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Premeditated murder: The character assassination of Leila de Lima

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The embattled senator’s image turned from dignified to dishonorable in just 3 years. Here’s how social media had a hand in all of it.

Kalamidad at social media

Dec 03, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Kailangan lang mai-channel ang ating pagkahumaling sa social media for the greater good, lalo na para sa mga nasalanta at naapektuhan ng bagyo. Puwedeng mag-fundraising, puwedeng makibalita sa relief operations.

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!

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

Fact or fiction? Memes attack media's reporting on SEA Games 2019

Dec 01, 2019 - 2:45 PM

We set the record straight on posts saying the press is intentionally misleading the public on SEA Games issues

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


Singapore uses law against misinformation for first time

Nov 25, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Tech giants including Google and Twitter have criticized the law, as have activists who fear it could stifle online dissent

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)

Bacolodnons emphasize community's role in upholding truth on social media

Nov 23, 2019 - 11:17 AM

During #MoveBacolod: Social Good in the Digital Age forum, local journalists and student leaders stress how everyone plays a role in countering disinformation and keeping digital spaces safe

DISCUSSION. Journalists and student leaders discuss how everyone has a role to play in countering disinformation and keeping digital spaces safe in today’s times during #MoveBacolod at the Mutien Marie Auditorium A in University of St. La Salle on November 16. Photo from Karl Brian Marqueza/The Spectrum

Grieving Bretman Rock asks for respect after PH fans crash father’s funeral

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:23 PM

'I just don’t understand why people think it's okay to ask me for pictures when my eyes are literally swollen from crying. How you gonna say, "Condolences, can we take a picture?"' Bretman shares

'Sweep victory:' Twitter erupts as Ateneo completes UAAP three-peat

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Social media goes full-on celebration mode after the Ateneo Blue Eagles' perfect run in UAAP Season 82 men's basketball

Back on top: Twitter revels in Letran Knights' magical run

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:57 PM

After ruling a title series to remember, the Letran Knights go all out to party in Intramuros tonight

'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

Snapchat checks for deception in political ads

Nov 19, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Snapchat's strategy seems to be a middle ground between Facebook's controversial tolerance of proven lies in political ads and Twitter's decision to ban them all together

SNAPCHAT. A picture taken on October 1, 2019 in Lille shows the logo of mobile app Snapchat displayed on a tablet. (Photo by Denis Charlet/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?

The power of storytelling: How your social media post can have impact

Nov 17, 2019 - 10:55 AM

What makes a story powerful enough to make a difference? For starters, it all begins with one thing: mission.

See a friend sharing fake news? Here’s what to do

Nov 15, 2019 - 1:41 PM

How do you engage with people who may have fallen victim to disinformation? Here are 3 tips.

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)

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


Social media business model is underlying problem for disinformation – experts

Nov 08, 2019 - 6:49 PM

The real-time bidding industry for advertisements is seen as funding the algorithmic amplification of disinformation and hate speech

FIGHTING DISINFORMATION. The first session of the 2019 International Grand Committee on Disinformation and 'Fake News' in Dublin, Ireland on November 7, 2019. Screenshot from livestream

Social Media Week Manila's 2nd year set to shape online stories for the better

Nov 07, 2019 - 6:10 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Social Media Week Manila 2019 seeks to rekindle the Filipinos' innate passion for storytelling and to encourage them to use social media's influence as a storytelling platform for the better.

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

In China, social credit is just a more invasive form of social media

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:00 AM

For ordinary Chinese, the rise of social credit can be social and even fun

CHINA'S SOCIAL CREDIT. Header image from animation by Inge Snip on Coda Story

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


WATCH: What's wrong with clickbait headlines?

Nov 04, 2019 - 5:58 PM

Some misleading headlines can be funny and harmless, but they can also affect matters of public interest. Here's what you can do to keep them from spreading.

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


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


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

Rappler featured in Reuters report on fighting online toxicity

Oct 26, 2019 - 11:21 AM

Rappler, along with South Africa’s Daily Maverick and India’s The Quint, is featured in a new report by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

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)


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 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

[OPINYON] Pinoy love in the time of hashtag

Oct 18, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Paano tuluyang lumimot kung marami kayong mutual friends sa Facebook? Lalo kung ang nakaraang gusto mong ibaon sa digital Hades ay isang terrabyte ang kabuuang sukat ng mga larawan, kanta, laro, video na pinagsaluhan?

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

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

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


The offline rebellion

Oct 13, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Trending has become more important than living

Instagram is removing the Following tab

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:01 PM

The Following tab displays what posts and accounts your friends engage with

‘Taking selfies part of public service’ – Isko Moreno

Oct 07, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno makes a case for stopping for hundreds of people a day who seek to take a selfie with him, even when it means delaying his schedule

SELFIE TIME. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno takes selfies with eager Manileños. Photo from Manila PIO

Zuckerberg discusses Twitter, TikTok, Big Tech breakup in leaked audio

Oct 01, 2019 - 10:08 PM

A two-hour audio recording of the Facebook CEO at internal meetings comes out

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo taken on May 24, 2018 Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks on during the VivaTech (Viva Technology) trade fair in Paris. Photo by Gerard Julien/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

[OPINION] The role of America's social media platforms in the battle for truth

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:00 PM

‘This is an existential moment in time, where, if we don’t take the right steps forward, democracy as we know it is dead’

FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT. Maria Ressa at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg 25. Photo from GIJC Facebook by Nick Jaussi/nickjaussi.com

Malicious bots and trolls spread vaccine misinformation – now social media companies are fighting back

Sep 29, 2019 - 9:53 PM

Platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are developing strategies to address anti-vaccine bots and to try to reduce their reach in the United States

At least half of parents of young children report having encountered negative messages about vaccines on social media. Photo by Alexander Dummer/Unsplash, CC BY

Facebook hides 'likes' in Australia trial to ease anxiety

Sep 27, 2019 - 2:38 PM

'We don't want Facebook to feel like a competition,' the company says in a statement

Disinformation efforts now used in 70 countries – researchers

Sep 26, 2019 - 11:59 PM

A report by the Oxford Internet Institute finds manipulation efforts have doubled over the past two years and are being used by both democratic and authoritarian governments

Martial law 'peaceful'? Netizens debate severity of Marcos regime

Sep 21, 2019 - 7:47 AM

Was the Philippines under Martial Law as peaceful as Marcos apologists make it out to be?

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