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Why the media is a key dimension of global inequality

Feb 17, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The story of expanding global media networks is often told as if they spread freedom everywhere, liberally and evenly. But when we ask freedom for whom, the tale gets more complex.

Global media systems cannot effectively contribute to social progress until opportunities are more widely shared. Internet.org by Facebook/Facebook

Facebook, Twitter not fully complying with consumer rules: EU

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:06 PM

(UPDATED) The European Commission says social media companies in general need to do more to comply with EU consumer rules

How Duterte supporters swarmed the ICC Facebook page

Feb 14, 2018 - 3:15 PM

'All the posts of the past two days have been swarmed and attacked by Filipino trolls – every single post. It is crazy and it is full of non-sequiturs,' says computer programmer Carlos Nazareno

Facebook to test Instant Articles paywall on iOS devices

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Originally tested on Android devices, Facebook moves forward with testing for the subscription-based product for the iOS, beginning March 1

PAYWALL. First tested on Android phones, Instant Article paywalls will soon be tested on iOS devices. Photo from Facebook


Facebook to have news section on Facebook Watch

Feb 13, 2018 - 10:53 AM

Currently only available in the US, Facebook Watch's news section will feature breaking news stories and is said to be the next big step for the social media giant’s news strategy

FACEBOOK WATCH. The service is only currently available in the US. Photo from Facebook


Unilever threatens to pull ads from 'divisive platforms'

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:55 AM

Denouncing what it calls 'toxic online content,' Unilever weighs in on growing concerns about fake news and extremist posts on such networks as Facebook and Google

UNILEVER HQ. A picture taken on June 5, 2015 shows employees walking pass the logo of Unilever at the headquarters in Rotterdam. John Thys/AFP/File

German court finds Facebook oversharing user data

Feb 12, 2018 - 11:49 PM

'Facebook hides default settings that are not privacy-friendly in its privacy center and does not provide sufficient information about this when users register,' Federation of German Consumer Organisations (VZBV) legal expert Heiko Duenkel says

FACEBOOK'S GERMANY LOSS. 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

Facebook patent determines users' social class based on gadgets, homes owned

Feb 12, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Should Facebook incorporate the pattern into its algorithm, 3rd party entities will be able to target which social class they want their posts to reach

FACEBOOK. Facebook logos are pictured on the screens of a smartphone, and a laptop computer, in central London on November 21, 2016. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP


Chief disinformation architects in the PH: Not exactly who you think

Feb 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Understanding that fake news is the professional product of advertising and PR strategists means we need to challenge the broader system that has not only normalized political deception but made it financially rewarding.

Netizens fear troll exploitation of Facebook's 'downvote' button

Feb 11, 2018 - 12:14 AM

Some users think this feature would be abused by trolls and bots, while some say users' freedom of speech would be unaffected

DOWNVOTE. Facebook is currently testing a 'downvote' button in select public pages. Image above only an illustration or mock-up

Roque on feminists, Duterte on dictatorship, Facebook downvote tool | Evening wRap

Feb 09, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Facebook testing 'downvote' button to mark offensive, misleading comments

Feb 09, 2018 - 1:24 PM

The closest thing that Facebook has come to a 'dislike' button so far

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Duterte on Benham Rise, Napolcom survey, Zuckerberg on Facebook | Midday wRap

Feb 06, 2018 - 12:47 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Zuckerberg acknowledges 'mistakes' as Facebook turns 14

Feb 06, 2018 - 10:18 AM

'The reason our community exists today is not because we avoided mistakes,' says the Facebook CEO

ZUCKERBERG. The Facebook CEO speaks at the F8 summit in San Francisco, California, on March 25, 2015. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


VIRAL: Uber driver eating on the road inspires netizens

Feb 04, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Netizens lauds Uber driver Teofisto Torres who was seen eating his meal from a plastic bag while driving through traffic in Metro Manila

SciTech wRap for February 3, 2018

Feb 03, 2018 - 10:00 AM

This week's roundup features Russian rockets, Chinese sex dolls, and the world's social media darling, Facebook. Here's the SciTech wRap for February 3, 2018!

Facebook denies 'censoring' 19th-century vagina painting

Feb 02, 2018 - 9:45 AM

This comes after Facebook fought for 5 years to avoid being taken to court in France over the case

FACEBOOK. How can you protect yourself online? File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Facebook to deliver more local news to U.S. users

Jan 30, 2018 - 11:06 AM

'What you are going to see is a rise in state-run media if this applies to every official page in your neighborhood,' one expert warns

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook's CEO delivers the keynote address at Facebook's F8 Developer Conference on April 18, 2017 at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP


WATCH: 'Fake news' and the dilemma it has created

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:57 PM

UP professor Clarissa David explains the spread of disinformation and misinformation on social media, its impact online and offline, and the steps we can take to address it

DILEMMA OF 'FAKE NEWS'. UP professor Clarissa David talks about the dilemma brought by fake news. Screengrab from Rappler video

Facebook wins EU court fight against class action lawsuit

Jan 25, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice said in a statement says the complainant 'may bring an individual action in Austria against Facebook Ireland'

MAX SCHREMS VS FACEBOOK. Austrian Max Schrems (L) arrives with his lawyer Herwig Hofmann (R) before a verdict at the European Court of Justice (SCJ) in Luxembourg, on October 6, 2015. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Facebook page causes panic by livestreaming old tsunami footage

Jan 24, 2018 - 6:18 PM

Several Facebook Live videos showing old tsunami footage on loop goes viral as netizens initially believe it was happening live

Screenshot from Newsroom Facebook page


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

Jan 23, 2018 - 10:59 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Tuesday.

Facebook admits social media threat to democracy

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:54 AM

The comments from the world's biggest social network are its latest response to intense criticism for failing to stop the spread of misinformation among its two billion users

SOCIAL MEDIA GIANT. In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a view of an Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on a computer are shown in Washington, DC. File Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Facebook to let users rank 'trust' in news sources

Jan 20, 2018 - 3:41 PM

In a Facebook post, co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says the network would seek to 'prioritize news that is trustworthy, informative, and local'

SOCIAL MEDIA. Facebook founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the so-called "Facebook Innovation Hub" in Berlin on February 25, 2016.  AFP PHOTO / dpa / Kay Nietfeld / Germany OUT

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube pressed over terror content

Jan 18, 2018 - 10:22 AM

'Social media companies continue to get beat in part because they rely too heavily on technologists and technical detection to catch bad actors,' says an expert at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in the use of the internet by terror groups.

TERROR HEARING. Monika Bickert, Facebook's Head of Global Policy Management, Juniper Downs, YouTube's Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations, and Carlos Monje, Director of Twitter's North America Public Policy and Philanthropy, listen during a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee on Capitol Hill January 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP


Facebook agrees to widen probe of Brexit vote fake news

Jan 18, 2018 - 10:07 AM

The company now searches for 'clusters engaged in coordinated activity around the Brexit referendum' that appeared to have originated in Russia

BREXIT. A European flag is flown in front of The Elizabeth Tower which houses the "Big Ben" bell in the Palace of Westminster. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP


Indonesian teen jailed for insulting president on Facebook

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The 18-year-old high school student is found guilty of violating the country's internet law by making defamatory and slanderous comments online. Judges also ordered him to pay 10 million rupiah ($700) in fines.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the opening day of the 60th Asian African Conference Commemoration in Jakarta on April 22, 2015. Photo by Panca Syurkani/aacc/Rappler

Memes help spark movement to defend press freedom in PH

Jan 16, 2018 - 8:56 PM

For the creators of the protest signs, the SEC order to revoke Rappler's registration curtails press freedom and freedom of expression

SciTech wRap for January 13, 2018

Jan 13, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Here's a roundup of our favorite science and technology stories for this week!

Facebook overhaul favors friends over news, adverts

Jan 12, 2018 - 10:29 AM

(UPDATED) Facebook shares fall 5.4% at the opening of trade on Friday, January 12, after the changes were announced on Thursday

FEED TWEAK. Facebook's News Feed will now give higher scores to posts from friends, and decrease rankings of businesses and publishers. Screenshot from Facebook


Malacanang on foreign trips, Grab fare increase, Trump slams book | Evening wRap

Jan 05, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Poe wants probe into Facebook’s rules on taking down posts

Jan 05, 2018 - 6:27 PM

The senator says ongoing probe into the spread of fake news can cover the recent case of posts on the Marcos wealth compromise deal being taken down

FAKE ‘NEWS.' The Senate is set to hold followup hearings on the proliferation of fake ‘news' online after the first one in October 2017. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Unliked: How Facebook is playing a part in the Rohingya genocide

Jan 05, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Facebook’s virtual coercive is one of division, competing realities and a lack of mutual acceptance. In Facebook’s virtual coercive, fiction is reality and lies can validate.

PLIGHT OF THE ROHINGYA. This picture taken on November 26, 2017, shows Rohingya Muslim refugees looking on near Kutupalong refugee camp at Cox's Bazar. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Zuckerberg makes 'fixing' Facebook a personal goal

Jan 05, 2018 - 8:43 AM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: 'The world feels anxious and divided, and Facebook has a lot of work to do'

MARK ZUCKERBERG AND FACEBOOK. This file photo taken on June 24, 2016 shows Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaking during a discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

How Facebook could stop a disease outbreak

Jan 03, 2018 - 12:40 PM

European researchers discover that data on the social network can be used to identify those who are most likely to communicate diseases

VITAL DATA. Facebook data can be used to identify which members in the network are most social, and are therefore most likely to communicate diseases to a greater number of people. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP


Facebook’s uneven enforcement of hate speech rules allows vile posts to stay up

Jan 02, 2018 - 5:39 PM

ProPublica asks Facebook to explain its decisions on a sample of 49 items, sent in by people who maintained that content reviewers had erred, mostly by leaving hate speech up, or in a few instances by deleting legitimate expression

Humans of New York's Brandon Stanton to visit Manila

Jan 02, 2018 - 11:51 AM

'If you know a special person who is doing amazing work and whose story needs to be told, let me know about them!' Humans of New York founder Brandon Stanton says in a Facebook post on his Manila trip

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Facebook, please make democracy-friendly algorithms

Jan 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Technology hits a tipping point and transforms global power structures. In 2017, social media splintered the public space essential for democracy.

Malacañang defends Duterte tapping Facebook for 2016 polls

Dec 30, 2017 - 11:07 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says it would have been 'foolhardy' for any political candidate not to use the popular social networking site as a campaign tool

TOP CAMPAIGNER. President Rodrigo  Duterte delivers a speech at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City on December 21, 2017. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Facebook's highlights and lowlights of 2017

Dec 26, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Facebook continues to grow in 2017. But with the growth comes mounting pressure to stymie fake news and balance its unhealthy dominance on the digital ad industry


2017's cybersecurity issues: The future's new normal?

Dec 26, 2017 - 3:23 PM

As we move into the new year, let's look at some of the major issues surrounding the world of cybersecurity as it relates to the world at large. It's very likely at least one of the following issues will be a part of your future.

Paolo Duterte deactivates official Facebook account

Dec 25, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Shortly after his resignation as Davao City vice mayor, the presidential son shuts down the Facebook account where he earlier posted a furious message addressed to his daughter

Facebook pulling 'disputed' flags from fake news

Dec 22, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Instead, they will offer fact-checked stories next to bogus articles, a method that is more effective according to the social network

ZUCKERBERG.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the 2015 F8 summit in San Francisco, California. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Facebook signs deal with Universal, promises new music features for users

Dec 22, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Facebook sets its sights on developing music features after signing its first deal with a major label


2017: A year's worth of the administration's online faux pas

Dec 21, 2017 - 4:17 PM

This year has been filled with cringe-worthy moments online for government agencies and officials

Facebook lets you know when your pictures pop up – even when not tagged

Dec 20, 2017 - 2:03 PM

Facebook plans to soon apply the face recognition technology to profile photos, to thwart people from being impersonated on the social network

ACCOUNT SWITCHING? Facebook logos are pictured on the screens of a smartphone (R), and a laptop computer, in central London on November 21, 2016. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Duterte on CPP-NPA, Duterte visits Biliran, Facebook | Midday wRap

Dec 19, 2017 - 1:23 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

France orders WhatsApp to seek permission for data transfer

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:44 AM

CNIL says it considers the transfer of some data for security purposes to be legal, but the sharing of non-essential information to improve the function of the app was not as users were not given the possibility to opt out

Facebook cracks down on 'engagement bait'

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:08 AM

Facebook's machine learning model will lessen the visibility of engagement baiting posts on the platform, with repeat offenders set to receive demotions in the coming weeks

SOME ENGAGEMENT BAITING FORMS. Three of the more common forms of social engagement baiting seen on Facebook. Screenshot from Facebook.

Facebook testing account switching feature – report

Dec 15, 2017 - 12:07 PM

Buzzfeed says the new feature will let a Facebook user navigate between multiple accounts

ACCOUNT SWITCHING? Facebook logos are pictured on the screens of a smartphone (R), and a laptop computer, in central London on November 21, 2016. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP