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#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 the 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

Social influence platform Klout shutting down May 25

May 11, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Lithium Technologies, which acquired the startup in 2014, announces the closure in a blog post on Thursday, May 10. Klout also confirms the closure on Twitter.

Duterte and the impunity stones: 'We don't feel so good'

May 11, 2018 - 4:06 PM

Hopefully ‘Infinity War’ isn’t a spoiler for the Philippines

Facebook makes major management shakeup, establishes blockchain team

May 09, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Facebook is setting up a team that will explore how best to leverage blockchain technology on the platform


How artificial intelligence can detect – and create – fake news

May 05, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Facebook could use its partnerships with news organizations and volunteers to train AI, continually tweaking the system to respond to propagandists’ changes in topics and tactics

QUESTIONS. Is that clickbait true? Crystal Eye Studio/Shutterstock.com

Twitter urges users to change 'unmasked' passwords

May 04, 2018 - 11:11 AM

The social media site says there are no signs that hackers accessed passwords which were exposed due to a software bug, but better to be safe than sorry

Instagram announces GoPro, Spotify integration with Stories

May 03, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The integrations will allow users of the GoPro or Spotify apps to send content to Instagram Stories

INTEGRATION. Instagram users can now shares Spotify playlists and tunes without needing to connect the apps together. Screen shot from Instagram.

Zuckerberg unveils plans for Facebook dating service

May 03, 2018 - 12:31 AM

Zuckerberg unveils the plans as he addressed Facebook's annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California -- emphasizing that the focus would be on helping people find long-term partners

MARK ZUCKERBERG. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen with digital bunny ears on-screen during the annual F8 summit at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on May 01, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Human Rights Watch slams Iran's Telegram ban as 'unjustifiable'

May 02, 2018 - 7:32 PM

HRW says the court's decision is 'just another stain on Iranian authorities' already dismal record on freedom of expression'

Facebook privacy drive may crimp some political campaigns

Apr 30, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Changes may be limiting 'microtargeting' on Facebook, a technique successfully used by Donald Trump's campaign in 2016 and several others

CHANGES. Updates to the Facebook's ad targeting system may make it harder to political campaigns to target specific segments. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP


Facebook adds 67 million monthly active users despite scandal

Apr 26, 2018 - 6:29 PM

The number of daily active users has also grown, with an increase of 48 million users from 1.401 billion to 1.449 billion in total

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


Twitter posts second straight profitable quarter after years in the red

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:39 AM

The one-to-many social platform gains momentum with strong Q1 2018 earnings

MAKING NOISE. The Twitter logo appears outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in this file photo. The once heavily beleaguered social network posts strong growth for the second straight quarter. Photo by Andrew Burton/AFP


Facebook Q1 2018 profits show growth, no impact from privacy scandal

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:20 AM

Early signs show that the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal has had little effect on Facebook's growth, but bigger effects may be seen in succeeding quarters

CLOSE SCRUTINY. In spite of recent scandals that put the social media giant front and center of headlines, early signs show that the company sustains growth. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


Overview: Controlling Facebook's Ad Preferences page

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:44 PM

While you may not stop Facebook from showing you ads, you can control whether or not Facebook uses your information to show you ads targeted specifically towards you. Here's a guide to your Facebook advertising preferences!

From SSS to Tourism: Who is Pompee La Viña?

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:51 PM

New tourism undersecretary Jose Gabriel 'Pompee' La Viña was the social media director during the presidential campaign of Rodrigo Duterte. He was sacked as SSS commissioner in February 2018 due to alleged 'abuse' of public funds.

Facebook unveils appeal process for when it removes posts

Apr 24, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'This is part of an effort to be more clear about where we draw the line on content,' Facebook public policy manager in charge of content Siobhan Cummiskey says

'We need better options': Grab PH users dissatisfied with driver cancellations

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:21 PM

The current dissatisfaction has metamorphosed into an actual Facebook group called 'GrabPH Complaints,' where users are sharing their sentiments and stories

'Sino'ng kalaban? Lumot?': Netizens react to Boracay threat simulations

Apr 24, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Filipinos online mock the security drills for potential terror attacks or hostage-taking incidents in Boracay, calling it 'overkill'

Surge in suspected Twitter bots sparks fear as polls in Southeast Asia loom

Apr 23, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Like the 2016 presidential election in the Philippines, some fear that the suspected bots may be deployed in upcoming polls in Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia


Journalist Ed Lingao: 'You have to fight back'

Apr 23, 2018 - 12:30 PM

In this video, the fourth in a series of conversations about press freedom, broadcast journalist Ed Lingao speaks of patriotism, confronting online trolls, and a journalist's duty to combat fake news

4 good social media habits that will help your career

Apr 22, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Don't let your Facebook profile ruin your career

Facebook rolling out privacy choices under EU rules

Apr 18, 2018 - 2:12 PM

'Everyone – no matter where they live – will be asked to review important information about how Facebook uses data and make choices about their privacy on Facebook,' says a statement from chief privacy officer Erin Egan and deputy general counsel Ashlie Beringer.

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken through a magnifying glass on March 28, 2018 in Moscow shows the icon for the social networking app Facebook on a smart phone screen. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

'The Charcoal Confessions': Nancy Binay writes book on cyberbullying

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The book is currently titled '45 Handy Tips Towards Healing: The Nancy Binay Charcoal Confessions' and could be released before the 2019 campaign

 Photo by Angie de Silva

Facebook confirms it collects data beyond users

Apr 17, 2018 - 10:14 AM

'When you visit a site or app that uses our services, we receive information even if you're logged out or don't have a Facebook account,' says product management director David Baser

SOCIAL MEDIA GIANT. In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a view of an Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on a computer are shown in Washington, DC. File Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

China's microblogging site Weibo backtracks on gay content ban

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:58 PM

'Everyone is unique and sexuality is just one side of us that differs, just like skin color, height and weight,' says a rare essay promoting LGBT acceptance posted on China's People's Daily

Facebook partnership goes beyond Rappler

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:47 PM

We accept this responsibility because we know you will be helping – and vetting – us every step of the way

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Facebook beyond Zuck

Apr 16, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Even if Facebook hired millions of content moderators, they are no match to the vetting capacity and breadth of its very capable and knowledgeable users, who should now engage Facebook more aggressively and intelligently

Iran bans foreign social media networks in schools

Apr 16, 2018 - 7:57 AM

Schools must 'only use domestic social networks' for their communication,' the ministry says

The drug called ‘like’

Apr 15, 2018 - 11:00 AM

How does 'liking' shape our brains?

Zuckerberg on Facebook, Duterte and Xi on West Philipines Sea, Trump on Russia | Evening wRap

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:40 PM

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Zuckerberg defends Facebook business model

Apr 12, 2018 - 2:17 AM

Mark Zuckerberg concedes regulation of social media companies – under mounting scrutiny over the misuse of user data – is 'inevitable'

ZUCKERBERG TESTIMONY. Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a US House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 11, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

LIVE: U.S. House of Representatives hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on data privacy

Apr 11, 2018 - 10:03 PM

Tune in to the hearing on Wednesday, April 11, at 10 pm, Manila time

READ: Mark Zuckerberg's planned remarks for U.S. House of Representatives testimony

Apr 11, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Read Mark Zuckerberg's remarks for Facebook's upcoming hearing in the US House of Representatives on transparency and the use of consumer data

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify following a break during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Facebook's hubris in the midst of victimhood

Apr 11, 2018 - 10:19 AM

There is no other company that does anything quite like Facebook, which means its platitudes of policing its platform and of taking responsibility for its missteps are filled with hubris

'My mistake': Key Zuckerberg quotes in Senate Facebook grilling

Apr 11, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Here are some top quotes from Zuckerberg, as well as from some of the dozens of senators who grilled him on Tuesday, April 10

ZUCKERBERG TESTIFIES. Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images/AFP

Zuckerberg says Facebook will always offer a free version

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:36 AM

Zuckerberg's wording in his response to a US senator's question regarding their business model leaves open the possibility of a paid, ad-free version

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken through a magnifying glass on March 28, 2018 in Moscow shows the icon for the social networking app Facebook on a smart phone screen. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP


Zuckerberg says Facebook in 'arms race' with Russia

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:23 AM

The Facebook CEO says that Russians exploiting their system will keep getting better, and Facebook will have to invest in getting better to keep up

BREACHED. Zuckerberg, 33, was called to testify after it was reported that 87 million Facebook users had their personal information harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm linked to the Trump campaign. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP


Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is not a monopoly

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:10 AM

A US senator suggests that Facebook may be a monopoly – a claim that Zuckerberg rejects

GRILLING. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify following a break during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP


Zuckerberg apologizes to U.S. Congress over massive Facebook breach

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:49 AM

'If you and other social media companies do not get your act in order, none of us are going to have any privacy anymore,' US Senator Bill Nelson tells the Facebook CEO in his first-ever US Congressional appearance

TESTIMONY. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP


LIVE: U.S. Senate panel hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on data privacy

Apr 11, 2018 - 12:12 AM

Tune in to the joint hearing on April 11, 2:15 am, Manila time

[OPINYON] ‘Bakit maraming bobo?’ at iba pang chenes chenes sa social media

Apr 10, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Noon, kontrolado pa ng opisyal o ahensiya kung paano lulunsad sa platform ang impormasyon. Ngayon, napakadaling sumingaw at magpasingaw. Isang naka-public na status, isang umaatikabong screenshot, hayun, viral.

Kremlin cracking down on internet to muzzle critics, say experts

Apr 08, 2018 - 12:25 PM

According to experts, the Russian government recognizes the internet as the principal threat to its domination

NEW YEAR. Russian President Vladimir Putin wishes Russians 'changes for the better' in his New Year message as the world welcomes the year 2018. File photo

Cybersecurity roundup: April 1 to April 7, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 9:11 AM

Facebook takes on plenty of heat for its handling of a data scandal, while Delta Airlines and Sears suffer security breaches due to a malware attack on a third-party service both companies use. It's your cybersecurity roundup for the week!

6 astrology social media accounts you need to follow

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The astrology content you didn't know you needed on your feed