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Rihanna hits Snapchat over beating ad, sending shares tumbling

Mar 16, 2018 - 10:13 AM

The commercial shows Rihanna and fellow pop star Chris Brown, and asks Snapchat users whether they would rather 'slap Rihanna' or 'punch Chris Brown'

SNAPCHAT. In this file photo taken on February 2, 2018, Rihanna attends the conference 'GPE Financing Conference, an Investment in the Future' organized by the Global Partnership for Education in Dakar, as part of Macron's visit to Senegal. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Facebook removes pages of far-right British group

Mar 15, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Facebook says of the removal of Britain First and its leaders' pages: 'Content posted on the Britain First Facebook page and the pages of party leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen has repeatedly broken our community standards'

'BRITAIN FIRST' LEADERS. In this file photo taken on January 29, 2018, far-right group Britain First leader Paul Golding (R) and deputy leader Jayda Fransen arrive at Folkestone magristrates court in Kent on January 29, 2018. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Singapore launches public hearings on 'fake news'

Mar 15, 2018 - 12:24 PM

'In fact, one of the purposes of dealing with deliberate online falsehoods is to protect free speech and enhance free speech,' says Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam

Sri Lanka lifts Facebook ban after hate speech assurance

Mar 15, 2018 - 11:35 AM

'My secretary has discussed with officials of Facebook, who have agreed that its platform will not be used for spreading hate speech and inciting violence,' Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena, who is currently touring Japan, says via Twitter

FACEBOOK. In this 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. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Twitter lights up as the world reacts to Stephen Hawking's death

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:29 PM

On the annual celebration of Pi Day and on Albert Einstein's birthday, Britain's renowned physicist Stephen Hawking dies. Social media users on Twitter share words of praise in memory of Hawking.

Is the Philippines in step with Russian online propaganda warfare?

Mar 10, 2018 - 7:15 PM

The same techniques detailed in Robert Mueller's Russia-Trump indictment are pervasive here and have accomplished the same goal as the Russians': sow discord

Twitter hiring director of new social science division to improve platform

Mar 09, 2018 - 7:53 PM

Twitter hopes the new research division can improve 'the collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation'

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 9, 2018

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

ALL EYES ON THE CHIEF. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces another tough challenge in impeachment proceedings as her fellow justices force her to take an indefinite leave.

Falsehoods 70% more likely to be retweeted than the truth – study

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Fake stories spread faster because of the 'novelty hypothesis,' which suggests people share these stories because they are more surprising than real news, say researchers

TAKING FLIGHT. The biggest study of its kind reaffirms the growing belief that fake news just spreads faster than the truth. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP

You think social media is a tool and therefore, neutral?

Mar 08, 2018 - 7:00 PM

(UPDATED) Our brains are not very good at switching. It may feel good since every time you click and see something new, you feel rewarded, but because we are wired only to process one thing at a time, we make errors in judgments.

Sri Lanka blocks Facebook, social media, amid riots

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:13 PM

The Sri Lankan government declares an island-wide state of emergency on Tuesday, imposing curfews across Kandy after days of rioting claimed at least two lives and left Muslim homes and businesses in ruins

BANNED. A Sri Lankan man mobile phone user holds up a message twitter showing that facebook had been banned in Colombo on March 7, 2018. Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Indonesia blocks Tumblr blogs over porn

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:07 PM

The Indonesian government blocks Tumblr, saying the New York-based company had not replied to its February letter demanding that pornographic content be scrubbed from the platform within 48 hours

Dug-up files hint Instagram could soon add voice and video calling

Mar 05, 2018 - 6:25 AM

Files and icons labelled 'call' and 'video call' were found in the Instagram app’s code

INSTAGRAM CALLS? An attendee takes a photo of the instagram logo during a press event at Facebook headquarters on June 20, 2013 in Menlo Park, California. File photo by  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Twitter seeks help measuring 'health' of its world

Mar 02, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The move is the latest by Twitter aimed at curbing disinformation, propaganda and provocation

TWITTER. In this file photo taken on November 7, 2013 the Twitter logo is displayed on a banner outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City. File photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images North America/AFP

Remove 'terror content' within an hour, EU tells web firms

Mar 02, 2018 - 10:53 AM

The new recommendations also include steps to crack down on other harmful illegal content such as hate speech and images of child sexual abuse

ANDRUS ANSIP. European Commissioner for Digital Single Market and Vice President of the European Commission, Estonian politician Andrus Ansip, gives a press conference on the first day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona. Photo by Lluis Gene/ AFP

You can now save tweets using Twitter's Bookmarks

Mar 01, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Those with Bookmarks activated will have a share icon beside the heart-shaped Like icon. Tapping that icon will open up a menu from which a user can save a given tweet.

BOOKMARKS. Twitter's new Bookmarks feature lets users save tweets for posterity. Screen shot from Twitter.

Facebook's Jobs tool goes online in 40 more countries

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:03 AM

Local businesses and job seekers can now find each other more easily using the Jobs tool

FACEBOOK'S JOBS TOOL. Guests attend 'Finding A Job On Facebook' on February 28, 2018 in New York City. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Facebook/AFP

Facebook launches effort to help boost newspaper subscriptions

Feb 27, 2018 - 11:36 PM

The move was the latest by the huge social network to respond to concerns that it and other online platforms have hurt news organizations by dominating internet advertising

FACEBOOK AND THE NEWS. A mousepad with the Facebook logo is seen at Facebook's new headquarters, designed by Canadian-born American architect Frank Gehry, at Rathbone Place in central London on December 4, 2017. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

[OPINYON] Wala nang hubad na katotohanan, bes

Feb 27, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Hindi na bago ang jafeyk na balita. Ang bago lang ay ang platform, social media, at Internet, na tigmak ng ease-of-use. Nilulunod ng malawakang gamit ng teknolohiya ang katotohanan; nabibigyan ng slant, ng anggulo, binibihisan ng detalye.

China drowns out critics of lifetime Xi presidency

Feb 27, 2018 - 1:08 PM

(UPDATED) Censors scramble to block critical comments on social media but users of the Twitter-like Weibo website continue to speak out

In this file photo, people walk past a poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping beside a sidewalk in Beijing, on October 23, 2017. Greg Baker/AFP

How the new mozzie emoji can create buzz to battle mosquito-borne disease

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Set to land in mid 2018, the new mosquito emoji will give people a new way to talk about mozzies

View of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacterium at the Oswaldo Cruz foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 2, 2014. Christophe Simon/AFP

Play 'fake news tycoon' to combat misinformation

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:10 AM

Researchers at Cambridge University have teamed up with a Dutch media collective to develop an English version of the game aimed at inoculating people against the spread of so-called fake news

Belgian court orders Facebook to stop tracking web users

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Facebook must 'stop following and recording internet use by people surfing in Belgium, until it complies with Belgian privacy laws,' the Brussels court says

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Feb 15, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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Love in dreams, trees and screens

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:00 PM

What kind of decision making happens in people who do online dating?

PH top in social media usage for 3 straight years – report

Feb 15, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The Philippines has 67 million social media users, with 62 million using social media on their mobile devices, says WeAreSocial's report

Online influencer culture and politics: What happens when the two meet?

Feb 13, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Digital influencers as endorsers of brands are nothing new. But what happens when a politician is the product?

Facebook to test Instant Articles paywall on iOS devices

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Originally tested on Android devices, Facebook moves forward with testing for the subscription-based product for the iOS, beginning March 1

PAYWALL. First tested on Android phones, Instant Article paywalls will soon be tested on iOS devices. Photo from Facebook

Facebook to have news section on Facebook Watch

Feb 13, 2018 - 10:53 AM

Currently only available in the US, Facebook Watch's news section will feature breaking news stories and is said to be the next big step for the social media giant’s news strategy

FACEBOOK WATCH. The service is only currently available in the US. Photo from Facebook

Unilever threatens to pull ads from 'divisive platforms'

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:55 AM

Denouncing what it calls 'toxic online content,' Unilever weighs in on growing concerns about fake news and extremist posts on such networks as Facebook and Google

UNILEVER HQ. A picture taken on June 5, 2015 shows employees walking pass the logo of Unilever at the headquarters in Rotterdam. John Thys/AFP/File

Facebook patent determines users' social class based on gadgets, homes owned

Feb 12, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Should Facebook incorporate the pattern into its algorithm, 3rd party entities will be able to target which social class they want their posts to reach

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

Chief disinformation architects in the PH: Not exactly who you think

Feb 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Understanding that fake news is the professional product of advertising and PR strategists means we need to challenge the broader system that has not only normalized political deception but made it financially rewarding.

Netizens fear troll exploitation of Facebook's 'downvote' button

Feb 11, 2018 - 12:14 AM

Some users think this feature would be abused by trolls and bots, while some say users' freedom of speech would be unaffected

DOWNVOTE. Facebook is currently testing a 'downvote' button in select public pages. Image above only an illustration or mock-up

From Korean idol group to Duterte Supporters on Facebook?

Feb 09, 2018 - 11:05 PM

A fan group for a South Korean actor is renamed 'President Duterte Supporters'. But there might be more to the story.

Facebook testing 'downvote' button to mark offensive, misleading comments

Feb 09, 2018 - 1:24 PM

The closest thing that Facebook has come to a 'dislike' button so far

Stock image from Shutterstock

Netizens slam Roque: 'Thank China for violating our sovereignty?'

Feb 08, 2018 - 8:36 PM

'Tayo pa ang may utang na loob?' says a netizen

Why worry about Filipinos online being 'most ignorant'?

Feb 08, 2018 - 8:31 PM

The results of a 2017 Ipsos survey on the Perils of Perception may explain in part Filipinos' aggressiveness on social media and the quick spread of fake news

COPS AND ROGUES. Research by a Filipino sociology graduate student suggests trolls can act as both rogues and cops online.

Snapchat earnings for Q4 2017 stronger than expected

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Snap shares lifts 18% in after-hours trade following their fourth quarter earnings update

Zuckerberg acknowledges 'mistakes' as Facebook turns 14

Feb 06, 2018 - 10:18 AM

'The reason our community exists today is not because we avoided mistakes,' says the Facebook CEO

ZUCKERBERG. The Facebook CEO speaks at the F8 summit in San Francisco, California, on March 25, 2015. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Atom Araullo reflects on starting over, courage, and the power of social media

Feb 03, 2018 - 10:22 AM

Atom is taking on new challenges – both personal and professional – this 2018

SciTech wRap for February 3, 2018

Feb 03, 2018 - 10:00 AM

This week's roundup features Russian rockets, Chinese sex dolls, and the world's social media darling, Facebook. Here's the SciTech wRap for February 3, 2018!

At least 1.4 million Twitter users exposed to Russian propaganda

Feb 01, 2018 - 11:57 AM

Twitter informs the users based on their interactions, such as if a US-based account was one that directly engaged with or was actively following one of 3,814 IRA accounts

Facebook to deliver more local news to U.S. users

Jan 30, 2018 - 11:06 AM

'What you are going to see is a rise in state-run media if this applies to every official page in your neighborhood,' one expert warns

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook's CEO delivers the keynote address at Facebook's F8 Developer Conference on April 18, 2017 at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP

LGBT defenders face escalated attacks in Indonesia – report

Jan 30, 2018 - 1:00 AM

A report by international watchdog Front Line Defenders found that defenders of LGBT rights in Muslim-majority Indonesia, face escalating attacks ranging from defamation on social media to torture and sexual assault

CANING. An Acehnese receiving lashes in public on September 19, 2015. Under Aceh Sharia law, gay sex is punishable by up to 100 lashes or 100 months in prison. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

Social media firm Devumi under fire for selling fake followers to stars

Jan 29, 2018 - 12:30 AM

Devumi is also suing a former Philippine contractor who allegedly tried to steal Devumi's customers by creating a copycat site

China tightens screws on social media

Jan 28, 2018 - 9:31 PM

Authorities take aim not just on explicit depictions of sex and violence, but anything they consider low brow from crude cartoons and dirty jokes to celebrity gossip

CONTROL. China tightly controls web content as restrictions on free speech have increased since President Xi Jinping assumed power in 2012. Photo by Rappler

WATCH: 'Fake news' and the dilemma it has created

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:57 PM

UP professor Clarissa David explains the spread of disinformation and misinformation on social media, its impact online and offline, and the steps we can take to address it

DILEMMA OF 'FAKE NEWS'. UP professor Clarissa David talks about the dilemma brought by fake news. Screengrab from Rappler video

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Jan 23, 2018 - 12:32 PM

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Facebook admits social media threat to democracy

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:54 AM

The comments from the world's biggest social network are its latest response to intense criticism for failing to stop the spread of misinformation among its two billion users

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

Facebook to let users rank 'trust' in news sources

Jan 20, 2018 - 3:41 PM

In a Facebook post, co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says the network would seek to 'prioritize news that is trustworthy, informative, and local'

SOCIAL MEDIA. Facebook founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the so-called "Facebook Innovation Hub" in Berlin on February 25, 2016.  AFP PHOTO / dpa / Kay Nietfeld / Germany OUT