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Facebook sues New Zealand company to thwart fake likes

Apr 26, 2019 - 1:04 PM

The company and 3 people targeted in the lawsuit operate a service to raise the profile of Instagram accounts by giving them bogus followers, views, and likes

FIGHTING FAKE LIKES. 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 profit down as it sets aside $3B for fines

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Facebook logs a profit of $2.4 billion for Q1 2019, down 51% from a year earlier

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo taken on May 24, 2018 Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks on during the VivaTech (Viva Technology) trade fair in Paris. Photo by Gerard Julien/AFP


FALSE: 'ABS-CBN news headline' on suspending anti-Otso Diretso Facebook accounts

Apr 24, 2019 - 10:37 AM

The news headline is fabricated. The ABS-CBN did not publish any article that says news organizations will suspend anti-Otso Diretso Facebook accounts

Facebook expected to report 1st drop in profits in nearly 4 years

Apr 23, 2019 - 7:14 PM

Facebook’s plans for reform amid a string of scandals can kick up its expenses and lower its profits

FACEBOOK. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP


Federal regulators want to hold Zuckerberg accountable for Facebook’s privacy lapses

Apr 23, 2019 - 6:54 PM

The Federal Trade Commission in past investigations have spared Zuckerberg, but this could soon change

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


Facebook’s digital literacy program comes to the Philippines

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:54 AM

Facebook's We Think Digital campaign comes to the Philippines as Digital Tayo

Image from Facebook Digital Tayo webpage


Facebook says it stored 'millions' of unencrypted Instagram passwords

Apr 19, 2019 - 10:18 AM

'We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users,' Facebook says in a blog post.

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

Facebook bans UK far-right groups

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Facebook bans groups for "terrorist activity, organized hate, mass or serial murder, human trafficking or organized violence or criminal activity"

BANNED. Far-right groups are weeded out of Facebook for forbidden content. Shutterstock photo

Facebook takes down fake network supporting Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo

Apr 16, 2019 - 10:25 AM

The takedown takes place ahead of the Indonesian presidential elections on April 17

PRABOWO SUBIANTO. Facebook takes down a network of fake accounts described to be pro-Prabowo Subianto, a candidate in the upcoming Indonesian presidential elections. Shutterstock photo


Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, Whatsapp suffer global outage

Apr 14, 2019 - 8:45 PM

The outage affects approximately 60% of users. The remaining 40% who can access Facebook's services may encounter errors or issues.

Baguio driver to sue Facebook accuser who wrongly identified him

Apr 11, 2019 - 6:48 PM

A Baguio man says he will file a libel case against an FB user who falsely pinpointed him as a crime suspect

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


Facebook’s ad algorithm discriminates by race, gender – study

Apr 08, 2019 - 6:11 PM

Even when parameters were set to be 'highly inclusive,' the system seems to push for stereotypes in its ad delivery, say researchers

Photo from Facebook


New Zealand privacy tsar accuses Facebook of failing to cooperate

Apr 08, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was 'disingenuous' in saying bad actors were going out of their way to circumvent the site's systems.

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

UK unveils plans to hold social media bosses liable for harmful content

Apr 08, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Under the proposals, a new regulator will have the power to force platforms and others to publish annual transparency reports

MAY. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at an EU summit focused on Brexit, in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP


Singapore's 'fake news' laws upset tech giants

Apr 07, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The Asia Internet Coalition, whose members include Facebook, Google, and Twitter, says there may be 'significant risks to freedom of expression and speech'

No plans to delay Facebook livestreams despite New Zealand massacre – Zuckerberg

Apr 04, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Mark Zuckerberg, in an interview with ABC's 'Good Morning America' on April 4, also says he had confidence in measures put in place by Facebook to prevent interference in next year's US presidential election

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

Malacañang dismisses 'Totoong Narco List' video as black propaganda

Apr 03, 2019 - 8:46 PM

(UPDATED) Paolo Duterte calls the allegations in the video an 'invention' and blames a certain 'J.S.' for it

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and President Duterte's son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio attend the Senate hearing on the P6.4B BOC shabu smuggling on September 7, 2017. Photo by Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Facebook’s week: On disappearing posts, internet regulation, and livestream restrictions plans

Apr 03, 2019 - 7:54 PM

Five major Facebook stories broke last week. Here’s everything you need to know about them.

