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Facebook scrubs 1.5 million Christchurch attack videos but criticism goes viral

Mar 18, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Mia Garlick from Facebook New Zealand says the firm is 'working around the clock to remove violating content using a combination of technology and people'

VIGIL. Young students attend a vigil on March 18, 2019, 4 days after 50 worshippers were killed in two mosque attacks, the worst on Muslims in a Western country. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

[Two Pronged] My husband's photos with ex-mistresses are still up on Facebook

Mar 17, 2019 - 12:48 PM

Sherri's husband is a recovering sex addict

Social media platforms attempt to moderate spread of New Zealand shooting video

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The incident has once again called into question major social media platforms’ ability to police harmful content

HALF-MAST. The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast on a Parliament building in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting incident in Christchurch. File photo by Marty Melville/AFP


Facebook chief product officer quits

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:49 AM

Cox makes his announcement in on his Facebook page, saying he was leaving 'with great sadness' after 13 years.

FB EXECS. Former product head Chris Cox and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a photo posted by Cox on his Facebook page where he announced his resignation. Photo from Chris Cox's Facebook page


Facebook blames server problem for massive outage

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:37 AM

The outage was believed to be the worst ever for the internet giant that reaches an estimated 2.7 billion people with its core social network, Instagram and messaging applications



Facebook faces criminal probe of data deals – report

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:35 AM

A grand jury in New York is looking to get testimonies or evidence from at least 2 major smartphone makers regarding data sharing practices with Facebook

Outage hits Facebook, Instagram users worldwide

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:26 AM

A Facebook tweet says: 'We're aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.'

DOWN. 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. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Facebook pulls but then restores Warren ads aimed at Big Tech

Mar 12, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Senator Elizabeth Warren takes tech giant Facebook to task for its 'ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power'

Facebook sues 2 app developers for data-stealing browser add-ons

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:15 PM

The lawsuit against Gleb Sluchevsky and Andrey Gorbachov says they hatched a scheme affecting some 63,000 Facebook users' browsers

Facebook launches offensive to combat misinformation on vaccines

Mar 08, 2019 - 2:08 PM

The company responds to pressure in recent weeks to tackle the problem, amid outbreaks of measles

Zuckerberg sees Facebook future in private, small-scale messaging

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Zuckerberg's announcement is a strategic shift for Facebook as it seeks to navigate a drawn-out crisis over privacy and data protection

ZUCKERBERG. This file photo taken on February 21, 2016 shows the CEO and co-founder of the social networking website Facebook Mark Zuckerberg speaking during a press conference in Barcelona. AFP file photo   Facebook was confronted on September 9, 2016 with fierce indignation in Norway as the nation's top newspaper, the prime minister and users voiced outrage over the network's decision to censor a historic Vietnam War photo. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE


France unveils new tax for global internet giants

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Having failed to persuade his European partners to introduce an EU-wide tax, France will go it alone with its own new mechanism

Facebook rolling out Tributes section for deceased users

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The new section is meant to allow friends, family, and other loved ones to remember and pay tribute to the deceased user


Facebook users searchable by phone number for two-factor authentication – reports

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:02 PM

You can limit who can look you up, but you can’t opt out of the feature entirely


Facebook to restrict foreign political adverts ahead of Indonesia poll

Mar 05, 2019 - 2:42 PM

The world's biggest social network is temporarily restricting any paid material from advertisers based outside Indonesia that relates to politicians, parties or attempts to encourage voter suppression

Facebook Watch to host video recaps of all NBA games

Feb 19, 2019 - 10:22 AM

The NBA has 400 million followers on Facebook across all league, team, and player accounts


Russia's RT fumes after Facebook blocks 'wildly popular' page

Feb 18, 2019 - 9:14 PM

RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan says it should not be an issue that the page did not disclose its Russian funding to visitors

UK Parliament calls Facebook 'digital gangsters' which violated privacy laws

Feb 18, 2019 - 5:02 PM

(UPDATED) British lawmakers' 18-month investigation into disinformation and 'fake news' also accuses Facebook of failing to faithfully fight Russia's alleged attempts to influence elections

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken through a magnifying glass on March 28, 2018 in Moscow shows the icon for the social networking app Facebook on a smart phone screen. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

3 pages publishing viral videos suspended by Facebook for alleged Russian ties

Feb 18, 2019 - 1:09 PM

Videos from the channels aimed at American millennials grab over 30 million views combined since September of 2018

U.S. Facebook fine over privacy could be in billions – reports

Feb 18, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The fine may be in the range of $2 billion, almost 3 times that of the UK fine back in October 2018

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Feb 15, 2019 - 11:55 PM

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Facebook taps user data to defend workers from threat

Feb 15, 2019 - 11:54 AM

Facebook has a 'be on the lookout' or 'BOLO' list which tracks people who have made threatening statements against the company or its workers, CNBC reports


Facebook orders Stephen Curry documentary series exclusive to Facebook Watch

Feb 12, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Facebook is attempting to win back the younger demographic with original video content

Stephen Curry photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP


Australia watchdog tips tough rules to curb power of Google, Facebook

Feb 11, 2019 - 2:17 PM

'We cannot simply leave the production of news and journalism to market forces,' says the head of Australia's competition watchdog, in light of Google and Facebook's dominance in digital ad spend

