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Iran removes block on Telegram

Jan 14, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Iranian officials confirm the app can now be used again after the lifting of restrictions imposed during recent protests

Facebook overhaul favors friends over news, adverts

Jan 12, 2018 - 10:29 AM

(UPDATED) Facebook shares fall 5.4% at the opening of trade on Friday, January 12, after the changes were announced on Thursday

FEED TWEAK. Facebook's News Feed will now give higher scores to posts from friends, and decrease rankings of businesses and publishers. Screenshot from Facebook


Islamic State retreats online to 'virtual caliphate'

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:46 AM

On the brink of defeat in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State (ISIS) group has been taking refuge in its 'virtual caliphate' – but even online, experts say it is in decline

Not cut out for the job: Thai PM's stunt bemuses public

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Talking to reporters outside Government House on Monday, Prayut turned the media's attention to a life-size likeness of himself after an aide dutifully places the cut-out in front of a microphone

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Political blogger publishes book of ‘resibo’

Jan 08, 2018 - 9:06 PM

'Resibo' includes Pinoy Ako Blog's top 100 blogs in 2017. It's part of efforts to promote a habit of providing evidence to support claims.

RESIBO. Blogger Jover Laurio signs copies of her new book, 'Resibo,' launched on Saturday, January 6. Photo by Stacy de Jesus

10 civic actions in 2017 that can move PH in 2018

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:40 PM

MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm, hopes that the social impact of these efforts it initiated or supported in 2017 will fuel sustained action that will transform courage into action in 2018

Renato Reyes slams fake news on son in 'sports car crash'

Jan 08, 2018 - 12:25 AM

'My son is 9 years old. Hindi pa siya nakakapag-drive. Wala din kaming sports car. Kung may mahanap ka, iyo na,' says Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr

Unliked: How Facebook is playing a part in the Rohingya genocide

Jan 05, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Facebook’s virtual coercive is one of division, competing realities and a lack of mutual acceptance. In Facebook’s virtual coercive, fiction is reality and lies can validate.

PLIGHT OF THE ROHINGYA. This picture taken on November 26, 2017, shows Rohingya Muslim refugees looking on near Kutupalong refugee camp at Cox's Bazar. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Zuckerberg makes 'fixing' Facebook a personal goal

Jan 05, 2018 - 8:43 AM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: 'The world feels anxious and divided, and Facebook has a lot of work to do'

MARK ZUCKERBERG AND FACEBOOK. This file photo taken on June 24, 2016 shows Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaking during a discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Facebook, please make democracy-friendly algorithms

Jan 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Technology hits a tipping point and transforms global power structures. In 2017, social media splintered the public space essential for democracy.

Iran blocks internet on third night of protests

Dec 31, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Unverified videos on social media appeared to show thousands marching through the western cities of Khorramabad, Zanjan and Ahvaz, while reports spread rapidly that several people had been shot dead by police in the town of Dorud.

PROTEST. An Iranian woman raises her fist amid the smoke of tear gas at the University of Tehran during a protest driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017. Photo by stringer / AFP

Vietnam's 10,000-strong 'cyber army' slammed by rights groups

Dec 29, 2017 - 3:59 PM

A top Vietnamese general this week reportedly said that the brigade dubbed 'Force 47' has been tasked with fighting 'wrongful views' spreading on the internet

Snap developing 'Stories Everywhere' for sharing content outside Snapchat – report

Dec 28, 2017 - 4:49 PM

Snap also reportedly hires Rahul Chopra, the former Global Head of Video at News Corp, to spearhead the initiative

SNAPCHAT. This file photo taken on November 13, 2013 shows a logo of Snapchat at the front entrance of headquarters of Snapchat in Venice, California. File photo by Kevork Djansezian/ Getty Images / AFP

2017's most viral Philippine ads

Dec 28, 2017 - 11:34 AM

Take a look at some of 2017's most memorable ads

8 most talked about issues on PH social media in 2017

Dec 27, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Mocha Uson, fake news, and the killing of Kian delos Santos are among the most talked about issues on social media in the Philippines in 2017

The 10 best bang-for-buck phones of 2017

Dec 27, 2017 - 12:15 AM

Here are some of the best phones that provide amazing value at their price point, released this year


WikiLeaks founder's Twitter account briefly vanishes

Dec 26, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Julian Assange's account disappears before reappearing more than 12 hours later

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP


Facebook's highlights and lowlights of 2017

Dec 26, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Facebook continues to grow in 2017. But with the growth comes mounting pressure to stymie fake news and balance its unhealthy dominance on the digital ad industry


2017's cybersecurity issues: The future's new normal?

Dec 26, 2017 - 3:23 PM

As we move into the new year, let's look at some of the major issues surrounding the world of cybersecurity as it relates to the world at large. It's very likely at least one of the following issues will be a part of your future.

Paolo Duterte deactivates official Facebook account

Dec 25, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Shortly after his resignation as Davao City vice mayor, the presidential son shuts down the Facebook account where he earlier posted a furious message addressed to his daughter

Netizens on Paolo Duterte's resignation: 'Good example' or 'preps for higher office'?

Dec 25, 2017 - 5:09 PM

Social Media users are reacting to the sudden announcement of Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte's resignation

Ica Policarpio's dad: 'This will forever change us'

Dec 24, 2017 - 2:42 PM

As lawyer Rufino Policarpio III profusely thanks the public for helping find his 17-year-old daughter, he asks everyone to give his daughter some privacy in the meantime

FOUND. The missing 17-year-old girl Ica Policarpio was found on Christmas Eve. Photo from Bea Policarpio

Filipino athletes who made waves on social media in 2017

Dec 24, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Here are some of the most talked about local athletes and sports teams on Rappler's social media accounts for this year

PH esports achievements in 2017: Athletic licenses, victories, major fests

Dec 22, 2017 - 8:28 PM

From being recognized as athletes to international victories, PH esport players has had a lot to celebrate in 2017


Facebook signs deal with Universal, promises new music features for users

Dec 22, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Facebook sets its sights on developing music features after signing its first deal with a major label


2017: A year's worth of the administration's online faux pas

Dec 21, 2017 - 4:17 PM

This year has been filled with cringe-worthy moments online for government agencies and officials

16 popular words, phrases loved by Filipinos on social media in 2017

Dec 20, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Never underestimate the werpa of online language, mga lodis

Australia police accidentally broadcast arrest plans on social media

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:34 PM

The West Australian newspaper says a minute of conversation about the case between federal police officers, including the timing of the arrest, was broadcast on Periscope and linked to on Twitter

LAPSE. Members of the New South Wales (NSW) state riot squad police carry machine guns as they patrol on Sydney's Circular Quay on December 18, 2017. Photo William West/AFP

LIST: Hotlines, social media accounts during emergencies

Dec 19, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Bookmark this page for a handy list of emergency hotlines you can call or text, plus Facebook and Twitter accounts to contact

The year in consumer tech: iPhone X, Nokia's return, Bitcoin's rise

Dec 19, 2017 - 5:03 PM

From the return of a beloved brand to the rise of cryptocurrencies, here are some of the most important things that happened in the world of consumer tech in 2017


Facebook cracks down on 'engagement bait'

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:08 AM

Facebook's machine learning model will lessen the visibility of engagement baiting posts on the platform, with repeat offenders set to receive demotions in the coming weeks

SOME ENGAGEMENT BAITING FORMS. Three of the more common forms of social engagement baiting seen on Facebook. Screenshot from Facebook.

[OPINION] The party’s over

Dec 18, 2017 - 11:00 AM

It’s time to stop wishing for a single, hardball opportunity to end this state of abuse. 2018 is yours – and ours – to fix.

‘Blood red,’ ‘Imeldific’: Isabelle Duterte draws flak for Malacañang photo shoot

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:43 PM

Presidential granddaughter Isabelle Duterte gets called out online for her pre-debut photo shoot in Malacañang, prominently capturing the presidential seal

Facebook testing account switching feature – report

Dec 15, 2017 - 12:07 PM

Buzzfeed says the new feature will let a Facebook user navigate between multiple accounts

ACCOUNT SWITCHING? Facebook logos are pictured on the screens of a smartphone (R), and a laptop computer, in central London on November 21, 2016. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Facebook rebuffs ex-executive's claims, says it 'was a very different company back then'

Dec 14, 2017 - 2:34 PM

'Facebook was a very different company back then and as we have grown we have realized how our responsibilities have grown too,' says the company

FACEBOOK. A Facebook logo is pictured on a screen ahead of a press conference to announce the launch of it's latest product "Workplace," in central London on October 10, 2016. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

PH charges social media-savvy widow of terrorist with inciting to rebellion

Dec 13, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Karen Aizha Hamidon, the wife of slain Ansar Khalifa Philippines leader Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, has recruited fighters to join the siege in Marawi City

CHARGED. Karen Aizha Hamidon is presented during a press conference at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila on October 18, 2017. Authorities arrested Hamidon who allegedly used the Internet and social media to recruit followers around the world for Islamist "terrorist acts," government lawmen said. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Philippines top global source of child pornography – Unicef

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:58 AM

8 out of 10 Filipino children at risk of online sexual abuse or bullying

TOP SOURCE. Unicef says the Philippines is a leading global source of child pornography.

Ex-Facebook executive regrets 'ripping apart' society with social media

Dec 12, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya feels 'tremendous guilt' for helping build Facebook into one tool he says is 'ripping apart the social fabric of how society works'

CHAMATH PALIHAPITIYA. Founder/CEO of Social Capital, Chamath Palihapitiya, speaks onstage during the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 19, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Vanity Fair/AFP

Robredo slams EJKs, online trolls in Human Rights Day message

Dec 09, 2017 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'Dapat din nating bigyang-diin ang diwa ng pagdiriwang na ito, dahil sa mga nakababahalang balita tungkol sa malawakang paglabag sa karapatang pantao, lalo na sa mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan,' says the Vice President

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER. Vice President Leni Robredo wants Filipinos to stand up to human rights violations being done to them. File photo by OVP

What is Mocha Uson's top source of news?

Dec 08, 2017 - 8:37 PM

What is Trending News Portal (TNP) and what kind of content does it produce? Here's a closer look at the data.

Pinoy Ako Blog's Jover Laurio sues Franco Mabanta for libel

Dec 08, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Jover Laurio of Pinoy Ako Blog says she received attacks and messages in her Facebook account – similar to Mabanta's – disparaging her appearance

Awards shows, Marawi siege, Miss Universe: Top Twitter PH moments of 2017

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:53 PM

Some of the most tweeted 2017 moments in the Philippines include AlDub, MayWard, KathNiel, Nadine Lustre, BTS, Miss Universe, and more

Ricci Rivero, Alyssa Valdez top 2017 PH most tweeted athletes list

Dec 06, 2017 - 4:51 PM

Athletes from Ateneo and La Salle dominate the list for this year, while #NBAFinals is most tweeted sports-related hashtag in the Philippines

18-year-old Filipino wins int'l science video contest

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:55 PM

Hillary Andales, a student of Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas Campus, wins in this year's Breakthrough Junior Challenge for an explainer video on relativity

CREATIVE EXPLAINER. A framegrab from Andales' winning video on reference frames and relativity. Courtesy Breakthrough Junior Challenge/YouTube

PH to charge widow of slain militant for recruiting fighters to join Marawi siege

Dec 01, 2017 - 7:06 PM

Prosecutors say Karen Hamidon, widow of the late founder of Ansarul Khilafa Philippines, used messaging apps Telegram and WhatsApp to promote IS activities

CHARGED. Karen Aizha Hamidon is presented during a press conference at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila on October 18, 2017. Authorities arrested Hamidon who allegedly used the Internet and social media to recruit followers around the world for Islamist "terrorist acts," government lawmen said. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Twitter Lite rollout expands to 24 more countries

Dec 01, 2017 - 12:17 PM

The wider release of Twitter Lite follows a test phase in the Philippines

Trump attacks British PM after criticism of anti-Muslim videos

Nov 29, 2017 - 10:41 PM

(UPDATED) Trump retweets 3 anti-Muslim videos posted by the deputy head of a British far-right group who has been convicted of a hate crime

New Facebook captcha test asks users to upload clear face photo

Nov 29, 2017 - 5:21 PM

The test may pop up when Facebook detects suspicious activity, and is designed to verify that a user is not a bot


FORUM: Truth, trust, and democracy in the age of selfies, trolls, and bots

Nov 28, 2017 - 1:08 PM

The public forum on 'Truth, Trust, and Democracy in the Age of Selfies, Trolls and Bots' aims to help promote a better understanding of how social media and other digital platforms work

French teacher to be tried for sex with student aged 14

Nov 26, 2017 - 10:40 PM

The teacher began a relationship with his student by chatting on Instagram

HARASSMENT. A 31-year-old French teacher will be tried for having sex with his 14-year-old student.