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Play 'fake news tycoon' to combat misinformation

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:10 AM

Researchers at Cambridge University have teamed up with a Dutch media collective to develop an English version of the game aimed at inoculating people against the spread of so-called fake news

Belgian court orders Facebook to stop tracking web users

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Facebook must 'stop following and recording internet use by people surfing in Belgium, until it complies with Belgian privacy laws,' the Brussels court says

Facebook, Twitter not fully complying with consumer rules: EU

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:06 PM

(UPDATED) The European Commission says social media companies in general need to do more to comply with EU consumer rules

Rappler Talk with Peter Greste: Strong journalism in the age of strongmen

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Currently a journalism professor at the University of Queensland in Australia, Greste was arrested by the Egyptian authorities for terrorism-related charges for his work as a journalist in 2013

How Duterte supporters swarmed the ICC Facebook page

Feb 14, 2018 - 3:15 PM

'All the posts of the past two days have been swarmed and attacked by Filipino trolls – every single post. It is crazy and it is full of non-sequiturs,' says computer programmer Carlos Nazareno

WATCH: Democracy and Disinformation Forum

Feb 13, 2018 - 4:46 PM

How 'fake news' and other forms of disinformation threaten our freedoms, and how to fight back

Online influencer culture and politics: What happens when the two meet?

Feb 13, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Digital influencers as endorsers of brands are nothing new. But what happens when a politician is the product?

Netizens fear troll exploitation of Facebook's 'downvote' button

Feb 11, 2018 - 12:14 AM

Some users think this feature would be abused by trolls and bots, while some say users' freedom of speech would be unaffected

DOWNVOTE. Facebook is currently testing a 'downvote' button in select public pages. Image above only an illustration or mock-up

From Korean idol group to Duterte Supporters on Facebook?

Feb 09, 2018 - 11:05 PM

A fan group for a South Korean actor is renamed 'President Duterte Supporters'. But there might be more to the story.

Netizens slam Roque: 'Thank China for violating our sovereignty?'

Feb 08, 2018 - 8:36 PM

'Tayo pa ang may utang na loob?' says a netizen

At least 1.4 million Twitter users exposed to Russian propaganda

Feb 01, 2018 - 11:57 AM

Twitter informs the users based on their interactions, such as if a US-based account was one that directly engaged with or was actively following one of 3,814 IRA accounts

Facebook to deliver more local news to U.S. users

Jan 30, 2018 - 11:06 AM

'What you are going to see is a rise in state-run media if this applies to every official page in your neighborhood,' one expert warns

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook's CEO delivers the keynote address at Facebook's F8 Developer Conference on April 18, 2017 at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP

Facebook wins EU court fight against class action lawsuit

Jan 25, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice said in a statement says the complainant 'may bring an individual action in Austria against Facebook Ireland'

MAX SCHREMS VS FACEBOOK. Austrian Max Schrems (L) arrives with his lawyer Herwig Hofmann (R) before a verdict at the European Court of Justice (SCJ) in Luxembourg, on October 6, 2015. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Facebook page causes panic by livestreaming old tsunami footage

Jan 24, 2018 - 6:18 PM

Several Facebook Live videos showing old tsunami footage on loop goes viral as netizens initially believe it was happening live

Screenshot from Newsroom Facebook page

Indonesian teen jailed for insulting president on Facebook

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The 18-year-old high school student is found guilty of violating the country's internet law by making defamatory and slanderous comments online. Judges also ordered him to pay 10 million rupiah ($700) in fines.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the opening day of the 60th Asian African Conference Commemoration in Jakarta on April 22, 2015. Photo by Panca Syurkani/aacc/Rappler

'Rappler now, who's next?' – netizens

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:17 PM

For many netizens, the order of the Securities and Exchange Commission to revoke Rappler's registration is a blatant attack against press freedom and freedom of speech

Facebook overhaul favors friends over news, adverts

Jan 12, 2018 - 10:29 AM

(UPDATED) Facebook shares fall 5.4% at the opening of trade on Friday, January 12, after the changes were announced on Thursday

