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U.S. lawmakers ask tech leaders to explain viral Christchurch video

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

The House Committee on Homeland Security ask for a briefing by tech executives regarding the online proliferation of the 'horrific' Christchurch video

CHRISTCHURCH. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP


Social media platforms attempt to moderate spread of New Zealand shooting video

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The incident has once again called into question major social media platforms’ ability to police harmful content

HALF-MAST. The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast on a Parliament building in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting incident in Christchurch. File photo by Marty Melville/AFP


Outage hits Facebook, Instagram users worldwide

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:26 AM

A Facebook tweet says: 'We're aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.'

DOWN. In this file photo taken on May 16, 2018 shows the logo of the social network Facebook on a broken screen of a mobile phone. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Warnings to journalists blur Twitter’s transparency in Pakistan

Feb 23, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Scores of prominent Pakistani journalists and activists have received email warnings from Twitter informing them their tweets are in violation of Pakistan’s laws. The consequences for press freedoms could be dire.

TWITTER IN PAKISTAN. Image by Nika Kobaidze

French far-right weekly barred from Twitter over 'hate speech'

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:08 PM

Rivarol's Twitter account 'called for racial hatred and sympathized with crimes against humanity,' a spokesman for the French government's racism, anti-Semitism, and discrimination body says

Twitter hammered as user losses overshadow improving finances

Feb 08, 2019 - 12:01 PM

'The falloff in monthly active users is likely a continuation of Twitter's efforts to remove questionable accounts,' says analyst


Twitter tests 'original tweeter' tag to help users see who started a thread

Jan 24, 2019 - 5:26 PM

The tag should make it easier to determine which posts are from the thread-starter, as well as help weed out copycat posters trying to usurp a thread

Twitter rolls out simplified web redesign

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Additional features of the Twitter web redesign include picture cropping, better search, and an easy-to-find emoji interface

NEW TWITTER. Here's a glimpse of the web redesign for Twitter. Screenshot of Twitter.com

Comelec: Bangsamoro plebiscite peaceful despite delays | Midday wRap

Jan 22, 2019 - 1:42 PM

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Russian watchdog launches 'administrative proceedings' vs Facebook, Twitter

Jan 21, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Alexander Zharov, head of Russia's media watchdog Roskomnadzor, says Facebook and Twitter provided 'no concrete information on localizing the data of Russian users on the territory of the Russian Federation'

Political memes abound. Here's what some researchers learned about their spread

Jan 21, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Here's what researchers had to say in 2018 regarding 4 online communities that spread political – and sometimes hateful – memes

SPREADING MEMES. Learn a little about the groups that spread political memes. Donald Trump file photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images/AFP

Recent Twitter mishaps by officials: Be careful

Jan 21, 2019 - 8:40 AM

What happens when public officials mistweet or overtweet?

‘Help me’ – alleged mastermind of Batocabe murder to Duterte | Evening wRap

Jan 18, 2019 - 8:39 PM

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Twitter patches Android bug that made private tweets public

Jan 18, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Twitter says the bug on Android disabled the protected tweet setting if certain conditions were met, such as changing the email address connected to your account

Twitter formally gives Android reverse-chronological feed option

Jan 16, 2019 - 12:52 PM

The reverse-chronological feed option for Android follows its iOS-based launch in December

Twitter to test new features encouraging conversations

Jan 09, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The features include online status indicators and 'ice breaker' tweets

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Will Poulter ‘steps back’ from Twitter after being bullied online

Jan 04, 2019 - 3:34 PM

The ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ star says he is doing it ‘in the interest of my mental health’

WILL POULTER. In 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' the actor plays video game designer Colin. Photo courtesy of Netflix

8 of the biggest tech headlines of 2018

Dec 28, 2018 - 5:57 PM

We’ve rounded up everything from Elon Musk’s Twitter antics to disinformation campaign in social media

Government officials react to Ateneo bullying | Evening wRap

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:08 PM

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A Christmas wish list for the naughty boys and girls of Woke Twitter

Dec 21, 2018 - 5:12 PM

What’s the point, after all, of bullying the bully?

Twitter relaunches reverse-chronological feed option

Dec 19, 2018 - 2:31 PM

The toggle button, which looks like a set of sparkles, allows users to change the arrangement of tweets. You can choose to either see the top tweets first or the latest tweets on your feed.

CONVERSATION: What’s a #TatakClark?

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:52 AM

It's time to put the spotlight on Clark and the many things it has to offer. Check out the highlights of our #TatakClark conversation last December 19

Twitter in 2018: Removing dubious accounts, rethinking incentives

Dec 19, 2018 - 7:05 AM

After social media platforms were used to manipulate elections around the world, Twitter spends 2018 cleaning up spammy accounts and talking to US legislators and users about how to move forward

Trump accuses Facebook, Twitter, Google of Democrat bias

Dec 18, 2018 - 11:38 PM

Twitter says in a statement it has been working to weed out accounts that hide a user's true identity or seek to manipulate the platform

MAD. File photo of US President Donald Trump speaking to the press at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Catriona and the Silver Linings: Social media explodes with Miss Universe 2018 memes

Dec 17, 2018 - 1:31 PM

We 'lava' all these clever memes about newly crowned Catriona Gray and her fellow pageant ladies

Twitter warns global users their tweets violate Pakistani law

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Furey and two critics of extremism in Islam say they are 'shocked' to have received notices by the social media giant this past week over alleged violations of Islamabad's laws, despite having no apparent connection to the country

Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber among the most-talked on Twitter in 2018

Dec 06, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Which trending topics and Pinoy celebs dominated the Philippine Twitterverse this year?

