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U.S. presidential candidate Warren runs fake Facebook ad to target ad policies

Oct 14, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The ad states 'Breaking news: Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook just endorsed Donald Trump for re-election,' followed quickly by an admission that the statement is fake, devised only to aim at the platform's ad policies

BIG TECH. he presidential campaign for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren posted a billboard in the South of Market Area of San Francisco that calls for breaking up big tech. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP


FALSE: Bill ‘penalizing fathers’ for failure to give child support ‘passed into law’

Oct 14, 2019 - 6:42 PM

As of October 2019, House Bill No. 6079, or the Child Support Enforcement Act, has not been signed into law. Similar versions of the measure had been filed several times yet remain pending at the House committee level.

FALSE: '95 countries in UN review believe there are no EJKs in PH'

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:49 PM

The claim is a misquoted statement from a 2017 Philippine News Agency report that was revised and later taken down

FALSE: Marriage between humans and animals now legal in Norway

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:05 PM

The information is from a satirical site, but websites treated it as an official source

Porn, politics are key targets in 'deepfakes' – study

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:19 PM

Security firm Deeptrace identifies 96% of deepfakes as 'nonconsensual pornography,' which use the images of female celebrities or others in videos manipulated using artificial intelligence

DEEPFAKE. An AFP journalist views a video on January 25, 2019, manipulated with artificial intelligence to potentially deceive viewers, or "deepfake" at his newsdesk in Washington, DC. Photo by Alexandra Robinson/AFP


FALSE: Video of 'young people died after drinking fake beer in China'

Oct 04, 2019 - 10:00 PM

The people in the video were intoxicated, not dead, according to a Taiwan-based news channel that refutes the claim fake alcohol was consumed

FALSE: ‘New evidence of widespread cheating’ by Robredo in 2016 VP election protest

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:55 PM

This is a rehashed claim, based on an order from the Presidential Electoral Tribunal in June 2018

Screenshot of website article saying there is 'new evidence' vs Robredo in the ongoing election protest concerning the 2016 vice presidential polls

FALSE: Bamboo Mañalac ‘dies in car crash in Quezon’

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Bamboo Mañalac is still alive

FALSE: Wealth of Marcos family from 'hard work,' and 'not from public funds'

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:01 PM

A 2003 court ruling proves that the Marcoses failed to justify the acquisition of their assets which exceeded their salaries as public officials

Malicious bots and trolls spread vaccine misinformation – now social media companies are fighting back

Sep 29, 2019 - 9:53 PM

Platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are developing strategies to address anti-vaccine bots and to try to reduce their reach in the United States

At least half of parents of young children report having encountered negative messages about vaccines on social media. Photo by Alexander Dummer/Unsplash, CC BY

Disinformation efforts now used in 70 countries – researchers

Sep 26, 2019 - 11:59 PM

A report by the Oxford Internet Institute finds manipulation efforts have doubled over the past two years and are being used by both democratic and authoritarian governments

Google steps up battle on 'deepfakes' with data release

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:24 PM

Google says its dataset can be used as benchmarks to determine if a video has been altered

DEEPFAKE. Google generated these deepfake videos by using actors selected randomly and having deep neural networks swapping the Image from Google


FALSE: Jovito Salonga's 'letter' to Cory saying Marcos had no ill-gotten wealth

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:33 PM

The signatures in the letter do not match those in government records

#2030NOW: Disinformation interventions beyond literacy

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The problem of disinformation requires solutions that look at the root of what makes people susceptible to them in the first place

SGS 2019 Digital huddle. September 21, 2019.

Fact checkers team up against disinformation at U.N. GA

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:01 PM

23 fact-checking organizations from 17 countries work together to spot false and misleading claims during the international event

Identifying a fake picture online is harder than you might think

Sep 22, 2019 - 8:00 AM

People who have a lot of familiarity with social media and digital imaging tools were more skeptical about the authenticity of the images, a study finds


PAGASA warns public vs fake 'Visayas' Facebook page

Sep 20, 2019 - 11:55 AM

State weather bureau PAGASA also says it is the DENR's Environmental Management Bureau which handles haze-related advisories

FALSE: Revilla 'eyes Culion, Palawan as next Bilibid Prison'

Sep 20, 2019 - 11:10 AM

Revilla did not propose to make Culion Island in Palawan the next Bilibid prison. The photo of the Manila Bulletin frontpage has been manipulated.

MISLEADING: No pay hike for teachers in proposed 2020 budget

Sep 19, 2019 - 4:45 PM

P31 billion has been proposed for compensation adjustment for all government employees, including teachers

FALSE: Hontiveros 'called for EDSA revolution to oust dictator president'

Sep 19, 2019 - 1:47 PM

There is no such statement from Senator Risa Hontiveros

Facebook to stop news headline changes from advertisers

Sep 17, 2019 - 9:49 AM

The new policy comes over complaints that advertisers might be able to deceptively modify the content in news stories shared on the huge social network

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken on March 22, 2018 in Paris shows a close-up of the Facebook logo in an eye. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


4 new tactics, terms in online manipulation campaigns – report

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:19 PM

According to the researchers, the 4 techniques are a form of a broader online manipulation strategy called 'source hacking'

Data shows Senate bill does not fully address 'fake news' problem

Sep 14, 2019 - 10:19 AM

The data shows 42% of the claims checked during the 2019 midterm elections come from the candidates themselves

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Cambridge Analytica whistle-blower Christopher Wylie

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:54 PM

Wylie says the Philippines and other countries in the global south were perfect places for Cambridge Analytica to experiment with tactics and technology

FALSE: Duterte 'signs a law granting SSS members P50,000 bonuses'

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Existing laws on the Social Security System (SSS) grant members specific benefits but not bonuses as described in the claim

FALSE: Robredo 'suggests' gender not be identified in birth certificates till age 10

Sep 09, 2019 - 4:24 PM

Robredo makes no such statement. The proposed SOGIE bill contains no clause on labeling the sex of a newborn in birth certificates.

Countries using 'hostile social manipulation' to target enemies – report

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:42 PM

The RAND report on hostile social manipulation says countries are using common disinformation practices to gain a competitive advantage

Facebook rolling out new notifications to combat vaccine misinformation

Sep 05, 2019 - 7:51 PM

New pop-ups will be shown to the user on both Facebook and Instagram when a user comes across vaccination content

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Instagram a prime target for disinformation in 2020 U.S. elections

Sep 04, 2019 - 6:47 PM

The report presents a number of predictions related to social media-enhanced disinformation running up to the 2020 US elections

Indonesian fact-checkers fight disinformation amid internet shutdown

Sep 01, 2019 - 8:49 PM

Fact-checkers grapple with two separate issues causing unrest and disinformation in Indonesia right now: separatism protests and shifting of capital

MISLEADING: Photos of 'UP students killed' after joining NPA

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Benjaline Hernandez and Melissa Roxas, both civilians, are neither UP students nor New People's Army members. Roxas is also still alive.

De Lima urges Google Philippines to take down fake content on YouTube

Aug 26, 2019 - 9:39 AM

Senator Leila de Lima asks Google Philippines and parent company Alphabet to be more aggressive in taking down fake videos on YouTube which serve political agendas


8chan founder: Filipinos not accessing the 'real internet'

Aug 25, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Are Filipinos too dependent on Facebook?

Disinformation producers get paid P30M for 3-month campaigns – expert

Aug 24, 2019 - 3:27 PM

Many disinformation architects are professionals from the PR and advertising industries, who have left their big firms to essentially market politicians

JASON CABANES. The DLSU professor discusses the 'Innovations in conceptualising digital disinformation' at the Atendeo de Davao University, Friday, August 23. Screenshot from Ateneo de Davao University/Facebook


4chan members spread anti-Semitic messages on Twitter by posing as Jews

Aug 22, 2019 - 8:43 PM

The 4chan post called for members of the /pol board to pose as Jews to spread propaganda and disinformation. They would also accuse people correcting them of being anti-Semites.

Websites spreading disinformation make $235 million a year in ads – study

Aug 21, 2019 - 1:08 PM

Due to the complex nature of the online advertising ecosystem, advertisers are not always aware where their ads are displayed

Facebook hiring journalists to curate its new News Tab

Aug 21, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg has said he wanted 'to make sure that to the extent that we can, we're funding as much high-quality journalism as possible'

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken on March 22, 2018 in Paris shows a close-up of the Facebook logo in an eye. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


[ANALYSIS] YouTube: The new battleground against disinformation

Aug 16, 2019 - 12:07 PM

YouTube is the new battleground in the fight against disinformation

Turkish fact checker becomes target of disinformation

Aug 15, 2019 - 1:32 PM

A right-wing politician claims that the founder of Teyit.org is the son of the leader of a far-left political organization

Rappler Talk: Disinformation in the 2019 Philippine midterm elections

Aug 09, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Rappler's JC Gotinga talks to Jonathan Ong about how disinformation has evolved in the 2019 elections

Disinformation campaigns: Thirst traps and ‘hugot’ in 2019 Philippine elections

Aug 08, 2019 - 11:25 AM

A new study shows how online propaganda operations in the Philippines have developed new underground tactics

Zuckerberg says U.S. government inaction allowed fake news to spread

Jun 27, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Mark Zuckerberg calls on governments to further regulate private data, political advertising and step up efforts to prevent state actors from interfering in US elections

POINTING BLAME. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the annual F8 summit at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on May 1, 2018. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Cagayan de Oro Mayor Moreno slams 'fake news' on disqualification

May 11, 2019 - 1:51 PM

The Commission on Elections division handing the disqualification case against reelectionist Mayor Oscar Moreno says the supposed resolution circulating online is 'fake'

Photo by Bobby Lagsa

Ilonggos appeal for expansion of fact-checking efforts to provinces

May 05, 2019 - 10:05 PM

At the #MoveIloilo: Social Good in the Digital Age forum, local groups discuss how to counter disinformation

DISCUSSION. Francis Allan Angelo, the Editor in Chief of the Daily Guardian, talks during a panel discussion of #MoveIloilo: Social Good in the Digital Age on April 29. Photo by Rachel Beatizula/Rappler

Guess: Will ex-Ombudsman Morales run for public office?

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:37 AM

It's a question that has been on many Filipinos' minds since the feisty Conchita Carpio Morales retired from government

FIGHTING CORRUPTION. Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales delivers her speech at the Disinformation and Democratic Decay Forum at the University of the Philippines Bonifacio Global City campus on April 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Democracy is sick, truth the only antidote' – Morales

Apr 22, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Truth 'should be weaponized to the full extent of shaming' candidates linked to corruption, says former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

FIGHTING DISINFORMATION. Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales delivers her speech at the Disinformation and Democratic Decay forum at the University of the Philippines Bonifacio Global City campus on April 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishop David: 'Biggest lie' to say drug war is against drugs

Apr 22, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David admits the Catholic Church has 'failed to educate consciences,' leading to the support of many Catholics for drug war killings

DRUG WAR CRITIC. Caloocan Bishop Pablo David in a press conference on September 14, 2017, shows a document executed by the father of one of the witnesses to 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos' death. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

WATCH: Disinformation and Democratic Decay Forum 2019

Apr 22, 2019 - 9:33 AM

Bookmark this page to watch the Disinformation and Democratic Decay Forum on Monday and Tuesday, April 22 and 23

Austria NGO fights hate online, one conversation at a time

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Neustart, an organization in Austria, offers a 6-month program that aims to show participants how to 'express one's point of view without denigrating others'

Wioletta Ruehrer (R), a social worker of the organisation Neustart, talks to her client, an internet hater who is taking part in this program after she posted a racist comment on Facebook, in Vienna, Austria on March 19, 2019. - When it comes to the problem of online hate speech, the culprits behind the keyboards and smartphones can take some surprising forms -- just take 74-year-old Viennese retiree Ms H. Angered by an article she read on the internet a year ago, the outwardly unassuming former midwife reacted with a Facebook outburst in which she said all immigrants should be poisoned on arrival in Austria. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Sophie MAKRIS

Facebook to crack down on groups spreading misinformation

Apr 11, 2019 - 12:22 PM

The leading social network indicates it will be tougher on inappropriate content in groups, which may not be seen by the public but which can circulate hoaxes and promote abusive or violent actions