FEED TWEAK. Facebook's News Feed will now give higher scores to posts from friends, and decrease rankings of businesses and publishers. Screenshot from Facebook

'Beggars can't be choosers': Netizens assess P200 monthly grant to poor families

Jan 11, 2018 - 5:41 PM

While some netizens find P200 too meager, others say the poor have no right to complain

Facebook’s uneven enforcement of hate speech rules allows vile posts to stay up

Jan 02, 2018 - 5:39 PM

ProPublica asks Facebook to explain its decisions on a sample of 49 items, sent in by people who maintained that content reviewers had erred, mostly by leaving hate speech up, or in a few instances by deleting legitimate expression

Snap developing 'Stories Everywhere' for sharing content outside Snapchat – report

Dec 28, 2017 - 4:49 PM

Snap also reportedly hires Rahul Chopra, the former Global Head of Video at News Corp, to spearhead the initiative

SNAPCHAT. This file photo taken on November 13, 2013 shows a logo of Snapchat at the front entrance of headquarters of Snapchat in Venice, California. File photo by Kevork Djansezian/ Getty Images / AFP

2017's most viral Philippine ads

Dec 28, 2017 - 11:34 AM

Take a look at some of 2017's most memorable ads

8 most talked about issues on PH social media in 2017

Dec 27, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Mocha Uson, fake news, and the killing of Kian delos Santos are among the most talked about issues on social media in the Philippines in 2017

Netizens on Paolo Duterte's resignation: 'Good example' or 'preps for higher office'?

Dec 25, 2017 - 5:09 PM

Social Media users are reacting to the sudden announcement of Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte's resignation

Filipino athletes who made waves on social media in 2017

Dec 24, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Here are some of the most talked about local athletes and sports teams on Rappler's social media accounts for this year

FAKE: Comparison of 2015 and 2017 World Press Freedom Index reports

Dec 23, 2017 - 4:31 PM

This is another post exposing disinformation against Rappler

2017: A year's worth of the administration's online faux pas

Dec 21, 2017 - 4:17 PM

This year has been filled with cringe-worthy moments online for government agencies and officials

Facebook lets you know when your pictures pop up – even when not tagged

Dec 20, 2017 - 2:03 PM

Facebook plans to soon apply the face recognition technology to profile photos, to thwart people from being impersonated on the social network

ACCOUNT SWITCHING? Facebook logos are pictured on the screens of a smartphone (R), and a laptop computer, in central London on November 21, 2016. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

16 popular words, phrases loved by Filipinos on social media in 2017

Dec 20, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Never underestimate the werpa of online language, mga lodis

Twitter enforces new rules against bad conduct, hateful behavior

Dec 19, 2017 - 5:09 PM

The updated Twitter policies do not apply to military or government entities

Facebook cracks down on 'engagement bait'

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:08 AM

Facebook's machine learning model will lessen the visibility of engagement baiting posts on the platform, with repeat offenders set to receive demotions in the coming weeks

SOME ENGAGEMENT BAITING FORMS. Three of the more common forms of social engagement baiting seen on Facebook. Screenshot from Facebook.

The success, influence of Trending News Portal

Dec 17, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Part 2: TNP appears to be doing well, not just online but in the real world too. But without verification of published content, the dangers are apparent.

Photo of Twinmark Media office from the Twinmark Media Facebook page.

‘Blood red,’ ‘Imeldific’: Isabelle Duterte draws flak for Malacañang photo shoot

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:43 PM

Presidential granddaughter Isabelle Duterte gets called out online for her pre-debut photo shoot in Malacañang, prominently capturing the presidential seal

Facebook testing account switching feature – report

Dec 15, 2017 - 12:07 PM

Buzzfeed says the new feature will let a Facebook user navigate between multiple accounts

ACCOUNT SWITCHING? Facebook logos are pictured on the screens of a smartphone (R), and a laptop computer, in central London on November 21, 2016. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Facebook rebuffs ex-executive's claims, says it 'was a very different company back then'

Dec 14, 2017 - 2:34 PM

'Facebook was a very different company back then and as we have grown we have realized how our responsibilities have grown too,' says the company

FACEBOOK. A Facebook logo is pictured on a screen ahead of a press conference to announce the launch of it's latest product "Workplace," in central London on October 10, 2016. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Ex-Facebook executive regrets 'ripping apart' society with social media

Dec 12, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya feels 'tremendous guilt' for helping build Facebook into one tool he says is 'ripping apart the social fabric of how society works'

CHAMATH PALIHAPITIYA. Founder/CEO of Social Capital, Chamath Palihapitiya, speaks onstage during the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 19, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Vanity Fair/AFP

What is Mocha Uson's top source of news?

