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    📱|Google launches earthquake alerts system in Phi…

    Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) – June 18, 2021 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Technology company Google has launched in the Philippines its earthquake alerts system feature using Android mobile devices. Google Philippines country director Bernadette Nacario said the system, which uses accelerometers in active Android smartphones to detect seismic activities, is part of their mission to bring helpful products and services to Filipinos. “Our country, being located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, is prone to natural calamities and this update will play an important role in disaster preparedness…

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    👍|Facebook tags government media organizations as…

    MANILA, Philippines — Government media organizations are being labeled as “state-controlled media” on social media platforms Facebook and Instagram. Started in the United States last year, the social media company recently rolled out the policy in other countries, including the Philippines. The Facebook pages of Philippine government organizations such as PTV, IBC TV 13, Radyo Pilipinas, Philippine News Agency and Radio Television Malacañang now have the label “Philippines state-controlled media” in their posts. “Facebook has designated this (gov’t) publisher because it believes that it may be…

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    👍|Facebook working on smartwatch

    (Philstar.com) – June 10, 2021 – 9:40am SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Facebook on Wednesday confirmed it is working on a smartwatch that might one day connect with augmented reality glasses being developed by the leading social network. Facebook Reality Labs is investing in ways to make AR glasses more useful, unit head Andrew “Boz” Bosworth said in a tweet responding to a Verge report that the social network is aiming to unveil a smartwatch next year. Smartwatch features will include cameras, and it will integrate with Facebook apps such as image-centric social network Instagram, according t…

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    👍|Graduation will be through Facebook and Zoom ag…

    Christian Deiparine (Philstar.com) – May 25, 2021 – 2:47pm MANILA, Philippines —In-person graduation rites are still prohibited due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Department of Education said as the first year of learning during the pandemic nears its end. This will be the second time since the pandemic began that end-of-school-year ceremonies will not be held in person. Classes have been done online or through learning modules while schools remained closed. Secretary Leonor Briones in a May 24 memorandum said schools could instead opt for a virtual ceremony between July 12 to 16. The extended …

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    👍|Politicians advertise on Facebook as 2022 campa…

    (PCIJ) Potential candidates have started advertising on Facebook more than a year before the May 2022 elections, spending several thousand to a few million pesos since August 2020, data from the social media platform showed. A significant shift to online campaigning is expected during the 2022 elections, especially with mobility restrictions imposed during the pandemic, although in-person activities will remain a staple of the campaign, according to Eric Alvia, secretary-general of poll watchdog National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel). “[Fewer] people now read newspapers, and …

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    👍|‘Only Duterte can curse’: Palace says Locsin so…

    MANILA, Philippines (Updated 5:48 p.m.) — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has apologized for swearing at China on his Twitter account amid tensions over the West Philippine Sea, Malacañang said Tuesday. Locsin, who posts freely and often on the social networking site, the day before told China to “get the fuck out” of Philippine waters. “Usual suave diplomatic speak gets nothing done,” he also said then, in defense of his remarks. “Before the press briefing, I spoke with Secretary Locsin and he informed me that he personally apologized to the Chinese ambassador and that the words …

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    👍|‘Essential si lugaw’: Netizens react to viral v…

    MANILA, Philippines — “Is lugaw essential or non-essential?” This is the question that currently preoccupies netizens after the video of a Grab driver being apprehended for delivering lugaw (hot rice porridge) went viral on March 31. The hashtag #lugaw trended on the 6th spot of Twitter Philippines trending list at around 6 p.m. on March 31. The incidentA certain Marvin Ignacio went live on his Facebook on the wee hours of Wednesday. His live video ran for 35 minutes and 32 seconds. After several hours, it was spliced into shorter versions by different netizens, among them was by a Facebook us…

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    👍|Ellen Adarna, Derek Ramsay engaged a month afte…

    Kathleen A. Llemit (Philstar.com) – March 30, 2021 – 9:04pm MANILA, Philippines — Celebrity couple Derek Ramsay and Ellen Adarna are now engaged! A month since announcing their relationship, Ellen took to her Instagram account to announce the good news. “Game over,” the actress wrote on March 30 while showing the giant sparkler on her hand. It came with a photo of her left hand with a ring plastered on Derek’s face. She also tagged Derek’s Instagram, which is set into private mode. Other photos showed the couple crying during the proposal, wherein Ellen was surprised with a giant neon light th…

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    👍|Senator urges Facebook, Twitter to crack down o…

    (Philstar.com) – March 3, 2021 – 11:09am MANILA, Philippines (Updated 11:53 a.m.) — Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday called on Facebook and Twitter to take action against the criminal activities perpetrated on their platforms, citing in specific the online exploitation of women and children. “It’s not just fake news that easily spreads on social media but also the abuse of our youth and women,” Hontiveros, who chairs the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations, and Gender Equality, said in Filipino. “Social media platforms that still are not able to address this growing problem …

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    👍|Facebook scored for skipping Senate hearing on …

    (Philstar.com) – March 2, 2021 – 7:03pm MANILA, Philippines — Senators on Tuesday criticized social media giant Facebook for failing to send a representative to a hearing on proposed measures against the abuse and exploitation of women and children online. “These abuses are happening in plain sight for lack of a better term in these social media accounts. They’re making money out of these activities and they could have at least sent a representative during our hearing,” Sen. Francis Pangilinan said partially in Filipino. “The least they could have done is appear here before the committee and e…

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    👍|Facebook is not…

    CTALK – Cito Beltran (The Philippine Star) – February 17, 2021 – 12:00am As a lecturer at the Development Academy of the Philippines, I made it a point to remind the hundreds of government executives who underwent our Media and Communications module not to rely on Facebook or any other form of social media when promoting their offices, programs or services. Many people in business and especially in government innocently and ignorantly think that when they use social media, the whole country or at least people who have a need from government will search or go to their Facebook account or websit…

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    👍|DSWD: Babies for adoption on Facebook

    Rainier Allan Ronda (The Philippine Star) – February 8, 2021 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is working with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and law enforcement agencies 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 – 3:13pm 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 – 5:18pm 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 – 12:00am 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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    👍|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 effortsJanvic Mateo(The Philippine Star) – November 21, 2020 – 12:00amMANILA, 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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    👍|Twitter launches disappearing tweets

    Twitter launches disappearing tweetsJanvic Mateo(The Philippine Star) – November 19, 2020 – 12:00amMANILA, Philippines — Social media platform Twitter has launched a new feature called “Fleets” that allows users to post messages that disappear after 24 hours.Twitter said the new feature, which is similar to Facebook and Instagram Stories, aims to lower the pressure for people to join in conversations due to the more permanent nature of regular tweets.“Fleets are for sharing momentary thoughts – they help start conversations and only stick around for 24 hours,” Twitter design director Joshua Ha…

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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 – 12:00amMANILA, 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 – 12:00amMANILA, 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 – 4:29pmMANILA, 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 – 1:17pmMANILA, 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 accountsEmmanuel Tupas(The Philippine Star) – October 1, 2020 – 12:00amMANILA, 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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    👍|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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    👍|Giannis Antetokounmpo Instagram unfollow spree …

    Giannis Antetokounmpo Instagram unfollow spree sparks trade speculationsLuisa Morales(Philstar.com) – September 13, 2020 – 3:34pmMANILA, Philippines — Just days after the Milwaukee Bucks were ousted from the NBA playoffs, speculations regarding Giannis Antetokounmpo’s future with the team is already in question.Although Antetokounmpo denied requesting for a trade in the offseason, fans are beginning to suspect after social media events during the weekend.The reigning MVP went on an unfollow spree on social media application Instagram, where he allegedly unfollowed all of his teammates, excludi…

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    👍|Task force creates Facebook page for complaints…

    Task force creates Facebook page for complaints on quarantine violationsFranco Luna(Philstar.com) – September 13, 2020 – 10:37amMANILA, 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…