ZUCKERBERG AND FACEBOOK. 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

Otso Diretso on Facebook takedown of fake accounts: Good but not enough

Apr 03, 2019 - 12:32 PM

'They should have taken measures way back, and not let so much time pass before they actually did these concrete steps to actually stop the weaponization of the social network,' says senatorial bet Chel Diokno

NO TO FAKE NEWS. Otso Diretso candidates Florin Hilbay and Chel Diokno are joined by Magdalo's Manuel Cabochan, who represents Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, in a press conference on April 3, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Facebook seeks tab to promote 'high quality news'

Apr 02, 2019 - 12:09 PM

'We want this to surface high quality and trustworthy information,' Zuckerberg says in a video


Facebook removes 'fake' accounts linked to Pakistani military

Apr 01, 2019 - 9:40 PM

The statement by Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, shines a light on efforts by Pakistan's military establishment to use social media as a propaganda tool

Panelo downplays role of social media in Duterte victory

Apr 01, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte knew nothing about the network of pro-Duterte fake accounts Facebook recently took down

Facebook wants 'more active' government regulation

Mar 31, 2019 - 9:41 AM

In the Philippines, Vice President Leni Robredo pushes for laws against the 'deliberate, organized, and large-scale distribution of fake news on social media'

RULES NEEDED. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg says regulation needs to be updated for the internet. File photo by Luis Gene/AFP

Fake account network massively pro-Duterte – report

Mar 29, 2019 - 5:14 PM

Other politicians being promoted by the pages include Bong Go, Ronald dela Rosa, Sara Duterte, Ferdinand Marcos, Imee Marcos, and Bongbong Marcos

Facebook takes down fake account network of Duterte campaign social media manager

Mar 29, 2019 - 12:42 PM

(UPDATED) Facebook takes down 200 pages, groups, and accounts followed by millions of users


New Zealand PM says Facebook curbs not enough

Mar 28, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Jacinda Ardern makes it clear she believes the curbs are a direct response to the criticism levelled at Facebook, which a gunman used to livestream an attack on two mosques in New Zealand

JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. Photo by David Lintott/AFP

Facebook bars white nationalism, stepping up hate speech curbs

Mar 28, 2019 - 11:51 AM

'It's clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services,' says Facebook

FACEBOOK. The logo of social network Facebook is displayed on a smartphone, on January 15, 2019 in Nantes, western France.  Photo by Loic Venance/AFP


Australia threatens social media execs with jail over terror images

Mar 26, 2019 - 6:54 PM

Australia considers new laws in the wake of the New Zealand massacre

TERROR ATTACK. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. File photo by Marty Melville/AFP


French Muslim group sues internet giants over New Zealand massacre video

Mar 25, 2019 - 9:12 PM

The French Council of the Muslim Faith is suing Facebook and YouTube for 'broadcasting a message with violent content abetting terrorism, or of a nature likely to seriously violate human dignity and liable to be seen by a minor'

CHRISTCHURCH REMEMBRANCE. Young students attend a vigil on March 18, 2019, four days after 50 worshippers were killed in two mosques attacks, the worst on Muslims in a Western country. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Should you change your Facebook password after plaintext password incident?

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:49 AM

Yes, says a cybersecurity expert from cybersecurity firm Sophos


Facebook admits storing passwords in plain text

Mar 22, 2019 - 12:09 AM

(UPDATED) 'To be clear, these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them,' says Facebook's Pedro Canahuati

Facebook settles with rights groups on ad discrimination

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:28 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union call the agreement a 'historic settlement' that will result in major changes to Facebook's advertising platform.

FACEBOOK. The logo of social network Facebook is displayed on a smartphone, on January 15, 2019 in Nantes, western France.  Photo by Loic Venance/AFP


U.S. lawmakers ask tech leaders to explain viral Christchurch video

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

The House Committee on Homeland Security ask for a briefing by tech executives regarding the online proliferation of the 'horrific' Christchurch video

CHRISTCHURCH. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP


Facebook scrubs 1.5 million Christchurch attack videos but criticism goes viral

Mar 18, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Mia Garlick from Facebook New Zealand says the firm is 'working around the clock to remove violating content using a combination of technology and people'

VIGIL. Young students attend a vigil on March 18, 2019, 4 days after 50 worshippers were killed in two mosque attacks, the worst on Muslims in a Western country. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

[Two Pronged] My husband's photos with ex-mistresses are still up on Facebook

Mar 17, 2019 - 12:48 PM

Sherri's husband is a recovering sex addict

Social media platforms attempt to moderate spread of New Zealand shooting video

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The incident has once again called into question major social media platforms’ ability to police harmful content

HALF-MAST. The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast on a Parliament building in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting incident in Christchurch. File photo by Marty Melville/AFP


Facebook chief product officer quits

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:49 AM

Cox makes his announcement in on his Facebook page, saying he was leaving 'with great sadness' after 13 years.

FB EXECS. Former product head Chris Cox and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a photo posted by Cox on his Facebook page where he announced his resignation. Photo from Chris Cox's Facebook page


Facebook blames server problem for massive outage

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:37 AM

The outage was believed to be the worst ever for the internet giant that reaches an estimated 2.7 billion people with its core social network, Instagram and messaging applications



Facebook faces criminal probe of data deals – report

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:35 AM

A grand jury in New York is looking to get testimonies or evidence from at least 2 major smartphone makers regarding data sharing practices with Facebook

Outage hits Facebook, Instagram users worldwide

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:26 AM

A Facebook tweet says: 'We're aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.'

DOWN. In this file photo taken on May 16, 2018 shows the logo of the social network Facebook on a broken screen of a mobile phone. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Facebook pulls but then restores Warren ads aimed at Big Tech

Mar 12, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Senator Elizabeth Warren takes tech giant Facebook to task for its 'ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power'

Facebook sues 2 app developers for data-stealing browser add-ons

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:15 PM

The lawsuit against Gleb Sluchevsky and Andrey Gorbachov says they hatched a scheme affecting some 63,000 Facebook users' browsers

Facebook launches offensive to combat misinformation on vaccines

Mar 08, 2019 - 2:08 PM

The company responds to pressure in recent weeks to tackle the problem, amid outbreaks of measles

Zuckerberg sees Facebook future in private, small-scale messaging

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Zuckerberg's announcement is a strategic shift for Facebook as it seeks to navigate a drawn-out crisis over privacy and data protection

ZUCKERBERG. 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. AFP file photo   Facebook was confronted on September 9, 2016 with fierce indignation in Norway as the nation's top newspaper, the prime minister and users voiced outrage over the network's decision to censor a historic Vietnam War photo. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE


France unveils new tax for global internet giants

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Having failed to persuade his European partners to introduce an EU-wide tax, France will go it alone with its own new mechanism

Facebook rolling out Tributes section for deceased users

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The new section is meant to allow friends, family, and other loved ones to remember and pay tribute to the deceased user


Facebook users searchable by phone number for two-factor authentication – reports

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:02 PM

You can limit who can look you up, but you can’t opt out of the feature entirely


Facebook to restrict foreign political adverts ahead of Indonesia poll

Mar 05, 2019 - 2:42 PM

The world's biggest social network is temporarily restricting any paid material from advertisers based outside Indonesia that relates to politicians, parties or attempts to encourage voter suppression

Facebook Watch to host video recaps of all NBA games

Feb 19, 2019 - 10:22 AM

The NBA has 400 million followers on Facebook across all league, team, and player accounts