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    👍 | DSWD: Babies for adoption on Facebook

    Rainier Allan Ronda (The Philippine Star) – February 8, 2021 – 12:00 am MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is working with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and law enforcement investigation to track down groups behind 48 fake Facebook accounts that claim to facilitate illegal online adoption. In an online forum on legal adoption organized by the DSWD last Saturday as part of Adoption Consciousness Week, Wilma Naviamos of the department's Program Management Bureau said they have already monitored and tracked down the fake Facebook accounts. “DSWD h…

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    📱 | Samsung caught using iPhone to promote own event

    Ratziel San Juan (Philstar.com) – January 15, 2021 – 3:13 pm MANILA, Philippines — South Korean tech company Samsung was caught dead using a product of its American rival Apple to promote its much-anticipated Galaxy Unpacked event. On social media platform Twitter, Samsung Mobile US posted a seemingly harmless promotional tweet which reads: “With #SamsungUnpacked drawing closer, we're working hard to bring you some exciting news. Which field of innovation and advancement are you hoping to see us reveal?” The annual Galaxy Unpacked event sees the electronics giant revealing much-awaited offering…

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    👍 | UST journalism prof calls out Facebook page for…

    UST journalism prof calls out Facebook page for red-tagging blind item (Philstar.com) – December 30, 2020 – 5:18 pm MANILA, Philippines — A journalism professor at the University of Santo Tomas on Thursday called a right-wing Facebook page out for red-tagging him through a blind item post. The Right Thomasian, a Facebook page with over 6,413 likes as of this writing, on Monday threatened to expose a “Bulatlat former EIC and now AB Journalism faculty member” whom it said is a recruiter for communist rebels. Replying to a comment on the same post, the page's administrator seemingly confirmed that…

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    👍 | Facebook bans ads selling COVID-19 vaccine

    Facebook bans ads selling COVID-19 vaccine Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) – December 30, 2020 – 12:00 am MANILA, Philippines — Even with emergency use authorization (EAU) issued by several governments, advertisements that will attempt to sell vaccines for the coronavirus disease will remain prohibited on social media platform Facebook. In its latest ad policy rolled out this month, Facebook said it prohibits content that tries to exploit the pandemic for commercial gain. “Ads or organic posts that promote the sale of a COVID-19 vaccine, such as attempts to sell COVID-19 vaccine kits or expe…

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    📱 | Pinoys' top Google search in 2020? It's US elec…

    Pinoys' top Google search in 2020? It's US elections MANILA, Philippines — Considering its widespread impact on the lives of most people, the coronavirus pandemic may have been the most significant event that happened this year. But for Filipinos using online search engine Google, It was the United States presidential elections that saw the defeat of reelectionist President Donald Trump that piqued their interest the most. The annual Year In Search of the technology company released this week showed that “US election 2020” was the most search query among Filipinos in 2020. “Coronavirus” was on…

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    👍 | Robredo warns of fake Facebook account scheduling a…

    Robredo warns of fake Facebook account scheduling as daughter Tricia (Philstar.com) – November 28, 2020 – 11:22 amMANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo warned Friday of a fake Facebook account impersonating her daughter Tricia and is supposedly sending rude messages to supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte.Robredo, who has repeatedly been the subject of false information being peddled online, told netizens to be wary of the fake account which she said is “obviously being promoted by sick minds.” Someone is pretending to be Tricia and has been sending hate messages. Ginaya niya pati mga…

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    👍 | Philippines wants over 1,100 Facebook accounts…

    Philippines wants over 1,100 Facebook accounts'preserved'MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government has requested Facebook to preserve information on some 1,100 accounts pending receipt of a formal legal process, a new report by the social media company showed.From January to June this year , Facebook said it has received 131 preservation requests from the Philippine government covering 1,100 accounts, an increase of over 400 percent from the 267 accounts requested to be preserved last year. “We accept government requests to preserve account information pending receipt of formal legal proc…

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    📱 | Google activates typhoon relief efforts

    Google activates typhoon relief efforts Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) – November 21, 2020 – 12:00 amMANILA, Philippines — Technology company Google has set in motion its crisis response efforts to help communities in the Philippines affected by Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses.Google said it has collaborated with Dashboard Philippines, a non-profit public service initiative, to organize data on evacuation centers and various drives. Google provided Dashboard Philippines with support to run its public service web app at virtually no cost to both the developers and the public.As part of the ongoing r…

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    👍 | Facebook activates crisis response for Rolly, U…

    Facebook activates crisis response for Rolly, UlyssesJanvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) – November 15, 2020 – 12:00 amMANILA, Philippines — Social media company Facebook has activated its crisis response pages to provide support and assistance to those affected by the typhoons that recently hit the country.The pages allow Facebook users to mark themselves as safe and donate to local relief efforts through international nonprofit, GlobalGiving.It also allows users to offer or request help in the aftermath of a disaster, such as requesting or offering shelter, food, water, transportation and volun…

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    👍 | Facebook disables'poser' accounts using Cascol…

    Facebook disables'poser' accounts using Cascolan's nameNeil Jayson Servallos (The Philippine Star) – October 12, 2020 – 12:00 amMANILA, Philippines — Social networking giant Facebook has disabled three “poser” accounts illegally using the identity of Philippine National Police chief Gen. Camilo Cascolan to scam people online, the PNP reported yesterday.Investigators from the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) traced the poser accounts to several cases of online swindling and estafa, mostly solicitation of funds from unsuspecting victims purportedly for social welfare and humanitarian projects. Four sus…

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    👍 | Lee Min Ho is first Korean star to have 20M Fac…

    Lee Min Ho is first Korean star to have 20M Facebook, Instagram followersJan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) – October 7, 2020 – 4:29 pmMANILA, Philippines — Actor Lee Min Ho became the first Korean celebrity to hit 20 million followers on both Facebook and Instagram.MYM Entertainment, Lee's agency, posted a photo last month when the actor reached 20 million followers on Facebook. Last October 4, the actor's Instagram account also hit 20 million followers. The actor has also 28.63 million followers on Weibo while he has 3 million followers on Twitter. In total, Lee has 72 million followers in his diff…

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    👍 | Janine Berdin reacts to comment about alleged n…

    Janine Berdin reacts to comment about alleged nose jobJan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) – October 7, 2020 – 1:17 pmMANILA, Philippines — Kapamilya singer Janine Berdin reactivated her official Twitter account in reaction to a poser account.In her Instagram story, Janine posted a screenshot of the fake account.Janine reacts to a poser account as seen in her Instagram story today (left) and to a comment about her alleged nose lift on the comments section of an Instagram post.Janine Berdin via Instagram, screenshots “Ha sino ka, ”Janine wrote.In another IG story, Janine called her fans to report the fa…

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    👍 | PNP asks Facebook for list of fake accounts

    PNP asks Facebook for list of fake accounts Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star) – October 1, 2020 – 12:00 amMANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police has asked Facebook for a list of fake accounts supposedly managed by the PNP, which the social media giant took down for alleged coordinated activities to mislead the public. PNP spokesman Col. Ysmael Yu said yesterday the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) and the Information Technology Management Service (ITMS) have coordinated with Facebook for the list of fake accounts so they could conduct their own probe. “We are still waiting for feedback…

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    👍 | Duterte warns Facebook over pages taken down fo…

    Duterte warns Facebook over pages taken down for'coordinated inauthentic behavior' (Philstar.com) – September 29, 2020 – 12:02 amMANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte slammed social media network Facebook for taking down social media pages linked to security forces and even threatened to stop the operations of the social media giant in the country. “Facebook, listen to me. We allow you to operate here hoping you could help us also. Now if the government cannot espouse or advocate something which is for the good of the good of the people then what is your purpose here in my country? ”Duterte said i…

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    👍 | PNP disavows accounts Facebook took down for'c…

    PNP disavows accounts Facebook took down for'coordinated inauthentic behavior'MANILA, Philippines — Allegations by social media giant Facebook linking the national police to inauthentic accounts posting pro-government content branding administration critics as communist rebels are an “unofficial and unauthorized” opinion that the police “disown,” the agency said Wednesday. This comes after social networking site Facebook announced that it had taken down a network of accounts, pages and groups from its platform for violating its rules on coordinated inauthentic behavior on behalf of a foreign o…

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    👍 | Facebook takes down Chinese, Philippine network…

    Facebook takes down Chinese, Philippine networks due to'coordinated inauthentic behavior'MANILA, Philippines — Facebook on Tuesday announced that it removed two networks of accounts, pages and groups from its platform for violating its rules on coordinated inauthentic behavior on behalf of a foreign or government entity. Facebook's Head of Security Policy Nathaniel Gleicher in a blog post said one of these networks originated in China and the other in the Philippines. The social media company added that it was able to link those behind the Philippine network to the military and the police. “In…

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    👍 | Task force creates Facebook page for complaints…

    Task force creates Facebook page for complaints on quarantine violations Franco Luna (Philstar.com) – September 13, 2020 – 10:37 amMANILA, Philippines — The quarantine enforcement arm of the coronavirus task force has created a Facebook channel to “facilitate” complaints from users as it moves to monitor social media for quarantine violations amid the coronavirus pandemic.The task force, which has already used “observations from social media” to justify its push for stricter enforcement in the past, first announced its intent to monitor social media earlier in September , adding that any content g…

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    👍 | Why Viber decided to cut all business ties to…

    Why Viber decided to cut all business ties to FacebookThrough my years as CEO at Rakuten Viber, I've tried to steer one of the largest messaging apps in the world in a direction that prioritizes what is best for our users worldwide. When I joined the company in January 2017, we underwent the mission of advocating for the privacy and security of our users, and building a messaging application that has all the features that empower people to communicate with ease, and do so in the most secure way possible.That's why Viber has joined the growing number of companies that are cutting business ties…

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    📱 | Google provides P12.5 million for distance lea…

    Google provides P12.5 million for distance learningMANILA, Philippines — Technology giant Google will provide $ 250,000, or an estimated P12.5 million, to support the shift to distance learning in the Philippines.The grant is part of The Distance Learning Fund initiative of Google .org, the philanthropic arm of the technology company, which seeks to help several countries design a transition plan for remote learning.For the Philippines, Google.org selected the project of the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AICJ) and INCO Education Accelerator , which will implement a capacity bui…