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Journalists urge EU to resist lobbying by tech giants

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:31 PM

'Let's not allow 'bots' and 'troll farms' to take over from reporters, or leave online fiction to replace verified fact,' AFP Middle East correspondent Sammy Ketz says in an open letter to the EU supported by leading reporters worldwide

Trillanes is free to travel for now – DOJ | Midday wRap

Dec 11, 2018 - 1:41 PM

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Facebook slips from 1st to 7th in 2019 'Best Places to Work' list

Dec 10, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Among tech companies, Facebook is ahead of Google, Microsoft, Apple and Amazon but behind LinkedIn, Procore Technologies, and Zoom Video Communications

FACEBOOK. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP


Comelec releases initial party-list order | Midday wRap

Dec 06, 2018 - 12:25 PM

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Zuckerberg defends Facebook in new data breach controversy

Dec 06, 2018 - 7:56 AM

A British parliamentary committee investigating whether the social media behemoth was being used to manipulate the results of elections publishes 250 pages of internal Facebook documents

Fix Facebook, whether it wants to or not – whistleblower

Dec 02, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Whistleblower Christopher Wylie is pushing for Facebook to be regulated. He is scathing about Facebook's 'man-child' chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and the arrogance of the company he runs.

CHRISTOPHER WYLIE. Cambridge Analytica former employee and whistleblower Christopher Wylie testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Cambridge Analytica and data privacy in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on May 16, 2018. File photo by Mandel NGAN/AFP

Facebook says COO Sandberg asked for info on Soros

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Facebook responds to a New York Times report citing sources that maintain Sheryl Sandberg was directly involved in the social network's tactical response to the philanthropist's criticism of the social network

SHERYL SANDBERG. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 5, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Tech giants warn Australia against law to break encryption

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The bill would give security agencies wide powers to force telecommunications and technology companies to give them access to encrypted devices and messaging apps

Facebook mulled charging for access to user data

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:22 PM

A report that internal emails indicated Facebook mulled charging companies for access to user data are referred to in a lawsuit filed against the social network in 2015 by Six4Three, creator of a failed app called 'Pikinis'

Facebook expands 'local news' to 400 U.S. cities

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Unveiled in January, Facebook's 'Today In' feature shows 'local alerts from relevant government pages' which may include information city council meetings, crime or weather, for example

LOCAL NEWS. In the areas above in the US, the social network will be rolling out its 'Today In' local news feature. Photo from Facebook


Lawmakers confirm Teddyboy Locsin as Philippine foreign secretary | Midday wRap

Nov 28, 2018 - 2:13 PM

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Former employee says Facebook failing black people

Nov 28, 2018 - 11:32 AM

Mark Luckie: 'Facebook's disenfranchisement of black people on the platform mirrors the marginalization of its black employees'

DIVERSITY PROBLEM. A big logo created from pictures of Facebook users worldwide in the company's Data Center on November 7, 2013 in Lulea, in Swedish Lapland.  File photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AP

Facebook was warned of alleged Russian meddling back in 2014

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:47 AM

Internal Facebook emails show the company's engineers telling management in October 2014 that Russian IP addresses were accessing 3 billion data points a day

MIA. A demonstrator wearing a mask of Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg poses outside Portcullis house in London to question the refusal of Zuckerberg to give evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee investigation into disinformation and €˜fake news€™ at the Houses of Parliament in London on November 27, 2018. AFP Photo/Gabriel Sainhas/UK Parliament


Facebook fixes Messenger bug which brought back old messages as new

Nov 27, 2018 - 1:11 PM

(UPDATED) The Facebook bug – which resurfaced old messages as new and unread – has been fixed

MESSENGER IS BROKEN. In this file photo taken on May 16, 2018 shows the logo of the social network Facebook on a broken screen of a mobile phone.  File photo by Joel Saget/AFP

UK Parliament seizes internal Facebook documents on privacy, data handling

Nov 26, 2018 - 2:42 PM

The internal documents are said to include emails between senior Facebook staff, and express the decisions they made prior to the Cambridge Analytica breach, as well as what Facebook higher-ups knew about the company's privacy policies

Facebook to pay $114M in Italian fiscal accord

Nov 23, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Italy has already drawn similar agreements from Amazon, Apple and Google, joining EU neighbours seeking a bigger tax take from multinationals previously able to use tax loopholes

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Locsin: 'Forces' in gov't pushed for PH-China oil deal | Evening wRap

Nov 22, 2018 - 9:01 PM

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Facebook rollout of political ad transparency report in PH uncertain

Nov 22, 2018 - 2:16 PM

(UPDATED) Facebook's political ad transparency reports are currently only active in the US, the United Kingdom, and Brazil

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Facebook's outgoing comms chief takes blame for PR firm controversy

Nov 22, 2018 - 1:09 PM

Elliot Schrage explains why they hired DC-based PR firm Definers and the work they did on George Soros and Facebook's competitors

DILG irons out problems with ‘Ang Probinsyano’ | Midday wRap

Nov 22, 2018 - 12:59 PM

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Facebook's Zuckerberg says he is not considering resigning

Nov 21, 2018 - 3:32 PM

'That's not the plan,' Zuckerberg tells CNN Business when asked if he would consider stepping down as chairman

FACEBOOK'S CHAIRMAN. In this file photo, the chief executive officer and founder of Facebook attends the fourth day of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 14, 2017 in Sun Valley, Idaho. File photo by Drew Angerer/AFP

How to check how long you've been spending on Facebook's app

Nov 21, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Here’s how you can access the new feature that lets you track the time you spend on the social network

Facebook says services tripped up by server problem

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:54 AM

It is the second instance in the past two weeks in which technical issues appeared to affect access to Facebook

Facebook News Feed suffers outage

Nov 18, 2018 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'Something went wrong. Try refreshing this page.'

Facebook to launch independent body for calls on content

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:49 AM

An independent body to be constituted in the coming year will act as a 'higher court' of sorts, considering appeals of content removal decisions made by the social network, Zuckerberg says


Facebook aims to quell new storm over Russian efforts, lobbying

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:27 AM

A new report claims that the social network employed a firm that used smear tactics to fight back against critics, opponents

FACEBOOK. Facebook said Thursday, November 15, 2018 it was severing ties with a political consultancy that sought to discredit critics of the social networking giant using questionable campaign-style tactics. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP


Facebook vulnerability could have allowed sites to see users' interests

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:16 PM

The social media company has since patched the bug


Facebook shuts more accounts aimed at political meddling

Nov 14, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The numbers of accounts removed for 'coordinated inauthentic behavior' is raised to 36 at Facebook and 99 at the social network's Instagram service

Facebook vulnerability could have let websites obtain users' interests

Nov 14, 2018 - 1:54 PM

Facebook has since patched the bug. The bug itself is not unique to Facebook, but the social network remains a target due to its standing and the data it has available.

Facebook is least trusted tech company by Americans when it comes to data – study

Nov 13, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Other companies included in the survey are Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on April 10, 2018, 100 cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stand outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, put up by protesters. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP


Facebook launches short form video app Lasso in bid to win teens over

Nov 10, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The app is Facebook's answer to Tik-Tok, the popular social media platform that lets users record and share short videos with licensed tracks

Facebook refuses to delete post critical of Singapore gov't

Nov 10, 2018 - 5:51 PM

Singapore's government agencies slam the posted Facebook article as 'clearly false, defamatory, and attacks Singapore'

FACEBOOK. A big logo created from pictures of Facebook users worldwide is pictured in the company's Data Center, its first outside the US on November 7, 2013 in Lulea, in Swedish Lapland. File photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Meet the men who donate sperm on Facebook

Nov 10, 2018 - 1:30 PM

The men, aged 24 to 67, are from Australia, Canada, England, France, the Netherlands, and the United States

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Facebook stops requiring arbitration of sexual harassment claims

Nov 10, 2018 - 12:28 PM

Facebook, like Google, allows complaints of sexual harassment to be aired openly in court

Facebook must act to stop incitement ahead of 2020 Myanmar poll – report

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Facebook says it is working on rooting out abuse ahead of the Myanmar elections – but admits it had failed to do enough to prevent the incitement of violence

MYANMAR AND FACEBOOK. A man uses Facebook on a mobile phone in Yangon on June 7, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Facebook blocks 115 accounts on eve of U.S. election

Nov 06, 2018 - 1:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'On Sunday evening, US law enforcement contacted us about online activity that they recently discovered and which they believe may be linked to foreign entities,' Facebook says

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Dutertes call Lord Allan Velasco as next House Speaker | Midday wRap

Nov 05, 2018 - 2:01 PM

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Facebook allows ads to target 'white genocide' conspiracy theorists

Nov 05, 2018 - 1:16 PM

Facebook has since deleted the category, apologized, and said it shouldn't have existed in the first place

Facebook hackers sell private messages from 81,000 accounts

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Many of the hacked accounts belong to Facebook users in Ukraine and Russia

Japan anti-trust authorities to investigate tech giants

Nov 01, 2018 - 12:10 PM

'We will probe whether 'platformers' are obstructing the technological innovation of Japanese companies,' says the head of Japan's anti-trust commission

AMAZON. An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP


Facebook shares go on rollercoaster ride in latest quarterly profit

Oct 31, 2018 - 7:49 AM

(UPDATED) Facebook shares jump, dive and then rise again before staying on higher ground, up 3.2% to $150.90, on the Nasdaq early in the evening in New York.

FACEBOOK. The "Facebook" logo is pictured on the sidelines of a press preview of the so-called "Facebook Innovation Hub" in Berlin on February 24, 2016. File photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Tip of the iceberg: Tracing the network of spammy pages in Facebook takedown

Oct 27, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Many of the pages in these networks have shared false or misleading articles

Did you know that some PH cities have more Facebook users than actual population?

Oct 26, 2018 - 1:14 PM

Iloilo City has the highest number of Facebook users with 223.22%-334.83% of the population actively using the social media platform monthly, followed by Cebu City

FALSE: PH news sites may be ‘victims of fake news from Facebook’

Oct 26, 2018 - 9:59 AM

While TechSabado admits in an update that Facebook confirmed the authenticity of reports about its takedown of spammy pages, it did not correct its headline which bears the false title

Facebook fined $644,000 in UK for handling of Cambridge Analytica scandal

Oct 25, 2018 - 5:31 PM

The watchdog announced this fine on July 10, but makes clear it was levying the maximum penalty allowed by the law at the time the the incident occurred

[OPINYON] Sa trolls na mawawalan ng trabaho dahil sa FB crackdown

Oct 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM

P'wede mo nang isiwalat na inuutusan kang sumumpa at murahin ang lahi ng binu-bully ninyong account, habang pinupuri mo ang karahasan at pagpatay, habang winawalang-bahala mo ang bumabagsak na ekonomiya

Facebook simplifies Messenger app

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:39 PM

The new version, currently being rolled out, has 3 tabs instead of 9

Image from Facebook


Facebook report shows backers of U.S. political ads

Oct 24, 2018 - 12:41 PM

In the US, the report shows that just shy of $256.4 million was spent on nearly 1.7 million politically-oriented ads archived since May of this year

Illustration from Facebook


Malacañang shrugs off Facebook removal of pro-Duterte pages

Oct 23, 2018 - 5:56 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters can opt to use Twitter and Instagram to express their support for the administration

This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows apps for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks on a smartphone in New Delhi. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNA

LIST: False news shared by PH-based pages taken down by Facebook

Oct 23, 2018 - 5:44 PM

The spam network that Facebook took down shared some false news reports that were fact-checked by Rappler