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Slew of white nationalist Twitter accounts suspended

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:56 AM

The move comes days after release of a report by nonprofit Global Project Against Hate and Extremism saying propaganda pushed by white supremacist network Generation Identity is 'rampant' on Twitter and YouTube

TWITTER. In this file photo illustration, a Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile phone on May 27, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Twitter shares take wing on plan for subscription platform

Jul 09, 2020 - 8:49 AM

A Twitter job posting says the company is looking for a senior software engineer to lead payment and subscription work as part of a new 'Gryphon' team

TWITTER. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019 the Twitter logo is seen on a phone in in Washington, DC. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

[OPINYON] Comments section, vicious sub-platform

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Ang comments section ay tuntungan din ng mga tao upang magpahayag ng kanilang ideya na dati’y eksklusibo lang sa mga letter-to-the-editor section ng pahayagan

Facebook, Google, Twitter pause user info requests from Hong Kong govt

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:54 AM

'With the stakes so high, and the punishments so severe, it is great news to see big tech companies like WhatsApp pushing back in favor of democracy and freedom of expression,' says digital rights group ProPrivacy

HONG KONG. In this file photo, demonstrators in Hong Kong on June 9, 2020 mark the one year anniversary of the start of the pro-democracy protests. Shutterstock photo

Brazil's Senate approves controversial bill against disinformation

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:58 AM

One of the bill's most controversial articles will require social media platforms to make supposedly confidential messages available to the judiciary for 3 months, including the identity of senders

Trump tweets – then deletes – video of fan yelling 'white power'

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:42 AM

The phrase 'white power' is considered synonymous with a call for white supremacism. The phrase has been espoused by neo-Nazis, skinheads, and Ku Klux Klan members.

Trump file photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

LIST: Companies boycotting Facebook, supporting #StopHateForProfit

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:53 PM

(UPDATED) Here's a list of some of the major advertisers which have paused spending on ads on Facebook or other social media platforms

Unilever pulls Facebook, Twitter ads in US over 'polarized' election

Jun 27, 2020 - 9:28 AM

Unilever, whose brands also include Dove soap, Magnum ice cream, Lipton tea, and Knorr, is a major advertiser on social media in the United States

UNILEVER. This file photograph taken on June 5, 2015, shows the logo of Unilever at the company headquarters in Rotterdam. File photo by Jon Thys/AFP

Twitter hides 'abusive' Trump tweet targeting protestors

Jun 24, 2020 - 7:59 AM

The new, aggressive stand by Twitter on rule-breaking by the president stands in contrast with Facebook, which has maintained a largely hands-off policy

Twitter launches 'voice Tweets'

Jun 18, 2020 - 10:52 AM

Tapping on a 'wavelength' icon will lead to a record button to speak tweets which will be posted as audio files to be clicked on. The feature will first come to iOS devices

U.S. senators unveil bill to limit Big Tech legal protections

Jun 18, 2020 - 10:43 AM

Four Republican senators introduce a bill that would revise 'Section 230' legal protection mechanism that shields online services from liabilities arising from content posted by users

SOCIAL MEDIA. This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows apps for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks on a smartphone in New Delhi. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

Lea Salonga trends on Twitter as fans rally behind her

Jun 16, 2020 - 8:31 PM

Lea expresses her frustration with unspecified events in the Philippines

Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright stand with Maria Ressa

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:27 AM

'We must fiercely protest attacks on the press. They are attacks on democracy,' says former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton

POWER. Former US Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton (L) and Madeleine Albright listen to a speaker after Clinton received the 2013 Lantos Human Rights Prize during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on December 6, 2013. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Twitter expresses support for Maria Ressa, press freedom

Jun 16, 2020 - 12:18 AM

'Governments should not impinge on the fundamental values of a free press,' says Twitter

[OPINION] Hashtags, trending topics, and the death of Michelle Silvertino

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:30 AM

'What was it like to wait 5 days for a bus? What happened in between? What was she thinking? How did she feel?'

Twitter deletes Chinese 'state-linked' disinformation network

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:51 PM

Twitter says it had dismantled 'state-linked' networks run by a 'highly engaged core' of 23,750 accounts and boosted by a further 150,000 'amplifier' accounts

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Twitter removes China, Russia, and Turkey 'state-linked' accounts

Jun 12, 2020 - 6:31 AM

By far the biggest network uncovered was linked to China, Twitter says, comprised of a 'highly engaged core' of 23,750 accounts that was boosted by a further 150,000 'amplifier' accounts

Twitter testing feature that asks users to read article before retweeting it

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:38 AM

Twitter says it would be testing the feature on its Android application 'to help promote informed discussion'

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EU backs Twitter in Trump fact-check row

Jun 10, 2020 - 7:47 PM

The European Commission's top official on countering disinformation praises Twitter for tagging two claims made by Trump last month about postal ballots in US elections

Twitter confirms it's working on verification system's return

Jun 09, 2020 - 6:53 PM

Twitter confirms a screenshot showing the work on a revamped system, but does not give further details on a date for a public launch

[OPINION] The problem with cancel culture, virtue signaling, and everything in between

Jun 08, 2020 - 2:26 PM

'If we only limit ourselves to half the conversation, the revolution will only be half-finished'

Twitter not ruling out suspending Trump's account

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:23 AM

Trump's account can be suspended if he doesn't start behaving according to the platform's content policies. The US president's account is now under the same review process as Twitter has for all other verified public figures.

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on April 27, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Facebook employees speak out against company's refusal to police Trump's posts

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:20 AM

'Mark is wrong, and I will endeavor in the loudest possible way to change his mind,' tweets Ryan Freitas, the design director of Facebook's News Feed

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks on before to deliver his speech during the VivaTech (Viva Technology) trade fair in Paris, on May 24, 2018. Photo by Gerard Julien/AFP

Trending hashtag filled with misinformation on Washington protests

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:06 AM

Twitter says it is 'actively investigating' the #dcblackout hashtag, and has 'suspended hundreds of spammy accounts' under its platform manipulation policy

TWITTER. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019 the Twitter logo is seen on a phone in this photo illustration in Washington, DC. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

White House dares Twitter in war over Trump tweets

May 29, 2020 - 11:36 PM

The tit-for-tat marks a new escalation in the row between Twitter and Donald Trump, who has more than 80 million followers and uses tweets daily to announce policies, attack opponents, and comment on breaking news

Hacking away at PLDT's goodwill

May 29, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Both the hackers of PLDT and the company itself should consider what they've done to get to this point

Twitter conceals Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence'

May 29, 2020 - 4:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Twitter says it is placing a 'public interest notice' on a Trump message about protests in Minneapolis over the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of the police

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the Oval Office about the widening Coronavirus crisis on March 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. File photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

PLDT: No record of data being downloaded from company's support account

May 29, 2020 - 1:37 PM

While hackers could have hypothetically grabbed data from PLDT's support Twitter account, the company says there's no record of customer data being downloaded from it

Trump signs order targeting social media after tweets flagged

May 28, 2020 - 8:17 PM

(UPDATED) If enforced, the action would upend decades of precedent and treat internet platforms as 'publishers' potentially liable for user-generated content

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn upon his return to the White House in Washington, DC on May 27, 2020. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

PLDT support Twitter account hacked

May 28, 2020 - 1:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) PLDT says it's recovered the PLDT_Cares Twitter account

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Trump threatens to 'close down' social media after tweets tagged

May 27, 2020 - 8:19 PM

(UPDATED) 'Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen,' Donald Trump says in a tweet.

SOCIAL MEDIA. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Romania's President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on August 20, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Twitter calls Trump tweets 'unsubstantiated' for the first time

May 27, 2020 - 8:01 AM

Trump tweets a conspiracy theory accusing one of his media critics of murder, prompting an agonized letter from the victim's wife and calls for the company to block the Republican leader's 'vicious lie'

UNSUBSTANTIATED. US President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable at the White House on December 9, 2019 in Washington,DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Child sex abuse material now peddled for as low as P100 on Twitter

May 21, 2020 - 5:03 PM

(UPDATED) PART 2 | EXCLUSIVE: Child sexual abuse has gone from the obscurity of the dark web into free and widely-used social media platforms

Twitter testing feature that lets users control who can reply to their tweet

May 21, 2020 - 12:56 PM

Twitter's in-testing feature will allow users to choose who can reply to a tweet. You can choose to allow everyone to reply, only have people you follow reply, or only people you mention reply

Alter Twitter’s awful side: Leaked private sex videos for sale

May 20, 2020 - 9:34 PM

(UPDATED) PART 1 | EXCLUSIVE: Victims are left helpless while their private videos are spread online and sold by anonymous Twitter accounts patronized by thousands of followers

[OPINION] Taking advantage of the 'Twitter University major' during the pandemic

May 20, 2020 - 2:26 PM

'If we can leverage this Twitter University right, it can be a great platform to learn from amazing professors, scientists, and experts for free; receive accurate information in an instant, and voice our concerns'

Twitter says many employees may work remotely 'forever'

May 13, 2020 - 8:32 AM

Twitter says it will continue its telework policy indefinitely as part of a move towards a decentralized, 'distributed workforce'

TWITTER. In this file photo taken on August 13, 2019 employees walk past a lighted Twitter log as they leave the company's headquarters in San Francisco. Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

Twitter to label 'misleading' coronavirus content

May 12, 2020 - 9:45 AM

'Warning labels' will be added for misleading statements or assertions that have been confirmed to be false or inaccurate by public health authorities

TWITTER. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019 the Twitter logo is seen on a phone in in Washington, DC. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

[OPINION] PCOO blocks Gang Badoy on Twitter – that’s unconstitutional

May 11, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Just like in the United States, the Philippine government’s act of blocking citizens from its social media accounts violate fundamental rights

Twitter swings to loss as pandemic hits advertising

Apr 30, 2020 - 8:04 PM

(UPDATED) In its quarterly update on Thursday, April 30, Twitter posts an $8 million loss while revenues edged up 3% to $808 million and its user base increased 24%

TWITTER. Twitter branding is displayed ahead of the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 5, 2020. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Twitter offers data to researchers studying virus

Apr 30, 2020 - 9:04 AM

'Public conversation can help the world learn faster, solve problems better and realize we're all in this together,' Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says

JACK DORSEY. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

TIMELINE: The Ethel Booba Twitter account that is apparently not Ethel Booba’s

Apr 10, 2020 - 3:58 PM

What in the world is happening?

ETHEL BOOBA. The comedian known for her social commentary on Twitter disowns her account on the platform, saying it is fake. Screenshots from and

Twitter suspends accounts defending Duterte's pandemic response

Apr 10, 2020 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) Twitter says the accounts violate its policies against platform manipulation and spamming

Ethel Booba disowns controversial Twitter account

Apr 10, 2020 - 11:13 AM

As of posting, the Twitter account with the handle @iamethylgabison is no longer accessible

Twitter's Jack Dorsey pledges $1B for coronavirus relief effort

Apr 08, 2020 - 11:27 AM

The contribution is about 28% of his overall personal wealth

DORSEY. Twitter co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey said April 7, 2020 he was committing $1 billion of his personal fortune to coronavirus relief through his philanthropic fund. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Twitter deletes Egypt, Saudi accounts over 'pro-govt direction'

Apr 03, 2020 - 4:06 PM

Twitter removes thousands of accounts in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Honduras, Indonesia, and Serbia which allegedly took direction from governments or pushed pro-government content

Twitter removes 2 Bolsonaro tweets questioning virus quarantine

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:48 AM

Twitter says it had recently expanded its global rules on managing content that contradicted public health information from official sources and could put people at greater risk of transmitting the coronavirus

BOLSONARO. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on March 20, 2020. Photo by Sergio Lima/AFP

Why is 'Thank you coronavirus' trending on Twitter?

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:09 PM

The Department of Transportation takes down its post which thanks the coronavirus, apologizing to the public over the post that was supposed to 'provide an enlightening and awakening narrative into this pandemic'

[OPINYON | Wikapedia] COVID bilang Coronavirus #DionaTweet

Mar 21, 2020 - 7:31 PM

Gamit ang hashtag na #DionaTweet, mag-tweet ng diona – katutubong tulang may 3 linya, na ang bawat linyang magkakatugma ay may 7 pantig – tungkol sa coronavirus, quarantine, at lockdown