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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

Facebook, Twitter not fully complying with consumer rules: EU

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

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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.

Gatchalian blames bashers for his meltdown on Twitter

Jan 02, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian confirms that Twitter handle @stgatchalian is his personal account

PISSED. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian exchanged heated tweets with netizens on New Year's Eve. Rappler file photo

Tropical Depression Agaton, Sherwin Gatchalian, Hollywood vs harassment | Midday wRap

Jan 02, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Trump threatens to cut Pakistan aid over 'deceit' in terror fight

Jan 01, 2018 - 10:32 PM

(UPDATED) 'The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,' Trump said in his first tweet of 2018.

PROTEST. A protester jumps over the burning effigy of US President Donald Trump during an anti-US and Israeli protest in Peshawar on December 8, 2017, following Trump's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Photo by Abdul Majeed / AFP

Netizens slam Sherwin Gatchalian over 'Ulol, Gago' tweets

Jan 01, 2018 - 7:56 PM

'Check your language,' netizens who saw the tweets of Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on New Year's eve ask him

Trump looks to U.S. midterm elections in year-end tweets

Jan 01, 2018 - 12:36 AM

'Why would smart voters want to put Democrats in Congress in 2018 Election when their policies will totally kill the great wealth created during the months since the Election," tweets the US President

WikiLeaks founder's Twitter account briefly vanishes

Dec 26, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Julian Assange's account disappears before reappearing more than 12 hours later

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP


Twitter enforces new rules against bad conduct, hateful behavior

Dec 19, 2017 - 5:09 PM

The updated Twitter policies do not apply to military or government entities

‘Blood red,’ ‘Imeldific’: Isabelle Duterte draws flak for Malacañang photo shoot

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:43 PM

Presidential granddaughter Isabelle Duterte gets called out online for her pre-debut photo shoot in Malacañang, prominently capturing the presidential seal

Net giants 'must pay for news' from which they make billions

Dec 14, 2017 - 2:59 PM

European news agencies demand that Google, Facebook, and Twitter must share a significant part of the advertising revenue with the news outfits who produce the information


Top World of Warcraft guild says member DDoSed teammates to nab raiding spot

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Officers from Limit say Adois digitally brought down teammates to get a spot in the raid group's attempts to clear World of Warcraft's latest Mythic Raid, Antorus

ARGUS THE UNMAKER. Raid groups are working to defeat the Mythic-level version of Argus to become the world-first guild to defeat him. Image from World of Warcraft website

U.S. celebrities rally for boy in viral video talking of being bullied in school

Dec 11, 2017 - 7:13 PM

(UPDATED) Keaton Jones tearfully talks about being bullied at school in a video that has gone viral, prompting an outpouring of support from Hollywood celebrities, music stars and athletes

BULLIED. Keaton Jones' mother posted his video on Facebook. Screengrab on Keaton Jones video.

La Luna Sangre, My Ex and Whys most tweeted Filipino show, movie of 2017

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:26 PM

Does your favorite teleserye and movie make it to the list?

K-pop groups BTS, SVT are the world's most tweeted stars in 2017

Dec 06, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Meanwhile, the Philippines' Maine Mendoza makes it to number 5!

Awards shows, Marawi siege, Miss Universe: Top Twitter PH moments of 2017

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:53 PM

Some of the most tweeted 2017 moments in the Philippines include AlDub, MayWard, KathNiel, Nadine Lustre, BTS, Miss Universe, and more

Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza are the most tweeted Pinoy accounts in 2017

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:16 PM

Meanwhile, Vice Ganda and Anne Curtis are the most followed Filipino Twitter accounts for 2017

Ricci Rivero, Alyssa Valdez top 2017 PH most tweeted athletes list

Dec 06, 2017 - 4:51 PM

Athletes from Ateneo and La Salle dominate the list for this year, while #NBAFinals is most tweeted sports-related hashtag in the Philippines

Jokowi masuk daftar 10 pemimpin dunia yang paling banyak diperbincangkan di Twitter

Dec 06, 2017 - 4:16 PM

Berikut daftar 10 pemimpin dunia yang paling banyak diperbincangkan di Twitter sepanjang 2017

Presiden Joko Widodo menjawab pertanyaan wartawan. Foto oleh Rosa Panggabean/Antara

AlDub is most tweeted love team of 2017

Dec 06, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Did your favorite love team make the list?

ALDUB. Two years later, Maine Mendoza and Alden Richard's pairing remains to be the talk of Twitter. File photo shows the love team at their 'Sa Tamang Panahon' concert in 2015. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Agnez Mo jadi pemilik akun Twitter dengan pengikut terbanyak tahun 2017

Dec 06, 2017 - 2:53 PM

Hingga awal Desember 2017, jumlah pengikut Agnez Mo di Twitter mencapai 17,4 juta!

PUNCAK. Agnez Mo sukses memuncaki daftar pengguna akun Twitter Indonesia yang memiliki jumlah pengikut terbanyak tahun ini. Foto dari akun Instagram @agnezmo

Twitter Lite rollout expands to 24 more countries

Dec 01, 2017 - 12:17 PM

The wider release of Twitter Lite follows a test phase in the Philippines

Ex-Twitter employee explains his inadvertent deactivation of Trump account

Nov 30, 2017 - 6:21 PM

Bahtiyar Duysak calls the deactivation process he inadvertently began a 'mistake'

BAHTIYAR DUYSAK. Former Twitter employee Bahtiyar Duysak speaks with an interviewer about the deactivation of Donald Trump's Twitter account. Screen shot from TechCrunch YouTube interview

Trump attacks British PM after criticism of anti-Muslim videos

Nov 29, 2017 - 10:41 PM

(UPDATED) Trump retweets 3 anti-Muslim videos posted by the deputy head of a British far-right group who has been convicted of a hate crime

'Craving for the truth': #FactsMatterPH tops local Twitter trends

Nov 28, 2017 - 6:21 PM

In the age of selfies, trolls, and bots, facts matter immensely to the Filipino netizen

'Nakakaabala': Commuters slam Roque for MRT3 'PR stunt'

Nov 23, 2017 - 7:35 PM

'Harry Roque's MRT stunt is so fake, you can actually buy it at Greenhills,' reads one tweet

On vacation, Donald Trump again feuds with NFL and the Big Baller

Nov 23, 2017 - 12:10 PM

Though US President Donald Trump is an avowed sports fan, athletes are among his preferred opponents on his now 280-character bullhorn

UNGRATE FOOL. This file photo taken on November 14, 2017 shows LaVar Ball, father of basketball player LiAngelo Ball and the owner of the Big Baller brand, attends a promotional event in Hong Kong. Donald Trump calls him 'ungrateful fool' in his tweets. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Amnesty International report, PH population, Google, FB join Trust Project | Midday wRap

Nov 17, 2017 - 12:49 PM

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Google, Facebook join news organizations in 'Trust Project'

Nov 17, 2017 - 8:51 AM

Microsoft and Twitter also agree to participate in the "Trust Project," with some 75 news organizations to tag news stories which meet standards for ethics and transparency

Twitter removing white supremacists' verified badges

Nov 16, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Twitter takes out the verification badges of at least 4 white supremacist or alt-right accounts, and says it is reviewing its system of giving out the badges

Russian tweets from bots, trolls used 'to disrupt' Brexit vote – report

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:03 PM

'This is the most significant evidence yet of interference by Russian-backed social media accounts around the Brexit referendum,' an MP says of data gathered by scientists at Swansea University and the University of California, Berkeley

BREXIT DISCORD. A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella as they walk near the Big Ben clock face and the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 25, 2016. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

FAST FACTS: Major Russian investments in Facebook and Twitter

Nov 13, 2017 - 4:18 PM

Here's what you should know about Russian funding for Facebook and Twitter


LOOK: Trump misspells 'Philippines' in tweet

Nov 12, 2017 - 11:58 AM

US President Donald Trump tweets that he was soon coming to the Philippines – except he misspelled the name of the host country

MISSPELL. US President Donald Trump misspells 'Philippines' ahead of his trip to the country. File Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump backs U.S. spy agencies on poll meddling but slams Putin 'haters'

Nov 12, 2017 - 11:30 AM

(UPDATED) Trump returns to the subject in an early morning Twitter storm, which also sees him take a sarcastic dig at North Korea's 'short and fat' leader Kim Jong-Un

IN HANOI. US President Donald Trump attends a joint press conference with his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on November 12, 2017. Luong Thai Linh/Pool/AFP

'All we wanted was an edit button': Clever tweets with #280characters

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:32 PM

What are some creative netizens and brands doing with all this newfound freedom?