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Zuckerberg says U.S. government inaction allowed fake news to spread

Jun 27, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Mark Zuckerberg calls on governments to further regulate private data, political advertising and step up efforts to prevent state actors from interfering in US elections

POINTING BLAME. 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

86% of internet users admit being duped by fake news – survey

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:10 PM

The United States takes the lion's share of the blame for spreading fake news, followed by Russia and China, according to the annual Ipsos survey of more than 25,000 internet users in 25 countries

FAKE NEWS. Students of Unified Educational Centers (CEU) attend a lesson on 'Fake News: access, security and veracity of information', in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 21, 2018. File photo by Miguel Schincariol/AFP


Fake news rampant after Sri Lanka attacks despite social media ban

May 22, 2019 - 1:21 PM

Social media, aside from being a communication tool, becomes a means to spread confusion and vitriol as the island struggles to come to terms with one of the worst terror attacks in its history

GUARD. Security personnel stand guard outside St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the church was hit in series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Singapore PM says 'fake news' law not against free speech

May 17, 2019 - 4:29 PM

The legislation, approved by parliament last week, gives government ministers powers to order social media sites such as Facebook to put warnings next to posts authorities deem to be false, and in extreme cases get them taken down

SINGAPORE ON FAKE NEWS. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore 'fake news' law could hurt innovation – Google

May 09, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Tech firms, rights activists, and journalists say the new law could also be used to curb freedom of speech

SINGAPORE. People walk towards the Merlion statue on Sentosa Island resort in Singapore on September 11, 2018. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Singapore passes 'fake news' law despite fierce criticism

May 09, 2019 - 12:46 PM

The laws have sparked outrage from rights groups, who fear they could stifle online discussion, tech companies with major bases in the financial hub and journalists' organizations

FAKE NEWS LAWS. This picture taken on January 24, 2019 shows the Merlion, Singapore's iconic landmark projected with lights during the preview of the "i Light Singapore festival". Photo by Theodore Lim/AFP


Academics concerned about Singapore's 'fake news' law

Apr 15, 2019 - 3:54 PM

Academics from around the world with expertise in Singapore and Asia sign a letter warning the proposed legislation 'may deter scholarship and set precedents harmful to global academia'

This picture taken on January 24, 2019 shows the merlion, Singapore's iconic landmark projected with lights during the preview of the "i Light Singapore festival". The festival will run from January 28 to February 24, 2019 coinciding with the city-state's bicentennial celebrations, which mark 200 years since Stamford Raffles founded modern-day Singapore. Theodore LIM / AFP

Singapore PM defends 'fake news' law after storm of criticism

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Rights groups warn Singapore's proposed fake news laws could be used to stifle online discussion, are too vague and may be used to target government critics

FAKE NEWS LAWS. Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong smile during a joint press conference in Putrajaya, April 9, one topic from which were laws on fake news. AFP photo


Singapore's 'fake news' laws upset tech giants

Apr 07, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The Asia Internet Coalition, whose members include Facebook, Google, and Twitter, says there may be 'significant risks to freedom of expression and speech'

Singapore proposes tough new measures to fight 'fake news'

Apr 03, 2019 - 9:52 AM

The proposed new powers may allow the government to order websites to publish corrections for what it considers to be false information and to offer users the option of going to a site showing what authorities deem is the truth


Putin signs laws against 'disrespecting' authorities, fake news

Mar 18, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs off on the legislation against the advice of human rights activists, who warned the laws amounted to censorship and would be abused to crack down on freedom of speech

PUTIN. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a press conference on December 11, 2017. File photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

Misinformation woes could multiply with 'deepfake' videos

Jan 28, 2019 - 1:11 PM

As the technology advances, worries are growing about how deepfakes can be used for nefarious purposes by hackers or state actors

DEEPFAKES. Paul Scharre views in his offices in Washington, DC January 25, 2019 a manipulated video by BuzzFeed with filmmaker Jordan Peele (R on screen) using readily available software and applications to change what is said by former president Barack Obama (L on screen), illustrating how deepfake technology can deceive viewers. - Photo by Robert Lever/AFP

Facebook bans Trending News Portal, related sites | Evening wRap

Jan 11, 2019 - 9:03 PM

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Duterte orders tambays to 'kill rich bishops' | Midday wRap

Jan 11, 2019 - 12:20 PM

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Older people, conservatives more likely to share fake news – study

Jan 10, 2019 - 4:56 PM

'It is possible that an entire cohort of Americans, now in their 60s and beyond, lacks the level of digital media literacy necessary to reliably determine the trustworthiness of news encountered online,' the researchers suggest

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PH taekwondo bans Ateneo bully ‘indefinitely’ | Evening wRap

Dec 24, 2018 - 9:21 PM

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DerSpiegel admits star reporter 'faked stories' for years

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:33 PM

Germany's respected news weekly Der Spiegel reveals that one of its award-winning reporters had for years falsified stories

Fake news versus fact in online battle for truth

Dec 16, 2018 - 1:16 PM

False information is saturating the political debate worldwide and undermining an already weak level of trust in the media and institutions

Fake news, real women: Disinformation gone macho

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:52 AM

When disinformation is weaponized against women, misogyny rears its ugly head

Social media platforms urged to be 'better gatekeepers'

Dec 09, 2018 - 6:52 PM

Social media has its pros and cons – providing a platform for the marginalized, yet paving the way for others to abuse its vast space and wide reach

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


Gateway Gallery hosts 'Reading History in the Time of Fake News' talk

Nov 22, 2018 - 3:22 PM

PRESS RELEASE: 'Seeking Katuwiran: Reading Philippine History in the Time of Fake News' will be held at Gateway Gallery on December 1

Trillanes amnesty, effects of inflation, Facebook crackdown in PH | Midday wRap

Oct 23, 2018 - 1:06 PM

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New Facebook blog series explains how they identify false news

Oct 21, 2018 - 10:02 AM

The blog’s launch comes amid new research that claims interaction with false news sites have declined more than half since the 2016 US election


[OPINYON] Yogyakarta Diaries: Pero binabagabag pa rin ako ng komedya sa Pilipinas

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Mabubusog na naman tayo sa pangako habang paparami nang paparami ang nahihirapang tugunan ang totoong pagkagutom

More Filipinos aware of fake news on social media – Pulse Asia

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Majority of Filipinos think fake news is widespread on social media, according to PulseAsia's 2018 Survey on Social Media Use

FALSE: Mocha Uson says she ‘does not spread fake news’

Oct 06, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The social media personality has misled her Facebook followers by sharing posts from websites that produce content with false context

Salita ng Taon 2018: Narito ang mga pinagpipilian

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:13 PM

Ang 11 nominadong salita ay naging laman ng mga balita at diskusyon, at bukambibig ng mga Filipino sa nakalipas na dalawang taon

UNESCO teaches fact-checking in new handbook

Sep 22, 2018 - 12:08 PM

The handbook gives journalism educators, trainers, and students a framework to help navigate the issues associated with ‘fake news’

The Information and Democracy Commission: Defending free flow of truthful info

Sep 18, 2018 - 7:19 PM

The Information and Democracy Commission is a global initiative launched by Reporters Without Borders to build a formal multi-sectoral approach to combating misinformation and disinformation in the digital age


Facebook assigns users a 'reputation score' to counter false reports

Aug 23, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Facebook is also monitoring which users have a propensity to flag content published by others as problematic, and which publishers are considered trustworthy by users

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


National ID, Federalism Budget, Kris Aquino | Evening wRap

Aug 08, 2018 - 8:57 PM

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[OPINYON] Sa mga guro ng wika, sa panahon ng fake ‘news’

Jul 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

'Malansang isda' – hanggang ngayon, kino-quote ng mga guro ito para himukin ang mga bagets na magmahal sa wika tulad ng pagmamahal dito ni Rizal. Ang problema, hindi naman si Rizal ang may sabi nito.

WhatsApp running anti-fake news ads in Pakistan ahead of elections

Jul 19, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Fake news propagators know that strong emotions lead to virality. Knowing this, WhatsApp advises, in an ad, that if you 'read something that makes you angry or afraid, ask whether it was shared to make you feel that way'

INFO DRIVE. WhatsApp is using offline means to combat real-world violence being triggered by the spread of false information online. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

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


Fighting 'fake news' with the law

Jul 13, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Some countries are using legislation to fight the spread of 'fake news,' as critics warn of dangers to free speech and the media. Here's a look at the situation in a number of countries.

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How a Macedonian town became a 'fake news' epicenter

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:03 PM

Violeta, a mother of two, explains of her side job writing fake news for websites by saying, 'When one is hungry, one doesn't have the luxury to think about democratic progress'

VELES, MACEDONIA. A person walks on a bridge in the city of Veles on June 12, 2018. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

YouTube to offer $25M funding to boost 'trusted' news sources

Jul 11, 2018 - 2:56 PM

The first partners in the program will be US-based Vox Media, Jovem Pan of Brazil and India Today

MEDIA FUNDING. The grants "will enable our partners to build key capabilities, train staff on video best practices, enhance production facilities and develop formats optimized for online video," YouTube said. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Propagandists target Catholic Church after Duterte rant vs God

Jul 02, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Over the weekend, Rappler receives nearly 30 reports about fake news on the Catholic Church. The fake news items spare no one, from Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle to Pope Francis himself.

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Jun 21, 2018 - 12:53 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 120th Anniversary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) at the DFA Office in Pasay City on June 18, 2018, reiterates his stance of improving the peace and order situation in the country so that it would become more conducive for progress. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Morales indicts Aquino, Firearms for priests, Fake news bill | Evening wRap

Jun 20, 2018 - 9:40 PM

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Roque to opposition: Bill vs officials spreading 'fake news' would be used against you

Jun 20, 2018 - 4:55 PM

'Ito po magagamit sa oposisyon. Kayo po nasa oposiyon, kami hindi. So 'yun po ang iniiwasan natin, lalong-lalo na walang depenisyon, magagamit sa panunupil,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

FAKE NEWS. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque and opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV shake hands ahead of the Senate hearing on the bill seeking to penalize government officials for spreading fake news. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Living within the truth

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:36 PM

There are forces competing for our attention, pushing us to believe in thing or another. There is, in fact, a hidden war going on beneath the surface of our lives. It's a war between 'living within the truth' and 'living within the lies.'

Majority of PH internet users see 'fake news' as serious issue – SWS

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:27 PM

The numbers from the Social Weather Stations surveys in March 2018 and December 2017 indicate that respondents' perceived seriousness of the fake news issue is directly related to the frequency of their use of the internet

‘Journalism, F*ke News and Disinformation’: Fighting back is now mission critical

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:36 PM

Journalists need to ramp up their coverage of disinformation actors, even outside of election periods. They can partner with others, including communities, in combating pollution of the information environment.

FACT CHECK: A new death penalty law won't apply to De Lima's case

Jun 07, 2018 - 8:49 AM

The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines also prohibits the passing of any retroactive law

WATCH: 70th World News Media Congress 2018 – Opening ceremony and awarding of the 2018 Golden Pen of Freedom

Jun 06, 2018 - 11:34 PM

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Rappler Talk: UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye on how platforms can address hate speech online

May 25, 2018 - 11:03 AM

The interview takes up highlights of a report the Special Rapporteur submitted to the UN Human Rights Council where he proposes a human rights-based approach to regulating user-generated content online

Here's how Robredo debunks 'fake news' vs her

May 25, 2018 - 9:03 AM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo launches a series of videos where she addresses every false claim being spread about her online

NO TO 'FAKE NEWS.' Vice President Leni Robredo will no longer tolerate any lies being spread about her. Photo by OVP