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Rappler team portfolio shortlisted in Data Journalism Awards 2019

May 21, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Rappler's series of data stories on social media, disinformation, and democracy is shortlisted for Best data journalism team portfolio (Large newsroom)

[OPINION] To 'woke' people on Twitter: Turn online noise into action

May 21, 2019 - 7:45 AM

Being woke should emphasize how we understand a particular issue and then translate this to offline action

Filipinos block people online over political views – U.S. think tank

May 19, 2019 - 12:30 PM

But Filipinos are also the most 'comfortable' with discussing politics both offline and online among 11 emerging economies surveyed

A Pew Research Center survey shows Filiipinos have blocked people online due to their political beliefs.

#LiveTheDreamAteneo trends worldwide as Ateneo captures UAAP volleyball crown

May 18, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Fans also tweet their appreciation for graduating players, including team captain and Finals MVP Bea de Leon

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


From experimental to essential? Social media in the 2019 elections

May 15, 2019 - 8:30 AM

'We were very much focused on Facebook in the last elections. But now candidates are more diversified, having specific content per platform,' says a global digital media specialist

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

Duterte blasts 'Western-funded' media, hits 'professional twisters'

May 13, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Vera Files president Ellen Tordesillas, whom the President calls a 'prostitute,' counters that he is 'not in his right mind' and is a 'danger to the Filipino people'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers queries from members of the media after casting his vote for the midterm elections at the Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School in Davao City on May 13, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Fresh curfews, social media block in Sri Lanka after riots

May 13, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe urges the public not to believe rumors and warns civil unrest will only stretch the already thinly deployed security forces

NETWORK SHUTDOWN. This photo illustration shows a mobile browser unable to connect to Facebook, following the Sri Lankan government's island-wide social network shutdown, in Colombo on May 13, 2019. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

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.

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


Cebu City police prevent journalists from interviewing detained suspects

May 08, 2019 - 9:20 PM

Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña asks his city's top cop: 'What are you trying to hide CCPO?'

AT ODDS. Combo photo of Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña and Cebu City chief Police Colonel Royina Garma. Rappler photos

Conspiracy diagrams show new level of ‘idiocy, incompetence’

May 08, 2019 - 5:12 PM

Journalists and candidates blast the new set of diagrams from Malacañang that seek to lump them together in one conspiracy to discredit President Duterte

NEW DIAGRAMS. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo presents a new set of diagrams alleging a 'conspiracy' to discredit the Duterte administration. RTVM screenshot

Groups hit 'pattern of attacks' against democratic institutions

May 08, 2019 - 1:43 PM

'Papatayin nila ang demokrasya kaya anyone who helps in strengthening democracy...sisirain nila kasi media is one of the pillars of democracy,' says Vera Files president Ellen Tordesillas

TRUE MATRIX. Some of the individuals linked to the so-called "Oust-Duterte matrix" gathered at the University of the Philippines Diliman for a forum organized by the Third World Studies Center on Tuesday, May 7. Photo by Kurt Dela Peña/Rappler

News anchor Erwin Tulfo declared persona non grata in Dapitan

May 08, 2019 - 7:30 AM

While campaigning for the party-list group ACT-CIS in Dapitan City, Tulfo made remarks about the city that offended the locals

UNANIMOUS. All Dapitan City councilors vote in favor of a resolution declaring news anchor Erwin Tulfo an 'undesirable person' during their session on May 7, 2019. Rappler photo

Optical Media Board serves show cause order to Dipolog cable provider accused of illegally airing ‘Avengers: Endgame’

May 07, 2019 - 12:51 PM

Orient Cable in Dipolog allegedly aired the film one day after it premiered in local cinemas

AVENGERS ENDGAME. The final installment in  Marvel's 'Infinity Saga' premiered in local cinemas on April 24. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios

Optical Media Board to summon supermarket workers over 'Avengers: Endgame' screening

May 06, 2019 - 8:32 PM

The OMB says it will summon Savers Company and its personnel for allegedly showing 'Avengers: Endgame' illegally

Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: ENDGAME..L to R: War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019

Ilonggos appeal for expansion of fact-checking efforts to provinces

May 05, 2019 - 10:05 PM

At the #MoveIloilo: Social Good in the Digital Age forum, local groups discuss how to counter disinformation

