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Facebook turns to AI to fight hate and misinformation in Myanmar

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Artificial intelligence flags about 52% of all the content Facebook removes in Myanmar before it is reported by users, the company reports

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Can spreading gossip or hoaxes online land you in jail?

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:30 AM

It can, lawyers say, if the information you spread harms the reputation or the rights of another person

Cambodia PM Facebook hacked to 'give away parliament seats'

Aug 10, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Hackers break into Hun Sen's official Facebook page and say the Cambodian People's Party would give away 4 seats to other parties

HUN SEN HACKED. Image of Hun Sen from http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/51942 via Wikipedia

Facebook moves to stop sharing of 3D gun blueprints

Aug 10, 2018 - 4:51 PM

The social network adds it is working out the range of website links or gun-printing content that will be removed

3D PRINTED GUNS. A Liberator pistol appears on July 11, 2013 next to the 3D printer on which its components were made. File photo by Robert MacPherson/AFP

Twitter chief defends not booting Infowars

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:13 PM

Jack Dorsey explains that it is journalists' job to shine the light of truth on unsubstantiated rumors or sensationalized issues

24 newsrooms in Brazil to fact-check WhatsApp ahead of elections

Aug 07, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The fact-checking collaboration called Comprova will have access to the newly launched WhatsApp Business API which provides them better communication with their readers

Facebook asks big banks to share customer details

Aug 07, 2018 - 11:54 AM

The company asked US banks to share information about customers such as account balances and where purchases were made in order to develop new features on Messenger, the Wall Street Journal reports

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on March 22, 2018 a woman poses in front of a computer displaying the Facebook logo in Mill Valley, California on March 21, 2018.  File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Apple and Facebook delete content of U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:09 AM

Alex Jones, whose site InfoWars has accused victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting of being 'actors' in a plot to discredit the gun lobby, had violated Facebook's hate speech policies, the social network says

Facebook testing dating feature, 'Create' button

Aug 06, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Facebook has begun internally testing their dating service with employees. A new 'Create' button, on the other hand, will make it easier to create new events, groups and other pages

FB DATING. In their 2018 developers' conference, the company announced its plans to venture into online dating services. Screenshot from Facebook F8 2018 livestream


Where self-care and social issues collide: Q&A with 'All Skincare, Sometimes Shade'

Aug 03, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Rappler talks to the creator of the viral Facebook page about skin care, Philippine society, and issues that disrupt both

These tech giants are the world's top 5 in stock value

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:46 AM

Apple leads in the profits column by a mile with $48.4 billion in 2017. Microsoft comes in at a far second with $16.6 billion in its 2018 fiscal year, and Facebook at third with $15.9 billion


Facebook cuts API access for ‘hundreds of thousands’ of inactive apps

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:07 PM

These apps were not able to submit themselves to Facebook's new review process in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the company says


Facebook, Instagram to introduce time-management tools

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:16 PM

Among the tools are a way to limit notifications, and a dashboard that allows users to keep track of how much time they have spent on the platforms

Rudy Fariñas, Arroyo meets economic managers, Facebook cleanup | Midday wRap

Aug 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM

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Facebook doesn't listen and is blinding us all

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Now's the good time to take a look at Facebook. If you have to use it, then do so with purpose...or at least the realization that social media is using you as much as you are using it.

Facebook uncovers political influence campaign ahead of U.S. midterms

Aug 01, 2018 - 6:12 AM

The company says the actors have become 'more careful to cover their tracks,' and that they are 'well-funded adversaries who will never give up and are constantly changing tactics'

FACEBOOK. The company says it had shut down more than 30 fake pages and accounts involved in what appeared to be a 'coordinated' attempt to sway public opinion on political issues ahead of November midterm elections, but cannot identify the source. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


U.S. tech stocks continue to slide on weak day for global equities

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Shares of Facebook, Netflix, Amazon and Google-parent Alphabet all continue to decline since Facebook signaled slower growth last week

TECH STOCKS. People are reflected in the window of the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square on July 30, 2018 in New York City. As technology stocks continued their slide on Monday, the Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.1 percent in afternoon trading with shares of Facebook, Netflix, Amazon and Google-parent Alphabet all declining. Photo by Spencer Platt/AFP


Rappler Talk: Peter Pomerantsev on Facebook, truth, and the crisis of democracy

Jul 30, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Maria Ressa talks to Peter Pomerantsev about the weaponization of social media

Tax social media firms to fund digital literacy classes – UK lawmakers

Jul 28, 2018 - 11:46 PM

They are also seeking to establish a new category of tech company that bridges the gap between platform and publisher

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


U.S in talks with Facebook and Google about online privacy rules

Jul 28, 2018 - 6:30 AM

In a post-GDPR, post-Cambridge Analytica world, the US may finally have a chance at regulating data use by tech giants – a scenario long forestalled by well-funded lobbying efforts by Silicon Valley

TECH REFOCUS. The White House is said to be turning its attention on tech titans again as it attempts to follow the data regulatory framework laid out by Europe's General Data Protection Regulation. In this file photo, appearing from left to right are Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, Larry Page, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. (parent company of Google), Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and then President-elect Donald Trump speaking during a meeting of technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. It was the first major meeting between President-elect Trump and technology industry leaders. File photo by Drew Angerer/AFP


Rappler SEC ruling, Bangsamoro, Facebook shares drop | Midday wRap

Jul 27, 2018 - 2:35 PM

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Facebook's $100-B market loss: What's in it for you?

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:21 AM

It's the biggest wipeout in stock market history

PRESSURE COOKER. After government pressure and public outcries, Wall Street adds pressure to social media giant. The company is now looking ahead at a cloudier financial future that threatens to end its years-long breakneck growth pace. How will it respond? File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP


Facebook, Ford, Mattel shares dive on Nasdaq after results

Jul 26, 2018 - 10:42 PM

Facebook falls nearly 20%, while Ford sinks 4.1% and Mattel sheds 4.4%

PH Economy, Facebook shares, Lake on Mars | Midday wRap

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:10 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

Time to break up Google and Facebook – U.S. attorney general candidate

Jul 26, 2018 - 7:26 AM

Facebook and Google account for a majority of the US digital ad market – an estimated 56.8%


Facebook shares hammered as outlook clouded

Jul 26, 2018 - 6:51 AM

Controversies catch up to Facebook in Q2 2018, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that the dip in profitability is just a temporary effect of their big security investments

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


Facebook bound to stop advertisers from excluding people over race

Jul 25, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Facebook advertisers may no longer hide certain ads on the basis of race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation and other protected categories

PLATFORM BOUNDARIES. Facebook faces more defined legal boundaries relating to in-platform discrimination. The state probe began in 2016 when advertisers where reported to have been able to conceal housing ads from African American users and other minorities. File photo by Charles Platiau/ AFP


Sharon Cuneta celebrates 40 years in showbiz with concert

Jul 25, 2018 - 12:46 PM

Sharon also formally launches her presence on social media via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube

MILESTONE. Actress Sharon Cuneta answers questions at a press conference on her concert in celebration of  her 40th year in showbiz this year. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Facebook sets up China subsidiary

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:34 PM

The company, called Lianshu Science & Technology (Hangzhou), is established with $30 million of registered capital, according to China's corporate record database. Lianshu literally means 'face' and 'book.'

FACEBOOK'S CHINA SUBSIDIARY. 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. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Tech giants working on universal data portability project

Jul 23, 2018 - 3:54 PM

The open-source initiative will let users transfer their data from one service to another conveniently

Facebook building experimental internet satellite – report

Jul 23, 2018 - 12:47 PM

The social media giant has confirmed rumors that it's working on a satellite that can beam internet down to earth

FACEBOOK. The logo of social networking website 'Facebook' is displayed on a computer screen. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP


Facebook probes whether data firm violated policies

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:56 PM

The Wall Street Journal says government contracts of Crimson Hexagon, which pulls public data from Facebook, were not approved by Facebook in advance

CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY. Facebook and other social giants will need to be a whole lot more transparent about how they use people's data to rebuild trust – a necessary ingredient for the internet's future – in their platforms. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Severe Tropical Storm Inday, Zuckerberg on Holocaust, Liam and Noel Gallagher | Evening wRap

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:24 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 20, 2018

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

Zuckerberg at center of Holocaust denial controversy

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:39 PM

Zuckerberg says during a podcast interview that while Facebook was dedicated to stopping the spread of fake news, certain beliefs that were sincerely held would not be taken down. He eventually backtracks on the remarks.

ZUCKERBERG'S NEW TROUBLES. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives at the 'Tech for Good' Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 23, 2018. File photo by Charles Platiau/AFP

Facebook cracks down on bogus posts inciting violence

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The social network is targeting bogus posts that may spark violence with a policy change that they're implementing 'during the coming months'

3-day Catholic fasting vs blasphemy can include Facebook

Jul 17, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The Catholic Church is holding days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving from July 17 to 19 to atone for the sins of blasphemers, liars, and murderers in the Philippines

WALK FOR LIFE. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, vice president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, prays during the Walk for Life at Quirino Grandstand in Manila on February 24, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Facebook disputes claims they retain extreme content for money

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:55 PM

In a new documentary by Channel 4 in the UK, former Facebook investor Roger McNamee says it's the extreme, dangerous content that's the most engaging – something he says Facebook stands to profit from

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Fake news: the media industry strikes back

Jul 13, 2018 - 4:41 PM

'Journalism's role as the 'gatekeeper' of what is and isn't news has always been controversial, of course. But we're now seeing just how bad things can get when that function breaks down,' says journalism professor John Huxford


To serve a free society, social media must evolve beyond data mining

Jul 13, 2018 - 2:44 PM

The protection of user data now is necessary for the internet and its major services to evolve

CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY. Facebook and other social giants will need to be a whole lot more transparent about how they use people's data to rebuild trust – a necessary ingredient for the internet's future – in their platforms. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


Parents can inherit dead daughter's Facebook account – German court

Jul 12, 2018 - 6:24 PM

(UPDATED) 'The contract covering a user account with a social network is transferred to the heirs of the original owner of the account,' judges at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, Germany say

Following data scandal fine in UK, Facebook may face penalty in Australia

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:04 AM

In Australia, the social network may face fines of up to US $2.2 billion for the Cambridge Analytica scandal

SCANDAL FALLOUT, The fines are starting to come for Facebook in several countries. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


UK slaps Facebook with 1st fine for Cambridge Analytica scandal

Jul 11, 2018 - 10:00 AM

While the $664,000 fine is small for a $584-billion company, ongoing probes by US bodies may lead to fines amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars

FACING FINES. The social network is facing its first fine for the Cambridge Analytica scandal that led to the grave misuse of its data. File photo by Charles Platiau/ AFP


Vietnam activists flock to 'safe' social media after cyber crackdown

Jul 05, 2018 - 4:37 PM

A new draconian law, which comes into effect January 1, requires internet companies to scrub critical content and hand over user data if Vietnam's Communist government demands it

Daily $0.05 'social media tax' causes outcry in Uganda

Jul 04, 2018 - 1:36 PM

In East African country Uganda, a new law requires citizens to pay the government $0.05 for one-day access to Facebook, Tinder, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Grindr

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Facebook to shut down 3 underused apps

Jul 03, 2018 - 5:22 PM

In a post on Facebook's newsroom, the company says aside from taking apps Hello, Moves, and tbh down, the data from the apps would be deleted within 90 days

Bug temporarily unblocked Facebook and Messenger users

Jul 03, 2018 - 12:35 PM

Some users may have temporarily gained normal access to the pages that have blocked them

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture shows a person posing during a photo session showing the social platform Facebook logo reflected in the pupil of an eye on April 25, 2018, in Paris.  File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


Facebook boosts ad transparency as it braces for Brazil, U.S. elections

Jun 29, 2018 - 9:21 AM

With the update, users will be able to see all ads a page is running on Facebook, Instagram or Messenger via the 'Info and Ads' tab

FACEBOOK. The logo of the social networking website is displayed on a computer. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP


Bro. Eddie hits Duterte, Morales on Batacan, border families update | Evening wRap

Jun 27, 2018 - 8:43 PM

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Facebook, Google 'manipulate' users to share data despite EU law – study

Jun 27, 2018 - 12:20 PM

'These companies manipulate us into sharing information about ourselves,' the Norwegian Consumer Council's director of digital services, Finn Myrstad, says in a statement