#BeBonifacio: Netizens imagine if Andres Bonifacio had a Twitter account

Nov 30, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Rappler revives #BeBonifacio Twitter conversation encouraging netizens to tweet how the hero of the revolution would react to 2018 events

#BEBONIFACIO. Rappler revived a Twitter conversation encouraging netizens to tweet how the revolutionary hero would react on the past events this 2018.

'Relatively few' Twitter bots responsible for spreading misinformation – study

Nov 22, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Researchers from Indiana University in the US and the National University of Defense Technology in China analyze 14 million messages spreading 400 thousand articles on Twitter during 10 months in 2016 and 2017

Twitter removed thousands of accounts discouraging U.S. vote participation

Nov 03, 2018 - 6:38 PM

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has alerted Twitter to the accounts, which are removed in late September and early October

SOCIAL MEDIA. This November 7, 2013 file photo shows the logo of Twitter on the front of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Twitter testing homescreen toggle for tweet arrangement

Nov 01, 2018 - 1:33 PM

The new sparkling icon switches the timeline view from showing the latest tweets only to the top tweets on your timeline

TWITTER'S NEW TOGGLE. The new icon will allow switching of timeline views. Screen shot of Tweet.

Typical tweet shorter since character length doubled

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Twitter says the typical length of a tweet in English actually dropped by a character to 33

Trump complains about Twitter removing his followers

Oct 27, 2018 - 12:13 AM

Trump, who has some 55 million Twitter followers, revived his argument about 'bias' by internet firms in a morning tweet that suggested growth in his network was slowing

Trillanes scores victory, Sagay massacre, social media users | Evening wRap

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:10 PM

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Twitter rally vs rising prices: #HirapMagmahal, #PresyoIbaba trend

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:14 AM

Netizens blast yet another increase in the price of basic services

Of course, Twitter folks had fun with #YouTubeDOWN

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:54 AM

Count on Twitter to provide the LOLs


These young stars blew Twitter up during the ABS-CBN Ball 2018

Sep 30, 2018 - 11:10 PM

Which of your idols were the most talked about on Twitter?

Twitter to ban 'dehumanizing' comments with user help

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:18 PM

The social network asks for feedback from users around the world regarding wording to be used in the policy amendment

TWITTER. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP


Twitter bug may have exposed some users' customer service interactions

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Twitter says the bug only affected less than 1% of its users and that the bug has been resolved


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


Many conservatives fret over Trump's war on tech giants

Sep 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Some view the looming anti-trust investigations on the big tech companies as punishment based on political reasons

TECH TITANS. 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 listen as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP


Japan's 'Twitter killer' charged with 9 counts of murder

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:48 PM

Takahiro Shiraishi is charged with murder after admitting killing and butchering all 9 of his victims – all but one of whom were women aged between 15 and 26

Trillanes, Philippine peso dips, Twitter bans Alex Jones | Midday wRap

Sep 07, 2018 - 12:43 PM

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Twitter permanently bans far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:09 AM

The social network has been under pressure to remove Jones following similar moves by fellow tech giants Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and Apple last month

BANNED ON TWITTER. Alex Jones of InfoWars talks to reporters outside a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations' use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trillanes goes to SC, inflation in regions, Facebook and Twitter | Midday wRap

Sep 06, 2018 - 2:27 PM

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Twitter working on abuse transparency report initiative

Sep 06, 2018 - 5:26 AM

Jack Dorsey: 'We do intend, and this will be an initiative this year, to create a transparency report that will make that data more public so that all can learn from it and we can be held public accountable'

DORSEY IN THE HOUSE. Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey takes his seat as he arrives for a House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Twitter's transparency and accountability, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Google lambasted for absence in congress hearing

Sep 06, 2018 - 3:22 AM

'There's an empty chair next to you for Google, they're not here today – maybe it's because they're arrogant,' says one Republican senator

EMPTY SEAT. The seat for Alphabet (Google) CEO Larry Page is unoccupied as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 5, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP


Twitter not based on 'political ideology,' CEO tells lawmakers

Sep 06, 2018 - 1:46 AM

Days ago, US president Donald Trump, has been accusing the tech giants of being against conservative voices

STERN LOOK. At the September 5 hearing, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg faced questions about how foreign operatives use their platforms in attempts to influence and manipulate public opinion. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP


U.S. to probe tech firms on competition, 'stifling' free speech

Sep 06, 2018 - 1:31 AM

(UPDATED) 'Social media platforms have the right to determine what types of legal speech they will permit on their platforms,' says IT expert Daniel Castro

SHOULDER TAP. Google, along with other tech giants, gets a tap on the shoulder from the US government about current practices on content moderation. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP


Facebook, Twitter say they are not heading to China

Sep 06, 2018 - 1:19 AM

Google's reported exploratory foray into China prompts US lawmakers to ask Facebook and Twitter executives if they have similar plans

DORSEY. Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations' use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP