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Djokovic reflects on 'unreal' Wimbledon 2019 final victory

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:10 AM

The 32-year-old Serbian, winning back-to-back Wimbledon titles for the second time, prevails in an epic duel, the longest ever final and the first decided by a deciding set tie-break

Serbia's Novak Djokovic raises the winner's trophy after beating Switzerland's Roger Federer during their men's singles final on day thirteen of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 14, 2019.  Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

Twitter updates rules, focusing on curbing hate speech against religious groups

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Twitter says it will require hateful tweets targeting specific religious groups to be removed, though accounts tweeting such content before the new rules were in place will not be suspended

France's lower house passes online hate speech law

Jul 10, 2019 - 5:52 PM

Members of the National Assembly lower house of parliament vote by 434 in favor to 33 against to adopt the law, which is modelled on German legislation that came into force last year.

Labella vows to solve flooding, waste disposal, traffic in Cebu City

Jun 30, 2019 - 11:48 PM

The new mayor says he will hold office in his old room as vice mayor after his predecessor, Tomas Osmeña, stripped bare the mayor's office before leaving

NEW MAYOR. Edgardo Labella (with wife Joycelyn) starts his term as mayor of Cebu City on June 30, 2019, asking other city officials to set aside politics and work with him for the city's welfare. Photo from Mayor Labella's FB

Merkel's successor sparks freedom of speech uproar

May 28, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer later tries to downplay her comments, saying it is 'ridiculous to insinuate that I want to regulate expressions of opinion'

SUCCESSOR. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) walks past her successor, leader of the Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer during the CDU congress on December 8, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Does Assange indictment set dangerous precedent for journalists?

May 25, 2019 - 11:31 AM

'What he is accused of doing is exactly what professional journalists do every day – seeking, receiving and publishing important information about our government,' says law professor Sonja West

PROTEST. In this file photo taken on April 23, 2019 an activist holds a placard next to others while forming a human chain calling for the freedom of the international non-profit organization WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in Dhaka. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman / AFP

Citing Iran, Trump bypasses Congress to sell arms to Saudis, UAE

May 25, 2019 - 9:57 AM

The weapons, which include munitions and aircraft support maintenance, are meant 'to deter Iranian aggression and build partner self-defense capacity,' says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

PROTEST. About 17 protesters from Code Pink: Women for Peace demonstrate against U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen in the offices of Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill October 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla /Getty Images/AFP

Maria Ressa accepts Tully Award, says sense of purpose 'sharper'

Apr 25, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Rappler's Maria Ressa, recipient of the Tully Award for Free Speech, hopes to 'keep walking until I come out the other side, and hopefully the world is right-side up'

PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, recipient of the Tully Award for Free Speech, speaks to students at the Newhouse School of Syracuse University. Photo courtesy of Alexandria Bennet/WAER News

Austria NGO fights hate online, one conversation at a time

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Neustart, an organization in Austria, offers a 6-month program that aims to show participants how to 'express one's point of view without denigrating others'

Wioletta Ruehrer (R), a social worker of the organisation Neustart, talks to her client, an internet hater who is taking part in this program after she posted a racist comment on Facebook, in Vienna, Austria on March 19, 2019. - When it comes to the problem of online hate speech, the culprits behind the keyboards and smartphones can take some surprising forms -- just take 74-year-old Viennese retiree Ms H. Angered by an article she read on the internet a year ago, the outwardly unassuming former midwife reacted with a Facebook outburst in which she said all immigrants should be poisoned on arrival in Austria. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Sophie MAKRIS

Facebook bars white nationalism, stepping up hate speech curbs

Mar 28, 2019 - 11:51 AM

'It's clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services,' says Facebook

FACEBOOK. The logo of social network Facebook is displayed on a smartphone, on January 15, 2019 in Nantes, western France.  Photo by Loic Venance/AFP


[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: A revolution against disinformation

Feb 25, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The challenge now is no longer to gather huge crowds at plazas to frighten a dictator and his sycophants. It is to reclaim the online public space from the disinformation monster that President Duterte himself has unleashed.

French far-right weekly barred from Twitter over 'hate speech'

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:08 PM

Rivarol's Twitter account 'called for racial hatred and sympathized with crimes against humanity,' a spokesman for the French government's racism, anti-Semitism, and discrimination body says

Bickering opens before Trump's State of the Union speech even begins

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:47 AM

A testy exchange between the president and the senior Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, erupts ahead of the State of the Union address

In tears and shock, Poland bids farewell to murdered mayor

Jan 19, 2019 - 1:22 PM

"It's hatred that killed Pawel," Civic Platform Party leader Grzegorz Schetyna told lawmakers.

MOURNING. People react as they accompany the coffin of the late mayor of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz is taken from the European Solidarity Center to St Mary's Basilica on January 18, 2019 in Gdansk, Poland. Photo by Wojtek Radwanski / AFP

How Facebook is reconfiguring freedom of speech in situations of mass atrocity

Jan 09, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Lessons from Myanmar and the Philippines

Vietnam's draconian cybersecurity bill comes into effect

Jan 01, 2019 - 3:24 PM

Human rights groups slam the new cybersecurity law, saying that it is a 'pervasive' and 'totalitarian model of information control'

Gabon president to speak publicly for first time since stroke

Dec 27, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Gabon President Ali Bongo is set to deliver his speech on New Year's Day, almost 3 months after he suffered from stroke

ILL. Gabon leader Ali Bongo is set to deliver a speech on New Year's Day. File Photo from Twitter


Bangladesh photographer detained during protests gets bail

Nov 15, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Bangladesh court grants bail to award-winning photographer-activist Shahidul Alam after spending more than 100 days behind bars

BAIL GRANTED. File photo of renowned Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam.  AFP Photo

The lovely secrets of the 'signing' brain

Sep 23, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Sign language is another language, and therefore, another rich world, another empowering culture that, like any other language, expands your mind

Duterte says 'overboard' Mocha Uson still has right to free speech

Sep 03, 2018 - 2:00 PM

'There are things na tingin ko na medyo nasobrahan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about controversial assistant secretary Mocha Uson

UN urges Facebook to 'proactively' fight hate speech

Aug 29, 2018 - 9:01 PM

UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein urges Facebook to 'be regulated by (international) human rights law'

ZEID RA'AD AL HUSSEIN. United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein addresses the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on February 26, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Jean-Guy Python/AFP

Facebook move on Myanmar raises thorny political questions

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:54 AM

Facebook says they will continue to investigate instances of 'devastating violence' around the world incited by users on the platform

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

Apple and Facebook delete content of U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:09 AM

Alex Jones, whose site InfoWars has accused victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting of being 'actors' in a plot to discredit the gun lobby, had violated Facebook's hate speech policies, the social network says

Duterte delivers his shortest SONA

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:39 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's 2018 SONA is 50 minutes long with shorter off-the-cuff remarks and no expletives

Facebook cracks down on bogus posts inciting violence

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The social network is targeting bogus posts that may spark violence with a policy change that they're implementing 'during the coming months'

Duterte says his SONA will last 'not more than 35 minutes'

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:29 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says he 'will read' his 3rd State of the Nation Address

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his State of the Nation Address at Congress in Manila on July 25, 2016. Duterte announced a unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels who are waging one of Asia's longest insurgencies, and urged them to reciprocate. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Vietnam activists flock to 'safe' social media after cyber crackdown

Jul 05, 2018 - 4:37 PM

A new draconian law, which comes into effect January 1, requires internet companies to scrub critical content and hand over user data if Vietnam's Communist government demands it

Congress 'absolutely needs' to clarify BBL will not grant secession – Carpio

Jun 23, 2018 - 4:10 PM

'If there is even a shadow of doubt, then the right to self-determination can be interpreted in the light of the long history of secessionist movements,' says Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

CLARIFY BBL. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio calls on Congress to clarify provisions in the Bangsamoro Basic Law which may open up the possibility of secession. Photo by Rappler

Sereno: Engaging with youth is priority now, not running for office

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:19 PM

'Iyong sa pulitika po, saka ko na ho 'yan pag-iisipan. Hindi naman yata ako kailangan magmadali,' ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says at a forum in UP

Could coal lobbying and free speech curbs hamper pivotal UN climate talks?

Jun 02, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Civil society groups are worried that the Paris Agreement could crumble at the last minute, as the final meeting to decide its implementation will be held in Poland, Europe's second biggest coal-producing country

A mockup of a planet earth is displayed at the Rheinaue park during the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

[OPINION] Bar Bulletin No. 26: Has the Supreme Court unintentionally restrained free speech?

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Warning participants against 'undermin[ing] the safe and orderly conduct' of the oath-taking ceremonies for new lawyers intentionally or unintentionally limit public criticism of the court

When should hate speech be regulated? Context matters, says UN expert

May 31, 2018 - 6:35 PM

According to United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye, hate speech should be regulated when it incites violence or when it undermines other people's right to express themselves freely

REGULATING HATE. United Nation Special Rapporteur David Kaye submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council where he proposes a human rights-based approach to regulating user-generated content online. File photo by Adem Altam/AFP

Rappler Talk: UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye on how platforms can address hate speech online

May 25, 2018 - 11:03 AM

The interview takes up highlights of a report the Special Rapporteur submitted to the UN Human Rights Council where he proposes a human rights-based approach to regulating user-generated content online

Ombudsman Morales begins farewell: Don't be silent

May 25, 2018 - 10:13 AM

'If we find ourselves continually abused and without recourse, isn’t it because, with our silence and inaction, we gave our consent?' says Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

HUMAN RIGHTS. 'Thou shall not kill,' Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says, as she urges the Philippines to 'go back to basics.' File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Facebook details policing for sex, terror, hate content

May 15, 2018 - 10:33 PM

Facebook says improved technology using artificial intelligence had helped it act on 3.4 million posts containing graphic violence, nearly three times more than it had in the last quarter of 2017

FACT CHECK: Actor Bill Pullman didn’t laugh at Robredo for ‘copying’ movie speech

May 11, 2018 - 5:33 PM

The 'laughing' tweet by the actor from the film 'Independence Day' was posted in February in response to a different post, not the Philippine Vice President's May 7 speech

After ouster as CJ, Sereno says ‘the fight has just started’

May 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'Inilagay tayo dito para sa mga ganitong panahon, ang araw na ito ay araw ng paglaban,' says Maria Lourdes Sereno moments after she was ousted as Chief Justice

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks before a crowd supporting her on May 11, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FULL TEXT: AFP chief Carlito Galvez Jr's speech at turnover rites

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:51 AM

'While we give primacy to peace, we will never hesitate to use our might when innocent civilians are threatened and attacked,' says Armed Forces chief of staff General Carlito Galvez Jr

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte hands over the command saber from outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero to newly-installed AFP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr. during the AFP Change of Command Ceremony at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on April 18, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Thai magazine sued for 'blasphemous' painting of ancient kings

Mar 31, 2018 - 2:51 PM

The painting, which was the work of a local high school student, was posted on Citylife Chiang Mai's Facebook page to promote a rally urging authorities to tackle a toxic haze that plagues the northern city annually

PROTEST. A Thai activist wears a badge carrying a picture of Surachai Danwattananusorn - a lese majeste convict sentenced to 15 years in jail - calling for the repeal of article 112 of the Criminal Code. Photo by Christophe Archambault / AFP

Xavier University valedictorian: 'We are called to be advocates of peace'

Mar 24, 2018 - 1:30 PM

'Love what you do dearly. Extend service to others genuinely and see the world more clearly. Through these, we will be able to set the world on fire,' says Nicole Rose Baculio

19 senators call for protection of Senate speeches amid Trillanes case

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:44 PM

'The Senate must thwart any attempt to diminish its members' constitutionally guaranteed right to parliamentary immunity,' 19 senators say in filing Senate Resolution No. 697

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs headed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson on March 6, 2017 investigating the existence of the Davao Death Squad.

READ: Rachel Peters' final speech at Binibining Pilipinas Coronation Night 2018

Mar 19, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Here's Rachel's final speech about her reign as Miss Universe Philippines 2017

PMA 2018 valedictorian ends cadetship with wedding, new house

Mar 18, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Jaywardene Hontoria is the Philippine Military Academy Alab Tala Class of 2018 valedictorian

VALEDICTORIAN. President Rodrigo Duterte awarding the presidential saber award to Jaywardene Galilea Hontoria during the graduation rites at the PMA's Borromeo Field. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Malacanang on Peter Lim, Barangay & SK elections postponement, Umali on articles of impeachment | Evening wRap

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:18 PM

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France's Macron vows cyber hate crackdown

Mar 08, 2018 - 11:11 AM

Germany's anti-hate speech legislation inspires French leader to legislate own laws forcing online platforms to act on hate speech rapidly

Best picture Oscar winners of past 20 years

Mar 02, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Here is a list of the films that won Best Picture over the last 20 years

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German prosecutors drop hate speech case against Facebook

Feb 27, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The prosecutors declare that failing to delete illegal posts in a timely way is not a basis for suspicion of criminal behavior

FACEBOOK. 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. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas


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

If there's no fake news, we wouldn't know what's true – Roque

Jan 28, 2018 - 11:30 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says there should be 'a free marketplace of ideas'