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Facebook repairs bug that prompted brief app outages

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:45 PM

'Earlier today, a code change triggered crashes for some iOS apps using the Facebook SDK,' or software development kit, a Facebook spokesperson says. 'We identified the issue quickly and resolved it.;

FACEBOOK. In this photo illustration a Facebook App logo is displayed on a smartphone on March 25, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Facebook blocks accounts linked to Trump ally Roger Stone, and Brazil's Bolsonaro

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Facebook head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher says the Stone network was uncovered with the help of information unearthed by the Robert Mueller investigation

ROGER STONE. In this file photo taken on February 21, 2019, former campaign advisor to US President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, arrives at US District Court in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP


Vietnam jails Facebook user for pro-democracy broadcasts

Jul 08, 2020 - 3:01 PM

Nguyen Quoc Duc Vuong's arrest follows the detention of a number of high-profile journalists and activists in recent months ahead of the regime's 5-yearly party congress, slated for next January

ON TRIAL. This picture taken and released by the Vietnam News Agency on July 7, 2020 shows Vietnamese national Nguyen Quoc Duc Vuong (C) during his court trial in Vietnam's Lam Dong province. Photo by Vietnam News Agency/AFP

Meeting with Zuckerberg a 'disappointment,' say Stop Hate For Profit leaders

Jul 08, 2020 - 9:37 AM

(UPDATED) 'This isn't over. We will continue to expand the boycott until Facebook takes our demands seriously,' says Jessica Gonzalez of the activist group Free Press, one of the Stop Hate for Profit coalition members

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on October 23, 2019, Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before the House Financial Services Committee in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP   s its top executives were set to meet with organizers of a mushrooming ad boycott. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg were to speak with leaders of the #StopHateForProfit campaign which has garnered more than 900 advertisers pausing their campaigns on Facebook.


Facebook, Google, Twitter pause user info requests from Hong Kong govt

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:54 AM

'With the stakes so high, and the punishments so severe, it is great news to see big tech companies like WhatsApp pushing back in favor of democracy and freedom of expression,' says digital rights group ProPrivacy

HONG KONG. In this file photo, demonstrators in Hong Kong on June 9, 2020 mark the one year anniversary of the start of the pro-democracy protests. Shutterstock photo


Tech titan chiefs to testify at US antitrust committee

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:07 AM

The hearing takes place on July 27, US time, amid calls by some activists and politicians to break up the Silicon Valley giants

GAFA. This combination of pictures shows the logos of the GAFA's, named after US multinational technology and Internet-related services company Google, US online retail giant Amazon, US social media Facebook and US multinational technology company Apple, displayed on a tablet in Paris, on February 18, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


Breaking away from Facebook's grip

Jul 06, 2020 - 7:05 PM

Exploring the real difficulties of leaving Facebook


Facebook's planned TikTok rival, Lasso, to shut down

Jul 02, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Facebook's Lasso will be closing on July 10. Will Instagram Reels replace it in the bid to dethrone TikTok?

Zuckerberg to meet with Facebook ad boycott organizers

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:03 AM

The groups behind the #StopHateForProfit campaign insist that the Facebook CEO be at the meeting, according to Reuters

MARK ZUCKERBERG. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP


Lego pauses social media ad spending

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:50 AM

'We are committed to having a positive impact on children and the world they will inherit,' says Julia Goldin, chief marketing officer at Lego

LEGO. A human sized Lego figure is on display at the Lego building event in Helsinki, on September 28, 2019. Photo by  Alessandro Rampazzo/AFP


Ad boycott strikes at heart of Facebook's business model

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:46 AM

Nick Clegg, Facebook VP of global affairs and communications, says the platform doesn't profit from hate in his response to the boycott

FACEBOOK. This illustration picture shows the US social media Facebook logo on February 14, 2020 in Brussels. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP


The world awaits Facebook's next moves

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:48 PM

The ad boycott against Facebook may not be immediately effective, but it can be a stepping stone to a larger movement towards exacting accountability. Facebook's actions this July will show if they've gotten the point.

Volkswagen, Adidas, Puma join Facebook ad boycott over hate speech

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:37 AM

The German brands join the call to keep the pressure on Facebook to do more on combatting hate, and dangerous false information

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Facebook boots far-right network and boosts original news

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The moves come as Facebook faces an advertiser boycott that has morphed into a global digital activist campaign aimed at curbing hateful and toxic content

FACEBOOK. In this photo illustration a Facebook login page is displayed on a smartphone on March 25, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP


EXPLAINER: What is the Stop Hate For Profit movement?

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:41 PM

The campaign calls on advertisers to pull out from Facebook for turning a blind eye to hate speech, and failing to take down posts that incite violence

As Facebook ad boycott enters new phase, impact unclear

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:05 AM

The boycott is a permanent mark on Facebook's record but its real effects remain to be seen

ZUCKERBERG. Photo by Charles Platiau/ AFP


Microsoft ad spending on Facebook, Instagram suspended – Axios report

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:59 AM

The report says Microsoft's ban stems from concerns about their ads appearing next to inappropriate content

MICROSOFT. A signage of Microsoft is seen on March 13, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Jeenah Moon/AFP


Ford to suspend social media ads, presses to 'clean up' ecosystem

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:47 AM

'The existence of content that includes hate speech, violence and racial injustice on social platforms needs to be eradicated,' says Ford

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Starbucks pauses advertising on all social media platforms

Jun 29, 2020 - 9:16 AM

'We believe in bringing communities together, both in person and online, and we stand against hate speech,' Starbucks' short post on its website reads

STARBUCKS. The sign for a Starbucks coffee shop is seen in Washington, DC, April 17, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP


LIST: Companies boycotting Facebook, supporting #StopHateForProfit

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:53 PM

(UPDATED) Here's a list of some of the major advertisers which have paused spending on ads on Facebook or other social media platforms

Unilever pulls Facebook, Twitter ads in US over 'polarized' election

Jun 27, 2020 - 9:28 AM

Unilever, whose brands also include Dove soap, Magnum ice cream, Lipton tea, and Knorr, is a major advertiser on social media in the United States

UNILEVER. This file photograph taken on June 5, 2015, shows the logo of Unilever at the company headquarters in Rotterdam. File photo by Jon Thys/AFP

Facebook ramps up efforts to curb 'hateful content' in ads

Jun 27, 2020 - 8:19 AM

(UPDATED) CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will also add tags to posts which are 'newsworthy' but violate platform rules – following the lead of Twitter, which used such labels on tweets from President Donald Trump

FACEBOOK. In this file photo illustration a Facebook App logo is displayed on a smartphone on March 25, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Verizon joins brands boycotting Facebook ads over hate speech

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:44 PM

Facebook is under increasing pressure for its hands-off approach to misinformation and inflammatory posts, particularly by US President Donald Trump

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Viber cuts ties with Facebook – report

Jun 26, 2020 - 1:01 PM

'We are not the arbiters of truth, but the truth is some people are suffering from the proliferation of violent content and companies must take a clear stand,' Viber CEO Djamel Agaoua says

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Facebook to notify users before they share old articles

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Facebook will warn users when they share stories that are more than 90 days old

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There's no easy way to break Facebook's heart

Jun 25, 2020 - 3:41 PM

I’ve been debating the merits of leaving Facebook as a thought exercise, and I understand it’s so very hard to do

Ben & Jerry's joins Facebook ad boycott over hate speech

Jun 24, 2020 - 6:26 PM

'As of July 1st we will pause all paid advertising on Facebook and Instagram in the United States,' Ben & Jerry's says on June 23

German court orders Facebook to rein in data collection

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:47 AM

Facebook is ordered to stop merging data collected through Whatsapp and Instagram or other websites unless users explicitly agree, in a legal victory for competition authorities

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


Google ad revenues to dip as market becomes 'triopoly' – tracker

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:28 AM

New research by eMarketer indicates Google will still be the leading digital advertising but with a smaller share as the market evolves into a 'triopoly' with Facebook and Amazon

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Microsoft ends game streaming, teams up with Facebook

Jun 23, 2020 - 10:36 AM

Microsoft Mixer will be shuttered on July 22

MICROSOFT. A signage of Microsoft is seen on March 13, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Jeenah Moon/AFP


Advertisers join Facebook boycott over hate speech

Jun 22, 2020 - 10:19 PM

The #StopHateForProfit appeal is supported by the Anti-Defamation League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, ColorOfChange, FreePress, and the activist group Sleeping Giants

AD BOYCOTT. In this file photo taken on October 23, 2019 a giant digital sign is seen at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Facebook pulls Trump ads which used Nazi symbol

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:14 AM

The company says the campaign messages with an inverted red triangle, used in Nazi camps, violated a policy against 'organized hate' and were taken down

FACEBOOK. In this photo illustration a Facebook App logo is displayed on a smartphone on March 25, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP


U.S. civil rights groups call for Facebook ad boycott over hate speech

Jun 18, 2020 - 6:42 PM

'Today, we ask all companies in solidarity with the American values of freedom, equality and justice not to advertise Facebook services in July,' says a statement on the Anti-Defamation League website

STOP HATE FOR PROFIT. Image from Stop Hate for Profit website.

How to transfer your photos from Facebook to Google Photos

Jun 18, 2020 - 6:40 PM

There’s actually a neat tool that’s now available for everyone to make the process faster and easier

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Facebook lets users block political ads, aiming to quell outcry

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:05 AM

Users will have the option to turn off all paid political ads in the US and in 'countries where we have enforcement on ads about social issues, elections and politics,' says Facebook

This illustration picture, taken on January 12, 2020 shows Facebook social network logo reflected on a eye in Rennes, western France.  Photo by Damien Meyer/AFP


U.S. senators unveil bill to limit Big Tech legal protections

Jun 18, 2020 - 10:43 AM

Four Republican senators introduce a bill that would revise 'Section 230' legal protection mechanism that shields online services from liabilities arising from content posted by users

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


Facebook to block foreign state media ads for U.S. election

Jun 17, 2020 - 5:21 PM

Facebook's move comes under growing pressure over its hands-off approach to misinformation and inflammatory posts and following criticism it turned a blind eye to foreign interference in the 2016 presidential poll

FACEBOOK. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about Facebook News at the Paley Center For Media on October 25, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Facebook rejects call to share revenue with Australian media

Jun 15, 2020 - 12:02 PM

'If there were no news content available on Facebook in Australia, we are confident the impact on Facebook’s community metrics and revenues in Australia would not be significant,' the company says

FACEBOOK. In this photo illustration a Facebook feed page is displayed on a smartphone on March 25, 2020 in WArlington, Virginia. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

National Privacy Commission to meet with Facebook on impostor accounts

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:29 AM

Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro invites Facebook representatives to a meeting 'to seek information regarding the numerous reports of impostor Facebook accounts'

[OPINYON] Hindi ito ang panahon para bumitaw ka sa Facebook

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Kung may kalokohang gagawin o ipo-post ang kapangalan mo, mabuting active ang iyong tunay na account. Madaling maipapakita sa sinumang praning na awtoridad na may bukod-tangi at pumipintig kang account. Buhay na buhay.

Facebook's Manage Activity tool lets you delete old posts in bulk

Jun 13, 2020 - 10:44 AM

Facebook’s new Manage Activity tool can help you easily filter, delete, or archive multiple posts at a time.

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No evidence yet reported accounts engaged in malicious activity – Facebook

Jun 11, 2020 - 3:30 PM

'At this time, we have not seen evidence of the reported accounts engaging in coordinated or malicious activity focused on creating fake accounts,' says Facebook


PNP asks for Facebook's help in dummy account probe

Jun 09, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Police chief General Archie Gamboa says that he has ordered the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group to investigate the proliferation of fake Facebook accounts

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Will Facebook dummy account probe look at govt too? DOJ says 'all angles'

Jun 08, 2020 - 8:01 PM

The DOJ promises it will not misuse user data that will be submitted to them in the course of an investigation


PH Army: Computer programmer recruitment 'not for malicious purposes'

Jun 08, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Some netizens wonder whether the Philippine Army's recruitment of information technology practitioners may have had something to do with the proliferation of fake accounts on Facebook

SOLDIERS. Philippine Army soldiers during their anniversary rites at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, in March 2020. File photo from the Philippine Army

DND investigating fake Facebook accounts – Lorenzana

Jun 08, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'Of course, the cooperation of Facebook is needed,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

DELFIN LORENZANA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at a Senate hearing in February 2020. Senate photo

Makati lawmaker blocks Facebook messages on anti-terror bill vote

Jun 08, 2020 - 2:35 PM

As users share that they were blocked, Makati City 2nd District Representative Luis Campos says his social media page managers are 'just being careful' since there are 'many trolls'

How to set up one-time passwords on Facebook and other online platforms

Jun 08, 2020 - 1:39 PM

One-time passwords are single-use passwords sent by an online platform to a user's email address or mobile number for added security


Lawmakers fear fake Facebook accounts meant for 'online tanim-ebidensiya'

Jun 07, 2020 - 10:50 PM

'We must not allow social media to be used as a platform for identity theft, intimidation, or worse, a tool to plant bogus evidence,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

Facebook now investigating dummy Filipino accounts

Jun 07, 2020 - 9:20 PM

Facebook urges users to 'continue reporting any accounts they believe may be inauthentic,' as alarm grows in the Philippines