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See a friend sharing fake news? Here’s what to do

Nov 15, 2019 - 1:41 PM

How do you engage with people who may have fallen victim to disinformation? Here are 3 tips.

Social media business model is underlying problem for disinformation – experts

Nov 08, 2019 - 6:49 PM

The real-time bidding industry for advertisements is seen as funding the algorithmic amplification of disinformation and hate speech

FIGHTING DISINFORMATION. The first session of the 2019 International Grand Committee on Disinformation and 'Fake News' in Dublin, Ireland on November 7, 2019. Screenshot from livestream

Facebook grilled at international committee on disinformation

Nov 08, 2019 - 4:51 PM

Facebook's vice president of content policy, Monika Bickert, answers questions on political ads, ad targeting, and the recent open letter made by employees

MONIKA BICKERT. Facebook's vice president of content policy appears before the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and Fake News, November 7, 2019. Screenshot from livestream


Facebook hit by 'tsunami' of bogus political news – NGO

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:10 AM

An analysis of the top bogus news stories about US politics on Facebook in the past 10 months show that politically tinged false news got more than 158 million views – enough to reach every US voter at least once


Thailand poised to open 'fake news' monitoring hub

Oct 29, 2019 - 4:58 PM

The Anti-Fake News Center will start work on Friday, November 1, using AI and trained monitors to flag posts on everything from healthcare to government policies

[EDITORIAL] Bibliya ng Facebook: OK lang magsinungaling, basta may K ka

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:12 AM

A new world order is emerging where a social media platform like Facebook is king. And who checks Facebook? No one.

Rappler featured in Reuters report on fighting online toxicity

Oct 26, 2019 - 11:21 AM

Rappler, along with South Africa’s Daily Maverick and India’s The Quint, is featured in a new report by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Malaysian lawmakers repeal 'fake news' law

Oct 10, 2019 - 10:26 AM

It was the second attempt by the lower house to overturn the law after MPs voted to repeal it last year only for the upper chamber to block it. But the upper house is only able to block a bill once, meaning the law will now be scrapped.

Fake news sparks panic among Indonesian earthquake victims

Oct 07, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Fears about aftershocks are aggravated by a stream of hoaxes and fake news – mostly on WhatsApp and other messaging services – warning a tsunami-generating quake was about to strike

EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS. People gather outdoors at Batu Merah village in Ambon, Indonesia's Maluku islands, following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on September 26, 2019. Photo by Tusnita/AFP

Singapore's 'fake news' law takes effect as critics sound alarm

Oct 02, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The law gives government ministers powers to order social media sites to put warnings next to posts authorities deem to be false, and in extreme cases get them taken down

Identifying a fake picture online is harder than you might think

Sep 22, 2019 - 8:00 AM

People who have a lot of familiarity with social media and digital imaging tools were more skeptical about the authenticity of the images, a study finds


Countries using 'hostile social manipulation' to target enemies – report

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:42 PM

The RAND report on hostile social manipulation says countries are using common disinformation practices to gain a competitive advantage

Fake news makes people ‘remember’ false memories – study

Aug 26, 2019 - 3:46 PM

It’s even more likely for people to recall false memories if the fake news supports their political beliefs or biases

De Lima urges Google Philippines to take down fake content on YouTube

Aug 26, 2019 - 9:39 AM

Senator Leila de Lima asks Google Philippines and parent company Alphabet to be more aggressive in taking down fake videos on YouTube which serve political agendas


Human Rights Watch slams Sotto's fake news bill

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:33 PM

The punishable acts will still be liable under the current Cybercrime Law, but the meat of the measure are the added powers of the Department of Justice

FAKE NEWS BILL. Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III files Senate Bill No. 9 or the Anti-False Content Bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Fake news war divides, confuses in Hong Kong

Jul 25, 2019 - 5:02 PM

During weeks of pro-democracy protests that have involved millions of people and frequently turned violent, online rumors, and conspiracy theories sow confusion and deepen distrust in Hong Kong

HONG KONG'S TROUBLES. Protesters hold up signs related to the recent political events and demonstrations in the territory, during the first half of the friendly football match between English Premier League club Manchester City and Hong Kong side Kitchee at Hong Kong Stadium on July 24, 2019. (Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

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

86% of internet users admit being duped by fake news – survey

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:10 PM

The United States takes the lion's share of the blame for spreading fake news, followed by Russia and China, according to the annual Ipsos survey of more than 25,000 internet users in 25 countries

FAKE NEWS. Students of Unified Educational Centers (CEU) attend a lesson on 'Fake News: access, security and veracity of information', in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 21, 2018. File photo by Miguel Schincariol/AFP


Fake news rampant after Sri Lanka attacks despite social media ban

May 22, 2019 - 1:21 PM

Social media, aside from being a communication tool, becomes a means to spread confusion and vitriol as the island struggles to come to terms with one of the worst terror attacks in its history

GUARD. Security personnel stand guard outside St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the church was hit in series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Singapore PM says 'fake news' law not against free speech

May 17, 2019 - 4:29 PM

The legislation, approved by parliament last week, gives government ministers powers to order social media sites such as Facebook to put warnings next to posts authorities deem to be false, and in extreme cases get them taken down

SINGAPORE ON FAKE NEWS. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore 'fake news' law could hurt innovation – Google

May 09, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Tech firms, rights activists, and journalists say the new law could also be used to curb freedom of speech

SINGAPORE. People walk towards the Merlion statue on Sentosa Island resort in Singapore on September 11, 2018. Photo by Jewel Samad/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


Academics concerned about Singapore's 'fake news' law

Apr 15, 2019 - 3:54 PM

Academics from around the world with expertise in Singapore and Asia sign a letter warning the proposed legislation 'may deter scholarship and set precedents harmful to global academia'

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". The festival will run from January 28 to February 24, 2019 coinciding with the city-state's bicentennial celebrations, which mark 200 years since Stamford Raffles founded modern-day Singapore. Theodore LIM / AFP

Singapore PM defends 'fake news' law after storm of criticism

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Rights groups warn Singapore's proposed fake news laws could be used to stifle online discussion, are too vague and may be used to target government critics

FAKE NEWS LAWS. Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong smile during a joint press conference in Putrajaya, April 9, one topic from which were laws on fake news. AFP photo


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'

Singapore proposes tough new measures to fight 'fake news'

Apr 03, 2019 - 9:52 AM

The proposed new powers may allow the government to order websites to publish corrections for what it considers to be false information and to offer users the option of going to a site showing what authorities deem is the truth


Putin signs laws against 'disrespecting' authorities, fake news

Mar 18, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs off on the legislation against the advice of human rights activists, who warned the laws amounted to censorship and would be abused to crack down on freedom of speech

PUTIN. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a press conference on December 11, 2017. File photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

Misinformation woes could multiply with 'deepfake' videos

Jan 28, 2019 - 1:11 PM

As the technology advances, worries are growing about how deepfakes can be used for nefarious purposes by hackers or state actors

DEEPFAKES. Paul Scharre views in his offices in Washington, DC January 25, 2019 a manipulated video by BuzzFeed with filmmaker Jordan Peele (R on screen) using readily available software and applications to change what is said by former president Barack Obama (L on screen), illustrating how deepfake technology can deceive viewers. - Photo by Robert Lever/AFP

Facebook bans Trending News Portal, related sites | Evening wRap

Jan 11, 2019 - 9:03 PM

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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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PH taekwondo bans Ateneo bully ‘indefinitely’ | Evening wRap

Dec 24, 2018 - 9:21 PM

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DerSpiegel admits star reporter 'faked stories' for years

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:33 PM

Germany's respected news weekly Der Spiegel reveals that one of its award-winning reporters had for years falsified stories

Fake news versus fact in online battle for truth

Dec 16, 2018 - 1:16 PM

False information is saturating the political debate worldwide and undermining an already weak level of trust in the media and institutions

Fake news, real women: Disinformation gone macho

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:52 AM

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

Social media platforms urged to be 'better gatekeepers'

Dec 09, 2018 - 6:52 PM

Social media has its pros and cons – providing a platform for the marginalized, yet paving the way for others to abuse its vast space and wide reach

Facebook was warned of alleged Russian meddling back in 2014

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:47 AM

Internal Facebook emails show the company's engineers telling management in October 2014 that Russian IP addresses were accessing 3 billion data points a day

MIA. A demonstrator wearing a mask of Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg poses outside Portcullis house in London to question the refusal of Zuckerberg to give evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee investigation into disinformation and €˜fake news€™ at the Houses of Parliament in London on November 27, 2018. AFP Photo/Gabriel Sainhas/UK Parliament


Gateway Gallery hosts 'Reading History in the Time of Fake News' talk

Nov 22, 2018 - 3:22 PM

PRESS RELEASE: 'Seeking Katuwiran: Reading Philippine History in the Time of Fake News' will be held at Gateway Gallery on December 1

Trillanes amnesty, effects of inflation, Facebook crackdown in PH | Midday wRap

Oct 23, 2018 - 1:06 PM

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New Facebook blog series explains how they identify false news

Oct 21, 2018 - 10:02 AM

The blog’s launch comes amid new research that claims interaction with false news sites have declined more than half since the 2016 US election


[OPINYON] Yogyakarta Diaries: Pero binabagabag pa rin ako ng komedya sa Pilipinas

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Mabubusog na naman tayo sa pangako habang paparami nang paparami ang nahihirapang tugunan ang totoong pagkagutom

More Filipinos aware of fake news on social media – Pulse Asia

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Majority of Filipinos think fake news is widespread on social media, according to PulseAsia's 2018 Survey on Social Media Use

FALSE: Mocha Uson says she ‘does not spread fake news’

Oct 06, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The social media personality has misled her Facebook followers by sharing posts from websites that produce content with false context

Salita ng Taon 2018: Narito ang mga pinagpipilian

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:13 PM

Ang 11 nominadong salita ay naging laman ng mga balita at diskusyon, at bukambibig ng mga Filipino sa nakalipas na dalawang taon

UNESCO teaches fact-checking in new handbook

Sep 22, 2018 - 12:08 PM

The handbook gives journalism educators, trainers, and students a framework to help navigate the issues associated with ‘fake news’

The Information and Democracy Commission: Defending free flow of truthful info

Sep 18, 2018 - 7:19 PM

The Information and Democracy Commission is a global initiative launched by Reporters Without Borders to build a formal multi-sectoral approach to combating misinformation and disinformation in the digital age


Facebook assigns users a 'reputation score' to counter false reports

Aug 23, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Facebook is also monitoring which users have a propensity to flag content published by others as problematic, and which publishers are considered trustworthy by users

FACEBOOK. The logo of social networking website 'Facebook' is displayed on a computer screen. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP


National ID, Federalism Budget, Kris Aquino | Evening wRap

Aug 08, 2018 - 8:57 PM

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[OPINYON] Sa mga guro ng wika, sa panahon ng fake ‘news’

Jul 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

'Malansang isda' – hanggang ngayon, kino-quote ng mga guro ito para himukin ang mga bagets na magmahal sa wika tulad ng pagmamahal dito ni Rizal. Ang problema, hindi naman si Rizal ang may sabi nito.

WhatsApp running anti-fake news ads in Pakistan ahead of elections

Jul 19, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Fake news propagators know that strong emotions lead to virality. Knowing this, WhatsApp advises, in an ad, that if you 'read something that makes you angry or afraid, ask whether it was shared to make you feel that way'

INFO DRIVE. WhatsApp is using offline means to combat real-world violence being triggered by the spread of false information online. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP