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Facebook using 'WW' Facebook-simulating program, bots to improve user experience

Apr 16, 2020 - 2:55 PM

In the WW simulation of Facebook, hard-coded and machine-learning-based bots act as users with different goals which play out differently depending on the scenario set up by the engineers

U.P. Resilience Institute sets up coronavirus information chat bot

Apr 08, 2020 - 1:59 PM

The chat bot, called Yani, lets users find information on hospitals near them, as well as information on the Philippine government's policies regarding the coronavirus, and psychosocial support

YANI. Yani the Endcovbot is here to help. Screenshot from UP announcement.

Startup uses math puzzles to trap malicious bots in infinite loop

Feb 07, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Kasada's goal is to exhaust the resources of bot operators and reduce the viability of malicious bot operations

'Relatively few' Twitter bots responsible for spreading misinformation – study

Nov 22, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Researchers from Indiana University in the US and the National University of Defense Technology in China analyze 14 million messages spreading 400 thousand articles on Twitter during 10 months in 2016 and 2017

Twitter curbs access for 143,000 apps in new crackdown

Jul 25, 2018 - 12:24 PM

They're also implementing a more thorough application process for third-party app developers

Twitter continues aggressive suspension of unwanted accounts

Jul 18, 2018 - 2:26 PM

New report surfaces, saying Twitter suspended 58 million accounts in the 4th quarter of 2017

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

Snapchat teases Facebook with Russian bot filter for April Fools' Day

Apr 02, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The app pokes fun at the controversy surrounding Facebook by adding a filter that simulates a Facebook profile photo and Russian bots liking your post

China’s illegal entry in Benham Rise, Roque on People Power, Pimentel on Duterte-Carpio | Evening wRap

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:47 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

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

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

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

‘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, 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

After Facebook, it's Twitter's turn to put its foot down

May 10, 2017 - 5:47 PM

All that Twitter has against bots are policies They re not working

Facebook looking at behavior to weed out fake accounts

Apr 13, 2017 - 7:03 PM

Accounts with suspicious behavior such as repetitive posts or torrents of messages will be suspended as part of Facebook s security improvements

CLOSER LOOK. The social network implements a system that attempts to identify and suspend fake accounts. Illustration by Alyssa Arizabal/Rappler

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.

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Feb 06, 2017 - 7:35 PM

Just on Free Facebook? No problem Rappler s top stories can now be read in full on your mobile device

We interviewed Google Assistant about Google's big event

Oct 05, 2016 - 1:48 AM

We also ask what it thinks of Apple and iPhones

SMARTER PHONES. Google Assistant can sometimes make you feel like you're chatting with a person.

Propaganda war: Weaponizing the internet

Oct 03, 2016 - 7:00 PM

In the Philippines, paid trolls, fallacious reasoning, leaps in logic, poisoning the well – these are only some of the propaganda techniques that have helped shift public opinion on key issues

Bots, paid trolls are 'purveyors of artificial ignorance'

Sep 24, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The Internet is not so much as public debate anymore as it is a screaming match says Vince Lazatin of the Transparency and Accountability Network

TECH AND PUBLIC DEBATE PANEL. From left to right: Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Transparency and Accountability NEtwork's Vince Lazatin, Rappler reporter Pia Ranada, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility's Vergel Santos, and Thinking Machines founder Stephanie Sy. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ledac to be convened in September or October – Pernia

Aug 23, 2016 - 2:59 PM

NEDA is set to propose amendments to the BOT law and Epira as well as the creation of a Water Resources Authority during the first Ledac meeting under the Duterte administration

EXECUTIVE-LEGISLATIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Senators and Cabinet members in a meeting held in the State Dining Room in Malacañang Palace on August 16. Photo by KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

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Jul 21, 2016 - 2:17 PM

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Facebook launches chat bot platform for Messenger

Apr 13, 2016 - 1:51 AM

The chat bots would allow a user to interact with a brand or service For example users can take advantage of a CNN chat bot to get of an overview of the world s latest news

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg addresses the audience at the 2016 F8 Developer Conference on April 12, 2016. Screen shot from F8 livestream

KathNiel, Twitter bots, polls: Quality, not just buzz

Apr 01, 2016 - 9:35 PM

Yes there are bots tweeting about the presidential candidates But not always for the reasons you might assume

PNOC may proceed with BatMan pipeline without Congress OK

Mar 23, 2016 - 6:27 PM

The project involves building a 120 km underground natural gas pipeline from Batangas to Navotas

PPP Center's Canilao: Include PPP chief in Cabinet

Feb 23, 2016 - 5:37 PM

Outgoing PPP Center head Cosette Canilao also says the next administration should adopt what her office has started and hit the ground running with policies and institutional arrangements

BIG PART. Playing a big part in developing infrastructure, it might be necessary to include PPP in the Cabinet, PPP Center's Canilao says

When trolls and propagandists occupy the Internet

Jan 14, 2016 - 11:28 AM

There is a lot of manipulation happening online The Internet has transformed into a lawless arena where gladiators compete for our likes shares eyeballs clicks

PPPs growing in ASEAN, but corruption risks are high

Oct 27, 2015 - 4:19 PM

Conflicts of interest and political influence are high risk areas in public private partnerships speakers say in the ongoing ASEAN Responsible Business Forum

Photo by Lynda Corpuz / Rappler

#PugadBaboy: Love teams punchline 2

Sep 05, 2015 - 5:00 AM

SONA 2015: Aquino gov't continues to underspend

Jul 26, 2015 - 9:10 PM

A lower than target fiscal deficit could mean inability to provide better services and build better infrastructure It could also bloat savings which could give the administration too much leeway to decide on where the money goes

What businessmen want to hear from Aquino's final SONA

Jul 25, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Business leaders weigh in on what they consider the biggest success and failure of the Aquino administration with less than a year to go before a new leadership steps in

SPELL OUT PLANS. Businessmen would rather hear President Benigno Aquino III’s future plans during his last SONA rather than his achievements. Illustration from Shutterstock

PH's PPP thrust: Work in progress

Jul 18, 2015 - 6:44 PM

UPDATED After 5 years since its kickoff in 2010 did the flagship public private partnership program of President Benigno Aquino III meet expectations?

PPP TRAFFIC JAM. 41-year-old Celina Garcia is just one of the millions Filipino motorists and commuters who find getting around Metro Manila more time-consuming than ever. Illustration by Mara Mercado/Rappler

Aquino gov't fails to meet spending targets by 66%

May 25, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The Aquino administration continues to underspend as the deficit in the previous quarter stands at P33 5B versus the P98 1B target for the period

EU business leaders present ‘wish list’ to PH gov’t

May 12, 2015 - 6:41 PM

The European Union releases its first industry driven advocacy paper addressing specific regulatory issues that hamper a more favorable market environment The Philippine government vows to heed the appeal

The new Phantom 3, Google on spoilers, Apple Watch | SciTech4u

Apr 14, 2015 - 3:00 PM

A fully loaded drone Google s move on spoilers the Apple Watch and more in this week s episode

JFC pushes for swift BOT Law amendments

Feb 21, 2015 - 5:26 PM

Among the amendments the Joint Foreign Chambers is pushing for is the extension of the Swiss challenge

#SmartFREEInternet: Anatomy of a black ops campaign on Twitter

Oct 05, 2014 - 6:38 PM

Interest groups are mobilizing fictitious social media resources at scale to disrupt online conversations How can you spot black ops campaigns?

Gov't to bid out 2 water projects worth $960M in June

Jun 11, 2014 - 5:55 PM

While capital extensive would be investors are highly encouraged to explore possibilities to aid PH water security

INVEST. The government calls for investors to explore possibilities with 2 major water projects for bid out June. Photo from the PPP Center website

Congress eyes tax incentives, BOC reform

Feb 09, 2014 - 2:28 PM

Congressional leaders agreed to work on measures streamlining incentives for investors and bills reforming the Customs bureau

San Miguel, Lamco pay appeal fees for train ticketing system

May 30, 2013 - 6:28 PM

SMC and Lamco pay the non refundable fee of P8 6 million to appeal their disqualification from the project bidding

APPEALS. SMC, Lamco groups file appeals to the DOTC to reconsider their bids for the Automatic Fare Collection System. Photo courtesy of the PPP Center