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Facebook vulnerability could have allowed sites to see users' interests

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:16 PM

The social media company has since patched the bug


Facebook vulnerability could have let websites obtain users' interests

Nov 14, 2018 - 1:54 PM

Facebook has since patched the bug. The bug itself is not unique to Facebook, but the social network remains a target due to its standing and the data it has available.

Did Grace Poe tap Marcos 'social media strategist' Franco Mabanta as consultant?

Nov 13, 2018 - 3:52 PM

The office of Senator Grace Poe denies that she enlisted the services of self-proclaimed social media strategist Franco Mabanta

CLIENT? The office of Senator Grace Poe denies getting the service of Franco Mabanta, the 'social media strategist' of Bongbong Marcos. Photo from Franco Mabanta's Instagram

Behold, an emotional meter based on the air we breathe

Nov 04, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Scientists have been sniffing the trail of the science behind the smell of human emotions

Trump complains about Twitter removing his followers

Oct 27, 2018 - 12:13 AM

Trump, who has some 55 million Twitter followers, revived his argument about 'bias' by internet firms in a morning tweet that suggested growth in his network was slowing

Social Media Week 2018 comes to Manila

Oct 26, 2018 - 3:54 PM

Social Media Week is a premier digital conference and industry news platform for media, marketing, and technology professionals

Social media in the spotlight in Brazil presidential race

Oct 24, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Facebook and its WhatsApp messenger service are in the spotlight for being used in disinformation trafficking

FAKE NEWS FIGHTING. Students of Unified Educational Centers (CEU) attend a lesson on 'Fake News: access, security and veracity of information', in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 21, 2018.  File photo Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Facebook report shows backers of U.S. political ads

Oct 24, 2018 - 12:41 PM

In the US, the report shows that just shy of $256.4 million was spent on nearly 1.7 million politically-oriented ads archived since May of this year

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Trillanes scores victory, Sagay massacre, social media users | Evening wRap

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:10 PM

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Over 3.4 billion people actively use social media – report

Oct 22, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Around 320 million people signed up for social media since September last year which accounted for a 10% growth in users

The perils of Facebook’s pivot to video

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:09 AM

How Facebook video's shifting algorithms and undisclosed discrepancies hurt advertisers and publishers alike

[OPINYON] Yogyakarta Diaries: Pero binabagabag pa rin ako ng komedya sa Pilipinas

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Mabubusog na naman tayo sa pangako habang paparami nang paparami ang nahihirapang tugunan ang totoong pagkagutom

Facebook says hackers accessed data of 29M users

Oct 13, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Facebook says the hackers accessed the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 15 million users. For another 14 million people, the attack was potentially more damaging.

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Google+ to shut down after vulnerability exposes 500,000 users

Oct 09, 2018 - 3:27 PM

The company did not immediately disclose the bug in fear of regulation from lawmakers, reports say

Snapchat CEO lays out 2019 plans in leaked memo

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:44 PM

Evan Spiegel, Snapchat's CEO, says they 'rushed' the controversial redesign and must now shift focus back to the speed of the platform

SNAPCHAT. This file photo taken on January 02, 2014 shows the logo of mobile app Snapchat displayed on a tablet on January 2, 2014 in Paris. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/ AFP

License to kill, Palparan in bilibid, social media moderators | Midday wRap

Oct 04, 2018 - 1:53 PM

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Instagram was temporarily down in some parts of the world

Oct 03, 2018 - 4:18 PM

(UPDATED) Those who attempted to use the app were not able to see their profiles properly, and a 'Cannot refresh feed' error showed. On the web version, the site showed a '5XX Server Error' message.

Why do so many people fall for fake profiles online?

