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BTS fans attempt to beat record for most used Twitter hashtag in 24 hours

May 19, 2018 - 12:40 PM

AlDub still holds the world record for the category

Cybersecurity roundup: April 29 to May 5, 2018

May 05, 2018 - 1:44 PM

On this week's Cybersecurity Roundup, we've got Facebook stalkers, Cambridge Analytica news, and pacemaker security.

Twitter urges users to change 'unmasked' passwords

May 04, 2018 - 11:11 AM

The social media site says there are no signs that hackers accessed passwords which were exposed due to a software bug, but better to be safe than sorry

Twitter to show live ESPN events in new Disney deal

May 01, 2018 - 2:03 PM

Twitter will also serve as an online venue for video from other Disney subsidiaries, including ABC and Marvel

VIDEO ATTRACTION. Twitter's video content registers doubled daily video views in the past year.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 1, 2018

May 01, 2018 - 12:52 PM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday

Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Twitter also sold data to Cambridge Analytica-linked researcher

May 01, 2018 - 11:13 AM

Twitter confirms it sold a random sample of tweets from December 2014 to April 2015 to Aleksandr Kogan's company in 2015

KOGAN. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Russian-American academic Aleksandr Kogan, as he gives evidence to Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee in London on April 24, 2018. AFP photo


‘Educate first’: Filipinos react to Baybayin as national writing system

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The House committee on basic education and culture has approved a bill seeking to make the pre-Hispanic script the Philippines' national writing system

Twitter posts second straight profitable quarter after years in the red

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:39 AM

The one-to-many social platform gains momentum with strong Q1 2018 earnings

MAKING NOISE. The Twitter logo appears outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in this file photo. The once heavily beleaguered social network posts strong growth for the second straight quarter. Photo by Andrew Burton/AFP


'Sino'ng kalaban? Lumot?': Netizens react to Boracay threat simulations

Apr 24, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Filipinos online mock the security drills for potential terror attacks or hostage-taking incidents in Boracay, calling it 'overkill'

Surge in suspected Twitter bots sparks fear as polls in Southeast Asia loom

Apr 23, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Like the 2016 presidential election in the Philippines, some fear that the suspected bots may be deployed in upcoming polls in Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia


The best #Tweetanaga entries for the 3rd week of April 2018

Apr 20, 2018 - 4:33 PM

Submit your own tweet-friendly poem and you may be part of next week's top picks

Iran bans foreign social media networks in schools

Apr 16, 2018 - 7:57 AM

Schools must 'only use domestic social networks' for their communication,' the ministry says

The best #Tweetanaga entries for the 2nd week of April 2018

Apr 13, 2018 - 9:13 AM

Submit your own tweet-friendly poem and you may be part of next week's top picks

'Popcorn, please': Sereno-De Castro word war stuns netizens

Apr 10, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Netizens are willing spectators as the claws come out between the two women of the judiciary

Kremlin cracking down on internet to muzzle critics, say experts

Apr 08, 2018 - 12:25 PM

According to experts, the Russian government recognizes the internet as the principal threat to its domination

NEW YEAR. Russian President Vladimir Putin wishes Russians 'changes for the better' in his New Year message as the world welcomes the year 2018. File photo

6 astrology social media accounts you need to follow

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The astrology content you didn't know you needed on your feed

The best #Tweetanaga entries for the 1st week of April 2018

Apr 06, 2018 - 10:56 AM

Submit your own tweet-friendly poem and you may be part of next week's top picks

Rappler Talk: Who are the architects of disinformation in PH?

Apr 03, 2018 - 11:04 AM

University of Leeds professor Jason Cabañes breaks down the hierarchy in the vicious yet lucrative business of disinformation

Twitter bans crytocurrency ads on fraud fears

Mar 27, 2018 - 9:01 AM

The one-to-many messaging platform follows similar moves made by Google and Facebook earlier this year


Twitter to publish offical info linked to Mexico vote

Mar 26, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Mexico's electoral authority already has a similar accord with Facebook and is preparing another with Google in a bid to fight the spread of false information that plagued the most recent US presidential election

These are the first tweets of your favorite celebrities

Mar 23, 2018 - 4:34 PM

What was Vice Ganda's first ever tweet?

Singapore launches public hearings on 'fake news'

Mar 15, 2018 - 12:24 PM

'In fact, one of the purposes of dealing with deliberate online falsehoods is to protect free speech and enhance free speech,' says Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam


Twitter lights up as the world reacts to Stephen Hawking's death

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:29 PM

On the annual celebration of Pi Day and on Albert Einstein's birthday, Britain's renowned physicist Stephen Hawking dies. Social media users on Twitter share words of praise in memory of Hawking.

Twitter wants all users to become verified

Mar 10, 2018 - 3:54 PM

'The intention is to open verification to everyone,' Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says


Twitter hiring director of new social science division to improve platform

Mar 09, 2018 - 7:53 PM

Twitter hopes the new research division can improve 'the collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation'

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 9, 2018

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

ALL EYES ON THE CHIEF. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces another tough challenge in impeachment proceedings as her fellow justices force her to take an indefinite leave.

Falsehoods 70% more likely to be retweeted than the truth – study

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Fake stories spread faster because of the 'novelty hypothesis,' which suggests people share these stories because they are more surprising than real news, say researchers

TAKING FLIGHT. The biggest study of its kind reaffirms the growing belief that fake news just spreads faster than the truth. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP


Twitter seeks help measuring 'health' of its world

Mar 02, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The move is the latest by Twitter aimed at curbing disinformation, propaganda and provocation

TWITTER. In this file photo taken on November 7, 2013 the Twitter logo is displayed on a banner outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City. File photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images North America/AFP

Remove 'terror content' within an hour, EU tells web firms

Mar 02, 2018 - 10:53 AM

The new recommendations also include steps to crack down on other harmful illegal content such as hate speech and images of child sexual abuse

ANDRUS ANSIP. European Commissioner for Digital Single Market and Vice President of the European Commission, Estonian politician Andrus Ansip, gives a press conference on the first day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona. Photo by Lluis Gene/ AFP

You can now save tweets using Twitter's Bookmarks

Mar 01, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Those with Bookmarks activated will have a share icon beside the heart-shaped Like icon. Tapping that icon will open up a menu from which a user can save a given tweet.

BOOKMARKS. Twitter's new Bookmarks feature lets users save tweets for posterity. Screen shot from Twitter.

China’s illegal entry in Benham Rise, Roque on People Power, Pimentel on Duterte-Carpio | Evening wRap

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:47 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Bots, Assange, an alliance: Has Russian propaganda infiltrated the Philippines?

Feb 26, 2018 - 10:28 AM

(UPDATED) A Russian-linked Twitter account used to interfere in polls in Spain is now tweeting exclusively about the Philippines – one of several disturbing developments that may suggest Kremlin propaganda in the country

#WalkOutPH trends on Twitter as millennials fight for press freedom, human rights

Feb 23, 2018 - 4:59 PM

Martial Law survivor Boni Ilagan also talked to students from the College of Mass Communication and advised them to 'create their own First Quarter Storm'

Why the media is a key dimension of global inequality

Feb 17, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The story of expanding global media networks is often told as if they spread freedom everywhere, liberally and evenly. But when we ask freedom for whom, the tale gets more complex.

Global media systems cannot effectively contribute to social progress until opportunities are more widely shared. Internet.org by Facebook/Facebook

EU: Facebook, Twitter not fully complying with consumer rules

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:06 PM

(UPDATED) The European Commission says social media companies in general need to do more to comply with EU consumer rules

Chief disinformation architects in the PH: Not exactly who you think

Feb 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Understanding that fake news is the professional product of advertising and PR strategists means we need to challenge the broader system that has not only normalized political deception but made it financially rewarding.

Duterte on dictatorship, ICC on war on drugs, Twitter records profits | Midday wRap

Feb 09, 2018 - 1:10 PM

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Twitter reports first-ever profit, boosting shares

Feb 08, 2018 - 8:48 PM

(UPDATED) Twitter says it earned $91 million in the fourth quarter, the first positive net income since going public in 2013

PROFIT. The Twitter logo is seen on a sign at the company's headquarters in San Francisco, California on November 4, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

At least 1.4 million Twitter users exposed to Russian propaganda

Feb 01, 2018 - 11:57 AM

Twitter informs the users based on their interactions, such as if a US-based account was one that directly engaged with or was actively following one of 3,814 IRA accounts

Social media firm Devumi under fire for selling fake followers to stars

Jan 29, 2018 - 12:30 AM

Devumi is also suing a former Philippine contractor who allegedly tried to steal Devumi's customers by creating a copycat site

Netizens speak out for press freedom on Black Friday

Jan 20, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Netizens say the government's moves to stifle free speech will only produce more courageous journalists, as #BlackFridayForPressFreedom trends on Twitter

Twitter says Russia-linked accounts more widespread

Jan 20, 2018 - 9:10 AM

Twitter is criticized for allowing the spread of bogus news – some of which was directed by Russia – ahead of the 2016 US election and in other countries

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube pressed over terror content

Jan 18, 2018 - 10:22 AM

'Social media companies continue to get beat in part because they rely too heavily on technologists and technical detection to catch bad actors,' says an expert at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in the use of the internet by terror groups.

TERROR HEARING. Monika Bickert, Facebook's Head of Global Policy Management, Juniper Downs, YouTube's Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations, and Carlos Monje, Director of Twitter's North America Public Policy and Philanthropy, listen during a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee on Capitol Hill January 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP


Memes help spark movement to defend press freedom in PH

Jan 16, 2018 - 8:56 PM

For the creators of the protest signs, the SEC order to revoke Rappler's registration curtails press freedom and freedom of expression

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, January 1-7, 2018

Jan 07, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

Sara Duterte in 2019 polls, Gatchalian on Twitter outburst, Trump slams Bannon | Midday wRap

Jan 04, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Gatchalian defends Twitter outburst: 'I'm also human like everyone else'

Jan 04, 2018 - 12:12 AM

'First, these are trolls. They have been provoking me since before the campaign. They're designed to demean you to bring out the worst in a person,' says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

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YouTube star apologizes for viral suicide video

Jan 02, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Logan Paul films the video in Aokigahara, known as 'the Japanese Suicide Forest' because of its reputation

VLOGGER. Logan Paul poses in the press room during 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2017 presented by Capital One at The Forum on December 1, 2017 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images North America / AFP

'Keep discourses respectful,' says Lea Salonga on Gatchalian's 'gago' tweets

Jan 02, 2018 - 7:15 PM

'If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen,' Lea Salonga tells Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

'We're also human,' says Ejercito defending Gatchalian over Twitter cussing

Jan 02, 2018 - 4:46 PM

'The incident involving my co-seatmate Senator @stgatchalian goes to show that we are also human, we get hurt and affected too,' JV Ejercito tweets

'SEATMATES'. Senator JV Ejercito defended Senator Sherwin Gatchalian in a series of tweets.