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#WeSwimAsOne trends as Filipino workers brave Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 03, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Workers who have to be on duty share funny tweets and memes about their situation while others give words of encouragement and some safety reminders

Annoyed by NDRRMC alerts about Typhoon Tisoy? Twitter users sound off

Dec 02, 2019 - 7:58 PM

You're not alone. But these alerts are helpful!

Twitter accounts inactive for more than 6 months to be removed

Nov 27, 2019 - 4:09 PM

If you want to keep your Twitter account that you haven't logged in to for the past 6 months, you'll need to sign back in before December 11, 2019


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)

Former Trump advisor accuses White House of blocking Twitter access

Nov 23, 2019 - 6:06 PM

White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham says John Bolton simply didn't know how to use the platform

Handout photo released by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of US President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaking during the International Conference for Democracy in Venezuela in Lima on August 6, 2019. Washington warned third parties on Tuesday to avoid doing business with the Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro, as delegates from some 60 countries met in Lima to discuss ways of ending the crisis in South American nation. HO / Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs / AFP

Twitter lets users 'hide' off-course replies to tweets

Nov 22, 2019 - 12:11 PM

Users are now able to 'hide' tweeted replies that could be seen as abusive or harassing

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


Twitter accuses UK of misleading public in election row

Nov 20, 2019 - 9:03 PM

Twitter accuses Britain's Conservatives of misleading the public by rebranding themselves as fact-checkers during a live television debate

TWITTER AND THE UK. In this file photo taken on August 13, 2019 employees walk past a lighted Twitter log as they leave the company's headquarters in San Francisco. Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

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


Twitter exempts some 'cause-based' messages from political ad ban

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:51 AM

'Ads that educate, raise awareness, and/or call for people to take action in connection with civic engagement, economic growth, environmental stewardship, or social equity causes are allowed,' Twitter says in its new policy.

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Twitter seeking input on future policy for deepfakes

Nov 12, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Twitter wants your feedback on how it should treat synthetic or manipulated media – photos, audios, and videos 'significantly altered or fabricated in a way that intends to mislead people or changes its original meaning'

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

Twitter offering 'topics,' from sports teams to K-pop

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:31 PM

The new 'Topics' option is expected to be available to Twitter users on mobile devices powered by Android or Apple software or through web browsers by November 13

TWITTER TOPICS. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019 the Twitter logo is seen on a phone in in Washington, DC. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

3 charged in U.S. with spying on Twitter users for Saudi Arabia

Nov 07, 2019 - 2:44 PM

Two Saudis and 1 US citizen allegedly worked together on behalf of Riyadh to unmask ownership details behind dissident Twitter accounts, the US Justice Department says


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

[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.

Twitter tumbles as 'bugs' hit revenue growth

Oct 25, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Twitter says revenue was hit by 'bugs' on the platform which made it harder to deliver targeted advertising to mobile users

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)

Twitter says world leaders 'not above' its rules

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Twitter says it reserves the right to take 'enforcement action' on offending tweets, including those with threats of violence or the posting of private information

Social networks face quandary on politics in misinformation fight

Oct 10, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms decide to allow politicians including President Donald Trump extra leeway to their rules, seeking to avoid stifling political debate and leaving 'newsworthy' content online

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


Twitter admits phone numbers meant for security used for ads

Oct 09, 2019 - 12:01 PM

'When you provided an email address or phone number for safety or security purposes this data may have inadvertently been used for advertising purposes,' Twitter says

Online reactions: Angkas gets Twitter praise for free rides

Oct 08, 2019 - 7:11 PM

On Twitter, people express their appreciation for the app-enabled transportation service

Turkey summons U.S. charge d'affaires over Twitter 'like'

Oct 06, 2019 - 9:04 PM

The United States embassy apologizes in a tweet, saying the posting had been 'liked by accident'