Sep 30, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Mistakenly thinking each friend request has come from a real person may cause people to accept friend requests simply to be polite and not hurt someone else’s feelings


NPC: Facebook's notice to users after hack 'leaves much to be desired'

Sep 29, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The National Privacy Commission urges Filipinos to take necessary steps to stay safe online

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Facebook hacked, attack affects up to 50 million users

Sep 29, 2018 - 1:02 AM

(UPDATED) 'An attacker exploited a technical vulnerability to steal access tokens that would allow them to log into about 50 million people's accounts on Facebook,' says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

FIXING A FLAW. Facebook had to reset 90 million accounts to address a flaw in one of its systems. Image from Facebook

Facebook suffers apparent downtime, forced logouts

Sep 28, 2018 - 5:39 PM

(UPDATED) DownDetector.com reports Facebook as having some issues around 10 am on Friday, September 28. The issues may be forcing people to get logged out of the service or have an intermittent connection to Facebook.

DOWNTIME. DownDetector.com's live outage map of Facebook downtime as of 4:46 pm. Screenshot from DownDetector.com

[OPINYON] Ang social media bilang assault weapon

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Madaling ireklamo ang account mo dahil sa isang trumped-up community standards violation. Sa dami ng magrereklamo, masususpinde ang account o tuluyang ipasasara.

Instagram co-founders resign from Facebook-owned company

Sep 25, 2018 - 11:43 AM

(UPDATED) 'Mike and I are grateful for the last 8 years at Instagram and 6 years with the Facebook team,' Systrom says in a statement on September 24, following a report on the departure in The New York Times

INSTAGRAM. Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger attend the 16th Annual Webby Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on May 21, 2012 in New York City. File photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images/AFP

Facebook fact check partners can now flag misleading photos, videos

Sep 14, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Third-party fact checking organizations can now rate media that is directly uploaded to the platform

No TRO for Trillanes, Duterte interview, Olivia Newton-John | Evening wRap

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:42 PM

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Use of 'cyber troops' found in 48 countries, up from 28 last year – report

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The University of Oxford, in a report from July titled, 'Challenging Truth and Trust: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation,' aimed to inform about the further growth of misinformation and manipulation campaigns

U.S. teens prefer remote chats to face-to-face meeting – study

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:28 PM

The last time the same survey was conducted in 2012, meeting face-to-face hit 49%, far ahead of texting's 33%

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Most Americans get news from social media, despite doubts – study

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Even though they are skeptical, two-thirds of American adults still get some of their news from social media

SOCIAL NEWS. This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows apps for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks on a smartphone. File photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP


Japan's 'Twitter killer' charged with 9 counts of murder

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:48 PM

Takahiro Shiraishi is charged with murder after admitting killing and butchering all 9 of his victims – all but one of whom were women aged between 15 and 26

[OPINYON] Malayo sa bituka

Sep 09, 2018 - 3:00 PM

May parang kung anong manipulasyon para makalimutan natin ang napipinto nating pagkagutom

Twitter permanently bans far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:09 AM

The social network has been under pressure to remove Jones following similar moves by fellow tech giants Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and Apple last month

BANNED ON TWITTER. Alex Jones of InfoWars talks to reporters outside a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations' use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

LIVE: U.S. Senate hearing with Facebook, Twitter on foreign influence in social media

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:40 PM

Watch the US Senate's hearing with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg live here


Facebook chief says internet firms in 'arms race' for democracy

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:01 AM

A day before the tech hearings, Mark Zuckerberg chimes in

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo, 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


Saudi Arabia declares online satire a punishable offense

Sep 04, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Those who make and distribute online satire which 'disrupts public order' will be liable for a cybercrime punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison and a fine of $800,000

Expert opinions: the September 5 Facebook-Twitter-Google hearing

Sep 04, 2018 - 2:35 PM

'The Democrats are upset about the spread of misinformation in the 2016 election, and the Republicans over the perception of bias,' says Roslyn Layton, a scholar specializing in telecom and internet issues

SANDBERG. The chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, will join top representatives from Twitter and possibly, Google, in another high-profile congressional grilling on September 5. Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for MAKERS/AFP


What to expect: Twitter CEO's testimony on transparency, accountability

Sep 04, 2018 - 1:19 PM

Twitter CEO Dorsey faces the US House of Representatives to discuss his network's algorithms and the way it moderates its content against the backdrop of perceived bias against conservative views

DORSEY TESTIMONY. The Twitter CEO will be facing the US Congress in another session separate from the hearing with Google and Facebook executives. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP


UK demands action from tech giants over online child abuse

Sep 03, 2018 - 11:49 PM

'I've been impressed by the progress the likes of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Apple have made on counter-terrorism. Now I want to see the same level of commitment from these companies and others for child sexual exploitation,' British interior minister Sajid Javid says

Facebook, Twitter, Google are in the U.S. congress hot seat again. Here's why.

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, and a yet-to-be-confirmed Google executive face US lawmakers on September 5 regarding Russian election interference

NEXT ROUND. The online giants, represented here by Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey, face off with US lawmakers again as issues of foreign interference persist. Sheryl Sandberg photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for MAKERS/AFP; Jack Dorsey photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund/AFP


Facebook 'terrorism' definition 'overly broad' – UN expert

Sep 03, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Facebook's definition, says UN rights expert Fionnuala Ni Aolain, equates all non-state groups that use violence in pursuit of any goals or ends to terrorist entities

ZUCKERBERG AND FACEBOOK. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the annual F8 summit at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on May 1, 2018. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Egypt president approves law clamping down on social media

Sep 02, 2018 - 11:08 AM

The law allows the Egyptian government to suspend or block any personal account which 'publishes or broadcasts fake news or anything (information) inciting violating the law, violence or hatred'

CLOSE MONITORING. The Egyptian government will be gaining more power over social media accounts as a new law puts pages with over 5,000 followers under government monitoring. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Twitter to verify those behind hot-button US issue ads

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:08 AM

In response to foreign meddling, Twitter sets new policy prohibiting state-owned media or national authorities from buying political ads on Twitter that will be shown outside their home countries

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Trump unblocks more critics on Twitter as ordered by court

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The Knight First Amendment Institute argues that it is incumbent on the White House to immediately unblock any Twitter users shut off from the president's account because of political viewpoints

Trump warns tech giants, stepping up attacks claiming 'bias'

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:47 AM

A top White House aide suggests some type of regulation may be coming in response to the president's complaints

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One in flight as he travels from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, to Bedminster, New Jersey, June 29, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP


Facebook bans Myanmar military chief, others for fueling ethnic tensions

Aug 27, 2018 - 7:42 PM

'We want to prevent them from using our service to further inflame ethnic and religious tensions,' Facebook says in a post

Grateful netizens wish to see Clarkson play for Gilas again

Aug 27, 2018 - 2:44 PM

Even after the Korean heartbreak, Twitter users hope it won't be the last time Filipino-American NBA star Jordan Clarkson plays for the Philippines

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Facebook testing feature that connects users based on similar interests

Aug 27, 2018 - 11:35 AM

The proposed feature places a label above a user’s name that tells people what they might share in common with another user

Photo from Facebook


'Ayawan na': Netizens dismayed by De Castro's appointment as Chief Justice

Aug 25, 2018 - 3:48 PM

How do you feel about her rise to the judiciary's top seat?

Facebook assigns users a 'reputation score' to counter false reports

Aug 23, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Facebook is also monitoring which users have a propensity to flag content published by others as problematic, and which publishers are considered trustworthy by users

FACEBOOK. The logo of social networking website 'Facebook' is displayed on a computer screen. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP


Facebook, Twitter takedowns show quandary in curbing manipulation

Aug 23, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Gaping holes remain in online platforms and that not enough is being done to counter foreign interference, says former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos


Facebook thwarts misinformation effort linked to Iran, Russia

Aug 22, 2018 - 9:12 AM

(UPDATED) Facebook removes more than 650 pages, groups, and accounts identified as 'networks of accounts misleading people about what they were doing,' according to chief executive Mark Zuckerberg

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture shows a person posing during a photo session showing the social platform Facebook logo reflected on April 25, 2018, in Paris. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP