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Do you hear 'yanny' or 'laurel?' Soundbite sparks internet din

May 17, 2018 - 11:36 AM

'It's Yanny,' tweets horror writer Stephen King. 'It's so clearly laurel,' quips supermodel Chrissy Teigen

Zuckerberg agrees to closed-door talks with European lawmakers

May 17, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Closed-door talks are confirmed but other members of European Parliament demand a public hearing

QUESTIONING. Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the US Senate, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. The CEO has now agreed to talks with European authorities. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP


Facebook details policing for sex, terror, hate content

May 15, 2018 - 10:33 PM

Facebook says improved technology using artificial intelligence had helped it act on 3.4 million posts containing graphic violence, nearly three times more than it had in the last quarter of 2017

Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse

May 14, 2018 - 9:24 PM

'We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible,' says an officer of Facebook

A mousepad with the Facebook logo is seen at Facebook's new headquarters, designed by Canadian-born American architect Frank Gehry, at Rathbone Place in central London on December 4, 2017. Social media titan Facebook opened a new office in London on December 4, 2017, that is set to be its biggest engineering hub outside America, the company has announced. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

Leonen, Te tweet 'dissent' from SC’s quo warranto vote

May 11, 2018 - 8:13 PM

The Supreme Court justice says on social media the petition should have been dismissed outright, while the spokesperson posts a straightforward, self-explanatory graphic

Social influence platform Klout shutting down May 25

May 11, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Lithium Technologies, which acquired the startup in 2014, announces the closure in a blog post on Thursday, May 10. Klout also confirms the closure on Twitter.

Duterte and the impunity stones: 'We don't feel so good'

May 11, 2018 - 4:06 PM

Hopefully ‘Infinity War’ isn’t a spoiler for the Philippines

Robredo supporters launch #LeaveOurShadesAlone campaign

May 10, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Apo Hiking Society member Jim Paredes, a vocal supporter of Leni Robredo, launches the social media campaign in support of the Vice President's vote-shading threshold petition before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal

#LEAVEOURSHADESALONE. Vice President Leni Robredo posts an old photo of her kids and late husband to show her support for the social media campaign launched for her. Screenshot from Robredo's Twitter account

Tulfo brothers go after other media outfits, colleagues

May 05, 2018 - 9:17 PM

The Tulfo brothers are engaged in word wars with other media practitioners and organizations over backlash following a Commission on Audit report

Instagram announces GoPro, Spotify integration with Stories

May 03, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The integrations will allow users of the GoPro or Spotify apps to send content to Instagram Stories

INTEGRATION. Instagram users can now shares Spotify playlists and tunes without needing to connect the apps together. Screen shot from Instagram.

India's Modi twice as popular on Facebook as Trump – study

May 02, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is by far the most followed world leader on the gargantuan social networking platform, counting 43.2 million followers

MODI ON FACEBOOK. A supporter of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) hold a cut out of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally at Kalol, some 30 kms from Ahmedabad on December 8, 2017. File photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP

Facebook privacy drive may crimp some political campaigns

Apr 30, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Changes may be limiting 'microtargeting' on Facebook, a technique successfully used by Donald Trump's campaign in 2016 and several others

CHANGES. Updates to the Facebook's ad targeting system may make it harder to political campaigns to target specific segments. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP


National Artist Levi Celerio honored through Google Doodle

Apr 30, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Most people might remember Celerio for his ability to make music using only a leaf – a feat that landed him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records

NATIONAL ARTIST. Levi Celerio is remembered through a Google Doodle on his 108th birthday. Screenshot from Google

‘Educate first’: Filipinos react to Baybayin as national writing system

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The House committee on basic education and culture has approved a bill seeking to make the pre-Hispanic script the Philippines' national writing system

Facebook unveils appeal process for when it removes posts

Apr 24, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'This is part of an effort to be more clear about where we draw the line on content,' Facebook public policy manager in charge of content Siobhan Cummiskey says

'We need better options': Grab PH users dissatisfied with driver cancellations

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:21 PM

The current dissatisfaction has metamorphosed into an actual Facebook group called 'GrabPH Complaints,' where users are sharing their sentiments and stories

'Sino'ng kalaban? Lumot?': Netizens react to Boracay threat simulations

Apr 24, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Filipinos online mock the security drills for potential terror attacks or hostage-taking incidents in Boracay, calling it 'overkill'

Facebook rolling out privacy choices under EU rules

Apr 18, 2018 - 2:12 PM

'Everyone – no matter where they live – will be asked to review important information about how Facebook uses data and make choices about their privacy on Facebook,' says a statement from chief privacy officer Erin Egan and deputy general counsel Ashlie Beringer.

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken through a magnifying glass on March 28, 2018 in Moscow shows the icon for the social networking app Facebook on a smart phone screen. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

China's microblogging site Weibo backtracks on gay content ban

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:58 PM

'Everyone is unique and sexuality is just one side of us that differs, just like skin color, height and weight,' says a rare essay promoting LGBT acceptance posted on China's People's Daily

1 in 10 Americans say they have deleted their Facebook accounts – study

Apr 16, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Many of the respondents are leaving the platform due to privacy concerns amid the Cambridge Analytica scandal

Duterte supporters threaten to leave Facebook for Russia's VK

Apr 15, 2018 - 4:54 PM

The 'Russian Facebook' reportedly attracts American extremist groups, neo-Nazis, and the alt-right, too, because of its loose enforcement against hate speech

LOOK: Facebook blocks websites believed to be peddling fake news

Apr 14, 2018 - 7:58 PM

At least 10 websites are already blocked on the social media platform

WATCH: #IJF18 – Help define the moral imperatives that should be guiding media and platforms' decisions

Apr 12, 2018 - 8:46 PM

Watch the discussion from the International Journalism Festival

Facebook partners with Rappler, Vera Files for fact-checking program

Apr 12, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'Partnering with third-party fact-checking organizations is one of the ways we hope to better identify and reduce the reach of false news that people share on our platform,' says Clair Deevy, Facebook Director for Community Affairs for Asia Pacific

Rappler Talk: Did Duterte's campaign team work with Cambridge Analytica?

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The Duterte presidential campaign's chief social media strategist claims the Cambridge Analytica CEO "influenced" his work

'Popcorn, please': Sereno-De Castro word war stuns netizens

Apr 10, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Netizens are willing spectators as the claws come out between the two women of the judiciary

Netizens on Boracay closure: 'Hassle, unnecessary!'

Apr 06, 2018 - 1:31 PM

'Pati kaming taga-Aklan talaga hindi makauwi, walang flight pa-Kalibo dahil sa closure na 'yan! Ano lalangoy kami?' tweets one irate netizen

Did Cambridge Analytica use Filipinos' Facebook data to help Duterte win?

Apr 05, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Facebook says data of over 1.1 million Filipinos was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica

Disgusted netizens take on Facebook page teaching men how to 'pick up' women

Apr 03, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Netizens call the PUA Academy page a 'manifestation of toxic masculinity,' through which men learn how to sexually harass women and treat them as conquests

Dangerous ‘condom-snorting challenge’ viral among U.S. teens

Apr 03, 2018 - 2:37 PM

The viral internet 'challenge' has people snorting condoms into their nose and pulling it out of their mouth


Rappler Talk: Who are the architects of disinformation in PH?

Apr 03, 2018 - 11:04 AM

University of Leeds professor Jason Cabañes breaks down the hierarchy in the vicious yet lucrative business of disinformation

Facebook needs 'a few years' to fix problems – Zuckerberg

Apr 02, 2018 - 10:22 PM

Zuckerberg says that Facebook was 'idealistic,' focusing on the positive aspects of connecting people and did not think 'through, some of the downside uses of the tools'

GIVE TIME. A file photo of Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaking during an event at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, USA. Photo by EPA/PETER DaSILVA

U.S. consumer agency confirms Facebook probe

Mar 26, 2018 - 11:51 PM

The Federal Trade Commission confirms it has opened an inquiry over the harvesting of Facebook data on tens of millions users of the social network by the British consulting group Cambridge Analytica

FACEBOOK. This February 25, 2013 photo taken in Washington, DC, shows the splash page for the Internet social media giant Facebook. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

DLSU USG apologizes for viral dress code post

Mar 23, 2018 - 4:31 PM

'Our guests may enter the campus according to their individual taste; however due to university rules and regulations, they are urged to wear attires that would consider the educational character of the university'

Rappler Talk: Is it time to #DeleteFacebook?

Mar 23, 2018 - 9:24 AM

The Cambridge Analytica controversy and the #DeleteFacebook movement that resulted from it highlight the perils of harvested personal data

WhatsApp co-founder starts #DeleteFacebook campaign after data privacy scandal

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Brian Acton tweets, 'It is time,' and uses the hashtag #DeleteFacebook

Facebook Lite launches outside developing countries in expansion push

Mar 16, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Facebook Lite will be launching in the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand

FACEBOOK LITE. Images from Google Play Store

Facebook removes pages of far-right British group

Mar 15, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Facebook says of the removal of Britain First and its leaders' pages: 'Content posted on the Britain First Facebook page and the pages of party leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen has repeatedly broken our community standards'

'BRITAIN FIRST' LEADERS. In this file photo taken on January 29, 2018, far-right group Britain First leader Paul Golding (R) and deputy leader Jayda Fransen arrive at Folkestone magristrates court in Kent on January 29, 2018. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Woman who shot boyfriend dead in YouTube stunt jailed 6 months

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:56 AM

Monalisa Perez is convicted 9 months after shooting her boyfriend in the chest, thinking a thick book would stop the bullet. She used a .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol

PEREZ. The 20-year-old is charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter. Photo from Norman County Sheriff's Office/AFP


'Uncle Hawking' draws nearly half-billion clicks from mourning Chinese

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:44 PM

News of Stephen Hawking's death becomes the top-trending Weibo topic, with the hashtag #Hawking passed# generating more than 450 million reads and nearly 250,000 comments in the hours after his death was announced

HAWKING, REMEMBERED. In this file photo taken on August 29, 2012 British scientist Stephen Hawking appears during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Twitter lights up as the world reacts to Stephen Hawking's death

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:29 PM

On the annual celebration of Pi Day and on Albert Einstein's birthday, Britain's renowned physicist Stephen Hawking dies. Social media users on Twitter share words of praise in memory of Hawking.

VIRAL: With tax reform, Philippines has 'new rules' like Dua Lipa

Mar 14, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Ateneo de Zamboanga University students make a parody video inspired by Dua Lipa's hit song, featuring lyrics about the tax reform law

Pinoy Ako Blog files complaint vs Thinking Pinoy, Sass Sasot

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Jover Laurio of Pinoy Ako Blog is asking for over P2 million in damages

Falsehoods 70% more likely to be retweeted than the truth – study

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Fake stories spread faster because of the 'novelty hypothesis,' which suggests people share these stories because they are more surprising than real news, say researchers

TAKING FLIGHT. The biggest study of its kind reaffirms the growing belief that fake news just spreads faster than the truth. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP


You think social media is a tool and therefore, neutral?

Mar 08, 2018 - 7:00 PM

(UPDATED) Our brains are not very good at switching. It may feel good since every time you click and see something new, you feel rewarded, but because we are wired only to process one thing at a time, we make errors in judgments.

Netizens express grief over razed UP Shopping Center

Mar 08, 2018 - 1:12 PM

'Ang bigat sa pakiramdam,' says one netizen, echoing the sentiment of people in and out of the UP community

Indonesia blocks Tumblr blogs over porn

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:07 PM

The Indonesian government blocks Tumblr, saying the New York-based company had not replied to its February letter demanding that pornographic content be scrubbed from the platform within 48 hours

Dug-up files hint Instagram could soon add voice and video calling

Mar 05, 2018 - 6:25 AM

Files and icons labelled 'call' and 'video call' were found in the Instagram app’s code

INSTAGRAM CALLS? An attendee takes a photo of the instagram logo during a press event at Facebook headquarters on June 20, 2013 in Menlo Park, California. File photo by  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Twitter seeks help measuring 'health' of its world

Mar 02, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The move is the latest by Twitter aimed at curbing disinformation, propaganda and provocation

TWITTER. In this file photo taken on November 7, 2013 the Twitter logo is displayed on a banner outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City. File photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images North America/AFP

You can now save tweets using Twitter's Bookmarks

Mar 01, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Those with Bookmarks activated will have a share icon beside the heart-shaped Like icon. Tapping that icon will open up a menu from which a user can save a given tweet.

BOOKMARKS. Twitter's new Bookmarks feature lets users save tweets for posterity. Screen shot from Twitter.