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3 myths to bust about breaking up 'big tech'

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Here are 3 myths worth discussing and busting when it comes to the idea of breaking up large tech conglomerates

Libra: What consumers need to know about Facebook’s new cryptocurrency

Jul 20, 2019 - 8:00 AM

One concern is that Libra may herald a shift away from traditional government taxes and banking fees to a new international monetary system controlled by corporate entities like Facebook and Uber

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Facebook's Libra prospects dim, but cryptocurrencies roll on

Jul 18, 2019 - 12:06 PM

The US government wants the dollar to be the global reserve currency, and will oppose any 'threat to that,' says one analyst

U.S. senators warn of 'trust' gap over Facebook digital currency

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Several senators question whether Facebook can be trusted after a series of missteps on privacy and data protection

Explainer: what is surveillance capitalism and how does it shape the economy

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Surveillance capitalism describes a market driven process where the commodity for sale is your personal data, and the capture and production of this data relies on mass surveillance of the internet

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Facebook's Libra currency under fire

Jul 15, 2019 - 5:49 AM

Libra, which is widely regarded as a challenger to dominant global player Bitcoin, is expected to launch in the first half of 2020

$5B U.S. fine set for Facebook on privacy probe – report

Jul 14, 2019 - 10:39 AM

The report says that the deal would be the largest penalty ever imposed by the FTC for privacy violations, though it still needs approval from the Justice Department before it is finalized.

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on April 30, 2019 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the opening keynote at the Facebook F8 Conference. Photo by Amy Osborne/AFP

Facebook teaches users why they're targeted by ads, how to opt out

Jul 12, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Facebook says it is working on tweaking the 'Why am I seeing this ad' tool on the site by letting it provide more information to users. It'll also list the advertisers and businesses who had your information on file on your ad preferences menu.

Trump says cryptocurrency is 'not money'

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:29 PM

'I am not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and based on thin air,' Trump tweets

Facebook services back online after worldwide outage

Jul 04, 2019 - 1:36 PM

'The issue has since been resolved and we should be back at 100% for everyone,' the company tweets

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

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp down in some parts of the world

Jul 04, 2019 - 12:04 AM

On Twitter, the hashtags #whatsappdown, #instagramdown, and #facebookdown are trending worldwide

Facebook to broaden effort to root out white nationalist content

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:14 PM

After an external audit, Facebook says it will enhance focus on identifying hate slogans and symbols connected to white nationalism

Italy fines Facebook over Cambridge Analytica case

Jun 28, 2019 - 11:46 PM

Italy fines Facebook $1.1 million for violating privacy laws as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal

FACEBOOK FINED. 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's Instagram expands ads to Explore feeds

Jun 27, 2019 - 6:08 PM

In the coming months, ads will appear on the Explore feed, where users go to discover content aligned with their interests, an Instagram blog post explains

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

Facebook to hand over IP addresses of users who post hateful content in France

Jun 26, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Facebook has agreed to provide the IP addresses of accounts containing 'homophobic, racist or anti-Semitic content' at the request of judicial officials, a gov't aide says

U.S. Fed to look 'carefully' at Facebook virtual coin Libra

Jun 26, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell becomes the latest official to voice concern over the global virtual currency unveiled last week by Facebook

Swiss watchdog 'in contact' with Facebook cryptocurrency backers

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Given Facebook's international reach, global regulators are unlikely to leave supervision of the Libra cryptocurrency entirely to the Swiss

With 'Libra,' Facebook takes on the world of cryptocurrency

Jun 18, 2019 - 5:22 PM

Libra, described as 'a new global currency' set to roll out next year, is being backed by about 25 partners, including nonprofits and firms in financial services and online commerce

Facebook to unveil new cryptocurrency

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:39 PM

The world's biggest social network is expected to outline details of a virtual currency launching next year that it hopes will avoid the rollercoaster volatility of 'blockchain' technologies such as bitcoin

Facebook says CEO did not ignore personal data issues

Jun 13, 2019 - 11:40 AM

'We have fully cooperated with the FTC's investigation to date and provided tens of thousands of documents, emails and files,' says a Facebook spokesperson.

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on April 30, 2019 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the opening keynote at the Facebook F8 Conference. Photo by Amy Osborne/AFP

Facebook creates 500 London jobs to boost site safety

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:37 PM

Making the announcement at London Tech Week, the group's vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Nicola Mendelsohn, says some 100 jobs would be in AI

MORE UK FACEBOOK JOBS. A big logo created from pictures of Facebook users worldwide is pictured in the company's Data Center, its first outside the US on November 7, 2013 in Swedish Lapland. File photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Facebook suspends pre-installation of apps on Huawei phones – report

Jun 07, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Huawei phones that still have Play Store access will still be able to download the Facebook family of apps

Facebook making independent foundation for its cryptocurrency run – report

Jun 06, 2019 - 6:53 PM

A report mentions Facebook is reaching out to financial institutions and tech companies who may want to 'contribute capital and help govern the digital currency'

Facebook on trial for 'censorship' in Poland

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:10 PM

'We'd like to know what mechanisms Facebook uses to moderate content,' says historian Maciej Swirski

LIST: Job-hunting sites in the Philippines

Jun 05, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Time to get that bread!

Apps, social media fuel 'booming' online prostitution – study

Jun 05, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The organization calls on authorities to 'mobilize social networks' and hold accountable websites which profit from online prostitution

U.S. antitrust hammer for Big Tech: What happens next?

Jun 05, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Each firm has different issues, but any probes could center on whether they abused their dominant position and stifled competition

Parokya ni Edgar's Facebook hacked

May 31, 2019 - 9:07 AM

Chito Miranda says the band members have been removed as the administrators of the Facebook page which reportedly began sharing sexually explicit content

PAROKYA NI EDGAR. The band performs at the Rappler HQ in 2016. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Vietnam teacher arrested for Facebook posts 'undermining state'

May 30, 2019 - 6:58 PM

Nguyen Nang Tinh is arrested for 'producing, disseminating or spreading information and documents aimed at undermining' Vietnam, according to the official police newspaper in central Nghe An province

Threaten to shut down online platforms to create leverage, says ex-Facebook investor

May 29, 2019 - 4:37 PM

Meanwhile, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg snub the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy, and Democracy

ROGER MCNAMEE. McNamee, an ex-investor at Facebook, appears at the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy, and Democracy in Ottawa, Canada, Tuesday, May 28. Screenshot from International Grand Committee livestream

Iran-based social media scheme impersonated press

May 29, 2019 - 11:56 AM

A network of English-language social media accounts misrepresenting who was behind them was evidently orchestrated to promote Iranian political interests, says California-based cybersecurity firm FireEye

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Facebook plans cryptocurrency launch in 2020 – BBC

May 24, 2019 - 7:53 PM

'GlobalCoin' would work with a new digital payments system in about a dozen countries, starting in the first quarter of 2020, BBC says on its website

Discussing platforms on Facebook didn't matter in 2019 polls – study

May 24, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The study also finds that promoting previous legislative work and platforms had very little impact on winnability

SENATORIAL POSTSCRIPT. A study dives into the Facebook environment during the 2019 elections.

Breakup isn't the answer, Facebook's Zuckerberg says

May 24, 2019 - 10:35 AM

He argues that breaking up the company might mean fewer resources to curb harmful online content and election interference and improve privacy and the portability of personal data

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on April 30, 2019 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the opening keynote at the Facebook F8 Conference. Photo by Amy Osborne/AFP

Around 5% of 2.4 billion monthly active users are fake – Facebook

May 24, 2019 - 10:15 AM

While Facebook says it has identified more fake accounts than in previous quarters, there are about 120 million which have evaded discovery

Bicolano tycoon sues Bikoy, Facebook, YouTube for cyber libel

May 23, 2019 - 9:53 PM

Elizaldy Co and Misibis Bay management are seeking P1.1 billion in damages

Duterte Youth's Cardema already proclaims himself congressman on Facebook

May 20, 2019 - 7:30 PM

'The substitution of Cardema has not yet been approved,' says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

LIFE UPDATE. Duterte Youth Ronald Cardema declares himself a congressman though the Comelec en banc has yet to rule on his substitution bid. File photo of Cardema by Rappler

Facebook bans Israeli firm over fake election posts

May 17, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Facebook bans Israel company Archimedes Group, which on its website boasts of 'winning campaigns worldwide'

Daniel Cabrera, boy in viral FB post, graduates from Cebu grade school

May 16, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Daniel's life has changed since a photo of him studying outside a McDonald's branch to take advantage of electricity spread on social media

Tech giants vow to step up fight against online extremism

May 16, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Executives from Google, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft meet with leaders of France, New Zealand and other countries in Paris to unveil the 'Christchurch Call' of voluntary commitments for online platforms

TECH FOR GOOD. Orange CEO Stephane Richard, right, is watched by Google's Jacquelline Fuller, left, as he speaks during a "Tech For Good" meetup to launch anti-terror 'Christchurch Call' at Hotel Marigny in Paris on May 15, 2019, held to discuss good conduct for technology giants. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Facebook tightens live-streaming in crackdown on violence

May 15, 2019 - 12:11 PM

(UPDATED) It's putting $7.5 million into research partnerships with 3 US universities to improve image and video analysis technology

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

Facebook plans pay boost for content moderators in the U.S.

May 14, 2019 - 7:22 AM

The company says it's also bolstering on-site counseling for content reviewers

[Two Pronged] My boyfriend doesn't make me feel valued

May 12, 2019 - 3:00 PM

'I feel that being in a relationship with me is a chore for him,' says Marites

Facebook sues South Korea data analytics firm

May 11, 2019 - 4:18 PM

A lawsuit is filed against Rankwave in a California State court in Silicon Valley to enforce terms the company agreed to in order to operate apps on the social network, according to director of platform and litigation, Jessica Romero

Vietnam jails two activists for 'spreading propaganda' on Facebook

May 11, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Independent media is banned in Vietnam, with online posts, comments and critics strictly monitored and bloggers, activists and rights lawyers routinely jailed.

Social networks under intense surveillance in Pakistan

May 10, 2019 - 7:26 PM

Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are once regarded as the last holdouts of dissenting voices, but now that has changed

Break up Facebook, says company's co-founder

May 10, 2019 - 2:21 PM

In an editorial published in The New York Times, Chris Hughes says Mark Zuckerberg's 'focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks'

BREAK UP 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

Whistleblower says Facebook generating terror content

May 10, 2019 - 9:07 AM

'Facebook's efforts to stamp out terror content have been weak and ineffectual,' according to a study by the National Whistleblowers Center in Washington

FACEBOOK. A woman poses in front of a computer displaying the Facebook logo in Mill Valley, California on March 21, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Singapore passes 'fake news' law despite fierce criticism

May 09, 2019 - 12:46 PM

The laws have sparked outrage from rights groups, who fear they could stifle online discussion, tech companies with major bases in the financial hub and journalists' organizations

FAKE NEWS LAWS. This picture taken on January 24, 2019 shows the Merlion, Singapore's iconic landmark projected with lights during the preview of the "i Light Singapore festival". Photo by Theodore Lim/AFP