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Zuckerberg backs Facebook Trump policy despite anger, dissent – reports

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:05 PM

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg defends a decision to not interfere with posts made by US President Donald Trump

ZUCKERBERG DEFENSE. In this file photo taken on April 10, 2018 One hundred cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stand outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Activists rip Facebook's Zuckerberg over Trump comments

Jun 03, 2020 - 8:06 AM

'We are disappointed and stunned by Mark's incomprehensible explanations for allowing the Trump posts to remain up,' says a statement

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

Facebook employees speak out against company's refusal to police Trump's posts

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:20 AM

'Mark is wrong, and I will endeavor in the loudest possible way to change his mind,' tweets Ryan Freitas, the design director of Facebook's News Feed

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


Facebook slams 'severe' Singapore misinformation law

Jun 01, 2020 - 2:18 PM

It is the latest criticism from Facebook over legislation that empowers ministers to tell internet platforms to put warnings next to posts they deem false and order the blocking of pages

Facebook denies sidelining research on site's 'divisiveness'

May 28, 2020 - 11:03 AM

Facebook defends itself against a report that says the company sidelined research that showed that its algorithms, if left unchecked, would feed users more and more divisive content to gain user attention

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 wallet for Libra digital coins renamed 'Novi'

May 27, 2020 - 11:36 AM

The rebranding replaces the original name of 'Calibra' for the Facebook digital wallet which would work with the planned virtual currency Libra

NOVI. Image from Facebook


[ANALYSIS] Why Facebook’s Oversight Board is not diverse enough

May 25, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Where is Southeast Asia in the FOB?

Facebook to embrace remote work in post-pandemic shift

May 22, 2020 - 10:56 AM

Mark Zuckerberg says that half of Facebook's staff could be working remotely within a decade

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


Zuckerberg 'confident' Facebook can stop U.S. election interference

May 21, 2020 - 6:12 PM

Mark Zuckerberg tells BBC in an interview Facebook is better prepared to counter online misinformation campaigns but admits the social network was 'behind' during the 2016 election which Donald Trump won

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

Facebook's problems can't be solved by more Facebook

May 21, 2020 - 1:18 PM

The most challenging content issues for Facebook are likely not the most challenging content issues for everyone, and that has to be made clear to its oversight board

Algeria cracks down on Facebook activists

May 21, 2020 - 9:45 AM

One activist is accused of having insulted President Abdelmadjid Tebboune by calling him 'illegitimate,' while another has criticized the 'injustice' of Algeria's judicial system

FLAG. Algerian protesters wave their national flag as they demonstrate during an an anti-government demonstration in the capital Algiers on April 12, 2019. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

[OPINYON] Namimigay ng bigas, aso, smartphones, pera...

May 21, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Para-paraan ang mga gustong dumami ang followers, tapos ay ibebenta sa kung sinong herodes na malamang ay pulitikong mangangailangan ng titingin sa kaniyang recycled na plataporma at niretokeng pagmumukha

WATCH: 10 steps to shoot video like a pro

May 20, 2020 - 4:50 PM

You don’t need professional gear to look professional on video

Canada fines Facebook over misleading privacy claims

May 20, 2020 - 11:09 AM

Canada's competition watchdog says Facebook made Canadians believe that they were in control of their data while the company allowed data to be shared with 3rd party developers

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


Australia watchdog suggests news boycott of Google, Facebook

May 20, 2020 - 10:59 AM

The idea is among a series of bargaining tools put forward by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to encourage Google and Facebook to pay news media businesses for the use of their content


Facebook to help struggling retailers create online stores

May 20, 2020 - 8:36 AM

'If you're running a small business or if you're thinking about starting one even from your living room, you have a whole suite of tools available that can help,' says Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg

'Philippines, Province of China': How to create a geo-tag on Facebook

May 19, 2020 - 4:23 PM

Learn more about how that user-generated 'Philippines, Province of China' geo-tag was set up

Screenshot from Facebook app


Facebook buys animated graphics startup GIPHY

May 16, 2020 - 10:22 PM

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the news site Axios says Facebook was paying $400 million for GIPHY

Singapore sovereign fund Temasek joins Facebook-backed Libra

May 15, 2020 - 9:32 AM

Along with Temasek, US-based cryptocurrency investment firm Paradigm and private equity group Slow Ventures join Libra


Facebook apologizes for role in 2018 Sri Lanka unrest

May 13, 2020 - 5:20 PM

Facebook says in a statement to Bloomberg News, 'We recognize, and apologize for, the very real human rights impacts that resulted'

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

Facebook trains AI on 'hateful memes'

May 13, 2020 - 8:27 AM

Facebook is releasing a database of 10,000 memes to researchers in a challenge to develop improved detection of hate-driven visual messages, with a prize pool of $100,000

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 to pay $52M settlement for trauma to content reviewers in U.S.

May 13, 2020 - 8:20 AM

The settlement includes payments to more than 10,000 current and former content moderators who worked for firms contracted by Facebook

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


Instagram Lite shuts down ahead of possible future relaunch

May 12, 2020 - 6:51 PM

Facebook says it is looking to take its learnings from the Lite version to develop a newer Instagram Lite-type app, though there's no launch timeframe for this as of yet

How to switch to the redesigned Facebook, and activate dark mode

May 11, 2020 - 1:09 PM

Facebook begins to officially roll out its redesigned platform

Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Google, Facebook extend work-from-home plans

May 09, 2020 - 2:49 PM

Chief executive Sundar Pichai tells Google staff its remote work policy will be extended until 2021. Facebook's updated plan is to re-open offices in early July, but let people work from home if they prefer until 2021.

Who's who on Facebook panel for content decisions

May 07, 2020 - 9:04 AM

Facebook's Oversight Board members have lived in more than 27 countries, and speak at least 29 languages among them

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 reveals members of its 'supreme court' for content

May 07, 2020 - 8:57 AM

Facebook's independent oversight board will be able to make binding decisions on the content that should be allowed or removed at the social network and Instagram

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


Facebook and the coronavirus misinformation epidemic

Apr 30, 2020 - 6:54 PM

Facebook has been announcing ways to combat misinformation but a recent report has found that there remains a lot of work to be done

Facebook surges on user growth in pandemic, sees murky outlook

Apr 30, 2020 - 8:52 AM

Signs of stability follow a steep decrease in advertising revenue in March because of the coronavirus crisis

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


[OPINION] Ang saya neto, gago!

Apr 23, 2020 - 1:11 PM

'Sa panahong may hawak na sinturong panghampas ang ama-amahan, ang pobreng anak ay nananahimik o tahimik na nag-iipon ng kimkim na galit'

Facebook adds location of posts to curb state-led manipulation

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:17 AM

The move seeks to give users more context and information about messages aimed at influencing politics


Facebook launches Messenger Kids in 70 countries

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:45 PM

First launched in the US in December 2017, the kid-friendly version of Messenger expands to 70 countries

MESSENGER KIDS. Photo from Facebook


Facebook agrees to censor anti-state posts after Vietnam slowed site – report

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:23 PM

'The revelation that Facebook is caving to Vietnam’s far-reaching demands for censorship is a devastating turning point for freedom of expression in Vietnam and beyond,' says Amnesty International

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken on March 22, 2018 in Paris shows a close-up of the Facebook logo in an eye. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


Facebook takes $5.7B stake in India digital platforms

Apr 22, 2020 - 12:24 PM

The deal is one of the biggest foreign investments in the country

FACEBOOK. Facebook has taken a $5.7 billion stake in the Jio digital platforms business of India's richest man Mukesh Ambani, the two sides said on April 22, 2020, marking one of the biggest foreign investments in the country. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP


Facebook to take down some posts for anti-lockdown events in U.S. – reports

Apr 21, 2020 - 6:28 PM

Facebook is disallowing the promotion of protest events that violate state guidelines on social distancing

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


Facebook-powered virus 'heat map' unveiled

Apr 21, 2020 - 8:59 AM

The Carnegie Mellon University project uses millions of responses to surveys of Facebook and Google users as part of an effort to monitor the spread of the virus

CORONAVIRUS MAPPING. Researchers on April 20, 2020 unveiled a coronavirus "heat map" powered by Facebook data which is aimed at helping track the spread of the disease and plan for reopening society. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP


Facebook launches app for livestream gaming

Apr 21, 2020 - 8:51 AM

The app lets users watch streamers, play instant games, and take part in gaming groups

FACEBOOK GAMING. Facebook on April 20, 2020 launched a standalone gaming app, allowing users to create and watch livestreams of games in a challenge to the Amazon-owned Twitch platform. Ina Fassbender/AFP


Australia to force Google, Facebook to pay for news content

Apr 20, 2020 - 10:44 AM

'What we want to see is a level playing field. What we want to see here is a fair go for the companies, and for the journalistic content that is prepared,' says Josh Frydenberg, Treasurer of Australia


Facebook cancels its 'large physical events' through June 2021

Apr 17, 2020 - 4:21 PM

Mark Zuckerberg talks about Facebook work guidelines as society eyes reopening

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


Facebook using 'WW' Facebook-simulating program, bots to improve user experience

Apr 16, 2020 - 2:55 PM

In the WW simulation of Facebook, hard-coded and machine-learning-based bots act as users with different goals which play out differently depending on the scenario set up by the engineers

Google launches 'journalism relief fund,' following Facebook

Apr 16, 2020 - 12:47 PM

Google says its would give 'low thousands of dollars' for the smallest operations to 'low tens of thousands for larger newsrooms'


Facebook to reduce video bit rates in the Philippines during the lockdown

Apr 09, 2020 - 3:07 PM

This follows similar moves from Netflix, iFlix, and YouTube

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on October 23, 2019 the Facebook "like" sign is seen at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


WhatsApp adds new limit to forwarding viral messages

Apr 07, 2020 - 5:12 PM

WhatsApp will now only allow the forwarding of a viral message to a single chat at a time, down from up to 5 chats at a time

Facebook draws on user data to help battle coronavirus

Apr 07, 2020 - 11:11 AM

Facebook is providing researchers with 'co-location maps' to show probabilities of people in one specific place coming into contact with those in another, perhaps signaling where new COVID-19 cases might appear

FACEBOOK. 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. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


[OPINYON | Wikapedia] Paanyayang magsulat ng COVID-19 – Coronavirus Dagli

Apr 04, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Sa buong buwan ng Abril, inaanyayahan namin kayong sumulat ng kuwento na iikot sa COVID-19. Gamit ang 19 salita, susulat kayo ng daglî. I-post ito sa Facebook at i-tag ang Rappler at ang Foundation AWIT.

Facebook feature lets people reach out for help in pandemic

Apr 01, 2020 - 9:49 AM

The Community Help feature, created 4 years ago to help people find shelter, food or supplies during disaster, will now let people ask for help during the COVID-19 crisis

COMMUNITY HELP. Image from Facebook


Facebook and Instagram remove Bolsonaro video questioning virus quarantine

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:21 AM

Brazil's president has repeatedly downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus

BOLSONARO. In this file photo taken on March 20, 2020 Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia. Photo by Sergio Lima/AFP


Facebook revenue slips as usage leaps during pandemic

Mar 25, 2020 - 9:50 AM

Much of the increased use has been at Facebook's free messaging services which don't generate ad revenue, according to executives

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on October 23, 2019 the Facebook "like" sign is seen at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Facebook aims its Messenger at coronavirus battle

Mar 23, 2020 - 3:29 PM

Facebook also invites software savants to take part in an online 'hackathon' aimed at creating ways to use Messenger to ease social-distancing and deliver accurate information about the coronavirus pandemic

FACEBOOK AND WHATSAPP. The WhatsApp messaging app is displayed on an Apple iPhone on May 14, 2019 in San Anselmo, California. Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Facebook goes down briefly in Philippines, some parts of Asia – Downdetector

Mar 23, 2020 - 3:16 PM

The site appears to have started having problems at about 2 pm