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Zuckerberg holds firm on stance to allow false political ads on Facebook

Dec 06, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes people should judge for themselves what politicians are saying

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks on before to deliver his speech during the VivaTech trade fair in Paris, on May 24, 2018. File photo by Gerard Julien/AFP

EU to check how Facebook, Google use data – spokeswoman

Dec 03, 2019 - 1:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'These investigations concern the way data is gathered, processed, used and monetized including for advertising purposes,' says the spokeswoman for the European Commission

BIG TECH. A picture taken on October 1, 2019 in Lille shows the logos of mobile apps Facebook and Google displayed on a tablet. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP


Facebook takes down ‘Narinig ko sa UP’ over alleged ‘terrorism, criminal activity’

Dec 02, 2019 - 2:36 PM

(UPDATED) After more than 24 hours, Facebook reactivates the 'Narinig ko sa UP' group on Monday, December 2

Facebook corrects post under Singapore disinformation law

Nov 30, 2019 - 11:35 PM

A post by Alex Tan – who runs anti-government website the States Times Review – had a correction notice placed below it after a government request, Facebook confirms

SINGAPORE. Facebook bowed down to Singapore as it heeded the city-state's demand to correct a user's post that contained 'scurrilous accusations' of election rigging. AFP file photo

Singapore tells Facebook to correct post under disinformation law

Nov 29, 2019 - 6:12 PM

The social media giant, which has previously expressed concerns about the legislation, did not respond to requests for comment and the article was still on the site without any changes

SINGAPORE AND FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019 the Facebook logo is seen on a computer in this photo illustration. File photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Facebook and associated platforms back online after outage

Nov 28, 2019 - 11:30 PM

(UPDATED) Facebook blames "an issue in one of our central software systems" for snarling connectivity for several hours

DOWNTIME. This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows apps for Facebook, Instagram, and other social networks on a smartphone in New Delhi. File photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

Facebook buys maker of hit VR game 'Beat Saber'

Nov 27, 2019 - 3:26 PM

In the virtual game, players use light sabers to slash oncoming, large cubes to the beat of music, sometimes twisting or ducking to avoid oncoming walls

OCULUS. A gamer uses an Oculus Rift headset in the Oculus booth during the annual E3 2016 gaming conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP


U.S. urges social media platforms to block Iran officials

Nov 24, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The call comes after the Iranian government imposed a near-total Internet blackout amid violent protests

A man holds a smartphone connected to a Wifi network without internet access at an office in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 17, 2019. - Iran's supreme leader on November 17 threw his support behind a decision to hike petrol prices, a move that sparked nationwide unrest in which he said "some lost their lives". Access to the internet has been restricted since demonstrations broke out two days prior, after a decision by the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, according to a report by semi-official news agency ISNA. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Sacha Baron Cohen says Facebook would have let Hitler post anti-Semitic ads

Nov 23, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The British actor and comedian urges the tech giant to fact-check political ads before running them

SACHA BARON COHEN. In this file photo taken in May 2019, the British actor attends  an event in Los Angeles, California. The actor says that Adolf Hitler would have gotten away with posting anti-Semitic advertisements on Facebook had the social network existed in the 1930s. Photo by Valerie Macon / AFP

Google shifts rules for political ads, pressuring Facebook

Nov 22, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Google limits ad targeting to general categories such as age, gender or postal code location


Google, Facebook business models threat to rights – Amnesty report

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:53 PM

The London-based organization argues that the current model of monetizing personal information imperils a gamut of rights including freedom of opinion and expression


NBA Philippines hits jackpot with Facebook, Twitter livestreaming

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:51 PM

LeBron James and the Lakers are online kings as their early games generate 5 million total views and 3.9 million total viewers on NBA Philippines Facebook

THE KING. LeBron James is arguably the most followed NBA player in the Philippines and the Lakers are one of the more popular teams in the country, so it was a no-brainer why their games attracted millions in Filipino viewers. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP


'Lack of transparency' a problem in measuring Facebook user growth – report

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:41 PM

The growth and prevalence of fake Facebook accounts points to 'a lack of transparency around the metrics' used to determine the value or success of Facebook, the Financial Times says

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019 the Facebook logo is seen on a computer in this photo illustration in Washington, DC. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

[OPINYON] Tapaojo: Pagmuni-muni pagkatapos mag-unfriend sa Facebook

Nov 19, 2019 - 3:44 PM

Tapaojo. Ang inilalagay na takip sa mata ng kabayo para maging limitado ang makikita. Ganito ang karamihan sa atin. Bakit nga naman magpapa-stress sa kasalungat ng katuwiran, puwede namang i-customize ang mababasa?

