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Propaganda-spewing Russian trolls act differently online from regular people

Sep 15, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Trolls take advantage of weaknesses in society, and the fix involves not just technological means but more so educating people


A hacker explains Russia's use of cyber warfare in 2016 U.S. election

Jul 30, 2018 - 7:30 AM

'Everything about Hillary Clinton had to be negative and you really had to tear into her. It was all about the leaked email, the corruption scandals, and the fact that she is super rich,' says a former Russian troll


[OPINION] Why did God give us Duterte?

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:28 PM

God did not give us Duterte to be our President. The 16 million voters chose him to be President and he is now President. But God can write straight with crooked lines. Even from something bad, good can come out.

Documentary | Fake news in the Philippines: Dissecting the propaganda machine

Apr 21, 2018 - 12:22 PM

In this documentary, Rappler looks into the Philippine propaganda machine – where it started and how it operates – and its chilling similarities around the world

Youth leaders harassed online after seeking Mocha Uson’s dismissal

Apr 07, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Akbayan Youth shares screenshots of some of the hate comments, which are calling for the student leaders to get raped or killed

FIRE MOCHA. Student leaders of Akbayan Youth file an administrative complaint against Asec Mocha Uson before the Office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City on April 2, 2018. Rappler photo

Are you a 'Trolls' fan? Catch them at Universal Studios Singapore

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Try this for a family summer getaway

TROLLS. 'Trolls' characters Poppy and Branch greet guests at TrollsTopia at Universal Studios Singapore. All photos by Jill Tan Radovan/Rappler

Is the Philippines in step with Russian online propaganda warfare?

Mar 10, 2018 - 7:15 PM

The same techniques detailed in Robert Mueller's Russia-Trump indictment are pervasive here and have accomplished the same goal as the Russians': sow discord

What does Leni Robredo think about online bashers?

Mar 03, 2018 - 10:35 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo says that the tirades against her have become so 'ridiculous' that she's actually 'excited' to see what her bashers come up with next

UNFAZED VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo does not let her online haters after her. Photo by OVP

Bots, Assange, an alliance: Has Russian propaganda infiltrated the Philippines?

Feb 26, 2018 - 10:28 AM

(UPDATED) A Russian-linked Twitter account used to interfere in polls in Spain is now tweeting exclusively about the Philippines – one of several disturbing developments that may suggest Kremlin propaganda in the country

In fighting disinformation and trolls, silence 'cannot be an option'

Feb 14, 2018 - 5:30 PM

From Wikipedia to Facebook, how do we fight back against trolls, 'fake news' and historical revisionism?

FIGHT BACK. 'Don't surrender your space to people who are faceless, nameless, and mindless, says TV5 news anchor Ed Lingao at Democracy and Disinformation forum on February 13, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How Duterte supporters swarmed the ICC Facebook page

Feb 14, 2018 - 3:15 PM

'All the posts of the past two days have been swarmed and attacked by Filipino trolls – every single post. It is crazy and it is full of non-sequiturs,' says computer programmer Carlos Nazareno

Chief disinformation architects in the PH: Not exactly who you think

Feb 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Understanding that fake news is the professional product of advertising and PR strategists means we need to challenge the broader system that has not only normalized political deception but made it financially rewarding.

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

Twitter says Russia-linked accounts more widespread

Jan 20, 2018 - 9:10 AM

Twitter is criticized for allowing the spread of bogus news – some of which was directed by Russia – ahead of the 2016 US election and in other countries

Malacañang defends Duterte tapping Facebook for 2016 polls

Dec 30, 2017 - 11:07 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says it would have been 'foolhardy' for any political candidate not to use the popular social networking site as a campaign tool

TOP CAMPAIGNER. President Rodrigo  Duterte delivers a speech at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City on December 21, 2017. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Robredo’s New Year wish: Unity, fewer calamities, zero killings

Dec 28, 2017 - 11:52 AM

'Tingin ko hindi naging maganda iyong 2017 as far as pagkakaisa is concerned – masyadong polarized iyong mga Pilipino noong mga nakaraang buwan at nakaraang taon,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

HOPE FOR 2018. Vice President Leni Robredo launches her Istorya ng Pag-Asa program at the Camarines Norte State College on December 7, 2017. File photo by OVP

Robredo slams EJKs, online trolls in Human Rights Day message

Dec 09, 2017 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'Dapat din nating bigyang-diin ang diwa ng pagdiriwang na ito, dahil sa mga nakababahalang balita tungkol sa malawakang paglabag sa karapatang pantao, lalo na sa mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan,' says the Vice President

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER. Vice President Leni Robredo wants Filipinos to stand up to human rights violations being done to them. File photo by OVP

‘Black propaganda’ under Duterte admin reduced trust in media

Nov 29, 2017 - 12:14 PM

'So makikita naman natin may effect din ‘yong pagkampanya against us,...sa pagsabi na presstitute ‘yang mga ‘yan, bayaran lahat sila. Hindi naman po totoo,' says CMFR chief Melinda Quintos-de Jesus

DEFENDING THE MEDIA. CMFR executive director Melinda Quintos-de Jesus discusses the propaganda to discredit Filipino journalists. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Social media users advised to be critical of trolls

Nov 28, 2017 - 10:00 PM

‘You have to engage them and fight back,’ says veteran journalist Ed Lingao at Rappler’s ‘Truth, Trust, and Democracy’ forum

THE PANELISTS. From L to R: Lourd de Veyra, Tonyo Cruz, Leloy Claudio, Eg Lingao, and Caloy Conde during the Rappler forum on November 28. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Freedom of speech ‘limits the power of government to lie’

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:27 PM

Veteran reporter Ed Lingao says about fake news online, ‘Everybody has the right to be wrong, but everybody has the responsibility to get it right’

FREEDOM. Blogger and columnist Tonyo Cruz laments the power of free speech in a democracy. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

FORUM: Truth, trust, and democracy in the age of selfies, trolls, and bots

Nov 28, 2017 - 1:08 PM

The public forum on 'Truth, Trust, and Democracy in the Age of Selfies, Trolls and Bots' aims to help promote a better understanding of how social media and other digital platforms work

AGENDA: Truth, Trust, and Democracy in the Age of Selfies, Trolls, and Bots

Nov 25, 2017 - 2:52 PM

This public forum on November 28 aims to promote a better understanding of the nature of digital platforms and how they affect public opinion

Freedom House report, Maguindanao airstrike, Trump on U.S.-PH ties | Evening wRap

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

[EDITORIAL] AnimatED: Saan pumalpak ang Facebook?

Nov 06, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Hindi naka-optimize ang Facebook para sa katotohanan. Narito ang limang sablay ng social media giant.

Presidential Spokesman Facebook account posts troll-like comment

Oct 27, 2017 - 1:29 PM

The 'Office of the Presidential Spokesperson' Facebook account, a verified one, commented at around 11:30 am, 'si pia at si lourd devera pantay na sa kakupalan'

Why do Filipino netizens troll?

Aug 27, 2017 - 1:30 PM

A sociology paper examines some of the reasons why Filipino social media users behave aggressively online – when they can be normally civil people offline

COPS AND ROGUES. Research by a Filipino sociology graduate student suggests trolls can act as both rogues and cops online.

A Game of Trolls: A martial law musical for millennials

Aug 26, 2017 - 10:03 PM

The play is PETA s effort to start a conversation on Martial Law

A GAME OF TROLLS. The play features a young cast, many of whom are millennials themselves. Photo from Facebook.com/PETATHEATER

Bothered by online backlash? DOTr asks if Grab, Uber hired PR firm, trolls

Aug 03, 2017 - 2:55 PM

The LTFRB had been bashed maligned Did any of the two hire ad agencies using minions and all the other to bash the LTFRB? DOTr Assistant Secretary for commuter affairs Elvira Medina asks in a Senate hearing

PH, 27 other countries use 'cyber troops' to manipulate opinion – study

Jul 25, 2017 - 9:35 AM

A University of Oxford study says one trait of cyber troops in the Philippines is individual targeting which is used to silence political dissent online and often leads to real life threats and reputational damage

Illustration by Nico Villarete/Rappler

Duterte says online defenders, trolls hired only during campaign

Jul 25, 2017 - 8:24 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte calls the University of Oxford which released a study about social media manipulation a school for the stupid people

President Rodrigo Duterte praises the efforts of the Overseas Filipino Workers at while encouraging them to be more proactive in the fight against corruption in his speech during the gathering with the Filipino community at the Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail, Qatar on April 15, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo

Resist the trolls, resist the hate

May 03, 2017 - 8:00 AM

When trolls win everyone including those who support President Duterte loses

Twitter drops default 'egg' profile photo, replaces it with human silhouette

Apr 04, 2017 - 4:59 PM

The change is due to the egg s perceived association with trolls and anonymous abuse

CRACKED. Trolls' habit of sticking with the 'egg' creates a negative image for the social network's default profile photo.

Is there limit to online hate?

Mar 29, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Trolls – and the massive machineries of hatred that operate them – all become banal in the face of compassion

Block a troll today

Mar 06, 2017 - 3:11 PM

It s your patriotic duty And here s how to detect one

Norway 'anti-troll' site quizzes readers before commenting

Mar 03, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The quiz gauges whether the reader actually read the article or not

Why Alvarez' bill criminalizing fake social media accounts won't work

Feb 21, 2017 - 7:10 PM

House Bill 5021 proposes to penalize fake social media account holders and people behind bots with 6 to 12 years in prison on top of a P30 000 to P50 000 fine

TROLLS NO MORE? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez files seeking to punish fake social media accounts and bots.

Bishop Pabillo: Trolls can't defeat us if we all speak

Feb 19, 2017 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED Magsalita kayo sa Facebook nyo says Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo at the Walk for Life against killings in the Philippines

'FIGHT THE TROLLS.' Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo urges Catholics to speak up to defeat online trolls. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Australian envoy to PH: Fake news 'a threat to democracy'

Jan 25, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely hails the mainstream media s very important role in a democracy in this era of so called fake news

HITTING FAKE NEWS. Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely criticizes fake news as she addresses journalists on January 24, 2017. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

De Lima: Fake news part of 'poison' from Duterte administration

Jan 24, 2017 - 5:56 PM

Who benefits from these lies? Let us not make it easy for them to kill us by willingly and submissively swallowing the poison they feed us says Senator Leila de Lima

Senator Leila de Lima during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the Jack Lam/BID Alleged Bribery Scandal at Senate on Monday, January 23, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay

'Fake news and trolls are not mercy' – Balanga bishop

Jan 21, 2017 - 3:38 PM

Bullying and Internet bashing are not mercy Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos also says at the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy

STRESSING MERCY. Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos condemns fake news and trolls as running counter to mercy, the theme of an international Catholic congress hosted by the Philippines. Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communication

Duterte, Calida, Macalintal | Evening wRap

Jan 19, 2017 - 9:12 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

#MagkaibaYan: 'Fake news' vs fiction trends on Twitter

Jan 19, 2017 - 6:24 PM

They trend on Twitter after two senators sought a probe into the proliferation of false erroneous distorted fabricated or misleading news on social media

Duterte, Trillanes, Trump | Evening wRap

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:37 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Trillanes seeks Senate probe into social media 'trolls,' fake news

Jan 18, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Social media is now being used to create fabricated realities through a network of fake social media accounts Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says in his resolution

New Year’s resolutions

Jan 09, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Believe that this madness will come to an end That the killings will eventually stop That the rule of law will return

[WATCH] 2016: Change is here

Dec 31, 2016 - 1:26 AM

From the 2016 Duterte election win the war on drugs the weaponization of the internet Trump’s victory and Manila’s shift from U S to China — it was a year that turned traditional politics upside down Watch Rappler s 2016 yearender

Cavs troll Warriors with poster of LeBron blocking Iguodala

Dec 26, 2016 - 3:44 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers spread their own brand of holiday cheer just before their Christmas rematch with the Golden State Warriors

SAVAGE SHOT. The Cavs are already playing mind games with the Warriors and we're not even at the All Star break yet. Photo from Tom Withers' Twitter

Porno-trolling is a thing, and two lawyers are indicted in one scheme

Dec 20, 2016 - 6:16 PM

Federal prosecutors prepare an 18 count indictment against Paul R Hansmeier and John L Steele for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud among others

Facebook suspends anti-Marcos journalist's account

Nov 28, 2016 - 8:43 PM

UPDATED As of 11:46 pm on November 28 Inday Varona says her Facebook account was resurrected and thanked the people who helped restore her account

SUSPENDED. Image of Inday Espina-Varona from Twitter.

Twitter releases new tools to mute abusive speech and report 'hateful conduct'

Nov 16, 2016 - 12:54 PM

The social network pushes out new measures to clean up its environs