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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.

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

50M Facebook users hacked? ‘Tip of the iceberg’ – expert

Oct 02, 2018 - 5:09 PM

The September 16 attack may just have been the 'clumsiest one that alerts the palace guards,' says Beau Woods, a cybersecurity fellow from the American think tank, Atlantic Council

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on March 22, 2018 a woman poses in front of a computer displaying the Facebook logo in Mill Valley, California on March 21, 2018.  Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


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

Facebook admits users' phone number may be used to target ads

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Phone contacts who aren't necessarily on a user's Facebook network may be targeted too when a user syncs their phone with Messenger


Facebook boosts 'stories' format, now open to ads

Sep 27, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Facebook will now be putting ads on its 'Stories' format after having hit 300 million daily users

STORIES ADS. Photo from Facebook


Facebook unveils upgraded wireless Oculus headset in VR push

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:21 AM

'This is the wireless virtual reality experience we have been waiting for,' says Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg

How Instagram may change after founders' departure

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:08 PM

More and more, Facebook may try to funnel more Instagram users, known for being a younger demographic, onto its main platform

Twitter to ban 'dehumanizing' comments with user help

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:18 PM

The social network asks for feedback from users around the world regarding wording to be used in the policy amendment

TWITTER. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP


Twitter bug may have exposed some users' customer service interactions

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Twitter says the bug only affected less than 1% of its users and that the bug has been resolved


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


Twitter not based on 'political ideology,' CEO tells lawmakers

Sep 06, 2018 - 1:46 AM

Days ago, US president Donald Trump, has been accusing the tech giants of being against conservative voices

STERN LOOK. At the September 5 hearing, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg faced questions about how foreign operatives use their platforms in attempts to influence and manipulate public opinion. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP


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


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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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


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


Hundreds of Instagram users locked out of accounts in hack

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Victims report that their login credentials were changed and their avatars were replaced with a film still

INSTAGRAM. Photo by Nopparat Khokthong/Shutterstock.com


Jack Dorsey says he’s rethinking the core of how Twitter works

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:48 PM

'The most important thing that we can do is we look at the incentives that we’re building into our product. Because they do express a point of view of what we want people to do – and I don't think they are correct anymore,' Dorsey says

DORSEY. CEO of Twitter and Square Jack Dorsey accepts the award for CEO of the Year onstage during the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 28th Annual Awards Gala at Washington Hilton on November 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. File photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund/AFP


Facebook, Instagram to introduce time-management tools

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:16 PM

Among the tools are a way to limit notifications, and a dashboard that allows users to keep track of how much time they have spent on the platforms

Facebook doesn't listen and is blinding us all

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Now's the good time to take a look at Facebook. If you have to use it, then do so with purpose...or at least the realization that social media is using you as much as you are using it.

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Zuckerberg at center of Holocaust denial controversy

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:39 PM

Zuckerberg says during a podcast interview that while Facebook was dedicated to stopping the spread of fake news, certain beliefs that were sincerely held would not be taken down. He eventually backtracks on the remarks.

ZUCKERBERG'S NEW TROUBLES. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives at the 'Tech for Good' Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 23, 2018. File photo by Charles Platiau/AFP

Australia PM wants to question Zuckerberg for deals with Chinese firms

Jun 08, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Australia has 15 million Facebook users. Its lawmakers wants the Facebook CEO to explain why it shared data with Chinese device makers

TURNBULL. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull , pictured here at a 2016 press conference in Australia, wants to question Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the company's data partnerships with Chinese device makers. File photo by Mark Graham/AFP

Facebook bug set some private posts to public for about 14M users

Jun 08, 2018 - 10:13 AM

The bug potentially makes public some private posts made between May 18 and May 27


IN PHOTOS: Inside Facebook Philippines' office

May 28, 2018 - 7:59 PM

Rooms called 'Petmalu' and 'May Forever,' a secret videoke room, and a real-life Facebook wall – check out the things we saw at Facebook Philippines' new work playground


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


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 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


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

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!

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

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


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

[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

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

Facebook tool to inform people if they followed Russian propaganda pages

Apr 04, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Mark Zuckerberg says the tool will be coming out in 'the next few weeks'

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


Why it's so hard to #DeleteFacebook: Constant psychological boosts keep you hooked

Mar 29, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Here’s why it’s so hard, as a social network user, to pull the plug once and for all

FACEBOOK. The Facebook sign and logo is seen in Menlo Park, California on November 4, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/ AFP

Twitter bans crytocurrency ads on fraud fears

Mar 27, 2018 - 9:01 AM

The one-to-many messaging platform follows similar moves made by Google and Facebook earlier this year


Call and text history not logged without user permission – Facebook

Mar 26, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Facebook responds as its users discover that the social network had kept records of their call and text history

FACEBOOK. This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows Facebook logos on a screen in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP


WhatsApp co-founder starts #DeleteFacebook campaign after data privacy scandal

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Brian Acton tweets, 'It is time,' and uses the hashtag #DeleteFacebook

How to check your third-party app permissions on Facebook

Mar 20, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Facebook users can ensure companies and app makers don't continue to mine them for data. Here's a guide on how to do so.