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Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, Whatsapp suffer global outage

Apr 14, 2019 - 8:45 PM

The outage affects approximately 60% of users. The remaining 40% who can access Facebook's services may encounter errors or issues.

Facebook to crack down on groups spreading misinformation

Apr 11, 2019 - 12:22 PM

The leading social network indicates it will be tougher on inappropriate content in groups, which may not be seen by the public but which can circulate hoaxes and promote abusive or violent actions


Social media is least trusted news source in Canada and U.S. – poll

Apr 10, 2019 - 10:49 AM

While trust in traditional news services including radio and newspapers rated above 80% in both countries, trust in social media is lowest among all sources at 43% in the United States and 32% in Canada

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


Twitter limits bulk following to thwart spammers

Apr 09, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The total number of accounts that can be added to a user's list was cut to 400 from 1,000, Twitter says

TWITTER. The 'Twitter' website is displayed on a computer screen in London in this September 11, 2013 file photo. File photo by  Leon Neal/AFP

UK unveils plans to hold social media bosses liable for harmful content

Apr 08, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Under the proposals, a new regulator will have the power to force platforms and others to publish annual transparency reports

MAY. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at an EU summit focused on Brexit, in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP


How about it? A no-selfie travel adventure

Apr 07, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Imagine if instead of photos, you have the sound of a crowded plaza, a parade, or a school reunion!

Why senatorial candidates have to have social media presence

Apr 06, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Senate hopefuls for 2019 should have learned from President Duterte's 2016 victory that old campaigning methods – posters, TV commercials, and radio ads – are not enough anymore

Newsbreak Chats: The May 2019 elections and social media

Apr 04, 2019 - 12:08 PM

On Thursday, April 4, the team sits down for a special edition of Newsbreak Chats where they will discuss the social media rules set by the Commission on Elections for the 2019 campaign period

WhatsApp targets fake messages ahead of India mega-election

Apr 02, 2019 - 9:57 PM

WhatsApp launches a hotline that will allow Indians to flag rumors circulating ahead of the country's upcoming election

Facebook seeks tab to promote 'high quality news'

Apr 02, 2019 - 12:09 PM

'We want this to surface high quality and trustworthy information,' Zuckerberg says in a video


Facebook removes 'fake' accounts linked to Pakistani military

Apr 01, 2019 - 9:40 PM

The statement by Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, shines a light on efforts by Pakistan's military establishment to use social media as a propaganda tool

Fake account network massively pro-Duterte – report

Mar 29, 2019 - 5:14 PM

Other politicians being promoted by the pages include Bong Go, Ronald dela Rosa, Sara Duterte, Ferdinand Marcos, Imee Marcos, and Bongbong Marcos

Facebook takes down fake account network of Duterte campaign social media manager

Mar 29, 2019 - 12:42 PM

(UPDATED) Facebook takes down 200 pages, groups, and accounts followed by millions of users


Comments go wild after Siargao resort calls out 'self-proclaimed influencers'

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:05 PM

'Try to actually work,' the resort says, as it opens up a debate on influencer culture in the country

NO FREELOADERS, PLS. A Siargao resort's post goes viral after it calls out 'self-proclaimed influencers' who just want freebies. Image from White Banana Beach Club Siargao's Facebook page

That new animal: Can Comelec catch up with social media?

Mar 28, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The Commission on Elections takes baby steps by attempting to regulate social media in the May 13 elections. It faces a number of challenges.

This fact-checking website answers all your science-related questions

Mar 23, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Metafact crowdsources answers from thousands of experts to settle your scientific debates

Facebook admits storing passwords in plain text

Mar 22, 2019 - 12:09 AM

(UPDATED) 'To be clear, these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them,' says Facebook's Pedro Canahuati

Robredo: Regulate ‘organized' spread of false information online

Mar 21, 2019 - 4:26 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says she 'firmly' stands by the right to free speech, but this must be distinguished from the 'deliberate, organized, and large-scale dissemination of false information'

AGAINST DISINFORMATION. Vice President Leni Robredo clarifies what exactly she wants to be regulated on social media to help stop disinformation online. Photo by OVP

Social media platforms attempt to moderate spread of New Zealand shooting video

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The incident has once again called into question major social media platforms’ ability to police harmful content

HALF-MAST. The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast on a Parliament building in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting incident in Christchurch. File photo by Marty Melville/AFP


Facebook blames server problem for massive outage

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:37 AM

The outage was believed to be the worst ever for the internet giant that reaches an estimated 2.7 billion people with its core social network, Instagram and messaging applications



Outage hits Facebook, Instagram users worldwide

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:26 AM

A Facebook tweet says: 'We're aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.'

DOWN. In this file photo taken on May 16, 2018 shows the logo of the social network Facebook on a broken screen of a mobile phone. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Facebook launches offensive to combat misinformation on vaccines

Mar 08, 2019 - 2:08 PM

The company responds to pressure in recent weeks to tackle the problem, amid outbreaks of measles

Facebook to restrict foreign political adverts ahead of Indonesia poll

Mar 05, 2019 - 2:42 PM

The world's biggest social network is temporarily restricting any paid material from advertisers based outside Indonesia that relates to politicians, parties or attempts to encourage voter suppression

‘Don't be a headline reader’: Cagayano journalists speak up against disinformation

Mar 01, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Seasoned and campus journalists discuss the importance of verifying and fact-checking during the #MoveCagayan forum at Cagayan State University

YouTube to block comments on most videos showing minors

Mar 01, 2019 - 7:47 AM

YouTube announces further steps to crack down on inappropriate comments following an investigation showing how comments and connections on child porn were being displayed alongside innocuous videos

Hit song 'Despacito' breaks YouTube record with 6 billion views

Feb 26, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The video already holds the record for fastest views

Fake news cannot be regulated, says Mar Roxas

Feb 24, 2019 - 10:06 PM

'Hindi pwedeng i-regulate yan kasi free speech 'yan,' says senatorial candidate Mar Roxas, who admittedly was a victim of fake news in the 2016 presidential campaign

Broadcasting your romance on social media isn't always driven purely by love

Feb 18, 2019 - 1:49 PM

'Are they just one’s way of satiating the need for amour propre – meeting the approval, and stoking the envy of online witnesses? Are they for one’s lover at all? Or, are they for public affirmation?'

3 pages publishing viral videos suspended by Facebook for alleged Russian ties

Feb 18, 2019 - 1:09 PM

Videos from the channels aimed at American millennials grab over 30 million views combined since September of 2018

[OPINION] Social media and the changing nature of diplomacy

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:06 AM

'Despite the risks, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media applications made diplomacy more inclusive. No longer is diplomacy shrouded in mystery'

[OPINION] Judicial independence: Democratic counterweight to populist sentiment

Feb 09, 2019 - 12:59 PM

As the unelected branch of government, the judiciary’s sole standard of action is the rule of law rather than the public pulse. This is an essential democratic counterweight to the popularly elected officers of government.

Comelec to monitor social media influencers campaigning for candidates

Feb 04, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Under the poll body's campaign rules, paid influencers will be required to report to Comelec the payments for their online posts whether for or against a candidate

My FB: Forgetbook

Feb 03, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Instead of Facebook, I want a Forgetbook – a network of personal accounts with pixels gracefully and artfully degrading at random rates like real life, reminding us that not all matter, matters to all of us, all the time

Facebook downs hundreds of accounts, groups linked to Indonesian syndicate

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:59 PM

Facebook takes down 207 Facebook Pages, 800 Facebook accounts, 546 Facebook Groups, and 208 Instagram accounts linked to the Saracen Group

Facebook takes down vast Iran-led manipulation campaign

Feb 01, 2019 - 2:57 PM

The pages are part of a campaign to promote Iranian interests in various countries by creating fake Facebook or Instagram identities as residents of those nations, according to Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy at Facebook

Filipinos spend most time online, on social media worldwide – report

Jan 31, 2019 - 8:32 PM

For the 4th straight year, the Philippines is tops in worldwide social media use. The Philippines also beats Thailand this year for most time spent online.

Facebook to bar 'foreign' electoral ads for Thai poll

Jan 31, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Facebook says it will help 'protect' the Thai vote by temporarily not allowing ads from 'foreign entities which are of an electoral nature'

[OPINYON] Ka-social media

Jan 30, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Hindi ko tiyak kung ano ang sasabihin ko sa nawalan ng mahal sa buhay nang bombahin ang katedral sa Jolo, Sulu. Hindi na lamang ito status, platform ng kawalan.

Facebook has 'new tools' against EU election meddling

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:00 PM

The measures come after a nightmare year for Facebook, marked by a series of scandals over data protection and privacy and concerns that the leading social network had been manipulated by foreign interests for political purposes

YouTube reducing recommendations of rules-skirting videos to improve experience

Jan 28, 2019 - 4:14 PM

The tweaks – reducing recommendations for videos which hold misinformation or skirt the rules of YouTube – are said to affect less than 1% of its videos but should bring about a better experience

Twitter tests 'original tweeter' tag to help users see who started a thread

Jan 24, 2019 - 5:26 PM

The tag should make it easier to determine which posts are from the thread-starter, as well as help weed out copycat posters trying to usurp a thread

EXCLUSIVE: Russian disinformation system influences PH social media

Jan 22, 2019 - 11:56 AM

(UPDATED) Facebook takes down pages linked to the disinformation network

Russian watchdog launches 'administrative proceedings' vs Facebook, Twitter

Jan 21, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Alexander Zharov, head of Russia's media watchdog Roskomnadzor, says Facebook and Twitter provided 'no concrete information on localizing the data of Russian users on the territory of the Russian Federation'

Recent Twitter mishaps by officials: Be careful

Jan 21, 2019 - 8:40 AM

What happens when public officials mistweet or overtweet?

[ANALYSIS] Facebook let my government target me. Here's why I still work with them.

Jan 21, 2019 - 12:50 AM

Information operations are manipulating Filipinos online, but finally, Facebook is doing something to stop that

Facebook removes 471 Russian-linked pages for using fake accounts

Jan 17, 2019 - 8:43 PM

One operation is said to have links to Sputnik, a Moscow-based news agency, and affected Central and Eastern European countries. The second Russia-linked operation operated specifically in Ukraine.

[OPINYON] Ang silbi ng social media troll

Jan 17, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Ang mas malaking usapin ay hindi ang pamemeke.... Ang mas malaking usapin ay dahil maraming naniniwala sa pineke o retokadong impormasyon

Facebook to invest $300 million in local journalism

Jan 15, 2019 - 10:55 PM

'People want more local news, and local newsrooms are looking for more support. That's why today we're announcing an expanded effort around local news in the years ahead,' says Campbell Brown, Facebook's vice president in charge of global news partnerships in a blog post.

[OPINION] What's the right thing to do? #DeleteFacebook

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Facebook will not change unless we change

Robredo urges Facebook to take down more 'fake' pages

Jan 13, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo calls on Facebook to clean up its platform further, after it banned Twinmark Media Enterprises

VPLR spoke of the need to ensure that advances in information and communications technology will also benefit every Filipino, including those at the countryside, when she spoke before the 10th National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) ICT Summit, held in Naga City on Saturday, 24 November 2018. In her message, the Vice President also talked about how the use of technology can push for good governance and inclusive development. (Photo by OVP)