Dec 08, 2017 - 8:37 PM

What is Trending News Portal (TNP) and what kind of content does it produce? Here's a closer look at the data.

Pinoy Ako Blog's Jover Laurio sues Franco Mabanta for libel

Dec 08, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Jover Laurio of Pinoy Ako Blog says she received attacks and messages in her Facebook account – similar to Mabanta's – disparaging her appearance

La Luna Sangre, My Ex and Whys most tweeted Filipino show, movie of 2017

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:26 PM

Does your favorite teleserye and movie make it to the list?

Awards shows, Marawi siege, Miss Universe: Top Twitter PH moments of 2017

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:53 PM

Some of the most tweeted 2017 moments in the Philippines include AlDub, MayWard, KathNiel, Nadine Lustre, BTS, Miss Universe, and more

Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza are the most tweeted Pinoy accounts in 2017

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:16 PM

Meanwhile, Vice Ganda and Anne Curtis are the most followed Filipino Twitter accounts for 2017

Ricci Rivero, Alyssa Valdez top 2017 PH most tweeted athletes list

Dec 06, 2017 - 4:51 PM

Athletes from Ateneo and La Salle dominate the list for this year, while #NBAFinals is most tweeted sports-related hashtag in the Philippines

AlDub is most tweeted love team of 2017

Dec 06, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Did your favorite love team make the list?

ALDUB. Two years later, Maine Mendoza and Alden Richard's pairing remains to be the talk of Twitter. File photo shows the love team at their 'Sa Tamang Panahon' concert in 2015. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'BEST GAME EVER': Netizens react to cardiac UAAP Season 80 Finals Game 3

Dec 03, 2017 - 7:08 PM

Here are social media reactions from netizens during Game 3 of the UAAP Season 80 Finals between Ateneo and La Salle

Funniest tweets about UAAP Cheerdance Competition 2017

Dec 02, 2017 - 8:53 PM

Have a look at some of the most retweeted tweets about this year's cheerdance competition

WATCH: Netizens celebrate UAAP Cheerdance Competition 2017 on social media

Dec 02, 2017 - 3:23 PM

Here are some of the social media posts about this season's Cheerdance Competition

Ex-Twitter employee explains his inadvertent deactivation of Trump account

Nov 30, 2017 - 6:21 PM

Bahtiyar Duysak calls the deactivation process he inadvertently began a 'mistake'

BAHTIYAR DUYSAK. Former Twitter employee Bahtiyar Duysak speaks with an interviewer about the deactivation of Donald Trump's Twitter account. Screen shot from TechCrunch YouTube interview

'Craving for the truth': #FactsMatterPH tops local Twitter trends

Nov 28, 2017 - 6:21 PM

In the age of selfies, trolls, and bots, facts matter immensely to the Filipino netizen

Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp stepping down

Nov 28, 2017 - 6:07 PM

Tumblr operations chief Jeff D'Onofrio will take over the CEO reins

DAVID KARP. A photo of Tumblr founder David Karp from 2007. File photo by Marco Arment via Wikipedia

Facebook launches AI to detect suicidal posts ahead of reports

Nov 28, 2017 - 1:13 PM

The artificial intelligence technology uses 'pattern recognition to detect posts or live videos where someone might be expressing thoughts of suicide'

SUPPORT DURING A LIVE VIDEO. Facebook's new AI can detect if you're contemplating suicide during a live video session and get you help if you need it. Image from Facebook.

WATCH: What is fake news?

Nov 27, 2017 - 4:19 PM

It's a lot more complicated than you think