Turkish soldiers stand near a Turkish flag in Istanbul on May 1, 2017. Police tried to stop around 200 protesters in the Gayrettepe district on the European side of Istanbul who wanted to walk to the famous square in spite of the ban by city authorities. The protesters -- made up of left-wing groups -- unfurled anti-government banners against the result of the April 16 referendum, which handed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expanded powers. / AFP PHOTO / GURCAN OZTURK

Apple 'rejected' Hong Kong mapping app that tracks police activity

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:35 PM

HKMap is used by Hong Kongers to map locations and points of interest, such as road or railway closures, as well as locations where police activity is occurring

Twitter, TweetDeck outages continue as company works on a fix

Oct 02, 2019 - 12:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A cause for the downtime has not yet been revealed

TWITTER TROUBLE. This file photo taken on September 11, 2013 shows the logo of social networking website 'Twitter' is displayed on a computer screen in London. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Twitter lets users sideline unwanted direct messages

Oct 01, 2019 - 2:01 PM

The direct message filter is rolling out to everyone on iOS, Android, and the Web

Activist Samira Gutoc's Twitter account hacked

Sep 22, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Gutoc says her account was last accessed in Pasay City

Twitter closes thousands of fake news accounts worldwide

Sep 20, 2019 - 8:26 PM

The information release is part of the company's push to improve understanding of how its platform is used by state actors to manipulate public opinion


Inconceivable! Twitter throws fit over possible 'Princess Bride' remake

Sep 19, 2019 - 1:52 PM

'Don't mess with perfection!' Fans of 'The Princess Bride' are furious at the proposal of remaking the 1980s cult classic

Tech firms, U.S. officials talk election protection at Facebook

Sep 05, 2019 - 1:24 PM

'Improving election security and countering information operations are complex challenges that no organization can solve alone,' says Facebook's Nathaniel Gleicher

FIGHTING DISINFORMATION. A picture taken on September 4, 2019 shows logos of US social networking websites Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, displayed on smart-phone screen, in Lille, northern France. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Twitter nixes tweets by text after CEO account hack

Sep 05, 2019 - 1:11 PM

'We're temporarily turning off the ability to Tweet via SMS, or text message, to protect people's accounts,' Twitter's support team writes on the platform

JACK DORSEY. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey speaks during a press event at CES 2019 at the Aria Resort & Casino on January 9, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File photo by David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

Twitter suspends Sherwin Gatchalian's account

Sep 04, 2019 - 10:52 PM

The senator believes the suspension is due to 'malicious reporting'

SUSPENDED. It's still unknown why Senator Sherwin Gatchalian's Twitter account is suspended. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Twitter CEO hack highlights dangers of 'SIM swap' fraud

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:49 AM

Dorsey is a victim of the 'SIM swap' fraud which lets fraudsters trick a mobile carrier into transferring a number, potentially causing a big security hole

JACK DORSEY. Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations' use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP


Twitter CEO account hacked, offensive tweets posted

Aug 31, 2019 - 8:21 AM

Tweets containing racial slurs and suggestions about a bomb appear on the @jack account of Twitter's founder before being deleted after about 30 minutes

HACKED. In this file photo taken on September 05, 2018 CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 5, 2018. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

4chan members spread anti-Semitic messages on Twitter by posing as Jews

Aug 22, 2019 - 8:43 PM

The 4chan post called for members of the /pol board to pose as Jews to spread propaganda and disinformation. They would also accuse people correcting them of being anti-Semites.

Twitter, Facebook accuse China of Hong Kong discord campaign

Aug 20, 2019 - 7:26 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The tech giants announce they had suspended nearly 1,000 active accounts linked to the campaign. Twitter says it shut down about 200,000 more before they could inflict any damage.

