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'I'm sorry', Facebook boss tells European lawmakers

May 23, 2018 - 1:58 AM

Mark Zuckerberg says it has become clear in the last two years that Facebook executives 'haven't done enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm'

MARK ZUCKERBERG. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses the European Parliament on May 22, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

Zuckerberg testimony to EU Parliament to be livestreamed

May 22, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Following criticism on closed-door meetings, the Facebook CEO and the European Parliament President Antonio Tajani switch gears

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a US House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 11, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Global South coalition tells Facebook: Be fair, accountable

May 20, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'Commitments and apologies will no longer cut it and these specific demands are merely the first steps in holding Facebook accountable for its actions,' says a coalition from the Global South

ACCOUNTABILITY. A coalition, composed of representatives from the global south, calls for parity, transparency, and accountability on the part of Facebook, after failing to address issues it has emboldened in Third World nations.

Cybersecurity roundup: May 13 to 19, 2018

May 19, 2018 - 10:30 AM

This week's cybersecurity roundup features cellphone tracking hacks and bugs, as well as another Facebook data leak due to an entirely different quiz app

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

Duterte on women, Richest senators, Trump and Cohen | Evening wRap

May 17, 2018 - 9:14 PM

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Zuckerberg agrees to closed-door talks with European lawmakers

May 17, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Closed-door talks are confirmed but other members of European Parliament demand a public hearing

QUESTIONING. Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the US Senate, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. The CEO has now agreed to talks with European authorities. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP


Robredo’s SALN, Ombudsman application, Facebook closes fake accounts | Evening wRap

May 16, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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Facebook shut 583 million fake accounts in first 3 months of 2018

May 16, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Fake profiles make up 3% to 4% of all active accounts, reports the social network

FACEBOOK. This illustration picture taken on April 19, 2018 in Paris shows the tablet and smartphone app for Facebook. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


U.S. Justice Department, FBI probing Cambridge Analytica – report

May 16, 2018 - 10:32 AM

The probe appears to focus on Cambridge Analytica's finances and how it obtained and used personal data from Facebook

FACEBOOK DATA SCANDAL. A view of 597 Park Avenue, where the New York City office of Cambridge Analytica is on the 7th floor, May 2, 2018 in New York City. The data firm announced it is shutting down following disclosures about its use of Facebook data. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Facebook details policing for sex, terror, hate content

May 15, 2018 - 10:33 PM

Facebook says improved technology using artificial intelligence had helped it act on 3.4 million posts containing graphic violence, nearly three times more than it had in the last quarter of 2017

3 million users exposed in new Facebook data leak

May 15, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Data acquired by a quiz app called 'myPersonality' became accessible to mostly anyone due to insufficient security provisions, reports technology magazine New Scientist

Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse

May 14, 2018 - 9:24 PM

'We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible,' says an officer of Facebook

A mousepad with the Facebook logo is seen at Facebook's new headquarters, designed by Canadian-born American architect Frank Gehry, at Rathbone Place in central London on December 4, 2017. Social media titan Facebook opened a new office in London on December 4, 2017, that is set to be its biggest engineering hub outside America, the company has announced. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

Cybersecurity roundup: May 6 to 12, 2018

May 13, 2018 - 1:41 PM

From Facebook-spread malware to Russia's attempts to divide US society, it's your weekly Cybersecurity Roundup!

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018 - 10:54 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

Russian Facebook 'ads' show strong effort to divide US society

May 11, 2018 - 8:57 AM

The ads and postings show a pattern of stirring up anger among different groups, encouraging support for then-candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race, and discouraging support for his rival Hillary Clinton

FACEBOOK. The logo of social networking website 'Facebook' is displayed on a computer screen in London, 12 December 2007. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

LOOK: Barangay poll bets inspire netizens with campaign posters made from scraps

May 10, 2018 - 5:04 PM

In the 2018 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, two candidates use their creativity to overcome their lack of campaign funds

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018 - 10:42 AM

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VOTED. Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's candidate Mahathir Mohamad shows his inked finger as he casts his vote at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Alor Setar on May 9, 2018.​ Photo by Jewel Samad/ AFP

Sereno on SC, Duterte on Forbes list, Vietnam on China | Evening wRap

May 09, 2018 - 7:26 PM

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Albayalde reassigns Facebook bashers to Mindanao

May 09, 2018 - 2:13 PM

The policemen will join the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Police Regional Office

SENT OFF. Albayalde reassigns 11 Facebook bashers to Mindanao. PNP Photo

Facebook makes major management shakeup, establishes blockchain team

May 09, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Facebook is setting up a team that will explore how best to leverage blockchain technology on the platform


Facebook bashers face PNP chief Albayalde in Camp Crame

May 08, 2018 - 4:40 PM

One of the bashers who were summoned but did not show up is a police academy classmate of Director General Oscar Albayalde's own aide

BASHERS. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde'€™s Facebook critics. Sourced photo

Cybersecurity roundup: April 29 to May 5, 2018

May 05, 2018 - 1:44 PM

On this week's Cybersecurity Roundup, we've got Facebook stalkers, Cambridge Analytica news, and pacemaker security.

How artificial intelligence can detect – and create – fake news

May 05, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Facebook could use its partnerships with news organizations and volunteers to train AI, continually tweaking the system to respond to propagandists’ changes in topics and tactics

QUESTIONS. Is that clickbait true? Crystal Eye Studio/Shutterstock.com

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 3, 2018

May 03, 2018 - 10:04 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

RESCUE OPERATIONS. A viral video from the DFA shows the rescue of distressed OFWs in Kuwait. Screenshot from DFA video

Cambridge Analytica to close after Facebook data scandal

May 03, 2018 - 7:19 AM

'Despite Cambridge Analytica's unwavering confidence that its employees have acted ethically and lawfully... the siege of media coverage has driven away virtually all of the company's customers and suppliers,' says the company

FACEBOOK DATA SCANDAL. A view of 597 Park Avenue, where the New York City office of Cambridge Analytica is on the 7th floor, May 2, 2018 in New York City. The data firm announced it is shutting down following disclosures about its use of Facebook data. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Facebook's artificial intelligence learns to see thanks to Instagram hashtags

May 03, 2018 - 2:15 AM

Facebook director of AI and machine learning Srinivas Narayanan says the company used 3.5 billion public Instagram photos in thousands of hashtagged categories to improve a machine learning algorithm's ability to categorize images for itself

IMAGE RECOGNITION. Facebook's director of AI and machine learning, Srinivas Narayanan, explains artificial intelligence as it relates to image recognition and categorization. Screenshot from Facebook livestream.

Zuckerberg unveils plans for Facebook dating service

May 03, 2018 - 12:31 AM

Zuckerberg unveils the plans as he addressed Facebook's annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California -- emphasizing that the focus would be on helping people find long-term partners

MARK ZUCKERBERG. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen with digital bunny ears on-screen during the annual F8 summit at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on May 01, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

India's Modi twice as popular on Facebook as Trump – study

May 02, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is by far the most followed world leader on the gargantuan social networking platform, counting 43.2 million followers

MODI ON FACEBOOK. A supporter of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) hold a cut out of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally at Kalol, some 30 kms from Ahmedabad on December 8, 2017. File photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP

Facebook messaging app adds real time translations

May 02, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Messenger has become a tool for businesses to connect with customers, and the ability to converse with customers in a variety of languages could help bump up advertising

ZUCKERBERG AND FACEBOOK. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the annual F8 summit at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on May 1, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 2, 2018

May 02, 2018 - 12:25 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Labor and Employment Secretary discuss some of the provisions of the Executive Order (EO) prohibiting illegal contractualization during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. The President signed the EO during the event signifying his firm commitment to put an end to illegal contractualization. Also in the photo is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The top announcements on day 1 of Facebook's F8 2018 conference

May 02, 2018 - 5:01 AM

Facebook announces new dating service, downvote button, and the launch of the Oculus Go at their annual developer conference

FACEBOOK DATING. The new service draws some cheers at Facebook's F8 2018 event. All screenshots from Facebook

Facebook fires employee who used company resources to stalk women

May 01, 2018 - 3:24 PM

(UPDATED) 'Employees who abuse these controls will be fired,' a Facebook spokesman explains

Facebook privacy drive may crimp some political campaigns

Apr 30, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Changes may be limiting 'microtargeting' on Facebook, a technique successfully used by Donald Trump's campaign in 2016 and several others

CHANGES. Updates to the Facebook's ad targeting system may make it harder to political campaigns to target specific segments. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP


‘Educate first’: Filipinos react to Baybayin as national writing system

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The House committee on basic education and culture has approved a bill seeking to make the pre-Hispanic script the Philippines' national writing system

Facebook adds 67 million monthly active users despite scandal

Apr 26, 2018 - 6:29 PM

The number of daily active users has also grown, with an increase of 48 million users from 1.401 billion to 1.449 billion in total

FRONT AND CENTER. This illustration picture taken on April 19, 2018 in Paris shows the tablet and smartphone app for Facebook. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 26, 2018

Apr 26, 2018 - 11:08 AM

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THE LAST DANCE. A fire dancer performs in front of tourists on the Philippine island of Boracay on April 25, 2018, the eve of its 6-month closure. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Facebook Q1 2018 profits show growth, no impact from privacy scandal

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:20 AM

Early signs show that the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal has had little effect on Facebook's growth, but bigger effects may be seen in succeeding quarters

CLOSE SCRUTINY. In spite of recent scandals that put the social media giant front and center of headlines, early signs show that the company sustains growth. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


WhatsApp bans European under-16s from using app

Apr 25, 2018 - 11:00 PM

In an update to its terms of service, WhatsApp says the minimum age for users outside the EU is still 13 years

Overview: Controlling Facebook's Ad Preferences page

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:44 PM

While you may not stop Facebook from showing you ads, you can control whether or not Facebook uses your information to show you ads targeted specifically towards you. Here's a guide to your Facebook advertising preferences!

Facebook unveils appeal process for when it removes posts

Apr 24, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'This is part of an effort to be more clear about where we draw the line on content,' Facebook public policy manager in charge of content Siobhan Cummiskey says

'We need better options': Grab PH users dissatisfied with driver cancellations

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:21 PM

The current dissatisfaction has metamorphosed into an actual Facebook group called 'GrabPH Complaints,' where users are sharing their sentiments and stories

'Sino'ng kalaban? Lumot?': Netizens react to Boracay threat simulations

Apr 24, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Filipinos online mock the security drills for potential terror attacks or hostage-taking incidents in Boracay, calling it 'overkill'

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Apr 23, 2018 - 8:12 PM

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Professor defends role in Cambridge Analytica data scandal

Apr 23, 2018 - 3:23 PM

Aleksandr Kogan explains, 'Back then we thought it was fine... I think that core idea that we had – that everybody knows and nobody cares – was fundamentally flawed. And for that, I'm sincerely sorry'

DATA SCANDAL. The shared building which houses the offices of Cambridge Analytica are pictured in central London on March 21, 2018. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

SWS survey, Albayalde on Facebook bashers, Kuwait arrests 2 Filipinos | Midday wRap

Apr 23, 2018 - 12:39 PM

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PNP chief Albayalde orders probe vs his Facebook bashers

Apr 23, 2018 - 10:19 AM

(UPDATED) Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde says he is not against freedom of expression. Instead, he is against the insubordination of lower-ranking cops.

NO HATERS ALLOWED. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde speaks at a Camp Crame press conference. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 23, 2018

Apr 23, 2018 - 9:30 AM

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IN CALAMITY? Boracay is one of the most popular beach destinations in the Philippines. File photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

Cybersecurity roundup: April 15 to 21, 2018

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:20 AM

This week's roundup features more Facebook data privacy news, updates on Cambridge Analytica's actions, and a mystery hacker getting unmasked.

Facebook blocking fake news is censorship? Hell yeah!

Apr 19, 2018 - 9:15 AM

We all aspire for the truth and we are all benefited if people can agree on the facts and the truth. We don’t need fake news to identify real news.