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[OPINYON] Ang malawak na kabukiran ng mga troll

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:04 AM

Sino nagsabing mahina ang sektor ng agrikultura sa bansa? Heto’t buhay na buhay, masaganang-masagana ang mga farm, ang mga troll farm.

Facebook Q4 2019 results beat forecasts but shares take a hit

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:39 AM

The social media giant continues to show revenue and user growth amid ongoing criticism

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on October 23, 2019 a giant digital sign is seen at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Agitation as online world grapples with Kobe’s legacy as star and accused

Jan 28, 2020 - 5:33 PM

On Twitter, those bringing up the rape allegations against the former NBA great are swiftly lambasted

KOBE BRYANT. The former NBA great appears at a press event in Manila. File photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler


Italy threatens Facebook with new fine for selling users' data

Jan 24, 2020 - 7:52 PM

Italy's AGCM consumer and market watchdog says users 'continue not to be informed by the company, clearly and immediately, as to the collection and use of their data for remunerative purposes'

FACEBOOK. A Facebook employee walks by a sign displaying the "like" sign at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

U.S. suspects Russian interference in South America protests – report

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:18 AM

The US State Department observes suspicious activity on Twitter during the period of the protests

During disasters, imagine a world with false news

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:32 PM

Who would you trust?

Zuckerberg’s goals for new decade: ‘smaller communities,’ augmented reality glasses

Jan 10, 2020 - 12:03 PM

From learning Mandarin and hunting down his own food, Zuckerberg discusses more intimate communities and the next big consumer device after phones in his annual goals post

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about the new Facebook News feature at the Paley Center For Media on October 25, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINYON] Sampung panata ko sa birtwal na pakikipag-ugnayan sa kapwa

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Papanig ako sa katotohanan. Uungkatin ko ang katotohanan. Ito ang batayan ng aking pagpapahayag.

Facebook: A decade of data scandals and controversies

Dec 29, 2019 - 2:14 PM

Facebook faces a number of incidents that compromised users' privacy. Here's how they dealt with the controversies in the last 10 years.

LOOK BACK: How Facebook changed throughout the decade

Dec 28, 2019 - 3:04 PM

Remember when reactions were limited to likes, the Timeline was the Wall, notifications were filled with Farmville requests, and getting 5 likes for your status update was already a huge feat?

[OPINION] #NoFilter: Editing our national identity with photo apps

Dec 25, 2019 - 8:57 PM

'When we Filipinos mask our skin with filters, it is our national identity that we abandon'

A new bayanihan: Filipinos use social media to help people in 2019

Dec 22, 2019 - 2:57 PM

At a time when polarizing issues and disinformation muddle conversations on digital platforms, people have shown that social media remains to be a means to engage communities for social good

Twitter blocks Saudi 'state-backed' manipulation effort

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:19 AM

The platform says some 88,000 accounts being blocked were linked to Saudi state-backed 'information operations'

WASHINGTON, USA – Twitter said Friday, December 21, it had suspended thousands of accounts linked to a

Facebook taps community reviewers to aid in fact-checking

Dec 20, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The social media network is piloting the service in the US and says community reviewers are meant to give 'directional signal' to professional fact-checkers

Facebook says investigating data exposure of 267M users

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:20 AM

A website called Comparitech reports that the database was made available for download last week on an online hacker forum that apparently belonged to a crime group


Facebook says it can locate users who opt out of tracking

Dec 18, 2019 - 12:07 PM

Facebook says that clues for figuring out a user's location include being tagged in a photo at a specific place or a check-in at a location such as at a restaurant during a dinner with friends

FACEBOOK. The Facebook logo is seen on a phone in this photo illustration in Washington, DC, on July 10, 2019. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP


Instagram expands fact-checking globally

Dec 17, 2019 - 9:37 AM

(UPDATED) Instagram posts deemed to be false will be ignored by the platform's search or recommendation tools and are shown with a warning label if users come across it

IG. Instagram on December 16, 2019, went global in its fight against misinformation, making alliances with fact-checkers around the world to expose deception in shared photos or videos. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP


How anti-vaxxers get around Instagram’s new hashtag controls

Dec 15, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Anti-vaccination users are hijacking sexual assault and abortion rights hashtags to spread their message

ANTI VAXXERS. Screenshot from animated illustration by Sofiya Voznaya for Coda Story

Facebook shares slip on possible U.S. antitrust move

Dec 13, 2019 - 12:14 PM

The FTC is considering seeking an injunction regarding how Facebook apps work with one another or with software of other companies, according to a 'Wall Street Journal' report

FACEBOOK. A picture taken on August 28, 2019 shows the logo of US online social media and social networking service, Facebook. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP


Twitter backs overhaul of social media to stem disinformation

Dec 12, 2019 - 11:18 AM

CEO Jack Dorsey announces he would fund an independent team of five architects, engineers, and designers – dubbed Bluesky – to develop an 'open and decentralized standard for social media'

TWITTER. In this file photo taken on August 13, 2019 employees walk past a lighted Twitter log as they leave the company's headquarters in San Francisco. Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP


Premeditated murder: The character assassination of Leila de Lima

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The embattled senator’s image turned from dignified to dishonorable in just 3 years. Here’s how social media had a hand in all of it.

Kalamidad at social media

Dec 03, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Kailangan lang mai-channel ang ating pagkahumaling sa social media for the greater good, lalo na para sa mga nasalanta at naapektuhan ng bagyo. Puwedeng mag-fundraising, puwedeng makibalita sa relief operations.

Annoyed by NDRRMC alerts about Typhoon Tisoy? Twitter users sound off

Dec 02, 2019 - 7:58 PM

You're not alone. But these alerts are helpful!

Facebook takes down ‘Narinig ko sa UP’ over alleged ‘terrorism, criminal activity’

Dec 02, 2019 - 2:36 PM

(UPDATED) After more than 24 hours, Facebook reactivates the 'Narinig ko sa UP' group on Monday, December 2

Fact or fiction? Memes attack media's reporting on SEA Games 2019

Dec 01, 2019 - 2:45 PM

We set the record straight on posts saying the press is intentionally misleading the public on SEA Games issues

Twitter accounts inactive for more than 6 months to be removed

Nov 27, 2019 - 4:09 PM

If you want to keep your Twitter account that you haven't logged in to for the past 6 months, you'll need to sign back in before December 11, 2019


Singapore uses law against misinformation for first time

Nov 25, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Tech giants including Google and Twitter have criticized the law, as have activists who fear it could stifle online dissent

U.S. urges social media platforms to block Iran officials

Nov 24, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The call comes after the Iranian government imposed a near-total Internet blackout amid violent protests

A man holds a smartphone connected to a Wifi network without internet access at an office in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 17, 2019. - Iran's supreme leader on November 17 threw his support behind a decision to hike petrol prices, a move that sparked nationwide unrest in which he said "some lost their lives". Access to the internet has been restricted since demonstrations broke out two days prior, after a decision by the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, according to a report by semi-official news agency ISNA. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Bacolodnons emphasize community's role in upholding truth on social media

Nov 23, 2019 - 11:17 AM

During #MoveBacolod: Social Good in the Digital Age forum, local journalists and student leaders stress how everyone plays a role in countering disinformation and keeping digital spaces safe

DISCUSSION. Journalists and student leaders discuss how everyone has a role to play in countering disinformation and keeping digital spaces safe in today’s times during #MoveBacolod at the Mutien Marie Auditorium A in University of St. La Salle on November 16. Photo from Karl Brian Marqueza/The Spectrum

Grieving Bretman Rock asks for respect after PH fans crash father’s funeral

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:23 PM

'I just don’t understand why people think it's okay to ask me for pictures when my eyes are literally swollen from crying. How you gonna say, "Condolences, can we take a picture?"' Bretman shares

'Sweep victory:' Twitter erupts as Ateneo completes UAAP three-peat

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Social media goes full-on celebration mode after the Ateneo Blue Eagles' perfect run in UAAP Season 82 men's basketball

Back on top: Twitter revels in Letran Knights' magical run

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:57 PM

After ruling a title series to remember, the Letran Knights go all out to party in Intramuros tonight

'Lack of transparency' a problem in measuring Facebook user growth – report

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:41 PM

The growth and prevalence of fake Facebook accounts points to 'a lack of transparency around the metrics' used to determine the value or success of Facebook, the Financial Times says

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019 the Facebook logo is seen on a computer in this photo illustration in Washington, DC. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Snapchat checks for deception in political ads

Nov 19, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Snapchat's strategy seems to be a middle ground between Facebook's controversial tolerance of proven lies in political ads and Twitter's decision to ban them all together

SNAPCHAT. A picture taken on October 1, 2019 in Lille shows the logo of mobile app Snapchat displayed on a tablet. (Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

[OPINYON] Tapaojo: Pagmuni-muni pagkatapos mag-unfriend sa Facebook

Nov 19, 2019 - 3:44 PM

Tapaojo. Ang inilalagay na takip sa mata ng kabayo para maging limitado ang makikita. Ganito ang karamihan sa atin. Bakit nga naman magpapa-stress sa kasalungat ng katuwiran, puwede namang i-customize ang mababasa?

The power of storytelling: How your social media post can have impact

Nov 17, 2019 - 10:55 AM

What makes a story powerful enough to make a difference? For starters, it all begins with one thing: mission.

See a friend sharing fake news? Here’s what to do

Nov 15, 2019 - 1:41 PM

How do you engage with people who may have fallen victim to disinformation? Here are 3 tips.

Facebook rolls out new labels for fact checked content

Nov 14, 2019 - 12:11 PM

False information on the platform will now be partially covered so users can 'better decide for themselves what to read, trust, and share'

Facebook nixes billions of fake accounts

Nov 14, 2019 - 8:49 AM

'We can estimate that every day, we prevent millions of attempts to create fake accounts using these detection systems,' says Facebook in its latest transparency report

This illustration picture shows the US social media Facebook logo displayed on a tablet in Paris on February 18, 2019. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Facebook messaging apps getting unified payment system

Nov 13, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Transactions such as payments or donations at Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp or the main social network will eventually be handled by a unified Facebook Pay system, Facebook says


Social media business model is underlying problem for disinformation – experts

Nov 08, 2019 - 6:49 PM

The real-time bidding industry for advertisements is seen as funding the algorithmic amplification of disinformation and hate speech

FIGHTING DISINFORMATION. The first session of the 2019 International Grand Committee on Disinformation and 'Fake News' in Dublin, Ireland on November 7, 2019. Screenshot from livestream

Social Media Week Manila's 2nd year set to shape online stories for the better

Nov 07, 2019 - 6:10 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Social Media Week Manila 2019 seeks to rekindle the Filipinos' innate passion for storytelling and to encourage them to use social media's influence as a storytelling platform for the better.

Twitter offering 'topics,' from sports teams to K-pop

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:31 PM

The new 'Topics' option is expected to be available to Twitter users on mobile devices powered by Android or Apple software or through web browsers by November 13

TWITTER TOPICS. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019 the Twitter logo is seen on a phone in in Washington, DC. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

In China, social credit is just a more invasive form of social media

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:00 AM

For ordinary Chinese, the rise of social credit can be social and even fun

CHINA'S SOCIAL CREDIT. Header image from animation by Inge Snip on Coda Story

New Facebook logo arrives as its 'family' grows

Nov 05, 2019 - 11:30 AM

The new branding, basically the company name in crisp lettering, will be stamped on its 'family' of offerings such as WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram to name some

Photo from Facebook online newsroom


WATCH: What's wrong with clickbait headlines?

Nov 04, 2019 - 5:58 PM

Some misleading headlines can be funny and harmless, but they can also affect matters of public interest. Here's what you can do to keep them from spreading.

Facebook profit climbs along with user base

Oct 31, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Profits top $6 billion on revenue that climbed 28% to $17.4 billion in the quarter that ended on September 30

FACEBOOK. A picture taken on August 28, 2019 shows the logo of US online social media and social networking service, Facebook. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP


Facebook slammed by own employees for political ad policy

Oct 29, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Facebook's policy which lets politicians lie in ads is 'a threat to what FB stands for,' says an employee letter signed by hundreds of Facebook workers

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2019 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks to meetings for technology regulations and social media issues on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP


Facebook 'news tab' seeks to reboot its role with media

Oct 27, 2019 - 5:59 PM

The tab, being tested with some US users, will be separate from a user's normal feed and include articles from partner news organizations

FACEBOOK NEWS. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and News Corp CEO Robert Thompson speak about the new Facebook News feature at the Paley Center For Media on October 25, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Rappler featured in Reuters report on fighting online toxicity

Oct 26, 2019 - 11:21 AM

Rappler, along with South Africa’s Daily Maverick and India’s The Quint, is featured in a new report by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism