatsApp is only enabled for Android and some iPhone users were wishing they could use the app too.
Much later during the week, another viral challenge – the #Silhouettechallenge, took our Twitter timeline by storm just two weeks after the #Bussitchallenge set social media ablaze. The #Silhouettechallenge shows video clips of ladies posing seductively in a doorway before transitioning into a black nude/semi-nude silhouette under red lighting with ‘Put Your Head On My Shoulder’ by Paul Anka playing in the background.
Disclaimer: Content below is rated 18+.
While the above is what the #SilhouetteChallenge usually looks like, different social media users have played around the challenge for fun.
Robinhood in GameStop Stock Chaos
US broker-dealer, Robinhood drew the wrath of investors after placing a ban on trading on GameStop (NYSE:GME) and seven other high-flying Reddit stocks. The Robinhood decision was reportedly taken following short trades against GameStop by “Melvin Capital Management” on r/wallstreetbets which plunged the hedge fund into incurring massive losses.
Investors were angered by the Robinhood trading restrictions, with some threatening to take legal action while several Robinhood users opted out to trade on alternative platforms.
A Robin Hood society in Nottingham jumped on the trending name to gain thousands of new followers.
However, Robinhood has reversed the ban and would now allow limited stock buys. But investors are still not impressed.
GT Bank Reverses SMS Alert Charges
GT Bank has reversed the controversial “SMS alert VAT” charges on customers’ accounts and issued an apology stating that the SMS debit alerts were caused by a system glitch.
During the week, several Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) customers had berated the bank for collecting SMS alert surcharges.
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