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Facebook employees speak out against company's refusal to police Trump's posts

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:20 AM

'Mark is wrong, and I will endeavor in the loudest possible way to change his mind,' tweets Ryan Freitas, the design director of Facebook's News Feed

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks on before to deliver his speech during the VivaTech (Viva Technology) trade fair in Paris, on May 24, 2018. Photo by Gerard Julien/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

Hacking away at PLDT's goodwill

May 29, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Both the hackers of PLDT and the company itself should consider what they've done to get to this point

Twitter conceals Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence'

May 29, 2020 - 4:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Twitter says it is placing a 'public interest notice' on a Trump message about protests in Minneapolis over the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of the police

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the Oval Office about the widening Coronavirus crisis on March 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. File photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

PLDT: No record of data being downloaded from company's support account

May 29, 2020 - 1:37 PM

While hackers could have hypothetically grabbed data from PLDT's support Twitter account, the company says there's no record of customer data being downloaded from it

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

PLDT support Twitter account hacked

May 28, 2020 - 1:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) PLDT says it's recovered the PLDT_Cares Twitter account

Screenshot from Twitter

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

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

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

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'

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

Twitter to label 'misleading' coronavirus content

May 12, 2020 - 9:45 AM

'Warning labels' will be added for misleading statements or assertions that have been confirmed to be false or inaccurate by public health authorities

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

[OPINION] PCOO blocks Gang Badoy on Twitter – that’s unconstitutional

May 11, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Just like in the United States, the Philippine government’s act of blocking citizens from its social media accounts violate fundamental rights

Twitter swings to loss as pandemic hits advertising

Apr 30, 2020 - 8:04 PM

(UPDATED) In its quarterly update on Thursday, April 30, Twitter posts an $8 million loss while revenues edged up 3% to $808 million and its user base increased 24%

TWITTER. Twitter branding is displayed ahead of the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 5, 2020. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Twitter offers data to researchers studying virus

Apr 30, 2020 - 9:04 AM

'Public conversation can help the world learn faster, solve problems better and realize we're all in this together,' Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says

JACK DORSEY. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

TIMELINE: The Ethel Booba Twitter account that is apparently not Ethel Booba’s

Apr 10, 2020 - 3:58 PM

What in the world is happening?

ETHEL BOOBA. The comedian known for her social commentary on Twitter disowns her account on the platform, saying it is fake. Screenshots from and

Twitter suspends accounts defending Duterte's pandemic response

Apr 10, 2020 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) Twitter says the accounts violate its policies against platform manipulation and spamming

Ethel Booba disowns controversial Twitter account

Apr 10, 2020 - 11:13 AM

As of posting, the Twitter account with the handle @iamethylgabison is no longer accessible

Twitter's Jack Dorsey pledges $1B for coronavirus relief effort

Apr 08, 2020 - 11:27 AM

The contribution is about 28% of his overall personal wealth

DORSEY. Twitter co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey said April 7, 2020 he was committing $1 billion of his personal fortune to coronavirus relief through his philanthropic fund. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Twitter deletes Egypt, Saudi accounts over 'pro-govt direction'

Apr 03, 2020 - 4:06 PM

Twitter removes thousands of accounts in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Honduras, Indonesia, and Serbia which allegedly took direction from governments or pushed pro-government content

Twitter removes 2 Bolsonaro tweets questioning virus quarantine

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:48 AM

Twitter says it had recently expanded its global rules on managing content that contradicted public health information from official sources and could put people at greater risk of transmitting the coronavirus

BOLSONARO. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on March 20, 2020. Photo by Sergio Lima/AFP

Why is 'Thank you coronavirus' trending on Twitter?

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:09 PM

The Department of Transportation takes down its post which thanks the coronavirus, apologizing to the public over the post that was supposed to 'provide an enlightening and awakening narrative into this pandemic'

[OPINYON | Wikapedia] COVID bilang Coronavirus #DionaTweet

Mar 21, 2020 - 7:31 PM

Gamit ang hashtag na #DionaTweet, mag-tweet ng diona – katutubong tulang may 3 linya, na ang bawat linyang magkakatugma ay may 7 pantig – tungkol sa coronavirus, quarantine, at lockdown

Tech platforms in joint effort to stem virus misinformation

Mar 18, 2020 - 2:56 PM

The joint statement is issued late on Monday by Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft and Reddit along with Google-owned YouTube and Microsoft-owned LinkedIn.

Twitter makes work-from-home setup mandatory for its employees worldwide

Mar 12, 2020 - 3:04 PM

Twitter says it will help its employees, including hourly workers and contractors, cover expenses for setting up home offices

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. File photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

Facebook, Twitter place warning labels on altered Biden video

Mar 09, 2020 - 4:53 PM

(UPDATED) The edited video, which appears to show Joe Biden endorsing Donald Trump, is marked "partly false" by Facebook and "manipulated media" on Twitter.

TRUMP. In this file photo taken on March 6, 2020 US President Donald Trump speaks after touring tornado damage in Cookeville, Tennessee. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Locsin locked out of Twitter after violent tweet vs Bayan

Mar 09, 2020 - 10:32 AM

(UPDATED) 'Lighten up my friend,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after he is allowed to access his account again

LOCKED OUT. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. during the Senate hearing on the withdrawal/termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement on February 6, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

From canceled conferences to supply woes: The coronavirus’ impact on the tech sector

Mar 08, 2020 - 11:00 AM

How has the coronavirus changed the technology sector in recent weeks? Here's a rundown of just what's happened.

KEEPING WATCH. A security guard keeps watch as an AI-powered system developed by Chinese tech firm Megvii screens commuters for fevers as they enter the Mudanyuan metro station in Beijing on February 6, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Twitter broadens ban on 'dehumanizing' comments

Mar 06, 2020 - 2:37 PM

Examples of rule-breaking tweets include posts that refer to people with a disease as 'rats that contaminate everyone around them' or people with a particular disability as 'subhuman'

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

Twitter tests vanishing tweets to keep up with Snapchat, Facebook

Mar 05, 2020 - 12:40 PM

The ability to send ephemeral tweets called 'Fleets' is being tried out in Brazil, according to the San Francisco-based social media platform.

Twitter staff told to work from home over COVID-19 fears

Mar 03, 2020 - 5:02 PM

Working from home will be mandatory for employees at the company's South Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan offices, says Twitter human resources chief Jennifer Christie

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

Activist investor wants to oust Twitter chief Dorsey – media

Feb 29, 2020 - 1:36 PM

Elliott Management, founded by billionaire Paul Singer, has acquired a stake in Twitter and wants to remove CEO Jack Dorsey, CNBC says, citing an unnamed source

JACK DORSEY. In this file photo taken on September 05, 2018 CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 5, 2018. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Twitter suspends 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts for breaking rules

Feb 22, 2020 - 1:51 PM

The Wall Street Journal reveals Michael Bloomberg hired around 500 people in California at $2,500 a month to regularly post messages supporting him on social media and to send text messages to their friends

Justice chief blasts Trump's tweets for making job 'impossible'

Feb 14, 2020 - 8:58 AM

'I think it's time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,' says US Attorney General Bill Barr

Twitter surges as global user growth revives

Feb 07, 2020 - 11:47 AM

The company ends the year with 152 million 'monetizable' daily active users – its preferred measure of its base – up 21% from a year earlier

Twitter moves to curb manipulated content including 'deepfakes'

Feb 05, 2020 - 6:50 PM

Twitter says its new policy calls for a mix of warning 'labels' for tweets that include manipulated images or video, and removal of the tweets

Twitter launches coronavirus search prompt to fight disinformation

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:40 AM

When users search for terms related to the 2019 novel coronavirus, a search prompt suggests looking into accounts of authoritative health sources in concerned countries

How Twitter reacted to Kobe Bryant's death

Jan 27, 2020 - 10:51 AM

Kobe Bryant's death sent shockwaves throughout the world, with fellow stars, celebrities and political figures expressing disbelief at the news

epa08168075 (FILE) US President Barack Obama (R) receives a LA Lakers team jersey and signed basketball from Kobe Bryant (C) and Derek Fisher (L) at an event welcoming the NBA Finals Champion Los Angeles Lakers to the White House to honor their 2008-2009 season, in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC, USA, 25 January 2010 (reissued 26 January 2020). According to media reports former US basketball player Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, USA on 26 January 2020. He was 41. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Twitter tests feature that lets you control who can reply to your tweets

Jan 09, 2020 - 4:49 PM

Currently in test phase, the feature lets you choose whether you want everybody to be able to reply, just your followers, or no one at all

TWITTER. Twitter branding is displayed ahead of the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 5, 2020. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

'Free Netflix,' chats with women used as lure in campaign for bill in India – reports

Jan 06, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Twitter users notice a growing number of what appear to be fake Indian accounts telling people to call a number supporting the Citizenship Amendment Act in exchange for free Netflix accounts or chats with lonely women

Twitter blocks Saudi 'state-backed' manipulation effort

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:19 AM

The platform says some 88,000 accounts being blocked were linked to Saudi state-backed 'information operations'

WASHINGTON, USA – Twitter said Friday, December 21, it had suspended thousands of accounts linked to a

Filipina sisters make it to PH top tweets in 2019

Dec 19, 2019 - 2:16 PM

Here's why Brianna and Samantha Rubia's posts have become the most retweeted in the Philippines

#WhatDid2019TeachYou: Netizens wrap up 2019 with lessons of hope

Dec 18, 2019 - 8:06 PM

Looking for a positive note to end 2019 with? Read how the rest of the internet is doing so, here.

A great year to be cancelldt: Top 6 ‘Woke Twitter’ debates of 2019

Dec 16, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Here are the most engaging, enlightening, and controversial PH Twitter arguments of the year

BTS, EXO most tweeted about K-pop groups in PH for 2019

Dec 13, 2019 - 8:22 PM

In 3rd place is BLACKPINK! Did your favorite group make it to Twitter Philippines' list?

Maine Mendoza, Maymay Entrata most tweeted about PH celebs of 2019

Dec 12, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The two are followed by Kisses Delavin and Alden Richards