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Severe Tropical Storm Inday, Zuckerberg on Holocaust, Liam and Noel Gallagher | Evening wRap

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:24 PM

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Zuckerberg at center of Holocaust denial controversy

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:39 PM

Zuckerberg says during a podcast interview that while Facebook was dedicated to stopping the spread of fake news, certain beliefs that were sincerely held would not be taken down. He eventually backtracks on the remarks.

ZUCKERBERG'S NEW TROUBLES. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives at the 'Tech for Good' Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 23, 2018. File photo by Charles Platiau/AFP

Twitter continues aggressive suspension of unwanted accounts

Jul 18, 2018 - 2:26 PM

New report surfaces, saying Twitter suspended 58 million accounts in the 4th quarter of 2017


Fake news: the media industry strikes back

Jul 13, 2018 - 4:41 PM

'Journalism's role as the 'gatekeeper' of what is and isn't news has always been controversial, of course. But we're now seeing just how bad things can get when that function breaks down,' says journalism professor John Huxford


Twitter to remove locked accounts from users' follower count

Jul 12, 2018 - 12:45 AM

Twitter hopes this change will let users have confidence in the accuracy of legitimate accounts following them

TWITTER ACCOUNTS. A photo taken in the western French city of Rennes on November 7, 2013 shows an official Twitter account on a smartphone. File photo by Damien Meyer/AFP

Uganda police fire teargas, bullets at social media tax protest

Jul 11, 2018 - 8:01 PM

President Yoweri Museveni justifies the tax move saying many citizens do not pay their taxes as they were meant to, and should not 'donate money to foreign companies through chatting or even lying' on social media

SOCIAL MEDIA TAX. A woman reads a message on social media tax as she scrolls through her Facebook account on her phone in Kampala on July 5, 2018. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

WhatsApp labeling forwarded messages in effort to fight falsehood

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:59 PM

The feature aims to help users determine if their friends or relatives sent them a message they crafted themselves or if they got it from elsewhere, with the hope of fostering habits about thinking before sharing forwarded messages

WHATSAPP'S NEW LABEL. A mockup from WhatsApp of the new label indicating forwarded content on the messaging service. Image from WhatsApp.

YouTube to offer $25M funding to boost 'trusted' news sources

Jul 11, 2018 - 2:56 PM

The first partners in the program will be US-based Vox Media, Jovem Pan of Brazil and India Today

MEDIA FUNDING. The grants "will enable our partners to build key capabilities, train staff on video best practices, enhance production facilities and develop formats optimized for online video," YouTube said. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Twitter rooting out fake accounts at record rate – report

Jul 08, 2018 - 12:03 AM

Russia-linked fake accounts are believed to have fired off false tweets in an effort to sway the 2016 US presidential vote

SOCIAL MEDIA. This November 7, 2013 file photo shows the logo of Twitter on the front of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Digital addiction: How technology keeps us hooked

Jul 07, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Technology is designed to utilize the basic human need to feel a sense of belonging and connection with others

DIGITAL ADDICTION. There are a number of reasons why you can't get away from your screen. Photo from shutterstock

Vietnam activists flock to 'safe' social media after cyber crackdown

Jul 05, 2018 - 4:37 PM

A new draconian law, which comes into effect January 1, requires internet companies to scrub critical content and hand over user data if Vietnam's Communist government demands it

Daily $0.05 'social media tax' causes outcry in Uganda

Jul 04, 2018 - 1:36 PM

In East African country Uganda, a new law requires citizens to pay the government $0.05 for one-day access to Facebook, Tinder, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Grindr

Image for illustration purposes only. Illustrated by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler


Celebrities tweet reactions to FIBA game brawl

Jul 03, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Gary Valenciano, Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, Gretchen Ho, and more express disappointment regarding the brawl that happened during the game between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia

Disgraceful, embarrassing: Netizens dismayed with Gilas-Australia brawl

Jul 02, 2018 - 10:34 PM

Several sports personalities and other social media users point out how disappointing the game turned out

[OPINION] Duterte Year 2 and blunders galore on social media

Jun 30, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The administration's social media blunders are worth calling out because they are symptoms of a much bigger problem that's persistent in the other aspects of Duterte's presidency

Instagram Lite launches for data-conscious photo takers

Jun 28, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Instagram Lite comes in at 573 kilobytes, around 1/55 of the size of the original Instagram application


Twitter to confirm new accounts in spam fight

Jun 27, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Adding a way to check that a real person is behind new accounts is described by Twitter as being among measures to fight abuse, trolls, and hateful content

TWITTER. This file photo taken on September 11, 2013 shows shows the logo of the social networking website 'Twitter' on a computer screen in London, England. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

After being hospitalized, Ylona Garcia reminds fans to think of their mental health

Jun 27, 2018 - 11:15 AM

'Please spread love,' says the former 'Pinoy Big Brother Teen' housemate

Facebook may soon tell you how much time you spend on it

Jun 26, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Uncovered code reveals the social media giant is working on a feature that can track how much time you use Facebook each day over a week

FACEBOOK. The logo of social networking website 'Facebook' is displayed on a computer screen in London, 12 December 2007. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Catholic faith responses to political crisis

Jun 24, 2018 - 8:40 AM

How should the Church respond to the unique challenges it is now confronting in the time of Duterte and social media?

Who's 'Winston' Gatchalian? PCOO makes another online blunder

Jun 23, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian points out the mistake himself

'WINSTON' GATCHALIAN? Senator Sherwin Gatchalian hits the PCOO for another online gaffe, this time getting his name wrong in a news release of the agency. Screenshot of Gatchalian's tweet

360/OS: A 360 degree experience on all things open source

Jun 23, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Building digital resilience against fake news

Outgoing envoy of 'Norwegia' hails ties with Philippines

Jun 18, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Outgoing Norwegian Ambassador Erik Førner pushes for the resumption of peace talks with communist rebels

ORDER OF SIKATUNA. President Rodrigo Duterte confers the Order of Sikatuna to outgoing Norwegian Ambassador Erik Førner. Photo from the Norwegian Embassy in the Philippines

Netizens ask PCOO: Who is 'Rogelio' Golez? Is he from 'Norwegia'?

Jun 15, 2018 - 10:35 PM

The Presidential Communications Operations Office draws flak yet again for using the wrong name for the late National Security Adviser Jose Roilo Golez in its media releases

Genovia and Wakanda, meet Norwegia: Netizens react to latest PCOO flub

Jun 15, 2018 - 9:41 AM

PCOO Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy dismisses the gaffe as a typo

Facebook news use declining, WhatsApp growing – study

Jun 14, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The Reuters Institute report, which covers 37 countries in five continents, says that the use of social media for news fell by 6 percentage points in the United States compared to last year

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Jun 14, 2018 - 12:39 PM

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Australia PM wants to question Zuckerberg for deals with Chinese firms

Jun 08, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Australia has 15 million Facebook users. Its lawmakers wants the Facebook CEO to explain why it shared data with Chinese device makers

TURNBULL. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull , pictured here at a 2016 press conference in Australia, wants to question Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the company's data partnerships with Chinese device makers. File photo by Mark Graham/AFP

Facebook bug set some private posts to public for about 14M users

Jun 08, 2018 - 10:13 AM

The bug potentially makes public some private posts made between May 18 and May 27


Facebook announces first original news shows

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:55 AM

The social network also announces that they're working on a 'Breaking News' label to adorn posts in News Feed, and a 'Today' section dedicated to 'breaking and important news' from local publishers

FB NEWS. The social network experiments with news programs done in partnership with media organizations to battle fake news. Screenshot from Facebook


Huawei denies collecting Facebook user data

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Huawei responds to security concerns raised by US authorities, saying that they didn't collect or store any Facebook user data, and that the partnership was only to make Facebook services more convenient for users

HUAWEI. The Chinese firm is among the many device makers Facebook has data partnerships with. The Facebook-Huawei deal, however, is facing closer scrutiny as US lawmakers have flagged the Chinese brand over suspected security concerns. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


[OPINYON] #BabaeAko: Ang Pagsilang

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Lagpas na sa sapat ang sexist remarks ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte upang mag-alsa ang babae. Kailan nga ba ang tamang oras para lumaban?

Facebook sinking fast among U.S. teens – survey

May 31, 2018 - 11:06 PM

According to the Pew Research Center survey, 51 percent of US teens ages 13 to 17 use Facebook, compared with 85 percent for YouTube, 72 percent for Instagram and 69 percent who are on Snapchat

Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

When should hate speech be regulated? Context matters, says UN expert

May 31, 2018 - 6:35 PM

According to United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye, hate speech should be regulated when it incites violence or when it undermines other people's right to express themselves freely

REGULATING HATE. United Nation Special Rapporteur David Kaye submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council where he proposes a human rights-based approach to regulating user-generated content online. File photo by Adem Altam/AFP

Netizens' complaints: No chairs, broken toilets, outdated books in public schools

May 31, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Netizens highlight the ways in which an overburdened public school system affects students and teachers

Students, teachers and volunteers clean classroom and books and repaint armchair during Brigada Eskwela in Taguig National High School, Taguig as preparation for the start of school year 2018/on June 4. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA

Papua New Guinea mulls 'temporary' ban on Facebook

May 30, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Communications Minister Sam Basil also considers replacing Facebook with a local social networking platform alternative

IN PHOTOS: Inside Facebook Philippines' office

May 28, 2018 - 7:59 PM

Rooms called 'Petmalu' and 'May Forever,' a secret videoke room, and a real-life Facebook wall – check out the things we saw at Facebook Philippines' new work playground


How #NoToDoctorShaming posts highlight gaps in PH healthcare system

May 28, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Netizens argue that the viral photos of nurses sleeping while on duty is a symptom of a deeper problem: the overwhelming gaps in the Philippine healthcare system

Women can’t stand threats? Netizens tell Duterte to ‘go back to the last century’

May 25, 2018 - 10:34 PM

Social media users point out that it's already 2018 and the President's 'sexist stereotyping' and misogynistic remarks are not acceptable

The scandals bedevilling Facebook

May 23, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Here's a roundup of the scandals hounding the social media behemoth

CHARMING EUROPE. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives for a family picture with guests of the 'Tech for Good' Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 23, 2018. Photo by Charles Platiau/ AFP

Instagram rolls out 'mute' option

May 23, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Users now have the option to stop seeing posts from an account without unfollowing them


Ranz Kyle, Niana Guerrero's manager on what it takes to be a social media star

May 22, 2018 - 6:38 PM

Amron Lopez tells us what it's like to manage digital native creators

Netizens hit Sotto's past blunders as he takes over Senate

May 21, 2018 - 8:55 PM

After Vicente Sotto III's election as Senate president, some Filipinos remind the public about the controversies he got involved in before. But others say Sotto, as the most senior member of the Senate, deserves the post.

#BabaeAko campaign: Filipino women fight back against Duterte's misogyny

May 21, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Using the hashtag #BabaeAko, Filipino women are taking to social media to fight President Rodrigo Duterte's sexist and misogynistic behavior

Zuckerberg agrees to closed-door talks with European lawmakers

May 17, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Closed-door talks are confirmed but other members of European Parliament demand a public hearing

QUESTIONING. Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the US Senate, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. The CEO has now agreed to talks with European authorities. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP


Viral posts on mountain flattened in Boracay false – DENR

May 16, 2018 - 9:02 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the flattening was done before Boracay's closure

LEVELED. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources released photos showing that leveling and other related activities have been stopped since Boracay's closure. Photo by DENR

Facebook shut 583 million fake accounts in first 3 months of 2018

May 16, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Fake profiles make up 3% to 4% of all active accounts, reports the social network

FACEBOOK. This illustration picture taken on April 19, 2018 in Paris shows the tablet and smartphone app for Facebook. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


Facebook details policing for sex, terror, hate content

May 15, 2018 - 10:33 PM

Facebook says improved technology using artificial intelligence had helped it act on 3.4 million posts containing graphic violence, nearly three times more than it had in the last quarter of 2017

Snapchat dials back redesign that riled users

May 12, 2018 - 9:46 AM

Snapchat rolls back its redesign after many complaints about their previous overhaul

SNAPCHAT. The social media app rolls back a previous massive overhaul after complaints from users. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/

Leonen, Te tweet 'dissent' from SC’s quo warranto vote

May 11, 2018 - 8:13 PM

The Supreme Court justice says on social media the petition should have been dismissed outright, while the spokesperson posts a straightforward, self-explanatory graphic