Twitter to let users follow interests as well as people

Aug 14, 2019 - 6:08 PM

'We are basically rewriting the entire conversation service,' Twitter product team leader Kayvon Beykpour says

Twitter revamps website in bid to mimic mobile app

Jul 16, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The revamp comes as the San Francisco-based company seeks to ramp up engagement while managing abusive content

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1 in 5 U.S. Twitter users follows Trump – survey

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:48 PM

The report is based on a survey of 2,388 US adults who use Twitter and gave Pew permission to review their personal public-facing accounts between December 2018 and July 2019

TRUMP AND TWITTER. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event about expanding health coverage options for small businesses and workers in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, June 14, 2019. FIle photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Twitter back up after brief outage

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:53 AM

'We were down... and now slowly coming back up. Sorry! Grateful for our operations and engineering teams for getting us flying again,' Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey writes

TWITTER. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP


Twitter updates rules, focusing on curbing hate speech against religious groups

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Twitter says it will require hateful tweets targeting specific religious groups to be removed, though accounts tweeting such content before the new rules were in place will not be suspended

Turkey politician faces 17 years for 'insulting' tweets

Jun 28, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Canan Kaftancioglu, who heads the Republican People's Party (CHP)'s Istanbul branch, is accused of 'insulting' President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish state in tweets posted between 2012 and 2017

CANAN KAFTANCIOGLU. People chant slogans in front of Caglayan court house in Istanbul on June 28, 2019, in support of Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul chief Canan Kaftancioglu, who faces up to 17 years in prison for allegedly 'insulting the Turkish President' in tweets posted between 2012 and 2017. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Twitter announces action against politicians' rule-breaking tweets

Jun 28, 2019 - 11:53 AM

'In the past, we've allowed certain tweets that violated our rules to remain on Twitter because they were in the public's interest, but it wasn't clear when and how we made those determinations,' the company says

TWITTER. A woman holds a smartphone with the logo of US social network Twitter, on May 2, 2019 in Nantes, western France.  Photo by Loic Venance/AFP


Using #RP612fic, netizens imagine Philippine heroes on social media

Jun 12, 2019 - 2:08 PM

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

Trump accuses Twitter of gagging conservatives

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:18 PM

United States President Donald Trump's rant comes as Twitter and other social media platforms recently move to block personalities accused of inciting violence and promoting anti-semitism, among others

US President Donald Trump speaks to the media prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 20, 2019, as he travels to Pennsylvania for a campaign rally. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Twitter apologizes for suspending accounts critical of China

Jun 02, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Twitter says it may have made 'errors' in its ongoing effort to clear up accounts 'engaging in various forms of platform manipulation'

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Iran-based social media scheme impersonated press

May 29, 2019 - 11:56 AM

A network of English-language social media accounts misrepresenting who was behind them was evidently orchestrated to promote Iranian political interests, says California-based cybersecurity firm FireEye

Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP


‘Pakisauli po ang milyones’: Netizens burn Lani Mercado Revilla over GMRC tweet

May 27, 2019 - 7:09 PM

When senator-elect Bong Revilla's wife tweeted demanding Good Manners and Right Conduct and respect toward her husband, she didn't know what was coming

Background photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Fans rallied #ForAlden on Twitter – here's why

May 27, 2019 - 5:29 PM

Fans of Alden Richards tweet #ForAlden to show their appreciation for the actor

[OPINION] To 'woke' people on Twitter: Turn online noise into action

May 21, 2019 - 7:45 AM

Being woke should emphasize how we understand a particular issue and then translate this to offline action

Tech giants vow to step up fight against online extremism

May 16, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Executives from Google, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft meet with leaders of France, New Zealand and other countries in Paris to unveil the 'Christchurch Call' of voluntary commitments for online platforms

TECH FOR GOOD. Orange CEO Stephane Richard, right, is watched by Google's Jacquelline Fuller, left, as he speaks during a "Tech For Good" meetup to launch anti-terror 'Christchurch Call' at Hotel Marigny in Paris on May 15, 2019, held to discuss good conduct for technology giants. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP


'We had one shot': #SalamatChel trends for Twitter's woke lolo

May 14, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Chel Diokno's supporters pour out their heartbreaks and gratitude the morning after the election