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FB Messenger crashes for thousands of users

Sep 23, 2017 - 5:59 PM

Downdetector.com reports that most of the outages come from the Philippines, Australia, and parts of Europe

PayMaya now lets you pay for bills, send money and buy load on Facebook Messenger

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:40 AM

Just search for @PayMayaOfficial on the app to start a transaction

FULL TEXT: Facebook Messenger chat of alleged Aegis Juris fraternity members

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:18 PM

An Aegis Juris fraternity member surfaces to confirm he is one of the 7 persons in the viral screenshots of a Facebook Messenger chat where the hazing of neophyte Horacio Castillo III was planned

Facebook bans 'dangerous' Rohingya militant group

Sep 22, 2017 - 11:27 AM

A spokeswoman says Facebook is aware that Rohingya activists are using the site to draw attention to the violence, and that it intends to allow non-graphic content to remain online

Rohingya file photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Facebook Messenger chat may give clues to Castillo's hazing death

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:29 PM

A Facebook group calling for justice for slain UST law student Horacio Castillo III posts screenshots of a Messenger chat of 7 alleged Aegis Juris members planning the hazing

Social media updates roundup: September 10 to 16, 2017

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Pinterest hits 200 million users, while Facebook tests a new 'Snooze' feature to mute friends, Pages and Groups for a set amount of time

Cyberbullied by a scorned mistress: A wife fights back

Sep 17, 2017 - 11:10 AM

After years of being bullied online, I finally got the nerve to do something about it. The final straw was when the scorned mistress created a fake account on Facebook.

EU ministers make push for Google, Facebook tax

Sep 16, 2017 - 9:43 PM

Public anger against the billions of euros earned by online behemoths is growing louder in Europe and EU finance ministers meeting in Estonia pledge to make sure the companies pay a fairer tax.

Facebook tests 'Instant Videos' for offline viewing

Sep 12, 2017 - 4:46 PM

The feature preloads videos while a user is on a Wi Fi connection

INSTANT VIDEOS. The feature will enable Facebook users without a reliable data connection to stay glued to videos on the platform even when on the go. Instant Video screenshot from Matt Navarra/Twitter

Social media updates roundup: September 3 to 9, 2017

Sep 11, 2017 - 5:12 PM

YouTube streaming has new ultra low latency mode while Facebook tests colored comment bubbles and Instagram story integration

NO DELAY. YouTube introduces ultra-low-latency option to cut video delay between viewer and streamer. Image from YouTube


Social media updates roundup: August 27 to September 2, 2017

Sep 04, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Facebook enters the streaming wars with Facebook Watch while Microsoft releases Mixer Create a mobile app for streaming mobile games

MIXER CREATE. Microsoft releases new mobile app for its streaming platform, Mixer. Image from Microsoft


Mark Zuckerberg welcomes second daughter in Facebook post

Aug 29, 2017 - 12:30 PM

The Facebook CEO and his wife pen an open letter to the newborn

THE CHAN ZUCKERBERGS. The Facebook first family welcomes a new member, August. Photo from Facebook.com/zuck

Facebook to reject ads from pages touting 'fake news'

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Pages that habitually link to bogus news stories will no longer be able to advertise on Facebook

The Facebook sign and logo is seen in Menlo Park, California on November 4, 2016. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

WATCH: ‘Humans of New York’ becomes a series

Aug 28, 2017 - 8:55 PM

The moving funny photo project will premiere as a documentary this August

HUMANS OF NEW YORK. The documentary series based on Brandon Stanton's photo project took 4 years to film. Screengrab from Facebook.com/humansofnewyork

Focus Features to stream some movies on Facebook for free

Aug 28, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The US film studio is set to stream classic movies The Constant Gardener and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in the coming weeks

Screencap from Focus Features/Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


Nearly 1 million viewers for pirated FB Live of Mayweather-McGregor fight

Aug 28, 2017 - 6:45 PM

An unauthorized livestream eludes the social network and copyright owners of the fight


Social media updates roundup: August 20 to 26, 2017

Aug 27, 2017 - 6:11 PM

News publisher branding on Facebook direct video uploads on Reddit and LinkedIn and new emojis

NEWS BRANDING. Facebook announces the new feature on August 22, 2017. Image from Facebook


New malware spreading via FB Messenger – antivirus firms

Aug 25, 2017 - 4:54 PM

Kaspersky Avira and CSIS say it spreads via a certain bit ly or t cn link sent by contacts

BAD LINK. The format of the malware's message shows the name of the user, the word 'Video,' and a bitly or t.cn link. Screenshot of message from Kaspersky.


Facebook losing teens to Instagram, Snapchat – forecast

Aug 23, 2017 - 12:11 PM

An eMarketer forecast predicts that Facebook use will sag among individuals aged 24 or younger but adoption by older folks will continue

FACEBOOK. The social network's logo is pictured on the sidelines of a press preview of the so-called 'Facebook Innovation Hub' in Berlin on February 24, 2016. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Facebook 'Safety Check' now easier to access with dedicated tab

Aug 22, 2017 - 12:00 PM

The Safety Check feature introduced three years ago gets its own dedicated tab along with friends groups events and other categories

SAFETY CHECK. Images from Facebook


Facebook to demote content with fake video play buttons

Aug 18, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Videos with static images are also in the social network s crosshairs as part of its crackdown on video clickbait

FAKE PLAY BUTTON. The deceptive measure is being curbed by the social network. Photo from Facebook.

New Nokia 8 touts simultaneous front and back video capture

Aug 17, 2017 - 12:55 PM

The flagship phone s Dual Sight mode may prove useful to Facebook Live users

DUAL-SIGHT. The Nokia 8's most novel feature is its simultaneous front-and-back video capture ability. All images from Nokia


Penjelasan ilmiah di balik kecanduan media sosial

Aug 16, 2017 - 6:33 PM

Penelitian menunjukkan alasan alasan mengapa seseorang sulit berhenti memakai media sosial

Facebook samples China's potential with sneaky app

Aug 15, 2017 - 7:47 PM

According to San Francisco firm App Annie Colorful Balloons ranks 46th in the photo and video category for iPhone apps in China and is a lowly 758th among all apps

COLORFUL BALLOONS ROLLOUT. Facebook chief and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg discusses Messenger and other platforms at the leading social network's annual developers conference in San Francisco on April 12, 2016. File photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 11, 2017

Aug 11, 2017 - 10:30 AM

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Facebook rolls out video shows, in new challenge

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:41 PM

The Facebook service – called Watch – will include a range of shows from reality to comedy to live sports The new platform offers an opportunity for social interactions via the Facebook community of some two billion users

WATCH, NOW ON FACEBOOK. The new video service aims to attract a following. Image from Facebook announcement.

Facebook akan buka kantor di Indonesia

Aug 02, 2017 - 2:22 PM

Akan lebih dekat dengan penggunanya

CEO FACEBOOK. Mark Zuckerberg berbicara di kantor Facebook. Foto: Peter DaSilva/EPA

AI startup Ozlo to join Facebook

Aug 01, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Ozlo s AI can answer questions that require responses beyond yes or no – something that may be implemented in Messenger down the line

LOOK: Images of Facebook patent for 'modular, electromechanical device'

Jul 29, 2017 - 11:57 AM

A Facebook phone? Some speculate that may be the case

Facebook profit hits $3.9-B as it reaches 2 billion users

Jul 27, 2017 - 12:13 PM

Q2 2017 net profits leap 71 from a year ago propelled by ads served on mobile devices


To beat piracy, Facebook acquires content rights company Source3

Jul 25, 2017 - 5:47 PM

Facebook will acquire the technology and some of the team members behind Source3 which develops technology to detect intellectual property shared by others without permission from the original content holders

FACEBOOK ACQUIRES SOURCE3. Image of Mark Zuckerberg by Kay Nietfeld/dpa /AFP

PH, 27 other countries use 'cyber troops' to manipulate opinion – study

Jul 25, 2017 - 9:35 AM

A University of Oxford study says one trait of cyber troops in the Philippines is individual targeting which is used to silence political dissent online and often leads to real life threats and reputational damage

Illustration by Nico Villarete/Rappler

High-tech mystery: Is a Facebook phone in the works?

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:55 AM

Speculation has swirled for years regarding whether the leading social network would try to capitalize on its popularity with its own smartphone

FB SMARTPHONE? In this file photo, Facebook logos are pictured on the screens of a smartphone (R), and a laptop computer, in central London on November 21, 2016. Justin Tallis/AFP

Facebook Messenger ads to expand worldwide

Jul 12, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Businesses around the world can now use Facebook targeting to extend their reach to people in Messenger

MESSENGER ADS. The advertisement beta program is expanding worldwide. Image from Facebook.

US newspaper group assails Google-Facebook online 'duopoly'

Jul 10, 2017 - 11:35 PM

UPDATED News Media Alliance president David Chavern writes The two digital giants don t employ reporters They don’t dig through public records to uncover corruption send correspondents into war zones or attend last night’s game to get the highlights

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, June 3- July 9, 2017

Jul 09, 2017 - 10:27 AM

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4 Facebook pages for your daily dose of laughter

Jul 08, 2017 - 10:47 PM

Fill your Facebook news feed with fun stuff by following these pages

Funny Facebook pages to follow

10-year jail time for 'Pastor Hokage' FB group members sought

Jul 06, 2017 - 12:54 PM

These people have no right to enjoy our Internet freedom only to abuse our women and children says Senator Risa Hontiveros in pushing for Senate Bill 1251 or the Anti Gender Based Electronic Violence bill

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Whom to trust – journalists or social media stars?

Jul 03, 2017 - 8:14 PM

Who is more inclined towards truth telling?

Facebook expands Find Wi-Fi feature globally

Jul 03, 2017 - 9:20 AM

The feature will help users find nearby Wi Fi hotspots which businesses have shared with Facebook from their page

FIND WIFI. Facebook launches the Find WiFi feature globally. Image from Facebook.

Social media in the time of Duterte

Jul 01, 2017 - 9:12 PM

Within the first year of President Duterte’s administration he has not been remiss in expressing his thanks to the community that has been instrumental to his success

Rappler is 2017 Gawad Lasallianeta 'Facebook Page of the Year'

Jun 30, 2017 - 6:58 PM

Rappler is acknowledged for its 'remarkable contribution in providing information to people nationwide,' says De La Salle Araneta University

#FridayFeels: Our love-hate relationship with social media

Jun 30, 2017 - 11:05 AM

We love it we hate it but we can t live without it Here s a humble ode on Social Media Day

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Jun 28, 2017 - 1:05 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 28, 2017

Jun 28, 2017 - 10:25 AM

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INSIDE MARAWI. The street named after the late Philippine Senator Domocao Alonto Sr is in ruins after being targeted military airstrikes after terrorists occupied the area. This photo was taken on Sunday, June 25, 2017, when rescuers took advantage of the Eid'l Fitr ceasefire to save trapped civilians. Photo courtesy of the Marawi city government

Facebook hits 2 billion user mark

Jun 28, 2017 - 6:56 AM

Facebook s announcement comes as it works to redefine its purpose led by Zuckerberg who traveled the US this year to better understand what people want out of the social network

THE BLUE BEHEMOTH. Facebook logos are pictured on the screens of a smartphone (R), and a laptop computer, in central London on November 21, 2016. Justin Tallis/AFP

Facebook producing its own TV series, game shows

Jun 27, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The online platform which has around two billion monthly users worldwide is working on the project with a small group of partners and hopes to start putting out episodes of its forthcoming series by the end of the summer

U.S. tech giants join forces against terror content

Jun 27, 2017 - 4:17 PM

We believe that by working together sharing the best technological and operational elements of our individual efforts we can have a greater impact on the threat of terrorist content online a joint statement on Twitter reads

Vanity and the creation of the social media celebrity

Jun 26, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Examine the personalities of most social media celebrities Many have had a history of self promotion hucksterism and even exhibitionism

Facebook launches plan to combat online extremism

Jun 23, 2017 - 10:09 PM

Facebook says it will seek to educate charities and other organizations on how to fight hate speech in the wake of recent terror attacks in Belgium Britain and France