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Marcos replacing Duterte? 'Not a shocker, but #NeverAgain'

Aug 16, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Although President Rodrigo Duterte's choice isn't unexpected, some Filipinos hope it wouldn't become reality

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.

Pay up or else: Spain warns of online 'sextortion'

Aug 11, 2018 - 9:12 PM

Demands are typically for between $400 and $2,900, and the cyber criminals threaten to send supposed personal intimate pictures or videos to the person's 'loved ones' unless they pay up

Cambodia PM Facebook hacked to 'give away parliament seats'

Aug 10, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Hackers break into Hun Sen's official Facebook page and say the Cambodian People's Party would give away 4 seats to other parties

HUN SEN HACKED. Image of Hun Sen from http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/51942 via Wikipedia

Twitter erupts as Barangay Ginebra reigns supreme

Aug 08, 2018 - 10:28 PM

Social media users congratulate the new champions for winning their first PBA Commissioner's Cup title in 21 years

Researchers find flaw in WhatsApp

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:09 PM

The vulnerability gives a hacker the possibility of intercepting and manipulating messages sent in a group or private conversation as well as a chance to 'create and spread misinformation'

Trending: Suarez #FakeMinority

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:09 PM

Netizens have a field day after the House of Representatives finally declared Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez as Minority leader

Twitter chief defends not booting Infowars

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:13 PM

Jack Dorsey explains that it is journalists' job to shine the light of truth on unsubstantiated rumors or sensationalized issues

24 newsrooms in Brazil to fact-check WhatsApp ahead of elections

Aug 07, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The fact-checking collaboration called Comprova will have access to the newly launched WhatsApp Business API which provides them better communication with their readers

Apple and Facebook delete content of U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:09 AM

Alex Jones, whose site InfoWars has accused victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting of being 'actors' in a plot to discredit the gun lobby, had violated Facebook's hate speech policies, the social network says

Why don't you just say sorry, Mocha?

Aug 06, 2018 - 4:16 PM

From rage to unprintable words, netizens react to Mocha Uson's video on federalism

Twitter dives in black week for social media

Jul 27, 2018 - 11:00 PM

The drop in users comes from 'prioritizing the health of the platform, and, to a lesser extent, GDPR,' Twitter says, referring to Europe's General Data Protection Regulations that limit how internet firms can handle user data

Twitter suspends 'Professional Heckler'

Jul 25, 2018 - 6:11 PM

(UPDATED) A longtime satirist and known Duterte critic is taken off Twitter

Twitter curbs access for 143,000 apps in new crackdown

Jul 25, 2018 - 12:24 PM

They're also implementing a more thorough application process for third-party app developers


Ugandans raise volume on social media tax protests

Jul 24, 2018 - 7:05 PM

In an unusual protest, a recorded message is broadcast from loudspeakers at strategic points across the capital Kampala, according to witnesses

'He followed the script!': #SONA2018 reactions, hugot, and memes

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:24 PM

From funny tweets to direct reactions to the president's speech, here are some tweets that highlight netizens' takes on the 2018 SONA

PH's Cersei Lannister? Arroyo as 'House Speaker' confuses netizens

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:10 PM

It may just be SONA 2018's biggest plot twist, netizens say

Zuckerberg at center of Holocaust denial controversy

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:39 PM

Zuckerberg says during a podcast interview that while Facebook was dedicated to stopping the spread of fake news, certain beliefs that were sincerely held would not be taken down. He eventually backtracks on the remarks.

ZUCKERBERG'S NEW TROUBLES. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives at the 'Tech for Good' Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 23, 2018. File photo by Charles Platiau/AFP

Facebook cracks down on bogus posts inciting violence

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The social network is targeting bogus posts that may spark violence with a policy change that they're implementing 'during the coming months'

Twitter continues aggressive suspension of unwanted accounts

Jul 18, 2018 - 2:26 PM

New report surfaces, saying Twitter suspended 58 million accounts in the 4th quarter of 2017


Facebook disputes claims they retain extreme content for money

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:55 PM

In a new documentary by Channel 4 in the UK, former Facebook investor Roger McNamee says it's the extreme, dangerous content that's the most engaging – something he says Facebook stands to profit from

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Egypt parliament approves bill to monitor social media

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:41 PM

Egypt, which ranks in the bottom tier of the World Press Freedom Index, is set to ratify a bill that will place social media accounts with more than 5,000 followers under a government committee

CLOSE MONITORING. The Egyptian government will be gaining more power over social media accounts as a new law puts pages with over 5,000 followers under government monitoring. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFO


British caver considering legal action after Elon Musk 'pedo' tweet

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Tesla CEO Elon Musk launches a tirade against Vernon Unsworth without providing any justification or explanation, after the cave expert slams his offer of a miniature submarine to extract the footballers from the Tham Luang cave as a 'PR stunt'

ELON MUSK. Tesla CEO Elon Musk at a press conference during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. File photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP.

To serve a free society, social media must evolve beyond data mining

Jul 13, 2018 - 2:44 PM

The protection of user data now is necessary for the internet and its major services to evolve

CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY. Facebook and other social giants will need to be a whole lot more transparent about how they use people's data to rebuild trust – a necessary ingredient for the internet's future – in their platforms. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


Twitter to remove locked accounts from users' follower count

Jul 12, 2018 - 12:45 AM

Twitter hopes this change will let users have confidence in the accuracy of legitimate accounts following them

TWITTER ACCOUNTS. A photo taken in the western French city of Rennes on November 7, 2013 shows an official Twitter account on a smartphone. File photo by Damien Meyer/AFP

Twitter rooting out fake accounts at record rate – report

Jul 08, 2018 - 12:03 AM

Russia-linked fake accounts are believed to have fired off false tweets in an effort to sway the 2016 US presidential vote

SOCIAL MEDIA. This November 7, 2013 file photo shows the logo of Twitter on the front of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Maine Mendoza, Vice Ganda PH's top Twitter celebs for 1st half of 2018

Jul 06, 2018 - 3:33 PM

JaDine's ‘Never Not Love You,’ meanwhile, is the country’s most talked-about movie for January to June 2018

TOP PH CELEB. Maine Mendoza is still the country's top female celebrity, at least on Twitter. File photo from Maine Mendoza's Instagram account

Vietnam activists flock to 'safe' social media after cyber crackdown

Jul 05, 2018 - 4:37 PM

A new draconian law, which comes into effect January 1, requires internet companies to scrub critical content and hand over user data if Vietnam's Communist government demands it

Disgraceful, embarrassing: Netizens dismayed with Gilas-Australia brawl

Jul 02, 2018 - 10:34 PM

Several sports personalities and other social media users point out how disappointing the game turned out

'Your fight is mine': This dad's pride story will leave you in tears

Jul 01, 2018 - 11:50 AM

'Hindi ikaw 'yung napariwara. Ako. Napariwara ako bilang tatay mo,' a dad tells his bisexual son after attending the 2018 Pride March

[OPINION] Duterte Year 2 and blunders galore on social media

Jun 30, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The administration's social media blunders are worth calling out because they are symptoms of a much bigger problem that's persistent in the other aspects of Duterte's presidency

Facebook, Google 'manipulate' users to share data despite EU law – study

Jun 27, 2018 - 12:20 PM

'These companies manipulate us into sharing information about ourselves,' the Norwegian Consumer Council's director of digital services, Finn Myrstad, says in a statement

LIVE: What is News Now? 2018 East West Center International Media Conference

Jun 25, 2018 - 6:31 PM

Watch the livestream of the conference on Rappler

Who's 'Winston' Gatchalian? PCOO makes another online blunder

Jun 23, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian points out the mistake himself

'WINSTON' GATCHALIAN? Senator Sherwin Gatchalian hits the PCOO for another online gaffe, this time getting his name wrong in a news release of the agency. Screenshot of Gatchalian's tweet

Facebook expands fact-check effort to photos, videos

Jun 21, 2018 - 11:39 PM

After being blamed for allowing misinformation and manipulation during the 2016 US election, Facebook steps up efforts to clamp down on fake accounts and the spread of hoaxes, rumors and other false information

Netizens ask PCOO: Who is 'Rogelio' Golez? Is he from 'Norwegia'?

Jun 15, 2018 - 10:35 PM

The Presidential Communications Operations Office draws flak yet again for using the wrong name for the late National Security Adviser Jose Roilo Golez in its media releases

Genovia and Wakanda, meet Norwegia: Netizens react to latest PCOO flub

Jun 15, 2018 - 9:41 AM

PCOO Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy dismisses the gaffe as a typo

#RP612fic: Netizens imagine PH heroes on Independence Day 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Filipinos use jokes and memes to visualize Philippine historical figures in modern or alternative settings

Facebook 'not aware of any abuse' of data by phone makers

Jun 05, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Facebook does not deny the Times story but says it 'disagreed' with the issues raised

FACEBOOK. The logo of social networking website 'Facebook' is displayed on a computer screen in London, 12 December 2007. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Facebook sinking fast among U.S. teens – survey

May 31, 2018 - 11:06 PM

According to the Pew Research Center survey, 51 percent of US teens ages 13 to 17 use Facebook, compared with 85 percent for YouTube, 72 percent for Instagram and 69 percent who are on Snapchat

Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Netizens' complaints: No chairs, broken toilets, outdated books in public schools

May 31, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Netizens highlight the ways in which an overburdened public school system affects students and teachers

Students, teachers and volunteers clean classroom and books and repaint armchair during Brigada Eskwela in Taguig National High School, Taguig as preparation for the start of school year 2018/on June 4. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA

Papua New Guinea mulls 'temporary' ban on Facebook

May 30, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Communications Minister Sam Basil also considers replacing Facebook with a local social networking platform alternative

How #NoToDoctorShaming posts highlight gaps in PH healthcare system

May 28, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Netizens argue that the viral photos of nurses sleeping while on duty is a symptom of a deeper problem: the overwhelming gaps in the Philippine healthcare system

Facebook suspends account of Duterte critic Mae Paner

May 28, 2018 - 12:31 PM

(UPDATED) Facebook reactivates Paner's account on Tuesday, May 29

Women can’t stand threats? Netizens tell Duterte to ‘go back to the last century’

May 25, 2018 - 10:34 PM

Social media users point out that it's already 2018 and the President's 'sexist stereotyping' and misogynistic remarks are not acceptable

Rappler Talk: UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye on how platforms can address hate speech online

May 25, 2018 - 11:03 AM

The interview takes up highlights of a report the Special Rapporteur submitted to the UN Human Rights Council where he proposes a human rights-based approach to regulating user-generated content online

WATCH: The Power of Journalism 2018

May 24, 2018 - 9:42 PM

Watch the journalism conference from Oslo, Norway on Rappler

Facebook suspends account of Pinoy Ako Blog's Jover Laurio

May 24, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The blogger believes trolls triggered the suspension by mass reporting her account

SUSPENDED. 'Pinoy Ako' blogger Jover Laurio's Facebook page has been suspended. Photo from PinoyAkoBlog/Twitter

The scandals bedevilling Facebook

May 23, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Here's a roundup of the scandals hounding the social media behemoth

CHARMING EUROPE. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives for a family picture with guests of the 'Tech for Good' Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 23, 2018. Photo by Charles Platiau/ AFP