DISCUSSION. Francis Allan Angelo, the Editor in Chief of the Daily Guardian, talks during a panel discussion of #MoveIloilo: Social Good in the Digital Age on April 29. Photo by Rachel Beatizula/Rappler

Advocates band together in unity event for World Press Freedom Day

May 04, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Advocates and journalists take to the stage to voice out relevant issues in the Philippines through a concert to commemorate World Press Freedom Day

TRUTH. Artist Mae Paner encourages the public to fight lies during the freedom festival jam commemorating World Press Freedom Day on May 3. Photo by Jillian Siervo/Rappler

'I will kill you all'

May 04, 2019 - 6:07 PM

At a time when alleged narco politicians named by the President are being killed with impunity, officials on a kill list in Cebu are gunned down one after another

HIGHLIGHTS: World Press Freedom Day 2019 activities in the Philippines

May 04, 2019 - 5:40 PM

These events are being organized against the backdrop of attacks on press freedom, which have escalated in the Philippines in recent months

Youth groups conduct quick reaction mobilization to condemn the sudden arrest of Rappler's Maria Ressa and continous threats of the Duterte government against the right to press freedom at University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Singapore fake-news bill raises fears of censorship

May 04, 2019 - 12:21 PM

According to Singapore’s draft law, ministers get to decide without any judicial review what online content is true or false simply if it offends them. Other countries may do the same

Visual by Gogi Kamushadze/Coda Story


Philippine media 'under siege' as it commemorates World Press Freedom Day

May 03, 2019 - 6:49 PM

The NUJP says 'more than any administration since the unlamented Marcos dictatorship, never have freedom of the press and of expression been under siege as during the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte'

Members of alternative media and human rights organizations stage a rally in front of the Department of National Defense headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City to deplore the continued harassment of media organizations critical of the government. The protest coincides with the celebration of world press freedom today. May 3, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan

Over 100 attacks vs journalists since Duterte assumed office – monitor

May 03, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The Freedom for Media, Freedom for All Network says it has monitored at least 128 attacks and threats against members of the press since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office

ATTACKS MAPPED. Luis Teodoro leads the presentation of data on attacks against members of the press at the press freedom forum organized by the Freedom for Media, Freedom for All Network. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Foreign-funded? Journalists hit back, say gov't gets funds from China

May 03, 2019 - 1:49 PM

On World Press Freedom Day, journalists point out that the government's own media apparatus gets huge funding from China

VETERAN JOURNALISTS. A panel of leading journalists assembles as a panel in the press freedom forum organized by the Freedom for Media Freedom for All network on World Press Freedom Day. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

FOCAP urges journalists to close ranks behind press freedom

May 03, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'This is not a time to bend and shrink,' says the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines on World Press Freedom Day

Journalism is a crime in a fake world

May 03, 2019 - 8:27 AM

The job of a journalist takes place in a world that is drugged with online disinformation and where journalism is treated like a crime

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A ban on Duterte

May 03, 2019 - 7:33 AM

Given his type of narcissism, one that blooms lustier and lustier with each live performance, we'd never know how far he would go with his indecencies

Facebook bans conspiracy theorists, controversial black activist

May 03, 2019 - 7:01 AM

(UPDATED) The social media titan bans Louis Farrakhan, the head of the Nation of Islam, far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, and Milo Yiannopoulos, a high-profile right-wing provocateur, in its latest crackdown on hate content

COMBO) This combination of pictures created on May 02, 2019 shows right-wing British provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos answers questions during a speech at Parliament House in Canberra on December 5, 2017, commentator Alex Jones arrive to hear testimony by Google CEO Sundar Pichai during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, December 11, 2018, Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, National Representative of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad and The Nation of Islam, speaks onstage during the Celebration of Life memorial service for late US rapper, recording artist and social activist Nipsey Hussle, at the Staples Center on April 11, 2019 in Los Angeles. Facebook on May 2, 2019, banned black activist leader Louis Farrakhan, far-right icon Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, know for neo-Nazi rhetoric, and several others in a heightened crackdown on hate content at the leading social network. "We've always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology," Facebook said in a statement. Others banned Thursday from Facebook and Instagram were Paul Nehlen, a political candidate espousing white supremacist views; and conspiracy theorists Paul Joseph Watson and Laura Loomer. SAUL LOEB, MARK GRAHAM, Kevork Djansezian / AFP / POOL AFPForum Your opinion matters

FALSE: Mainstream media 'did not report' about Marawi temporary shelters

May 01, 2019 - 5:43 PM

(UPDATED) A quick search shows that various news groups in the Philippines wrote about Marawi's temporary shelters

TV, newspaper journalists join Rappler petition vs Duterte coverage ban

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:51 AM

(UPDATED) At least 41 journalists from different media organizations intervene in a Supreme Court petition to end President Rodrigo Duterte's coverage ban against Rappler

PETITION FOR INTERVENTION. Lawyer Ted Te talks to the media after a group of journalists filed a petition for intervention before the Supreme Court on April 30, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

UK, Canada underscore role of free press in fostering democracies

Apr 30, 2019 - 10:14 AM

'A free and responsible media is fundamental to an open and democratic society,' says British Ambassador Daniel Pruce at a forum on press freedom and responsibility at the Ateneo de Manila University

MISLEADING: Media did not report on construction of Isabela's landmark bridge

Apr 29, 2019 - 8:46 PM

A Google search reveals that 'BusinessWorld' reported about the progress of Isabela's landmark bridge project in 2018

What to expect at Facebook’s F8 2019 developer conference

Apr 29, 2019 - 5:52 PM

Here are some of what we’re expecting to happen at this year’s F8 conference

DEV CONFERENCE. Screenshot from Facebook F8 website


WATCH: Media Freedom and Responsibility Forum

Apr 29, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Bookmark this page to watch Pahayag: A Forum on Media Freedom and Responsibility on Monday, April 29

[EDITORIAL] #Animated: Ang pantasya ng 'matrix' ni Duterte

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:15 AM

Ngayong Press Freedom Day, iwaksi ang mga kampon ng kasinungalingan

Malacañang task force asks CMFR, NUJP, media groups about Maguindanao massacre aid

Apr 26, 2019 - 5:46 PM

A media watchdog decries this as a fishing expedition meant to 'demonize independent and non-profit media organizations'

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


Twitter shares lift off as profits soar; Trump weighs in

Apr 24, 2019 - 2:49 PM

Twitter's global user base appears to show modest growth even as the company transitions to a different way of measuring it

TWITTER. The Twitter logo is seen on a sign at the company's headquarters in San Francisco, California on November 4, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


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


Instagram considering hiding like count on your posts

Apr 23, 2019 - 6:48 PM

Instagram thinks the change can help your followers focus on what you post rather than the number of likes it gets


PH media face 'oppressive, alarming' conditions – global group

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Representatives of the New-York based Committee to Protect Journalists, who are on a visit to the Philippines, meet with Malacañang and Department of Justice officials

STATE OF MEDIA. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) holds a press conference in Manila on April 16, 2019, on its findings on the state of Philippine media. Photo by Rappler

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.

STATEMENT: With Rappler ban, Duterte also violates public right to know

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:28 PM

This case is not just about Rappler. It is about every journalist’s mandate to cover the Office of the President and scrutinize the tremendous power it holds without prior restraint or threat of punishment.

Rappler asks Supreme Court to end Duterte coverage ban

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) A significant press freedom test case under the Duterte administration, the Rappler petition argues that the coverage ban violates constitutional guarantees of a free press, free speech, equal protection and due process

COURT OF LAST RESORT. The Supreme Court in Padre Faure, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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


Social media is least trusted news source in Canada and U.S. – poll

Apr 10, 2019 - 10:49 AM

While trust in traditional news services including radio and newspapers rated above 80% in both countries, trust in social media is lowest among all sources at 43% in the United States and 32% in Canada

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


Digital news media innovate through fighting disinformation – study

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:23 PM

A study by Reuters and Oxford focuses on Rappler, the Daily Maverick in South Africa, and The Quint in India

Twitter limits bulk following to thwart spammers

Apr 09, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The total number of accounts that can be added to a user's list was cut to 400 from 1,000, Twitter says

TWITTER. The 'Twitter' website is displayed on a computer screen in London in this September 11, 2013 file photo. File photo by  Leon Neal/AFP