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Facebook says it will deliver News Corp stories

Oct 19, 2019 - 9:26 AM

Articles by News Corp, which includes titles like The Wall Street Journal, can be found in a tab separate from Facebook's trademark news feed

FACEBOOK. A picture taken on August 28, 2019 shows the logo of US online social media and social networking service, Facebook. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

[OPINYON] Pinoy love in the time of hashtag

Oct 18, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Paano tuluyang lumimot kung marami kayong mutual friends sa Facebook? Lalo kung ang nakaraang gusto mong ibaon sa digital Hades ay isang terrabyte ang kabuuang sukat ng mga larawan, kanta, laro, video na pinagsaluhan?

Zuckerberg defends Facebook's hands-off policy for politicians

Oct 18, 2019 - 9:43 AM

The CEO says Facebook still may remove content from political leaders or others when it may lead to 'harm'

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2019 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks to meetings for technology regulations and social media issues on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Angry emojis flood Hong Kong leader's Facebook Live chat

Oct 18, 2019 - 12:35 AM

Angry faces significantly outnumber hearts and likes left by viewers on the hour-long Facebook Live broadcast, while critics also use the comments section to pile on

ANGRY REACTIONS. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam goes live on Facebook. Screenshot from Carrie Lam's Facebook page

Twitter says world leaders 'not above' its rules

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Twitter says it reserves the right to take 'enforcement action' on offending tweets, including those with threats of violence or the posting of private information

U.S. presidential candidate Warren runs fake Facebook ad to target ad policies

Oct 14, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The ad states 'Breaking news: Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook just endorsed Donald Trump for re-election,' followed quickly by an admission that the statement is fake, devised only to aim at the platform's ad policies

BIG TECH. he presidential campaign for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren posted a billboard in the South of Market Area of San Francisco that calls for breaking up big tech. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

The offline rebellion

Oct 13, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Trending has become more important than living

Instagram is removing the Following tab

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:01 PM

The Following tab displays what posts and accounts your friends engage with

‘Taking selfies part of public service’ – Isko Moreno

Oct 07, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno makes a case for stopping for hundreds of people a day who seek to take a selfie with him, even when it means delaying his schedule

SELFIE TIME. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno takes selfies with eager Manileños. Photo from Manila PIO

Zuckerberg discusses Twitter, TikTok, Big Tech breakup in leaked audio

Oct 01, 2019 - 10:08 PM

A two-hour audio recording of the Facebook CEO at internal meetings comes out

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo taken on May 24, 2018 Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks on during the VivaTech (Viva Technology) trade fair in Paris. Photo by Gerard Julien/AFP

Twitter lets users sideline unwanted direct messages

Oct 01, 2019 - 2:01 PM

The direct message filter is rolling out to everyone on iOS, Android, and the Web

[OPINION] The role of America's social media platforms in the battle for truth

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:00 PM

‘This is an existential moment in time, where, if we don’t take the right steps forward, democracy as we know it is dead’

FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT. Maria Ressa at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg 25. Photo from GIJC Facebook by Nick Jaussi/

Malicious bots and trolls spread vaccine misinformation – now social media companies are fighting back

Sep 29, 2019 - 9:53 PM

Platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are developing strategies to address anti-vaccine bots and to try to reduce their reach in the United States

At least half of parents of young children report having encountered negative messages about vaccines on social media. Photo by Alexander Dummer/Unsplash, CC BY

Facebook hides 'likes' in Australia trial to ease anxiety

Sep 27, 2019 - 2:38 PM

'We don't want Facebook to feel like a competition,' the company says in a statement

Disinformation efforts now used in 70 countries – researchers

Sep 26, 2019 - 11:59 PM

A report by the Oxford Internet Institute finds manipulation efforts have doubled over the past two years and are being used by both democratic and authoritarian governments

Martial law 'peaceful'? Netizens debate severity of Marcos regime

Sep 21, 2019 - 7:47 AM

Was the Philippines under Martial Law as peaceful as Marcos apologists make it out to be?

Twitter closes thousands of fake news accounts worldwide

Sep 20, 2019 - 8:26 PM

The information release is part of the company's push to improve understanding of how its platform is used by state actors to manipulate public opinion

Zuckerberg sets talks in Washington on 'future regulation'

Sep 19, 2019 - 9:49 AM

The news comes with federal and state anti-trust enforcers looking into potential anti-competitive actions by Facebook, and with US lawmakers debating national privacy legislation

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo taken on May 24, 2018 Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks on during the VivaTech (Viva Technology) trade fair in Paris. Photo by Gerard Julien/AFP

Data shows Senate bill does not fully address 'fake news' problem

Sep 14, 2019 - 10:19 AM

The data shows 42% of the claims checked during the 2019 midterm elections come from the candidates themselves

Countries using 'hostile social manipulation' to target enemies – report

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:42 PM

The RAND report on hostile social manipulation says countries are using common disinformation practices to gain a competitive advantage

Antitrust probe of Facebook may be first step against Big Tech

Sep 07, 2019 - 2:58 PM

New York state attorney general says the probe is to see 'whether Facebook has stifled competition and put users at risk'

U.S. states announce antitrust probe of Facebook

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The move marks the first official US antitrust action against one of the so-called Big Tech companies – although a landmark case had targeted Microsoft back in the 1990s

Facebook rolling out new notifications to combat vaccine misinformation

Sep 05, 2019 - 7:51 PM

New pop-ups will be shown to the user on both Facebook and Instagram when a user comes across vaccination content

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[OPINYON] Sad reax onli

Sep 05, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Maraming malulungkot sa gagawin ng Facebook na tanggalin ang bilang ng reax sa mismong status. Pangunahin na ay iyong nagkakaroon ng patol dahil sa dami ng interaksiyon sa kanilang account, organic man o hindi.

Instagram a prime target for disinformation in 2020 U.S. elections

Sep 04, 2019 - 6:47 PM

The report presents a number of predictions related to social media-enhanced disinformation running up to the 2020 US elections

Facebook might start hiding 'Like' counts for posts

Sep 04, 2019 - 1:13 PM

Such a change may ease pressure to win approval with images, videos or comments and, instead, get people to simply focus on what is in posts

Ang huwes ng hugot: Associate Justice Marvic Leonen is Twitter's #LabGuru

Sep 04, 2019 - 12:49 PM

There is now a new, and unexpected, feather in Leonen's cap: viral Twitter sensation

Facebook changes ‘It’s free and always will be’ slogan on its homepage

Sep 03, 2019 - 12:10 PM

It now reads, 'It’s quick and easy'

8chan founder: Filipinos not accessing the 'real internet'

Aug 25, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Are Filipinos too dependent on Facebook?

4chan members spread anti-Semitic messages on Twitter by posing as Jews

Aug 22, 2019 - 8:43 PM

The 4chan post called for members of the /pol board to pose as Jews to spread propaganda and disinformation. They would also accuse people correcting them of being anti-Semites.

Banned at home but thriving abroad: China's social media campaign

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:59 PM

The two platforms – neither of which is legally accessible in China – say they are turning off accounts they believe are linked to a government campaign to spread disinformation

What does Facebook's plan to hire journalists mean for media industry?

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:43 AM

In a plan announced Tuesday, August 20, Facebook's journalists will be curating stories from news sites and won't be editing headlines or writing content

FACEBOOK. The logo of social network Facebook is displayed on a smartphone, on January 15, 2019 in Nantes, western France.  Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

Facebook hiring journalists to curate its new News Tab

Aug 21, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg has said he wanted 'to make sure that to the extent that we can, we're funding as much high-quality journalism as possible'

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken on March 22, 2018 in Paris shows a close-up of the Facebook logo in an eye. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

[ANALYSIS] YouTube: The new battleground against disinformation

Aug 16, 2019 - 12:07 PM

YouTube is the new battleground in the fight against disinformation

Why Facebook’s new ‘privacy cop’ is doomed to fail

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Facebook is required to have an 'outside assessor' to monitor the handling of user data, but one professor says this 'privacy cop' faces an uphill battle to actually be effective

How Instagram changed the beauty industry

Jul 31, 2019 - 6:52 PM

From viral makeup trends to a clamor for inclusivity

UK-based Full Fact urges Facebook to share more data to help fact checkers

Jul 30, 2019 - 1:02 PM

One of Full Fact's 10 recommendations calls on Facebook to release data on how posts have been shared over time, as well as their reach. Facebook says Full Fact's recommendations are being actively pursued by its teams.

Protect Palawan from disinformation, journalists urge students

Jul 29, 2019 - 1:41 PM

At a time when online hate spreads like wildfire and affects public discourse on social media, Rappler news editor Miriam Grace Go urges students to amplify real voices online

At least 400 campus journalists, student organization leaders, school paper advisers, and other stakeholders joined #MovePalawan: Social Good in the Digital Age forum at Palawan State University on Thursday, July 25, 2019.

'Paano na mga pasyente': Netizens fear loss of medical aid with PCSO operations closure

Jul 29, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Have you received assistance from the PCSO?

Legal woes dent Facebook profit but revenue, user base grows

Jul 25, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Profit in the second quarter falls 49% from a year ago to $2.6 billion

Facebook to fix kids app flaw allowing chats with strangers

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:31 PM

The social network says it has been shutting down the group chats involved and notifying thousands of parents that their children many have unintentionally connected with strangers

MESSENGER KIDS. Photo from Facebook newsroom

Is a $5 billion fine the least painful part of Facebook's settlement?

Jul 24, 2019 - 2:59 PM

The deal, which follows a lengthy investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, allows Facebook to avoid prosecution for its data protection lapses

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019, the Facebook app is seen in this photo illustration in Washington, DC. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

'I've identified the enemy': #SONA2019 in memes, contradictions, and more

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:43 PM

Here's what people online have to say about this year's State of the Nation Address

3 myths to bust about breaking up 'big tech'

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Here are 3 myths worth discussing and busting when it comes to the idea of breaking up large tech conglomerates

What's not to like? Instagram's trial to hide the number of 'likes' could save users' self-esteem

Jul 20, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Likes, and their public tallying, have become the heart of Instagram and many other social media platforms. By hiding them, does Instagram risk devaluing a crucial currency?

[OPINYON] Vico at Isko: Governance in the age of social media

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Inihanda ng mga tinalo nilang pulitiko ang botante para sa mga gaya nina Isko Moreno at Vico Sotto – nililinis, inaayos ang mga lugar na pinagpasasaan ng kanilang kapangyarihan

Twitter revamps website in bid to mimic mobile app

Jul 16, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The revamp comes as the San Francisco-based company seeks to ramp up engagement while managing abusive content

Screenshot from Twitter

Twitter back up after brief outage

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:53 AM

'We were down... and now slowly coming back up. Sorry! Grateful for our operations and engineering teams for getting us flying again,' Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey writes

TWITTER. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Trump escalates war on social media at White House 'summit'

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:51 AM

Trump claims that firms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter – who were not invited to the summit – discriminate against him and his supporters, even though his own Twitter account has nearly 62 million followers

US President Donald Trump looks on as the US attorney general delivers remarks on citizenship and the census in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 11, 2019.  Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Instagram moves on online bullying with pop-up warning

Jul 09, 2019 - 12:09 PM

One new tool being rolled out is a warning generated by artificial intelligence to notify users their comment may be considered offensive before it is posted