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Tech today: FB ad transparency measures, e-waste Olympic medals, FaceTime reward

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Facebook will soon be rolling out a feature that shows how a brand got a hold of your contact information and if it shared it with another brand

Illustration from Facebook


German competition watchdog demands more control for Facebook users

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Germany's FCO rules that Facebook must change their system of shutting people out of the network who don't consent to their data collection activities


German competition watchdog to rule on Facebook

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Germany's Federal Cartel Office has accused Facebook of collecting data from users on third-party websites where the Facebook 'Like' button is embedded

Two top executives leave Facebook PR team

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:01 AM

PR executives Caryn Marooney and Debbie Frost are leaving Facebook

Tech today: DDS DDoS attacks, FB’s 'social progress' bonus, 230 new emojis

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:28 PM

Philippine alternative media network AlterMidya blames DDS for a recent wave of DDoS attacks on their member websites Bulatlat.com and Kodao Productions

Grade 9 students nabbed for alleged drug use | Midday wRap

Feb 06, 2019 - 1:03 PM

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New York Times pokes Zuckerberg with anniversary video

Feb 06, 2019 - 9:20 AM

'Happy Birthday, Facebook! 15 years today -- and what a rollercoaster it has been,' reads the message released

15 YEARS. The New York Times takes a dig at Facebook's problems. Screenshot from video.

Facebook lets senders undo sent Messenger missives

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:07 AM

Messenger users will now have a 10-minute window after sending a message to undo it, leaving behind a note telling everyone in a conversation that the remark was removed

As Facebook turns 15, Zuckerberg sees it as a 'positive' force despite firestorm

Feb 05, 2019 - 8:55 AM

Even as Facebook is facing a wave of criticism over issues of manipulation, misinformation, abuse and other social ills, Zuckerberg said it would be a mistake 'to overly emphasize the negative' impacts of social media and the internet

MARK ZUCKERBERG. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg still sees the positives in social media and Facebook in particular. File photo from Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook profile

Snopes pulls out of fact-checking partnership with Facebook

Feb 04, 2019 - 2:27 PM

Snopes vice president Vinny Green tells the media education group Poynter the partnership was excessively labor intensive, requiring manual updates to fact checks by its staff of 16

My FB: Forgetbook

Feb 03, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Instead of Facebook, I want a Forgetbook – a network of personal accounts with pixels gracefully and artfully degrading at random rates like real life, reminding us that not all matter, matters to all of us, all the time

Facebook downs hundreds of accounts, groups linked to Indonesian syndicate

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:59 PM

Facebook takes down 207 Facebook Pages, 800 Facebook accounts, 546 Facebook Groups, and 208 Instagram accounts linked to the Saracen Group

Facebook takes down vast Iran-led manipulation campaign

Feb 01, 2019 - 2:57 PM

The pages are part of a campaign to promote Iranian interests in various countries by creating fake Facebook or Instagram identities as residents of those nations, according to Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy at Facebook

Facebook to bar 'foreign' electoral ads for Thai poll

Jan 31, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Facebook says it will help 'protect' the Thai vote by temporarily not allowing ads from 'foreign entities which are of an electoral nature'

11 senators sign recommendation to lower age of criminal responsibility | Midday wRap

Jan 31, 2019 - 1:24 PM

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Facebook sees higher profits, more friends

Jan 31, 2019 - 10:12 AM

Scandals have not affected Facebook's growth

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DSWD backs lowering criminal liability age to 12 | Evening wRap

Jan 30, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Facebook pays volunteers to install app that collects private data - report

Jan 30, 2019 - 3:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Apple revokes software certificates letting Facebook take part in its Enterprise Developer Program to work in-house on applications for the Cupertino-based company's devices

What to expect: Facebook Q4 2018 earnings

Jan 30, 2019 - 12:47 PM

Instagram, Whatsapp, and Messenger may soften the hits as Facebook’s core business slows


Facebook’s 'friendly fraud’: What to know about the latest controversy

Jan 30, 2019 - 10:08 AM

'Friendly fraud' is when Facebook lets children spend real money on in-game purchases without parental permission


Lawmakers: lowering criminal liability age breaks Filipino core values | Midday wRap

Jan 29, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast with Gelo Gonzales

Facebook has 'new tools' against EU election meddling

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:00 PM

The measures come after a nightmare year for Facebook, marked by a series of scandals over data protection and privacy and concerns that the leading social network had been manipulated by foreign interests for political purposes

Facebook getting its messaging apps to be friends

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:48 PM

'We're working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks,' a Facebook spokeswoman says

Gordon to push for lowering minimum age for criminal responsibility | Evening wRap

Jan 25, 2019 - 8:57 PM

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'We don't sell people's data,' says Facebook's Zuckerberg

Jan 25, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The CEO argues that targeting ads based on interests was different from selling people's data

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook's CEO 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


Elections in Philippines a 'top priority' – Facebook

Jan 24, 2019 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) Facebook says they've learned a lot from 2016 elections in the Philippines and since then they've worked with many partners to understand what happened then and what they can do to protect integrity in the upcoming May polls

KATIE HARBATH. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler