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1 in 5 U.S. Twitter users follows Trump – survey

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:48 PM

The report is based on a survey of 2,388 US adults who use Twitter and gave Pew permission to review their personal public-facing accounts between December 2018 and July 2019

TRUMP AND TWITTER. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event about expanding health coverage options for small businesses and workers in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, June 14, 2019. FIle photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Twitter back up after brief outage

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:53 AM

'We were down... and now slowly coming back up. Sorry! Grateful for our operations and engineering teams for getting us flying again,' Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey writes

TWITTER. Photo by Leon Neal/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

Turkey politician faces 17 years for 'insulting' tweets

Jun 28, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Canan Kaftancioglu, who heads the Republican People's Party (CHP)'s Istanbul branch, is accused of 'insulting' President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish state in tweets posted between 2012 and 2017

CANAN KAFTANCIOGLU. People chant slogans in front of Caglayan court house in Istanbul on June 28, 2019, in support of Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul chief Canan Kaftancioglu, who faces up to 17 years in prison for allegedly 'insulting the Turkish President' in tweets posted between 2012 and 2017. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Twitter announces action against politicians' rule-breaking tweets

Jun 28, 2019 - 11:53 AM

'In the past, we've allowed certain tweets that violated our rules to remain on Twitter because they were in the public's interest, but it wasn't clear when and how we made those determinations,' the company says

TWITTER. A woman holds a smartphone with the logo of US social network Twitter, on May 2, 2019 in Nantes, western France.  Photo by Loic Venance/AFP


Using #RP612fic, netizens imagine Philippine heroes on social media

Jun 12, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Filipinos use jokes and memes to visualize Philippine historical figures in modern or alternative settings

Trump accuses Twitter of gagging conservatives

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:18 PM

United States President Donald Trump's rant comes as Twitter and other social media platforms recently move to block personalities accused of inciting violence and promoting anti-semitism, among others

US President Donald Trump speaks to the media prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 20, 2019, as he travels to Pennsylvania for a campaign rally. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Twitter apologizes for suspending accounts critical of China

Jun 02, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Twitter says it may have made 'errors' in its ongoing effort to clear up accounts 'engaging in various forms of platform manipulation'

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Iran-based social media scheme impersonated press

May 29, 2019 - 11:56 AM

A network of English-language social media accounts misrepresenting who was behind them was evidently orchestrated to promote Iranian political interests, says California-based cybersecurity firm FireEye

Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP


‘Pakisauli po ang milyones’: Netizens burn Lani Mercado Revilla over GMRC tweet

May 27, 2019 - 7:09 PM

When senator-elect Bong Revilla's wife tweeted demanding Good Manners and Right Conduct and respect toward her husband, she didn't know what was coming

Background photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Fans rallied #ForAlden on Twitter – here's why

May 27, 2019 - 5:29 PM

Fans of Alden Richards tweet #ForAlden to show their appreciation for the actor

[OPINION] To 'woke' people on Twitter: Turn online noise into action

May 21, 2019 - 7:45 AM

Being woke should emphasize how we understand a particular issue and then translate this to offline action

Tech giants vow to step up fight against online extremism

May 16, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Executives from Google, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft meet with leaders of France, New Zealand and other countries in Paris to unveil the 'Christchurch Call' of voluntary commitments for online platforms

TECH FOR GOOD. Orange CEO Stephane Richard, right, is watched by Google's Jacquelline Fuller, left, as he speaks during a "Tech For Good" meetup to launch anti-terror 'Christchurch Call' at Hotel Marigny in Paris on May 15, 2019, held to discuss good conduct for technology giants. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP


'We had one shot': #SalamatChel trends for Twitter's woke lolo

May 14, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Chel Diokno's supporters pour out their heartbreaks and gratitude the morning after the election

Social networks under intense surveillance in Pakistan

May 10, 2019 - 7:26 PM

Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are once regarded as the last holdouts of dissenting voices, but now that has changed

Singapore passes 'fake news' law despite fierce criticism

May 09, 2019 - 12:46 PM

The laws have sparked outrage from rights groups, who fear they could stifle online discussion, tech companies with major bases in the financial hub and journalists' organizations

FAKE NEWS LAWS. This picture taken on January 24, 2019 shows the Merlion, Singapore's iconic landmark projected with lights during the preview of the "i Light Singapore festival". Photo by Theodore Lim/AFP


It's official: 'Avengers: Endgame' most Tweeted about movie of all time

May 03, 2019 - 4:21 PM

'Avengers: Endgame' brought in over 50 million tweets since the start of the year! Who were the most talked about MCU characters?

Tesla CEO Musk strikes deal with market regulators over tweets

Apr 27, 2019 - 8:58 AM

The settlement between Musk and the SEC sets out clearer guidelines on topics Musk should avoid on Twitter or other social media, including statements about acquisitions, mergers, new products and production numbers

DEAL. In this file photo taken on March 14, 2019, Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during the unveiling of the new Tesla Model Y in Hawthorne, California. Photo by Frederic J. Brown / AFP

Twitter shares lift off as profits soar; Trump weighs in

Apr 24, 2019 - 2:49 PM

Twitter's global user base appears to show modest growth even as the company transitions to a different way of measuring it

TWITTER. The Twitter logo is seen on a sign at the company's headquarters in San Francisco, California on November 4, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/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


Singapore's 'fake news' laws upset tech giants

Apr 07, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The Asia Internet Coalition, whose members include Facebook, Google, and Twitter, says there may be 'significant risks to freedom of expression and speech'

Australia threatens social media execs with jail over terror images

Mar 26, 2019 - 6:54 PM

Australia considers new laws in the wake of the New Zealand massacre

TERROR ATTACK. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. File photo by Marty Melville/AFP


U.S. lawmakers ask tech leaders to explain viral Christchurch video

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

The House Committee on Homeland Security ask for a briefing by tech executives regarding the online proliferation of the 'horrific' Christchurch video

CHRISTCHURCH. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP


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


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

Warnings to journalists blur Twitter’s transparency in Pakistan

Feb 23, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Scores of prominent Pakistani journalists and activists have received email warnings from Twitter informing them their tweets are in violation of Pakistan’s laws. The consequences for press freedoms could be dire.

TWITTER IN PAKISTAN. Image by Nika Kobaidze

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

Twitter hammered as user losses overshadow improving finances

Feb 08, 2019 - 12:01 PM

'The falloff in monthly active users is likely a continuation of Twitter's efforts to remove questionable accounts,' says analyst


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

Twitter rolls out simplified web redesign

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Additional features of the Twitter web redesign include picture cropping, better search, and an easy-to-find emoji interface

NEW TWITTER. Here's a glimpse of the web redesign for Twitter. Screenshot of Twitter.com

Comelec: Bangsamoro plebiscite peaceful despite delays | Midday wRap

Jan 22, 2019 - 1:42 PM

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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'

Political memes abound. Here's what some researchers learned about their spread

Jan 21, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Here's what researchers had to say in 2018 regarding 4 online communities that spread political – and sometimes hateful – memes

SPREADING MEMES. Learn a little about the groups that spread political memes. Donald Trump file photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images/AFP

Recent Twitter mishaps by officials: Be careful

Jan 21, 2019 - 8:40 AM

What happens when public officials mistweet or overtweet?

‘Help me’ – alleged mastermind of Batocabe murder to Duterte | Evening wRap

Jan 18, 2019 - 8:39 PM

Watch the evening wRap with Quita Chuatico

Twitter patches Android bug that made private tweets public

Jan 18, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Twitter says the bug on Android disabled the protected tweet setting if certain conditions were met, such as changing the email address connected to your account

Twitter formally gives Android reverse-chronological feed option

Jan 16, 2019 - 12:52 PM

The reverse-chronological feed option for Android follows its iOS-based launch in December

Twitter to test new features encouraging conversations

Jan 09, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The features include online status indicators and 'ice breaker' tweets

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Will Poulter ‘steps back’ from Twitter after being bullied online

Jan 04, 2019 - 3:34 PM

The ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ star says he is doing it ‘in the interest of my mental health’

WILL POULTER. In 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' the actor plays video game designer Colin. Photo courtesy of Netflix

8 of the biggest tech headlines of 2018

Dec 28, 2018 - 5:57 PM

We’ve rounded up everything from Elon Musk’s Twitter antics to disinformation campaign in social media

Government officials react to Ateneo bullying | Evening wRap

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:08 PM

Watch the evening wRap with Margie de Leon

A Christmas wish list for the naughty boys and girls of Woke Twitter

Dec 21, 2018 - 5:12 PM

What’s the point, after all, of bullying the bully?

Twitter relaunches reverse-chronological feed option

Dec 19, 2018 - 2:31 PM

The toggle button, which looks like a set of sparkles, allows users to change the arrangement of tweets. You can choose to either see the top tweets first or the latest tweets on your feed.

CONVERSATION: What’s a #TatakClark?

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:52 AM

It's time to put the spotlight on Clark and the many things it has to offer. Check out the highlights of our #TatakClark conversation last December 19

Twitter in 2018: Removing dubious accounts, rethinking incentives

Dec 19, 2018 - 7:05 AM

After social media platforms were used to manipulate elections around the world, Twitter spends 2018 cleaning up spammy accounts and talking to US legislators and users about how to move forward

Trump accuses Facebook, Twitter, Google of Democrat bias

Dec 18, 2018 - 11:38 PM

Twitter says in a statement it has been working to weed out accounts that hide a user's true identity or seek to manipulate the platform

MAD. File photo of US President Donald Trump speaking to the press at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Catriona and the Silver Linings: Social media explodes with Miss Universe 2018 memes

Dec 17, 2018 - 1:31 PM

We 'lava' all these clever memes about newly crowned Catriona Gray and her fellow pageant ladies

Twitter warns global users their tweets violate Pakistani law

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Furey and two critics of extremism in Islam say they are 'shocked' to have received notices by the social media giant this past week over alleged violations of Islamabad's laws, despite having no apparent connection to the country

Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber among the most-talked on Twitter in 2018

Dec 06, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Which trending topics and Pinoy celebs dominated the Philippine Twitterverse this year?