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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

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

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


Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey testify before U.S. Congress

Sep 06, 2018 - 12:41 AM

The two executives reassure lawmakers that they're not going to drop the ball again on foreign manipulation on social media but both acknowledge there is still a long way to go

UNDER OATH. CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey (r) and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (l) are sworn in to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 5, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP


LIVE: U.S. Senate hearing with Facebook, Twitter on foreign influence in social media

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:40 PM

Watch the US Senate's hearing with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg live here


LIVE: U.S. House hearing with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on transparency, accountability

Sep 05, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Dorsey faces the energy and commerce committee on September 6, 1:30 am


Top U.S. regulator calls for 'transparency' from tech giants

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:17 AM

'We need to seriously think about whether the time has come for these companies to abide by new transparency obligations,' says US Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai

AJIT PAI. In this file photo, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee May 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP


Expert opinions: the September 5 Facebook-Twitter-Google hearing

Sep 04, 2018 - 2:35 PM

'The Democrats are upset about the spread of misinformation in the 2016 election, and the Republicans over the perception of bias,' says Roslyn Layton, a scholar specializing in telecom and internet issues

SANDBERG. The chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, will join top representatives from Twitter and possibly, Google, in another high-profile congressional grilling on September 5. Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for MAKERS/AFP


What to expect: Twitter CEO's testimony on transparency, accountability

Sep 04, 2018 - 1:19 PM

Twitter CEO Dorsey faces the US House of Representatives to discuss his network's algorithms and the way it moderates its content against the backdrop of perceived bias against conservative views

DORSEY TESTIMONY. The Twitter CEO will be facing the US Congress in another session separate from the hearing with Google and Facebook executives. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP


UK demands action from tech giants over online child abuse

Sep 03, 2018 - 11:49 PM

'I've been impressed by the progress the likes of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Apple have made on counter-terrorism. Now I want to see the same level of commitment from these companies and others for child sexual exploitation,' British interior minister Sajid Javid says

Facebook, Twitter, Google are in the U.S. congress hot seat again. Here's why.

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, and a yet-to-be-confirmed Google executive face US lawmakers on September 5 regarding Russian election interference

NEXT ROUND. The online giants, represented here by Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey, face off with US lawmakers again as issues of foreign interference persist. Sheryl Sandberg photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for MAKERS/AFP; Jack Dorsey photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund/AFP


Twitter to verify those behind hot-button US issue ads

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:08 AM

In response to foreign meddling, Twitter sets new policy prohibiting state-owned media or national authorities from buying political ads on Twitter that will be shown outside their home countries

Photo from shutterstock


Trump unblocks more critics on Twitter as ordered by court

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The Knight First Amendment Institute argues that it is incumbent on the White House to immediately unblock any Twitter users shut off from the president's account because of political viewpoints

Facebook, Twitter executives to testify to U.S. Congress next week

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The US Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing will focus on 'social media companies' responses to foreign influence operations'


Trump warns tech giants, stepping up attacks claiming 'bias'

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:47 AM

A top White House aide suggests some type of regulation may be coming in response to the president's complaints

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One in flight as he travels from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, to Bedminster, New Jersey, June 29, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP


Facebook, Twitter takedowns show quandary in curbing manipulation

Aug 23, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Gaping holes remain in online platforms and that not enough is being done to counter foreign interference, says former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos


VIRAL: School official burns students' bags as punishment

Aug 18, 2018 - 3:18 PM

(UPDATED) Bicol Central Academy administrator Alexander James Jaucian is caught on video shouting at students, calling them 'stupid'

Jack Dorsey says he’s rethinking the core of how Twitter works

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:48 PM

'The most important thing that we can do is we look at the incentives that we’re building into our product. Because they do express a point of view of what we want people to do – and I don't think they are correct anymore,' Dorsey says

DORSEY. CEO of Twitter and Square Jack Dorsey accepts the award for CEO of the Year onstage during the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 28th Annual Awards Gala at Washington Hilton on November 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. File photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund/AFP


Twitter puts curbs on far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) According to Twitter, Jones' account is not suspended but 'has limited functionality,' as part of an enforcement effort that requires tweets violating Twitter rules to be deleted

ALEX JONES. Photo from Alex Jones' Twitter.

Twitter erupts as Barangay Ginebra reigns supreme

Aug 08, 2018 - 10:28 PM

Social media users congratulate the new champions for winning their first PBA Commissioner's Cup title in 21 years

Twitter chief defends not booting Infowars

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:13 PM

Jack Dorsey explains that it is journalists' job to shine the light of truth on unsubstantiated rumors or sensationalized issues

Italy to probe creation of anti-Mattarella Twitter accounts

Aug 05, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Where did these nearly 400 Twitter accounts come from?

ITALIAN LEADER. Italy's President Sergio Mattarella (L) attends a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Italian Republic (Republic Day) on June 2, 2018, in Piazza Venezia in Rome. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Twitter dives in black week for social media

Jul 27, 2018 - 11:00 PM

The drop in users comes from 'prioritizing the health of the platform, and, to a lesser extent, GDPR,' Twitter says, referring to Europe's General Data Protection Regulations that limit how internet firms can handle user data

Twitter suspends 'Professional Heckler'

Jul 25, 2018 - 6:11 PM

(UPDATED) A longtime satirist and known Duterte critic is taken off Twitter

Sharon Cuneta celebrates 40 years in showbiz with concert

Jul 25, 2018 - 12:46 PM

Sharon also formally launches her presence on social media via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube

MILESTONE. Actress Sharon Cuneta answers questions at a press conference on her concert in celebration of  her 40th year in showbiz this year. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Twitter curbs access for 143,000 apps in new crackdown

Jul 25, 2018 - 12:24 PM

They're also implementing a more thorough application process for third-party app developers


Tech giants working on universal data portability project

Jul 23, 2018 - 3:54 PM

The open-source initiative will let users transfer their data from one service to another conveniently

Twitter continues aggressive suspension of unwanted accounts

Jul 18, 2018 - 2:26 PM

New report surfaces, saying Twitter suspended 58 million accounts in the 4th quarter of 2017


Twitter to remove locked accounts from users' follower count

Jul 12, 2018 - 12:45 AM

Twitter hopes this change will let users have confidence in the accuracy of legitimate accounts following them

TWITTER ACCOUNTS. A photo taken in the western French city of Rennes on November 7, 2013 shows an official Twitter account on a smartphone. File photo by Damien Meyer/AFP