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Video stars: Russian child bloggers score millions of 'likes'

Oct 22, 2019 - 1:51 PM

In a Moscow park, her producer jogs backwards, using his phone to film as Liza Anokhina runs and blows raspberries. Tall and slim and wearing thick makeup for the shoot, she squeals with laughter when she views the result.

STAR. Russian child blogger Liza Anokhina (left), 12, participates in a shoot for her blog in a Moscow park on September 13, 2019. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Mocha Uson's blogger accreditation policy? 'Wala na 'yun,' says Andanar

Oct 03, 2018 - 4:35 PM

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar says the policy was never implemented to begin with

Arroyo meets with Alvarez, Duterte ratings, Kuwaiti blogger | Evening wRap

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:04 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Margie de Leon

Online influencer culture and politics: What happens when the two meet?

Feb 13, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Digital influencers as endorsers of brands are nothing new. But what happens when a politician is the product?

From traveling the world to business owners: How this El Nido glamping site came to be

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'So how did we get end up creating The Birdhouse El Nido after being unemployed for a year and a half?' Contributor Mark Anthony-Villaflor tells us all

Roque claims mainstream media doesn't report the truth

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says pro-Duterte bloggers have become viable sources of information for netizens who don't trust media outlets critical of the administration

Presidential Spokesperon Atty. Harry Roque responds to follow up question after the press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Pacquiao wants gov't to license bloggers, 'control' media

Jan 30, 2018 - 2:29 PM

'We know that in our Constitution, there is freedom of expression but because of this freedom of expression, naabuso na kasi,' says Senator Manny Pacquiao

REWARD. Senator Manny Pacquiao is set to give financial incentive to Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz for winning silver in the Olympics. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Poe: 'Bloggers are not above libel laws'

Jan 30, 2018 - 1:39 PM

'You cannot just attack a person without basis, and then hide behind the skirt of free expression,' says Senator Grace Poe at the second Senate hearing on fake news

SENATE HEARING ON FAKE NEWS. Senator Grace Poe presides the second Senate hearing on fake news on January 30, 2018. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Bloggers for Freedom: Time to choose between democracy, dictatorship

Jan 19, 2018 - 1:26 PM

'Now is a time for making choices amid battles between truth and lies, debate and dissonance, democracy and dictatorship,' the bloggers say in their manifesto of support

Roque suggests blogger accreditation for Rappler once SEC ruling final

Jan 17, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Bloggers' accreditation is provided by the office of PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, who frequently attacks Rappler on social media for its reportage

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque announces during a press briefing in Malacañang that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has ordered the Department of Budget and Management to find means to increase the salaries of teachers. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Facebook, please make democracy-friendly algorithms

Jan 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Technology hits a tipping point and transforms global power structures. In 2017, social media splintered the public space essential for democracy.

Roque on bloggers' call for resignation: Take it up with Duterte

Nov 07, 2017 - 1:13 PM

The Presidential Spokesman maintains he has fulfilled Duterte's orders: 'I stated what I think is right, and I stated what I think is true'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of office of the newly-appointed officials during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2017. Swearing in are Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Presidential Spokesperon Harry Roque Defense Undersecretary Reynaldo Mapagu, Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Eduardo Año, and Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary Alexander Macario. King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Rabid pro-Duterte bloggers slam Roque for defending media

Nov 06, 2017 - 8:09 PM

They ask President Duterte's spokesperson to resign after he said he'd explain to supporters how valuable critical journalism had been to the government and even to Duterte's electoral victory in 2016

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. entertains queries from members of the media following his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cayetano defends 'official' bloggers with him at UN

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:45 PM

'Kung wala ang bloggers, paano 'yung coverage namin?' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

UN SPEECH. Foreign Alan Peter Cayetano is viewed on the monitors of the UN media center as he speaks at the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York on September 24, 2017, Philippine time. Malacañang file photo

Rappler Talk: Pinoy Ako Blog on revealing her identity

Oct 13, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Who is Jover Laurio, and why did she decide to come out as the person behind Pinoy Ako Blog?

Robredo, Faeldon, Paddock | Midday wRap

Oct 06, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Duterte, Marcos, Pimentel | Evening wRap

Oct 05, 2017 - 8:11 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Sereno impeachment, De Lima, Marilou Danley | Midday wRap

Oct 05, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Chay Hofileña

De Lima staff demand public apology from bloggers over 'taunting' photo

Oct 05, 2017 - 7:58 AM

'No sir, masaya po kami naka-detain siya,' Thinking Pinoy blogger RJ Nieto proudly says in a public hearing when asked to apologize to detained Senator Leila de Lima

Duterte, Uson, Cimatu | Evening wRap

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:06 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Asec or blogger? Choose only one, Nancy Binay tells Mocha Uson

Oct 04, 2017 - 3:13 PM

Senator Nancy Binay reminds Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson that all government officials are bound by the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 21, 2017

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:14 AM

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Blogger-propagandists, the new crisis managers

Aug 20, 2017 - 5:15 PM

In many ways, pro-Duterte bloggers do the job of the PCOO especially when it comes to managing backlash against the administration and promoting government programs

State-sponsored hate: The rise of the pro-Duterte bloggers

Aug 18, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Pro-Duterte bloggers receive unusual privileges from the Presidential Communications Operations Office to consolidate support for the popular president and silence critics

Accredited bloggers 'encouraged' to follow journalism ethics – Malacañang

Aug 12, 2017 - 5:02 PM

Malacañang will check the veracity of the reports of bloggers who are allowed to cover presidential events says Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

Questions PCOO has to answer about its bloggers accreditation policy

Aug 12, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Vague wording and lack of appreciation for realities of presidential coverage plague PCOO s interim social media policy

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin listens to a resource speaker during the PCOO’s First Social Media Policy Town Hall at the Bahay ng Alumni in University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City on February 23, 2017.

Nothing stopping accredited bloggers from cursing, lying online, Malacañang says

Aug 10, 2017 - 2:16 PM

The PCOO gives in to accommodate some bloggers and Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson who called for a more populist accreditation policy

In this file photo, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Kristian Ablan talks to members of the media about #AllMediaPH, the draft concept of social media policy on the sidelines of the PCOO's first Social Media Policy Town Hall at the Bahay ng Alumni in University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City on February 23, 2017. Malacanang photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 10, 2017

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:57 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Thursday

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar delivers a keynote message during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Presidential Communications Operations Office (ASEAN-PCOO ) Roadshow for the Cordillera region at Beneco Electric Cooperation Conference Hall in Baguio City on February 4, 2017. ALFRED FRIAS/Presidential Photo

Marcos, Roxas, Andanar | Evening wRap

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:29 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Andanar approves 'interim policy' for accrediting bloggers

Aug 09, 2017 - 3:37 PM

Social media practitioners 18 years old or above who have at least 5 000 followers and generate news about President Rodrigo Duterte may be given accreditation

Bautista, Bureau of Customs, Andanar | Evening wRap

Aug 07, 2017 - 8:57 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

ASEAN accreditation granted to 14 bloggers – Andanar

Aug 07, 2017 - 2:56 PM

With their IDs bloggers were given access to the International Media Center press kits lunch buffet and various activities organized for media like Media Night All these are paid for by taxpayers money

Government officials holds the Mindanao Hour press briefing on the situation in Marawi at Conrad Hotel in Pasay on August 4, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, June 3- July 9, 2017

Jul 09, 2017 - 10:27 AM

Must watch videos from this week

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Whom to trust – journalists or social media stars?

Jul 03, 2017 - 8:14 PM

Who is more inclined towards truth-telling?

Imee Marcos, Mocha Uson part of Duterte's delegation to Middle East

Apr 11, 2017 - 12:43 PM

3rd UPDATE The Ilocos Norte governor joins the trip to meet Ilocano OFWs in the Middle East Uson is there to boost morale and well being among OFWs says Malacañang

MEMBER OF DELEGATION. MTRCB member Mocha Uson and Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos join the President in Middle East. Uson photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler, Marcos photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pro-Duterte bloggers argue for use of profane language after accreditation

Feb 24, 2017 - 9:13 AM

Pro Duterte bloggers bristle at proposals prohibiting them from using offensive language saying this is what makes their blogs popular

BLOGGER'S STANCE. Duterte online defender Trixie Cruz-Angeles speaks during the PCOO's Social Media Town Hall on February 23, 2017. RTVM screenshot

Draft Palace policy: No lies, foul language for bloggers

Feb 22, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Bloggers who apply for Palace accreditation must commit to publishing only truthful and accurate information according to a draft PCOO memorandum circular

BLOGGERS IN PALACE. President Rodrigo Duterte meets bloggers and online defenders in Malacañang. Screenshot from RTVM

Palace crafting 'social media policy' for bloggers

Feb 20, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The policy will allow bloggers to be recognized as legitimate sources of information and provide a system of accreditation says the Presidential Communications Operations Office

'SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY.' Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar is paving the way for bloggers to be seen as 'legitimate sources of information.' File photo by Simeon Celi Jr/Presidential Photo

Veteran bloggers push criteria for Malacañang accreditation

Feb 13, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Longtime bloggers weigh in on the Malacañang media accreditation debate

ACCESS. Bloggers Noemi Lardizabal Dado and Jane Uymatiao, and Press Secretary Martin Andanar

Duterte gives online defenders access to Palace events

Feb 09, 2017 - 10:56 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte gives the go signal for some bloggers to occasionally cover Palace events like press briefings and presidential activities

'STAUNCH SUPPORTERS.' President Duterte meets with online personalities supportive of him in Malacañang Palace on February 7, 2017. RTVM screenshot

[Newspoint] A runaway train

Feb 03, 2017 - 10:00 AM

I can imagine it s not difficult for [Martin Andanar] to have felt legitimized when he was enlisted as newspaper columnist Now he s thinking of legitimizing bloggers as members of the press themselves

Fears of online crackdown after Pakistan bloggers vanish

Jan 10, 2017 - 10:45 PM

Rights groups say Pakistani activists and journalists often find themselves caught between the country s security establishment and militant groups including the Taliban

MISSING. Pakistani human rights activists hold images of bloggers who have gone missing during a protest in Peshawar on January 10, 2017. Photo by Rizwan Tabassum /AFP

Board member Mocha Uson? Netizens weigh in

Jan 05, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The appointment of the controversial blogger draws comments from fans and haters alike

Syrian girl blogger, 7, meets Erdogan at Ankara palace

Dec 21, 2016 - 10:00 PM

UPDATED Bana al Abed is among the thousands of people evacuated from Aleppo under a deal brokered by Turkey and Russia

A handout picture taken and released by the Turkish Presidential press office on December 21, 2016 shows Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) posing as he holds in his arms the seven-year-old Bana al-Abed (L), who tweeted from Aleppo on the attacks, at the Presidential Complex in Ankara. Seven-year-old Bana al-Abed, whose Twitter account has offered a tragic account of the war in Syria, was evacuated from the divided Syrian city of Aleppo on December 19, 2016 and was set to be brought into Turkey, Turkish officials and aid workers said. / AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS OFFICE / KAYHAN OZER / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Kayhan OZER/Turkish Presidential press office" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

So what if Mocha Uson is not a journalist?

Dec 08, 2016 - 3:45 PM

The battle for hearts and minds is no longer just a battle for the truth It has become a battle in which noise and vitriol have become the most deadly weapons

PewDiePie threatens to shut down YouTube channel

Dec 07, 2016 - 11:53 AM

The world s most watched video blogger claims YouTube is trying to kill off his channel

ONLINE TANTRUM. YouTube star PewDiePie rails against changes that the online video site subtly introduces. Screengrab from PewDiePie/YouTube

WATCH: See how Korean beauty blogger transforms into Kylie Jenner

Sep 06, 2016 - 1:07 PM

Pony is back with her amazing skills this time transforming herself into Kylie Jenner

KYLIE JENNER. Korean beauty blogger Pony transforms herself into the famous Kardashian-Jenner. The photo on the left, from a previous video, shows Pony before makeup. Screengrabs from YouTube/Pony Makeup

Chart the uncharted: Blogapalooza 2016

May 04, 2016 - 11:41 AM

On its 5th year Blogapalooza wants businesses and bloggers to build connections in new and exciting ways

Vietnam jails prominent blogger for 5 years

Mar 23, 2016 - 5:25 PM

UPDATED Watchdogs say the prison term for Nguyen Huu Vinh popularly known as Anh Ba Sam is unjust

epa05226769 Nguyen Huu Vinh, known as blogger Anh Ba Sam, stands during his trial in Hanoi, Vietnam 23 March 2016. Vinh, 59, a former police officer, was accused of 'abusing democratic freedoms to infringe the state interests', according to media report. EPA/STR

Singapore blogger to pay libel damages to PM Lee over 17 years

Mar 14, 2016 - 6:15 PM

UPDATED If Roy Ngerng misses an installment he would have to pay the full amount of SGD 150 000 immediately

epa04826131 Singaporean blogger Roy Ngerng speaks to reporters, after his defamation trial against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, outside the Supreme Court building in Singapore, 01 July 2015. Today marks the start of a three-day trial which seeks to award PM Lee damages after Ngerng had accused Singapore's Prime Minister of misusing savings from the Central Provident Fund (CPF). EPA/WALLACE WOON