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French far-right weekly barred from Twitter over 'hate speech'

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:08 PM

Rivarol's Twitter account 'called for racial hatred and sympathized with crimes against humanity,' a spokesman for the French government's racism, anti-Semitism, and discrimination body says

Broadcasting your romance on social media isn't always driven purely by love

Feb 18, 2019 - 1:49 PM

'Are they just one’s way of satiating the need for amour propre – meeting the approval, and stoking the envy of online witnesses? Are they for one’s lover at all? Or, are they for public affirmation?'

3 pages publishing viral videos suspended by Facebook for alleged Russian ties

Feb 18, 2019 - 1:09 PM

Videos from the channels aimed at American millennials grab over 30 million views combined since September of 2018

New York Times pokes Zuckerberg with anniversary video

Feb 06, 2019 - 9:20 AM

'Happy Birthday, Facebook! 15 years today -- and what a rollercoaster it has been,' reads the message released

15 YEARS. The New York Times takes a dig at Facebook's problems. Screenshot from video.

As Facebook turns 15, Zuckerberg sees it as a 'positive' force despite firestorm

Feb 05, 2019 - 8:55 AM

Even as Facebook is facing a wave of criticism over issues of manipulation, misinformation, abuse and other social ills, Zuckerberg said it would be a mistake 'to overly emphasize the negative' impacts of social media and the internet

MARK ZUCKERBERG. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg still sees the positives in social media and Facebook in particular. File photo from Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook profile

Snopes pulls out of fact-checking partnership with Facebook

Feb 04, 2019 - 2:27 PM

Snopes vice president Vinny Green tells the media education group Poynter the partnership was excessively labor intensive, requiring manual updates to fact checks by its staff of 16

Facebook downs hundreds of accounts, groups linked to Indonesian syndicate

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:59 PM

Facebook takes down 207 Facebook Pages, 800 Facebook accounts, 546 Facebook Groups, and 208 Instagram accounts linked to the Saracen Group

Facebook takes down vast Iran-led manipulation campaign

Feb 01, 2019 - 2:57 PM

The pages are part of a campaign to promote Iranian interests in various countries by creating fake Facebook or Instagram identities as residents of those nations, according to Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy at Facebook

Facebook to bar 'foreign' electoral ads for Thai poll

Jan 31, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Facebook says it will help 'protect' the Thai vote by temporarily not allowing ads from 'foreign entities which are of an electoral nature'

Facebook removes 471 Russian-linked pages for using fake accounts

Jan 17, 2019 - 8:43 PM

One operation is said to have links to Sputnik, a Moscow-based news agency, and affected Central and Eastern European countries. The second Russia-linked operation operated specifically in Ukraine.

Facebook to invest $300 million in local journalism

Jan 15, 2019 - 10:55 PM

'People want more local news, and local newsrooms are looking for more support. That's why today we're announcing an expanded effort around local news in the years ahead,' says Campbell Brown, Facebook's vice president in charge of global news partnerships in a blog post.

Robredo urges Facebook to take down more 'fake' pages

Jan 13, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo calls on Facebook to clean up its platform further, after it banned Twinmark Media Enterprises

VPLR spoke of the need to ensure that advances in information and communications technology will also benefit every Filipino, including those at the countryside, when she spoke before the 10th National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) ICT Summit, held in Naga City on Saturday, 24 November 2018. In her message, the Vice President also talked about how the use of technology can push for good governance and inclusive development. (Photo by OVP)

PH company banned by Facebook spread lies, used fake accounts

Jan 11, 2019 - 1:57 PM

(UPDATED) Twinmark Media Enterprises, the company behind Mocha Uson's favorite site Trending News Portal, practiced coordinated 'inauthentic behavior,' led people to ad farms, and sold access to Facebook Pages

Vietnam accuses Facebook of breaching new cyber law

Jan 09, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Vietnam also accuses Facebook of hosting advertisements for 'illegal products' including counterfeit money, fake goods, weapons and firecrackers

These issues made headlines in 2018… and netizens were 'shookt'

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:28 PM

Mocha Uson, Imelda Marcos, and the revocation of Rappler's license to operate are among the most talked about issues on social media in the Philippines in 2018

10 striking sports moments on social media in 2018

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:02 PM

From the shocking 'basketbrawl' to the inclusion of esports as a medal event in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, here's a roundup of the most interacted sports events on Rappler's social media accounts this year

Facebook kicks Myanmar military-linked pages off platform

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:31 AM

This is Facebook's 3rd sweeping takedown of pages and accounts for what it calls 'coordinated inauthentic behavior' in Myanmar following deletions in October and August

FACEBOOK. Facebook has removed hundreds of additional pages and accounts in Myanmar with hidden links to the military, the platform said on December 19, as the company scrambles to respond to criticism over failures to control hate speech and misinformation. Photo by Sai Aung Main/AFP


Trump accuses Facebook, Twitter, Google of Democrat bias

Dec 18, 2018 - 11:38 PM

Twitter says in a statement it has been working to weed out accounts that hide a user's true identity or seek to manipulate the platform

MAD. File photo of US President Donald Trump speaking to the press at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Catriona and the Silver Linings: Social media explodes with Miss Universe 2018 memes

Dec 17, 2018 - 1:31 PM

We 'lava' all these clever memes about newly crowned Catriona Gray and her fellow pageant ladies

What makes societies susceptible to disinformation?

Dec 17, 2018 - 12:11 PM

Disinformation is one of the key trends in media in 2018 – here's what could make a society more vulnerable to it than others

'Boys will be boys': Locker room talk and online harassment

Dec 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Online spaces have made the locker rooms bigger – and more sinister

Fake news, real women: Disinformation gone macho

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:52 AM

When disinformation is weaponized against women, misogyny rears its ugly head

Twitter warns global users their tweets violate Pakistani law

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Furey and two critics of extremism in Islam say they are 'shocked' to have received notices by the social media giant this past week over alleged violations of Islamabad's laws, despite having no apparent connection to the country

Social media platforms urged to be 'better gatekeepers'

Dec 09, 2018 - 6:52 PM

Social media has its pros and cons – providing a platform for the marginalized, yet paving the way for others to abuse its vast space and wide reach

Facebook's outgoing comms chief takes blame for PR firm controversy

Nov 22, 2018 - 1:09 PM

Elliot Schrage explains why they hired DC-based PR firm Definers and the work they did on George Soros and Facebook's competitors

Facebook News Feed suffers outage

Nov 18, 2018 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'Something went wrong. Try refreshing this page.'

'All you have to do is start': Bloggers on content creation in the social media age

Nov 17, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Panelists Noemi Lardizabal Dado, Kenneth Surat, and Mark Macanas discuss the history of blogging and the rise of social media, the advent of monetization, and some tips for aspiring content makers

TALKING ABOUT CONTENT CREATION. Panel host Ace Gapuz speaks with bloggers Noemi Lardizabal Dado, Kenneth Surat, and Mark Macanas on making content. Screenshot from YouTube.

Facebook stops requiring arbitration of sexual harassment claims

Nov 10, 2018 - 12:28 PM

Facebook, like Google, allows complaints of sexual harassment to be aired openly in court

Facebook allows ads to target 'white genocide' conspiracy theorists

Nov 05, 2018 - 1:16 PM

Facebook has since deleted the category, apologized, and said it shouldn't have existed in the first place

Facebook hackers sell private messages from 81,000 accounts

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Many of the hacked accounts belong to Facebook users in Ukraine and Russia

#ShortScares: Scare us in 5 words

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:05 PM

What's your 5-word horror story?

Social Media Week 2018 comes to Manila

Oct 26, 2018 - 3:54 PM

Social Media Week is a premier digital conference and industry news platform for media, marketing, and technology professionals

The perils of Facebook’s pivot to video

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:09 AM

How Facebook video's shifting algorithms and undisclosed discrepancies hurt advertisers and publishers alike

More Filipinos aware of fake news on social media – Pulse Asia

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Majority of Filipinos think fake news is widespread on social media, according to PulseAsia's 2018 Survey on Social Media Use

Raissa Robles, Edwin Lacierda get flak for mocking Duterte's Bisaya accent

Sep 15, 2018 - 6:01 PM

(UPDATED) Do President Rodrigo Duterte's critics cross the line when they make fun of his Bisaya accent? The two later issue separate apologies.

Facebook fact check partners can now flag misleading photos, videos

Sep 14, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Third-party fact checking organizations can now rate media that is directly uploaded to the platform

Facebook 'better prepared' for election meddling, Zuckerberg says

Sep 13, 2018 - 11:28 PM

Zuckerberg, posting on his Facebook page, outlines a series of steps the leading social network has taken to protect against misinformation and manipulation campaigns aimed at disrupting elections.

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify following a break during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Use of 'cyber troops' found in 48 countries, up from 28 last year – report

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The University of Oxford, in a report from July titled, 'Challenging Truth and Trust: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation,' aimed to inform about the further growth of misinformation and manipulation campaigns

After scandals, many Americans step away from Facebook – survey

Sep 05, 2018 - 7:59 PM

The Pew Research Center report finds 42% of US Facebook users said they had 'taken a break' from the platform in the past 12 months, and 26% said they had deleted the Facebook app from their phone

Saudi Arabia declares online satire a punishable offense

Sep 04, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Those who make and distribute online satire which 'disrupts public order' will be liable for a cybercrime punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison and a fine of $800,000

Facebook 'terrorism' definition 'overly broad' – UN expert

Sep 03, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Facebook's definition, says UN rights expert Fionnuala Ni Aolain, equates all non-state groups that use violence in pursuit of any goals or ends to terrorist entities

ZUCKERBERG AND FACEBOOK. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the annual F8 summit at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on May 1, 2018. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Trump unblocks more critics on Twitter as ordered by court

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The Knight First Amendment Institute argues that it is incumbent on the White House to immediately unblock any Twitter users shut off from the president's account because of political viewpoints

UN urges Facebook to 'proactively' fight hate speech

Aug 29, 2018 - 9:01 PM

UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein urges Facebook to 'be regulated by (international) human rights law'

ZEID RA'AD AL HUSSEIN. United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein addresses the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on February 26, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Jean-Guy Python/AFP

Facebook bans Myanmar military chief, others for fueling ethnic tensions

Aug 27, 2018 - 7:42 PM

'We want to prevent them from using our service to further inflame ethnic and religious tensions,' Facebook says in a post

Grateful netizens wish to see Clarkson play for Gilas again

Aug 27, 2018 - 2:44 PM

Even after the Korean heartbreak, Twitter users hope it won't be the last time Filipino-American NBA star Jordan Clarkson plays for the Philippines

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

'Ayawan na': Netizens dismayed by De Castro's appointment as Chief Justice

Aug 25, 2018 - 3:48 PM

How do you feel about her rise to the judiciary's top seat?

Philippine eagle shines as netizens redesign 2019 SEA Games logo

Aug 21, 2018 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) Check out these alternatives that Filipinos came up with, after the government's design drew flak

VIRAL: School official burns students' bags as punishment

Aug 18, 2018 - 3:18 PM

(UPDATED) Bicol Central Academy administrator Alexander James Jaucian is caught on video shouting at students, calling them 'stupid'

VIRAL: Woman refuses to surrender license to MMDA, gets cyberbullied

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Should altercations between private citizens and government officials be posted publicly on Facebook?

Twitter puts curbs on far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) According to Twitter, Jones' account is not suspended but 'has limited functionality,' as part of an enforcement effort that requires tweets violating Twitter rules to be deleted

ALEX JONES. Photo from Alex Jones' Twitter.