Russia's RT state TV accuses Facebook of 'censorship'

Nov 15, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Margarita Simonyan, chief of Russia's state-funded broadcaster RT says, 'Our guys have asked the moderators what they did wrong, but Zuckerberg's moderators are silent'

Facebook rolls out new labels for fact checked content

Nov 14, 2019 - 12:11 PM

False information on the platform will now be partially covered so users can 'better decide for themselves what to read, trust, and share'

Facebook nixes billions of fake accounts

Nov 14, 2019 - 8:49 AM

'We can estimate that every day, we prevent millions of attempts to create fake accounts using these detection systems,' says Facebook in its latest transparency report

This illustration picture shows the US social media Facebook logo displayed on a tablet in Paris on February 18, 2019. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Health websites in UK share data with advertisers – Financial Times

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The Financial Times says Google's advertising arm DoubleClick is by far the most common destination for the data, while a health website caught up in the process is the British Heart Foundation

Facebook messaging apps getting unified payment system

Nov 13, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Transactions such as payments or donations at Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp or the main social network will eventually be handled by a unified Facebook Pay system, Facebook says


Facebook grilled at international committee on disinformation

Nov 08, 2019 - 4:51 PM

Facebook's vice president of content policy, Monika Bickert, answers questions on political ads, ad targeting, and the recent open letter made by employees

MONIKA BICKERT. Facebook's vice president of content policy appears before the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and Fake News, November 7, 2019. Screenshot from livestream


Documents show Facebook controlling competitors with user data – report

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:11 PM

The documents show, for example, how Amazon received special data access after purchasing advertising on Facebook while an app called MessageMe was denied data after growing so large it became a competitor

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on "An Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing Sectors" in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC on October 23, 2019.  File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP


Facebook steps up monitoring for Taiwan elections

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Taiwan says it's facing growing interference from China as its January elections loom


California says Facebook impeding privacy probe

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:39 AM

Facebook has failed to provide subpoenaed documents, says California's attorney general

FACEBOOK. A Facebook employee walks by a sign displaying the "like" sign at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Facebook hit by 'tsunami' of bogus political news – NGO

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:10 AM

An analysis of the top bogus news stories about US politics on Facebook in the past 10 months show that politically tinged false news got more than 158 million views – enough to reach every US voter at least once


DOLE warns public against fake employment ads on Facebook

Nov 05, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Filipinos seeking work abroad should verify the validity of jobs with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, says POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia

New Facebook logo arrives as its 'family' grows

Nov 05, 2019 - 11:30 AM

The new branding, basically the company name in crisp lettering, will be stamped on its 'family' of offerings such as WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram to name some

Photo from Facebook online newsroom


As 'streaming wars' rage, social networks create own TV series

Nov 03, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat are investing in original programs to stream in their platforms

Lawsuit accuses Facebook ad targeting of abetting bias against women, older people

Nov 01, 2019 - 10:35 AM

The company allegedly lets ad targeting tools to be used to exclude women and older people from offers regarding loans, investments and other financial services


Facebook profit climbs along with user base

Oct 31, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Profits top $6 billion on revenue that climbed 28% to $17.4 billion in the quarter that ended on September 30

FACEBOOK. A picture taken on August 28, 2019 shows the logo of US online social media and social networking service, Facebook. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP


Twitter to ban political ads worldwide on its platform

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:20 AM

Chief executive Jack Dorsey says the new policy, details of which will be unveiled next month and enforced from November 22, would ban ads on political issues as well as from candidates

Facebook: Russian disinformation campaign targeted Africa

Oct 30, 2019 - 11:20 PM

(UPDATED) The accounts originate in Russia and target Madagascar, Central African Republic, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Sudan and Libya, according to Facebook

DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019, the Facebook logo is seen on a phone in this photo illustration in Washington, DC. File photo by Alastair Pike/AFP)

Facebook to settle UK fine over Cambridge Analytica scandal

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Facebook agrees to pay the £500,000 fine 'but has made no admission of liability in relation to' the monetary penalty notice of the UK Information Commissioner's Office

FACEBOOK'S FINE. In this file photo taken on July 4, 2019 in Nantes, shows the logo of the US online social media and social networking service, Facebook. Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

Facts about NSO Group, the Israeli firm accused of cyber espionage

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:40 AM

NSO Group produces Pegasus, a highly invasive tool that can reportedly switch on a target's cell phone camera and microphone and access data on it, effectively turning the phone into a pocket spy

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WhatsApp sues Israeli firm NSO over cyber espionage

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The suit filed in a California federal court contends that NSO Group tried to infect approximately 1,400 "target devices" with malicious software to steal valuable information from those using the messaging app

Facebook slammed by own employees for political ad policy

Oct 29, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Facebook's policy which lets politicians lie in ads is 'a threat to what FB stands for,' says an employee letter signed by hundreds of Facebook workers

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2019 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks to meetings for technology regulations and social media issues on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP


[EDITORIAL] Bibliya ng Facebook: OK lang magsinungaling, basta may K ka

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:12 AM

A new world order is emerging where a social media platform like Facebook is king. And who checks Facebook? No one.

Facebook 'news tab' seeks to reboot its role with media

Oct 27, 2019 - 5:59 PM

The tab, being tested with some US users, will be separate from a user's normal feed and include articles from partner news organizations

FACEBOOK NEWS. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and News Corp CEO Robert Thompson speak about the new Facebook News feature at the Paley Center For Media on October 25, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

IFCN explains Facebook's 'partnership' with right-wing-funded site

Oct 25, 2019 - 5:50 PM

(UPDATED) The right-wing site, the Daily Caller, is not an IFCN signatory and IFCN does not appoint Facebook's fact checkers

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2019 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks to meetings for technology regulations and social media issues on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Facebook's Zuckerberg open to scaling back Libra plan

Oct 24, 2019 - 12:36 AM

(UPDATED) The Facebook CEO says it's willing to scale back plans for its digital coin Libra if it cannot win regulatory approval as a new currency for global exchanges

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on "An Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing Sectors" in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC on October 23, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP


Facebook 'big' project on journalism set for this week

Oct 24, 2019 - 12:17 AM

Facebook is set to make a 'big announcement' this week aimed at supporting news and journalism, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on "An Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing Sectors" in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC on October 23, 2019.  Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP


More U.S. states join anti-trust probe of Facebook

Oct 23, 2019 - 3:47 PM

In the probe, 47 US attorneys general look at how Facebook may have put consumer data at risk, reduced the quality of consumers' choices, and increased the price of advertising

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019, the Facebook logo is seen on a phone in this photo illustration in Washington, DC. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP)


Where to watch NBA 2019-2020 games for free

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Filipino fans can now catch blockbuster NBA games online for free

LA STARS. Kawhi Leonard LeBron James will feature in the Battle for Los Angeles between the Clippers and the Lakers. File photos by Harry How/AFP (Leonard) and Patrick Smith/AFP (James)

Facebook to roll out 'false information' labels on Instagram

Oct 22, 2019 - 10:47 AM

Users will be warned if they are seeing false content on their feeds or sharing these to their Stories

Facebook's Marcus says Libra won't be controlled by a single company

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Facebook executive David Marcus seeks to address the main issue raised by France's Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire: the potential for a company to have the power to undermine a government's control of its currency

DAVID MARCUS. David Marcus, Head of Calibra at Facebook, testifies about Facebook's proposed digital currency called Libra, during a Senate Banking, House and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, July 16, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Facebook says it will deliver News Corp stories

Oct 19, 2019 - 9:26 AM

Articles by News Corp, which includes titles like The Wall Street Journal, can be found in a tab separate from Facebook's trademark news feed

FACEBOOK. A picture taken on August 28, 2019 shows the logo of US online social media and social networking service, Facebook. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Zuckerberg defends Facebook's hands-off policy for politicians

Oct 18, 2019 - 9:43 AM

The CEO says Facebook still may remove content from political leaders or others when it may lead to 'harm'

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2019 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks to meetings for technology regulations and social media issues on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP


Angry emojis flood Hong Kong leader's Facebook Live chat

Oct 18, 2019 - 12:35 AM

Angry faces significantly outnumber hearts and likes left by viewers on the hour-long Facebook Live broadcast, while critics also use the comments section to pile on

ANGRY REACTIONS. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam goes live on Facebook. Screenshot from Carrie Lam's Facebook page

Group behind Facebook's Libra coin announces 21 founding members

Oct 15, 2019 - 1:24 PM

Libra initially hopes the number of companies backing it would increase from an initial 28 to 'well over 100.' Instead, the list has shrunk following criticism from regulators.

Facebook chief hosts conservative guests amid bias debate

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:14 AM

Zuckerberg confirms hosting a series of dinners with right-wing figures amid accusations that the social media platform stifles conservative voices

ZUCKERBERG. This file photo taken on June 24, 2016 shows Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaking during a discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP


U.S. presidential candidate Warren runs fake Facebook ad to target ad policies

Oct 14, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The ad states 'Breaking news: Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook just endorsed Donald Trump for re-election,' followed quickly by an admission that the statement is fake, devised only to aim at the platform's ad policies

BIG TECH. he presidential campaign for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren posted a billboard in the South of Market Area of San Francisco that calls for breaking up big tech. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP