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Facebook faces off with IRS in big-ticket tax case

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:21 PM

The Internal Revenue Service contends Facebook dodged about $9 billion in taxes, while the leading social network says it is actually owed a refund, US media reports say

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on October 23, 2019 the Facebook "like" sign is seen at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

EU threatens tougher rules on hate speech after Facebook meeting

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:01 AM

Mark Zuckerberg lobbies for leniency but top EU officials warn that bigger consequences for Big Tech may be coming

FACEBOOK. European Commission vice-president in charge for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova (L) shakes hands with the founder and CEO of US online social media and social networking service Facebook Mark Zuckerberg (R), in Brussels, on February 17, 2020. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Will Facebook Dating swipe online lovebirds out of digital nest?

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:44 PM

As online dating becomes the virtual norm, Facebook's gradual arrival on the dating scene may shake up the market

Facebook delays Europe rollout of dating app after Irish inspection

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:08 PM

Regarding Facebook Dating, the company says it is ''taking a bit more time to make sure the product is ready for the European market'

DATING. In 2019, Facebook made its Dating feature publicly available in an attempt to penetrate the online dating market. Photo from Facebook online newsroom

Big Tech acquisitions over past decade to face fresh U.S. scrutiny

Feb 12, 2020 - 4:33 PM

The bombshell announcement by the US Federal Trade Commission opens the door to fresh scrutiny of deals made by Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google parent Alphabet since 2010

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) building is seen 19 September 2006 in Washington, DC. File photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP

CERN physics lab drops Facebook over data concerns

Feb 06, 2020 - 12:40 PM

CERN says it wound up its Facebook Workplace account on January 31 after Facebook gave it the choice of either paying to use the service or sharing data

WITHOUT FACEBOOK. Physicists working in the ALICE experiment control room, getting their detector ready to take data from collisions that are due to begin in the Large Hadron Collider. File image by Laurent Egli/CERN)

Facebook's settlement puts spotlight on 'biometric privacy'

Feb 02, 2020 - 10:46 AM

The settlement in the US could have wide-ranging implications for Facebook and other tech firms using facial recognition technology, and highlights the potential for state laws to force changes in privacy practices

FACIAL RECOGNITION AND FACEBOOK. A Facebook employee walks by a sign displaying the 'Like' sign at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Big hit for Facebook as latest results show cracks in growth

Jan 31, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Facebook comes under heavy selling pressure as costs in dealing with privacy and misinformation grow, including a $550 million settlement over its photo-scanning technology

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on October 23, 2019 The Facebook "like" sign is seen at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California, on October 23, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Facebook Q4 2019 results beat forecasts but shares take a hit

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:39 AM

The social media giant continues to show revenue and user growth amid ongoing criticism

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on October 23, 2019 a giant digital sign is seen at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Facebook rolls out tool globally to clear third-party data

Jan 29, 2020 - 11:20 AM

The new feature, part of a stepped-up effort to improve privacy practices, allows users to see and clear "off Facebook activity" used for targeted advertising

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on October 23, 2019 the Facebook "like" sign is seen at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Sundance 2020: Facebook, tech platforms incentivize polarization

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:01 AM

'We are your dystopian future. If we don’t fix this information ecosystem, if information warfare continues, we are being manipulated,' says Maria Ressa

Italy threatens Facebook with new fine for selling users' data

Jan 24, 2020 - 7:52 PM

Italy's AGCM consumer and market watchdog says users 'continue not to be informed by the company, clearly and immediately, as to the collection and use of their data for remunerative purposes'

FACEBOOK. A Facebook employee walks by a sign displaying the "like" sign at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Facebook to 'boost site safety' with 1,000 more UK staff

Jan 21, 2020 - 11:08 PM

The announcement comes as Facebook's head of global affairs and communications Nick Clegg, a former UK deputy prime minister, again urged action on setting new rules for the internet

MORE STAFF. In this file photo taken on December 04, 2017 employees have lunch at the canteen at Facebook's new headquarters at Rathbone Place in central London. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping's name gaffe

Jan 19, 2020 - 9:33 AM

The automatic translation feature on Myanmar's Facebook page renders Chinese President Xi Jinping's name from Burmese into English as 'Mr Shithole'

HISTORIC VISIT. Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw on January 17, 2020. File photo by Thet Aung/AFP

Eager to help, Filipinos crowdsource info to aid victims of Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:00 AM

A number of Filipinos focus their attention on making sense of information and updates on social media to aid and guide relief efforts

TEMPORARY SHELTER. Hundreds of evacuees from Taal Volcano's unrest settle at a tent camp in Alfonso, Cavite. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

'Star Wars' actor Mark Hamill quits Facebook over dishonest political ads

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:20 AM

'So disappointed that #MarkZuckerberg values profit more than truthfulness that I've decided to delete my Facebook account,' the actor writes on Twitter

Zuckerberg’s goals for new decade: ‘smaller communities,’ augmented reality glasses

Jan 10, 2020 - 12:03 PM

From learning Mandarin and hunting down his own food, Zuckerberg discusses more intimate communities and the next big consumer device after phones in his annual goals post

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about the new Facebook News feature at the Paley Center For Media on October 25, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Facebook exec says it helped put Trump in White House

Jan 08, 2020 - 11:46 AM

Since Facebook has the same ad policies in place now, the outcome of the 2020 US election could be the same as it was four years ago, says Andrew Bosworth, VP for augmented reality and VR

FACEBOOK. A Facebook employee walks by a sign displaying the "like" sign at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Facebook cracks down on deepfakes

Jan 07, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Facebook's ban on deepfake photos and videos comes ahead of a US House Energy and Commerce meeting on manipulated media set for January 8

Facebook: A decade of data scandals and controversies

Dec 29, 2019 - 2:14 PM

Facebook faces a number of incidents that compromised users' privacy. Here's how they dealt with the controversies in the last 10 years.

LOOK BACK: How Facebook changed throughout the decade

Dec 28, 2019 - 3:04 PM

Remember when reactions were limited to likes, the Timeline was the Wall, notifications were filled with Farmville requests, and getting 5 likes for your status update was already a huge feat?

Finding love and jihad

Dec 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Many women are radicalized on Facebook, and an expert says they are now a permanent part of the jihadi structure

Facebook blocks group spreading pro-Trump posts from fake accounts

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Facebook removes 610 accounts, 89 pages, 156 groups and 72 Instagram accounts that originated in Vietnam and the US

Facebook taps community reviewers to aid in fact-checking

Dec 20, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The social media network is piloting the service in the US and says community reviewers are meant to give 'directional signal' to professional fact-checkers

Facebook working on own operating system to run AR glasses

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:27 AM

Having their own software for augmented reality allows Facebook to avoid dependency on Google for Android software updates

Facebook says investigating data exposure of 267 million users

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:21 AM

Revelation of the exposed data comes as the social network strives to rebuild trust and alleviate concerns over protection of people's information

DATA EXPOSED. A database of 267 million users' usernames, IDs, and phone numbers were made available for download on an online forum. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Facebook says investigating data exposure of 267M users

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:20 AM

A website called Comparitech reports that the database was made available for download last week on an online hacker forum that apparently belonged to a crime group

Facebook says it can locate users who opt out of tracking

Dec 18, 2019 - 12:07 PM

Facebook says that clues for figuring out a user's location include being tagged in a photo at a specific place or a check-in at a location such as at a restaurant during a dinner with friends

FACEBOOK. The Facebook logo is seen on a phone in this photo illustration in Washington, DC, on July 10, 2019. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Facebook worker payroll data stolen from car

Dec 14, 2019 - 10:09 AM

'This theft impacts current and former Facebook employees only and no Facebook user data was involved,' says the tech giant

DATA STOLEN. Facebook reports that data of its current and former employees have been stolen in an incident last month. AFP file photo

Facebook says ready for new California privacy law

Dec 13, 2019 - 12:20 PM

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will give internet users the right to see what data big tech companies collect about them and with whom it is shared

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

Facebook shares slip on possible U.S. antitrust move

Dec 13, 2019 - 12:14 PM

The FTC is considering seeking an injunction regarding how Facebook apps work with one another or with software of other companies, according to a 'Wall Street Journal' report

FACEBOOK. A picture taken on August 28, 2019 shows the logo of US online social media and social networking service, Facebook. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Australia stops short of major clampdown on Facebook, Google

Dec 12, 2019 - 4:59 PM

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission calls for new regulations to rein in the power of digital behemoths amid global concerns ranging from anti-trust issues to privacy abuse, among other issues

MONITORING TECH GIANTS. A picture taken on October 1, 2019 in Lille shows the logos of mobile apps Facebook and Google displayed on a tablet. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Singapore defends misinformation law after criticism

Dec 12, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Singapore's communications ministry and law ministry insists the legislation, which came into force last month, would not curb free speech

Facebook firm on message encryption despite pressure

Dec 11, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The comments from Facebook come weeks after officials from the US, Britain and Australia called on Facebook to allow authorities to circumvent encryption to better fight extremism, child pornography and other crimes

FACEBOOK. This illustration picture shows the US social media Facebook logo displayed on a tablet in Paris on February 18, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Zuckerberg holds firm on stance to allow false political ads on Facebook

Dec 06, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes people should judge for themselves what politicians are saying

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks on before to deliver his speech during the VivaTech trade fair in Paris, on May 24, 2018. File photo by Gerard Julien/AFP

EU to check how Facebook, Google use data – spokeswoman

Dec 03, 2019 - 1:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'These investigations concern the way data is gathered, processed, used and monetized including for advertising purposes,' says the spokeswoman for the European Commission

BIG TECH. A picture taken on October 1, 2019 in Lille shows the logos of mobile apps Facebook and Google displayed on a tablet. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Facebook takes down ‘Narinig ko sa UP’ over alleged ‘terrorism, criminal activity’

Dec 02, 2019 - 2:36 PM

(UPDATED) After more than 24 hours, Facebook reactivates the 'Narinig ko sa UP' group on Monday, December 2

Facebook corrects post under Singapore disinformation law

Nov 30, 2019 - 11:35 PM

A post by Alex Tan – who runs anti-government website the States Times Review – had a correction notice placed below it after a government request, Facebook confirms

SINGAPORE. Facebook bowed down to Singapore as it heeded the city-state's demand to correct a user's post that contained 'scurrilous accusations' of election rigging. AFP file photo

Singapore tells Facebook to correct post under disinformation law

Nov 29, 2019 - 6:12 PM

The social media giant, which has previously expressed concerns about the legislation, did not respond to requests for comment and the article was still on the site without any changes

SINGAPORE AND FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019 the Facebook logo is seen on a computer in this photo illustration. File photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Facebook and associated platforms back online after outage

Nov 28, 2019 - 11:30 PM

(UPDATED) Facebook blames "an issue in one of our central software systems" for snarling connectivity for several hours

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

Facebook buys maker of hit VR game 'Beat Saber'

Nov 27, 2019 - 3:26 PM

In the virtual game, players use light sabers to slash oncoming, large cubes to the beat of music, sometimes twisting or ducking to avoid oncoming walls

OCULUS. A gamer uses an Oculus Rift headset in the Oculus booth during the annual E3 2016 gaming conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. urges social media platforms to block Iran officials

Nov 24, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The call comes after the Iranian government imposed a near-total Internet blackout amid violent protests

A man holds a smartphone connected to a Wifi network without internet access at an office in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 17, 2019. - Iran's supreme leader on November 17 threw his support behind a decision to hike petrol prices, a move that sparked nationwide unrest in which he said "some lost their lives". Access to the internet has been restricted since demonstrations broke out two days prior, after a decision by the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, according to a report by semi-official news agency ISNA. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Sacha Baron Cohen says Facebook would have let Hitler post anti-Semitic ads

Nov 23, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The British actor and comedian urges the tech giant to fact-check political ads before running them

SACHA BARON COHEN. In this file photo taken in May 2019, the British actor attends  an event in Los Angeles, California. The actor says that Adolf Hitler would have gotten away with posting anti-Semitic advertisements on Facebook had the social network existed in the 1930s. Photo by Valerie Macon / AFP

Google shifts rules for political ads, pressuring Facebook

Nov 22, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Google limits ad targeting to general categories such as age, gender or postal code location

Google, Facebook business models threat to rights – Amnesty report

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:53 PM

The London-based organization argues that the current model of monetizing personal information imperils a gamut of rights including freedom of opinion and expression

NBA Philippines hits jackpot with Facebook, Twitter livestreaming

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:51 PM

LeBron James and the Lakers are online kings as their early games generate 5 million total views and 3.9 million total viewers on NBA Philippines Facebook

THE KING. LeBron James is arguably the most followed NBA player in the Philippines and the Lakers are one of the more popular teams in the country, so it was a no-brainer why their games attracted millions in Filipino viewers. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

'Lack of transparency' a problem in measuring Facebook user growth – report

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:41 PM

The growth and prevalence of fake Facebook accounts points to 'a lack of transparency around the metrics' used to determine the value or success of Facebook, the Financial Times says

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019 the Facebook logo is seen on a computer in this photo illustration in Washington, DC. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

[OPINYON] Tapaojo: Pagmuni-muni pagkatapos mag-unfriend sa Facebook

Nov 19, 2019 - 3:44 PM

Tapaojo. Ang inilalagay na takip sa mata ng kabayo para maging limitado ang makikita. Ganito ang karamihan sa atin. Bakit nga naman magpapa-stress sa kasalungat ng katuwiran, puwede namang i-customize ang mababasa?

Russia's RT state TV accuses Facebook of 'censorship'

Nov 15, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Margarita Simonyan, chief of Russia's state-funded broadcaster RT says, 'Our guys have asked the moderators what they did wrong, but Zuckerberg's moderators are silent'

Facebook rolls out new labels for fact checked content

Nov 14, 2019 - 12:11 PM

False information on the platform will now be partially covered so users can 'better decide for themselves what to read, trust, and share'