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Brazil's Senate approves controversial bill against disinformation

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:58 AM

One of the bill's most controversial articles will require social media platforms to make supposedly confidential messages available to the judiciary for 3 months, including the identity of senders

The world awaits Facebook's next moves

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:48 PM

The ad boycott against Facebook may not be immediately effective, but it can be a stepping stone to a larger movement towards exacting accountability. Facebook's actions this July will show if they've gotten the point.

Coca-Cola says it's pausing social media advertising

Jun 27, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Coca-Cola will use the pause to "reassess our advertising policies to determine whether revisions are needed," CEO James Quincey says

PAUSING SOCIAL MEDIA ADS. Bottles of Coca-Cola are pictured at a branch of Asda in north London, on April 27, 2018. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Unilever pulls Facebook, Twitter ads in US over 'polarized' election

Jun 27, 2020 - 9:28 AM

Unilever, whose brands also include Dove soap, Magnum ice cream, Lipton tea, and Knorr, is a major advertiser on social media in the United States

UNILEVER. This file photograph taken on June 5, 2015, shows the logo of Unilever at the company headquarters in Rotterdam. File photo by Jon Thys/AFP

Facebook ramps up efforts to curb 'hateful content' in ads

Jun 27, 2020 - 8:19 AM

(UPDATED) CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will also add tags to posts which are 'newsworthy' but violate platform rules – following the lead of Twitter, which used such labels on tweets from President Donald Trump

FACEBOOK. In this file photo illustration a Facebook App logo is displayed on a smartphone on March 25, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Facebook to notify users before they share old articles

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Facebook will warn users when they share stories that are more than 90 days old

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There's no easy way to break Facebook's heart

Jun 25, 2020 - 3:41 PM

I’ve been debating the merits of leaving Facebook as a thought exercise, and I understand it’s so very hard to do

Ben & Jerry's joins Facebook ad boycott over hate speech

Jun 24, 2020 - 6:26 PM

'As of July 1st we will pause all paid advertising on Facebook and Instagram in the United States,' Ben & Jerry's says on June 23

Twitter hides 'abusive' Trump tweet targeting protestors

Jun 24, 2020 - 7:59 AM

The new, aggressive stand by Twitter on rule-breaking by the president stands in contrast with Facebook, which has maintained a largely hands-off policy

Advertisers join Facebook boycott over hate speech

Jun 22, 2020 - 10:19 PM

The #StopHateForProfit appeal is supported by the Anti-Defamation League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, ColorOfChange, FreePress, and the activist group Sleeping Giants

AD BOYCOTT. In this file photo taken on October 23, 2019 a giant digital sign is seen at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Facebook to block foreign state media ads for U.S. election

Jun 17, 2020 - 5:21 PM

Facebook's move comes under growing pressure over its hands-off approach to misinformation and inflammatory posts and following criticism it turned a blind eye to foreign interference in the 2016 presidential poll

FACEBOOK. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about Facebook News at the Paley Center For Media on October 25, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Twitter expresses support for Maria Ressa, press freedom

Jun 16, 2020 - 12:18 AM

'Governments should not impinge on the fundamental values of a free press,' says Twitter


Media calls on EU to crack down on online disinformation

Jun 15, 2020 - 1:15 PM

Broadcasters, publishers, and journalists call on the European Commission to implement 'much stronger measures' to combat disinformation on internet platforms such as Google and Facebook

Facebook rejects call to share revenue with Australian media

Jun 15, 2020 - 12:02 PM

'If there were no news content available on Facebook in Australia, we are confident the impact on Facebook’s community metrics and revenues in Australia would not be significant,' the company says

FACEBOOK. In this photo illustration a Facebook feed page is displayed on a smartphone on March 25, 2020 in WArlington, Virginia. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

[OPINION] Hashtags, trending topics, and the death of Michelle Silvertino

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:30 AM

'What was it like to wait 5 days for a bus? What happened in between? What was she thinking? How did she feel?'

Facebook's Manage Activity tool lets you delete old posts in bulk

Jun 13, 2020 - 10:44 AM

Facebook’s new Manage Activity tool can help you easily filter, delete, or archive multiple posts at a time.

MANAGE ACTIVITY. Screenshot from Facebook.

Twitter removes China, Russia, and Turkey 'state-linked' accounts

Jun 12, 2020 - 6:31 AM

By far the biggest network uncovered was linked to China, Twitter says, comprised of a 'highly engaged core' of 23,750 accounts that was boosted by a further 150,000 'amplifier' accounts

No evidence yet reported accounts engaged in malicious activity – Facebook

Jun 11, 2020 - 3:30 PM

'At this time, we have not seen evidence of the reported accounts engaging in coordinated or malicious activity focused on creating fake accounts,' says Facebook


Twitter testing feature that asks users to read article before retweeting it

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:38 AM

Twitter says it would be testing the feature on its Android application 'to help promote informed discussion'

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EU backs Twitter in Trump fact-check row

Jun 10, 2020 - 7:47 PM

The European Commission's top official on countering disinformation praises Twitter for tagging two claims made by Trump last month about postal ballots in US elections

Twitter confirms it's working on verification system's return

Jun 09, 2020 - 6:53 PM

Twitter confirms a screenshot showing the work on a revamped system, but does not give further details on a date for a public launch

[OPINION] The problem with cancel culture, virtue signaling, and everything in between

Jun 08, 2020 - 2:26 PM

'If we only limit ourselves to half the conversation, the revolution will only be half-finished'

How to set up one-time passwords on Facebook and other online platforms

Jun 08, 2020 - 1:39 PM

One-time passwords are single-use passwords sent by an online platform to a user's email address or mobile number for added security


Facebook now investigating dummy Filipino accounts

Jun 07, 2020 - 9:20 PM

Facebook urges users to 'continue reporting any accounts they believe may be inauthentic,' as alarm grows in the Philippines

#HandsOffOurStudents trends as Filipinos call out fake accounts swarming Facebook

Jun 07, 2020 - 2:41 PM

'The real terrorists are behind these attacks to the privacy and security of students and people who are critical of the administration's incompetence,' a netizen says

Users report duplicate, dummy Facebook accounts in PH

Jun 07, 2020 - 1:15 PM

While initially thought to be limited to activists and journalists in Cebu and Central Visayas, duplicate accounts are reported in areas across the country

[EXPLAINER] Can government employees post criticism of the anti-terror bill?

Jun 07, 2020 - 9:04 AM

Even those working in the private sector cannot be terminated, disciplined, or punished for posting something on Facebook or Twitter or showing up at rallies

FEATURED art: ‘Tapal’ (soft pastel and duct tape on black paper, 2000) by Elmer Borlongan. Used with the artist’s permission

Facebook cracks down on posts slamming anti-terror bill

Jun 05, 2020 - 2:04 PM

(UPDATED) The #JunkTerrorBill posts by Filipinos are marked as spam after they allegedly failed to comply with Facebook’s community standards. Facebook says it has since restored incorrectly removed posts.

U.S. protests over Floyd's killing a 'perfect storm' for false info

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:13 AM

'I believe Mr Floyd is still alive. This was just a show to start race wars,' one Facebook user writes

PROTEST. Manhattan, NY protest George Floyd's death on May 31, 2020. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Join MovePH's webinar: Fact-checking historical claims in the digital age

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:29 AM

MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm, will host a webinar on fact-checking historical claims on Thursday, June 11, at 4 pm

Snapchat curbs Trump for inciting 'racial violence'

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover,' says a statement from Snapchat

SNAPCHAT. A picture taken on October 1, 2019 in Lille shows the logo of mobile app Snapchat displayed on a tablet. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP


White House race becomes digital dogfight due to pandemic

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:32 PM

Digital will play a critical role in the 2020 White House race as social media takes the place of rallies and door-to-door campaigning

Activists rip Facebook's Zuckerberg over Trump comments

Jun 03, 2020 - 8:06 AM

'We are disappointed and stunned by Mark's incomprehensible explanations for allowing the Trump posts to remain up,' says a statement

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about the new Facebook News feature at the Paley Center For Media on October 25, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trending hashtag filled with misinformation on Washington protests

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:06 AM

Twitter says it is 'actively investigating' the #dcblackout hashtag, and has 'suspended hundreds of spammy accounts' under its platform manipulation policy

TWITTER. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019 the Twitter logo is seen on a phone in this photo illustration in Washington, DC. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP


White House dares Twitter in war over Trump tweets

May 29, 2020 - 11:36 PM

The tit-for-tat marks a new escalation in the row between Twitter and Donald Trump, who has more than 80 million followers and uses tweets daily to announce policies, attack opponents, and comment on breaking news

Trump signs order targeting social media after tweets flagged

May 28, 2020 - 8:17 PM

(UPDATED) If enforced, the action would upend decades of precedent and treat internet platforms as 'publishers' potentially liable for user-generated content

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn upon his return to the White House in Washington, DC on May 27, 2020. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Trump threatens to 'close down' social media after tweets tagged

May 27, 2020 - 8:19 PM

(UPDATED) 'Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen,' Donald Trump says in a tweet.

SOCIAL MEDIA. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Romania's President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on August 20, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Twitter calls Trump tweets 'unsubstantiated' for the first time

May 27, 2020 - 8:01 AM

Trump tweets a conspiracy theory accusing one of his media critics of murder, prompting an agonized letter from the victim's wife and calls for the company to block the Republican leader's 'vicious lie'

UNSUBSTANTIATED. US President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable at the White House on December 9, 2019 in Washington,DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Why Facebook’s Oversight Board is not diverse enough

May 25, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Where is Southeast Asia in the FOB?

Islamophobic disinformation, hate speech swamps social media during pandemic

May 22, 2020 - 6:01 PM

A new report reveals that Islamophobic hashtags like #Coronajihad and #MuslimVirus reached 170 million Twitter users

CORONAVIRUS DISINFORMATION. Image adapted from illustration by Sofiya Voznaya for Coda Story.

Child sex abuse material now peddled for as low as P100 on Twitter

May 21, 2020 - 5:03 PM

(UPDATED) PART 2 | EXCLUSIVE: Child sexual abuse has gone from the obscurity of the dark web into free and widely-used social media platforms

Facebook's problems can't be solved by more Facebook

May 21, 2020 - 1:18 PM

The most challenging content issues for Facebook are likely not the most challenging content issues for everyone, and that has to be made clear to its oversight board

Twitter testing feature that lets users control who can reply to their tweet

May 21, 2020 - 12:56 PM

Twitter's in-testing feature will allow users to choose who can reply to a tweet. You can choose to allow everyone to reply, only have people you follow reply, or only people you mention reply

[OPINYON] Namimigay ng bigas, aso, smartphones, pera...

May 21, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Para-paraan ang mga gustong dumami ang followers, tapos ay ibebenta sa kung sinong herodes na malamang ay pulitikong mangangailangan ng titingin sa kaniyang recycled na plataporma at niretokeng pagmumukha

Alter Twitter’s awful side: Leaked private sex videos for sale

May 20, 2020 - 9:34 PM

(UPDATED) PART 1 | EXCLUSIVE: Victims are left helpless while their private videos are spread online and sold by anonymous Twitter accounts patronized by thousands of followers

[OPINION] Taking advantage of the 'Twitter University major' during the pandemic

May 20, 2020 - 2:26 PM

'If we can leverage this Twitter University right, it can be a great platform to learn from amazing professors, scientists, and experts for free; receive accurate information in an instant, and voice our concerns'

Indian school confessions Facebook page mistaken for anti-Duterte campaign

May 14, 2020 - 1:39 PM

Pro-Duterte users spam a Facebook page meant for alumni of Daisy Dales Senior Secondary School in India, much to the confusion of the page’s admins

Facebook apologizes for role in 2018 Sri Lanka unrest

May 13, 2020 - 5:20 PM

Facebook says in a statement to Bloomberg News, 'We recognize, and apologize for, the very real human rights impacts that resulted'

FACEBOOK. In this file photo illustration a Facebook App logo is displayed on a smartphone on March 25, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Twitter says many employees may work remotely 'forever'

May 13, 2020 - 8:32 AM

Twitter says it will continue its telework policy indefinitely as part of a move towards a decentralized, 'distributed workforce'

TWITTER. In this file photo taken on August 13, 2019 employees walk past a lighted Twitter log as they leave the company's headquarters in San Francisco. Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP


Facebook trains AI on 'hateful memes'

May 13, 2020 - 8:27 AM

Facebook is releasing a database of 10,000 memes to researchers in a challenge to develop improved detection of hate-driven visual messages, with a prize pool of $100,000

FACEBOOK. In this photo illustration a Facebook App logo is displayed on a smartphone on March 25, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP