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Elections in Philippines a 'top priority' – Facebook

Jan 24, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Facebook says they've learned a lot from 2016 elections in the Philippines and since then they've worked with many partners to understand what happened then and what they can do to protect integrity in the upcoming May polls

KATIE HARBATH. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Facebook's recent anti-election meddling efforts

Jan 23, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Is Facebook better prepared to combat election meddling in 2019?

WAR ROOM. Will the 'War Room' be reactivated for the Philippine elections? The room was the nerve center for the fight against misinformation and manipulation of the largest social network by foreign actors trying to influence elections in the United States and elsewhere. Photo by Noah Berger/AFP


Comelec: Bangsamoro plebiscite peaceful despite delays | Midday wRap

Jan 22, 2019 - 1:42 PM

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Russian watchdog launches 'administrative proceedings' vs Facebook, Twitter

Jan 21, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Alexander Zharov, head of Russia's media watchdog Roskomnadzor, says Facebook and Twitter provided 'no concrete information on localizing the data of Russian users on the territory of the Russian Federation'

[ANALYSIS] Facebook let my government target me. Here's why I still work with them.

Jan 21, 2019 - 12:50 AM

Information operations are manipulating Filipinos online, but finally, Facebook is doing something to stop that

Oxford-Stanford report: Improving Facebook as forum for free speech and democracy

Jan 19, 2019 - 8:21 AM

'Making Facebook a better forum for free speech and democracy is a significant part of a wider struggle to defend those values across the world,' says the report

Illustration from Stanford-Oxford report 'GLASNOST! Nine ways Facebook can make itself a better forum for free speech and democracy'


Gio Tingson: Don’t use youth commission as Bong Go’s 'billboard' | Midday wRap

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:28 PM

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Facebook removes 471 Russian-linked pages for using fake accounts

Jan 17, 2019 - 8:43 PM

One operation is said to have links to Sputnik, a Moscow-based news agency, and affected Central and Eastern European countries. The second Russia-linked operation operated specifically in Ukraine.

[OPINYON] Ang silbi ng social media troll

Jan 17, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Ang mas malaking usapin ay hindi ang pamemeke.... Ang mas malaking usapin ay dahil maraming naniniwala sa pineke o retokadong impormasyon

Facebook to invest $300 million in local journalism

Jan 15, 2019 - 10:55 PM

'People want more local news, and local newsrooms are looking for more support. That's why today we're announcing an expanded effort around local news in the years ahead,' says Campbell Brown, Facebook's vice president in charge of global news partnerships in a blog post.

[OPINION] What's the right thing to do? #DeleteFacebook

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Facebook will not change unless we change

[EDITORIAL]: #AnimatED: A dozen wishes for 2019

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:00 AM

We have our own wishes for the country, its leaders, and key institutions. What are yours?

Robredo urges Facebook to take down more 'fake' pages

Jan 13, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo calls on Facebook to clean up its platform further, after it banned Twinmark Media Enterprises

VPLR spoke of the need to ensure that advances in information and communications technology will also benefit every Filipino, including those at the countryside, when she spoke before the 10th National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) ICT Summit, held in Naga City on Saturday, 24 November 2018. In her message, the Vice President also talked about how the use of technology can push for good governance and inclusive development. (Photo by OVP)

Facebook bans Trending News Portal, related sites | Evening wRap

Jan 11, 2019 - 9:03 PM

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Facebook's presence can't be completely removed on select Android phones – report

Jan 11, 2019 - 2:26 PM

Facebook is among the numerous app developers to have deals with phonemakers to put pre-installed placeholder app 'stubs' on users' phones

PH company banned by Facebook spread lies, used fake accounts

Jan 11, 2019 - 1:57 PM

(UPDATED) Twinmark Media Enterprises, the company behind Mocha Uson's favorite site Trending News Portal, practiced coordinated 'inauthentic behavior,' led people to ad farms, and sold access to Facebook Pages

Duterte orders tambays to 'kill rich bishops' | Midday wRap

Jan 11, 2019 - 12:20 PM

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Older people, conservatives more likely to share fake news – study

Jan 10, 2019 - 4:56 PM

'It is possible that an entire cohort of Americans, now in their 60s and beyond, lacks the level of digital media literacy necessary to reliably determine the trustworthiness of news encountered online,' the researchers suggest

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Duterte assistant Michael Dino's chopper landed at Ultra | Evening wRap

Jan 09, 2019 - 8:22 PM

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How Facebook is reconfiguring freedom of speech in situations of mass atrocity

Jan 09, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Lessons from Myanmar and the Philippines

Vietnam accuses Facebook of breaching new cyber law

Jan 09, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Vietnam also accuses Facebook of hosting advertisements for 'illegal products' including counterfeit money, fake goods, weapons and firecrackers

Mark Zuckerberg challenges himself to host discussions on tech in 2019

Jan 09, 2019 - 2:14 PM

A new year, a new Mark Zuckerberg resolution

ZUCKERBERG'S RESOLUTIONS. This file photo taken on February 21, 2016 shows the CEO and co-founder of the social networking website Facebook Mark Zuckerberg speaking during a press conference in Barcelona. File photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Will Facebook's 2019 continue the failings of 2018?

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Zuckerberg's promise this year? To keep working on the unfinished business of 2018

Zuckerberg sees 'progress' for Facebook after tumultuous year

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:24 AM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the platform has become more 'proactive' in dealing with issues facing the communities this year through various initiatives

TOUGH YEAR. Earlier this year, Zuckerberg was called to testify after it was reported that 87 million Facebook users had their personal information harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm linked to the Trump campaign. File Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

8 of the biggest tech headlines of 2018

Dec 28, 2018 - 5:57 PM

We’ve rounded up everything from Elon Musk’s Twitter antics to disinformation campaign in social media

3 ways Facebook and other social media companies could clean up their acts

Dec 23, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Social media companies could stop allowing their ad services to be used as freewheeling experimental laboratories for examining their users’ psyches, US communication and journalism professors suggest

SOCIAL MEDIA. This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows apps for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks on a smartphone in New Delhi. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP


Facebook shuts down government-linked fake news sites in Bangladesh

Dec 21, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Facebook says it suspended 9 pages and 6 accounts it had linked to 'individuals associated with the Bangladesh government' and which posted anti-opposition content while masquerading as independent news sources

Arroyo as budget or finance secretary? | Evening wRap

Dec 20, 2018 - 7:47 PM

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Facebook defends data sharing after new report on partner deals

Dec 20, 2018 - 2:39 PM

'None of these partnerships or features gave companies access to information without people's permission,' says Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Facebook's head of developer platforms and programs

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Lawsuit filed by U.S. attorney general adds to Facebook data woes

Dec 20, 2018 - 2:28 PM

'Facebook failed to protect the privacy of its users and deceived them about who had access to their data and how it was used,' says Attorney General Karl Racine in a statement.

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP


Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray back in Manila | Evening wRap

Dec 19, 2018 - 8:48 PM

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Facebook allowed Netflix, Spotify to access private user messages

Dec 19, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) A 'New York Times' report details the data-sharing partnerships Facebook has had with other companies


Civil rights groups call for Facebook board overhaul

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:42 AM

The groups ask Facebook to expand the board with members reflecting the social network's diverse global community

FACEBOOK. In this file photo, a handout photograph released by the UK Parliament on November 27, 2018, shows the chair and the name plate for Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg who was invited to give evidence, but declined the invitation of the Houses of Parliament. File Photo by Gabriel Sainhas/UK Parliament/AFP


Facebook kicks Myanmar military-linked pages off platform

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:31 AM

This is Facebook's 3rd sweeping takedown of pages and accounts for what it calls 'coordinated inauthentic behavior' in Myanmar following deletions in October and August

FACEBOOK. Facebook has removed hundreds of additional pages and accounts in Myanmar with hidden links to the military, the platform said on December 19, as the company scrambles to respond to criticism over failures to control hate speech and misinformation. Photo by Sai Aung Main/AFP


Trump accuses Facebook, Twitter, Google of Democrat bias

Dec 18, 2018 - 11:38 PM

Twitter says in a statement it has been working to weed out accounts that hide a user's true identity or seek to manipulate the platform

MAD. File photo of US President Donald Trump speaking to the press at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Philippines' Catriona Gray is Miss Universe 2018 | Midday wRap

Dec 17, 2018 - 1:42 PM

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Have you checked if you were exposed to Facebook's latest bug? Here's how

Dec 17, 2018 - 12:47 PM

Check if you were among the 6.8 million whose unposted photos may have been exposed

FACEBOOK. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Fake news, real women: Disinformation gone macho

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:52 AM

When disinformation is weaponized against women, misogyny rears its ugly head

Facebook responds to ex-Snopes editor slamming fact-check program

Dec 15, 2018 - 8:16 AM

Snopes' former managing editor Brooke Binkowski accuses Facebook of spreading fake news on behalf of hostile foreign powers, favoring advertisers, and using the fact-check program as a form of crisis PR


New Facebook bug may have exposed unposted photos from 6.8 million users

Dec 15, 2018 - 6:23 AM

'When someone gives permission for an app to access their photos on Facebook, we usually only grant the app access to photos people share on their timeline,' engineering director Tomer Bar says in a message to developers


Facebook teaches New Yorkers about privacy at 'pop-up' kiosk

Dec 14, 2018 - 9:52 AM

The public relations exercise, a one-day event at the midtown holiday market in Bryant Park, is a first for Facebook in the United States, and follows a similar presentation in September in London

TALKING PRIVACY. Facebook employee Dan Shinaberry (R) talks to visitors as the social network Facebook opens a pop-up kiosk for one day on December 13, 2018, in Bryant Park in New York, where it will field questions about its data-sharing practices and teach users how to understand its new privacy controls. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Senators sound alarm over China-funded DILG surveillance project | Evening wRap

Dec 13, 2018 - 10:22 PM

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Facebook's California campus evacuated due to bomb threat

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:24 PM

The evacuation is temporary – no suspicious packages or other devices are found by the San Mateo bomb unit

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

Journalists urge EU to resist lobbying by tech giants

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:31 PM

'Let's not allow 'bots' and 'troll farms' to take over from reporters, or leave online fiction to replace verified fact,' AFP Middle East correspondent Sammy Ketz says in an open letter to the EU supported by leading reporters worldwide

Trillanes is free to travel for now – DOJ | Midday wRap

Dec 11, 2018 - 1:41 PM

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Facebook slips from 1st to 7th in 2019 'Best Places to Work' list

Dec 10, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Among tech companies, Facebook is ahead of Google, Microsoft, Apple and Amazon but behind LinkedIn, Procore Technologies, and Zoom Video Communications

FACEBOOK. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP


Comelec releases initial party-list order | Midday wRap

Dec 06, 2018 - 12:25 PM

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Zuckerberg defends Facebook in new data breach controversy

Dec 06, 2018 - 7:56 AM

A British parliamentary committee investigating whether the social media behemoth was being used to manipulate the results of elections publishes 250 pages of internal Facebook documents

Fix Facebook, whether it wants to or not – whistleblower

Dec 02, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Whistleblower Christopher Wylie is pushing for Facebook to be regulated. He is scathing about Facebook's 'man-child' chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and the arrogance of the company he runs.

CHRISTOPHER WYLIE. Cambridge Analytica former employee and whistleblower Christopher Wylie testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Cambridge Analytica and data privacy in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on May 16, 2018. File photo by Mandel NGAN/AFP

Facebook says COO Sandberg asked for info on Soros

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Facebook responds to a New York Times report citing sources that maintain Sheryl Sandberg was directly involved in the social network's tactical response to the philanthropist's criticism of the social network

SHERYL SANDBERG. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 5, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP