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Link clicks instead of ‘likes’: brands should value passive engagement, explore...

Passive engagement on social media is just as important as active engagement when it comes to quantifying success, according to Hootsuite, a social media...

‘More power than traditional media’: Facebook, Twitter policies attacked by senators

WASHINGTON — Republican senators on Tuesday attacked the chief executives of Facebook and Twitter for what they called censorship of President Trump and his allies during the US election while Democrats bemoaned the spread of misinformation on social media.

Facebook holds PHL digital summit

SOCIAL media giant Facebook will be holding its first digital summit in the Philippines from Nov. 11 to Dec. 9 on its dedicated summit website.

Twitter, Facebook suspend some accounts as election misinformation spreads

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter, Inc. and Facebook, Inc. on Tuesday suspended several recently created and mostly right-leaning news accounts posting information about voting in the hotly contested US election for violating their policies.

During elections, online social networks are powerful—but so are personal relationships

Social media platforms are highly influential during election campaigns, but online clout doesn’t necessarily translate into real-world results, according to Richard Heydarian, a public educator and academic. 

US lawmakers detail Big Tech’s market abuses and press for strict...

A US House of Representatives panel looking into abuses of market power by four big technology companies found they used “killer acquisitions” to smite rivals, charged exorbitant fees, and forced small businesses into “oppressive” contracts in the name of profit.

Facebook chides Netflix over portrayal in movie on social media

FACEBOOK has hit back at Netflix, accusing the The Social Dilemma documentary released earlier this year on the streaming platform of sensationalism.

Social media abuse drives girls off Facebook, Instagram, Twitter — poll

LONDON — Online abuse is driving girls to quit social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, with nearly 60% experiencing harassment, a global...

Palace accuses Facebook of censoring gov’t

THE PRESIDENTIAL palace on Tuesday accused Facebook of censoring the government after it took down several social media accounts associated with the Philippine military and police.

Duterte blasts Facebook after military, police pages taken down

President Rodrigo R. Duterte criticized Facebook Inc. for taking down accounts supposedly linked to the military and police, and questioned if it should continue...

Facebook removes fake accounts spreading propaganda

FACEBOOK INC. said it detected and removed a small scale network of fake accounts aimed at distributing Chinese propaganda and disinformation across Southeast Asia and the US.

Facebook removes Chinese accounts active in Philippines and US politics

Facebook Inc. said Tuesday it had removed a network of inauthentic Chinese accounts that were interfering in Asian and American politics, including some that...

FTC prepares possible antitrust lawsuit against Facebook, source says

US COMPETITION enforcers are preparing a possible antitrust lawsuit against Facebook Inc., according to a person familiar with the matter.

Facebook launches Messenger Kids in PHL

FACEBOOK has launched Messenger Kids in the Philippines, an app that allows children six to 12 years old to use video chat and messaging features in a parent-controlled environment, to provide children a safer avenue to communicate with their peers during the pandemic.

Facebook sends world a warning with threat to Australian news

Facebook Inc. has flashed a warning to global regulators by taking a hardball stance against Australia’s plan to force it to pay media companies...

Facebook to block news on Australian websites

SYDNEY — Facebook, Inc. on Tuesday said it would stop Australians sharing news content on its platforms if a proposal to make it pay local media outlets for their content becomes law, further escalating tension with the Australian government.

Google, Facebook dump plans for US-Hong Kong undersea cable

Google and Facebook Inc. dropped plans for an undersea cable between the US and Hong Kong after the Trump administration said Beijing might use the link to collect information on Americans.

Facebook blocks group critical of Thai monarchy amid pressure

BANGKOK — Facebook blocked access within Thailand to a group with 1 million members that has criticized the country’s king, but said it was planning a legal challenge to the government’s demand that it block the group.

Facebook employees to work from home until July 2021 due to...

Facebook Inc. will allow employees to work from home until July 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak and will give them $1,000 for home...

Facebook, Twitter pull Trump posts over coronavirus misinformation

Facebook Inc. on Wednesday took down a post by US President Donald J. Trump, which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinformation...

Most small businesses optimistic about growth — Facebook survey

MAJORITY or 64% of small businesses currently operating on the social media platform Facebook said they were optimistic they would grow despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dating app users navigate new norms as real-life meetings return

Kimberly Chao’s first date was canceled after he told her he might have caught the coronavirus. It took three negative tests and multiple video calls before he convinced her to finally meet in person—three months after they started chatting on a dating app.

Four Filipino social communities chosen for Facebook training program

Four Filipino social communities have been selected to be part of a training program by Facebook.

Internet analyst sees permanent tailwind from lengthy lockdowns

Internet companies are likely to be long-term winners from the pandemic as lockdown measures have now lasted long enough for changes in consumer behavior to become permanent, according to Credit Suisse.

Tech firms begin to abandon Hong Kong because of security law

China’s sweeping national security law has forced technology firms to reconsider their presence in Hong Kong. The nimblest among them—the city’s startups—are already moving data and people out or are devising plans to do so.

G20 finance officials eye solution to digital tax row this year

WASHINGTON/BERLIN — Finance officials from the Group of 20 (G20) major economies on Saturday vowed to resolve major differences over taxing big tech companies and reach a broad, consensus-based solution on international taxation this year.

Online transaction complaints rose by almost 90% during lockdown

Consumer complaints involving online transactions rose by 89.99% during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), shared the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Google faces lawsuit over tracking in apps even when users opted...

OAKLAND — Alphabet Inc.’s Google records what people are doing on hundreds of thousands of mobile apps even when they follow the company’s recommended settings for stopping such monitoring, a lawsuit seeking class action status alleged on Tuesday.

The era of free News for Facebook and Google may soon...

Facebook and Google have for years operated like shop windows for news stories, plying their billions of visitors with free snippets and information from articles across the web. An antitrust tussle that’s coming to a head in Australia is set to change that.

Tech companies suspend processing Hong Kong government data requests

Facebook Inc., Google Inc., and Twitter Inc. suspended processing government requests for user data in Hong Kong, they said on Monday, following China’s establishment of a sweeping new national security law for the semi-autonomous city.

It’s Zuckerberg and Facebook’s time to bend

MARK ZUCKERBERG has a problem, and he can fix it.

Facebook’s growing ad exodus means more risks to revenue growth

A growing list of Facebook Inc.’s advertisers is set to halt spending on social media, undermining the company’s sales outlook and putting its stock price under further pressure.

Facebook will label newsworthy posts that break rules, as ad boycott...

Facebook Inc. said on Friday it will start labeling newsworthy content that violates the social media company’s policies, and label all posts and ads about voting with links to authoritative information, including those from politicians.

Facebook says no proof fake Philippine accounts are coordinated

Facebook Inc. said there’s no evidence yet that the proliferation of fake accounts in the Philippines over the weekend was coordinated.

Philippines probes proliferation of fake Facebook accounts after anti-terror law protest

THE Philippines is investigating the proliferation of fake Facebook accounts using the identities of students, journalists, and government officials, which appeared after an anti-terror law protest, the Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra told Reuters on Monday.

Facebook invests $2M in support of Asia-Pacific newsrooms

Communities rely on news outfits to stay safe and informed. Facebook is helping these organizations stay afloat during the pandemic through a $2 million investment.

Digital bayanihan on Facebook in the time of Covid-19

Digital bayanihan, in the time of COVID-19, is being manifested in all forms on Facebook.

Facebook compiles platform-specific tools to fight the COVID-19 infodemic

Stay connected with the latest updates about COVID-19 straight from relevant health organizations while on Facebook’s family of apps.

Filipinos are investing in companies they rely on in quarantine —...

Data from eToro shows that Google, Facebook, and Netflix—companies seeing record usage during the lockdown—are among the most popular investments for Filipinos in March.

Facebook calls for applicants to new Community Accelerator

“Community leaders in the Philippines often tell us that some of the biggest challenges they face are a lack of access, training, and funding. We are excited to continue to invest in and support them through the Community Accelerator.”

Facebook has big plans for APAC, and digital businesses need to...

In the company’s first ever APAC press day, Facebook shared insights on the future of social commerce, why they’re honing in on Asia-Pacific to find their next billion users, and what that means for the small businesses that call their platforms home.

Facebook spurred central banks to study use of digital currencies

TOKYO — The challenge posed by Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency likely prodded major central banks to set up a new group to study the potential for issuing their own digital currencies, a former Bank of Japan executive said on Wednesday.

Facebook highlights its community-building tools in global workshop series

Facebook Community Boost is a global initiative that aims to educate enterprises and organizations on their platform’s tools and learning resources, teaching how to best utilize them for optimal reach and growth.

Facebook open to currency-pegged stablecoins for Libra digital project

WASHINGTON — Facebook, Inc., facing growing skepticism about its digital currency project Libra, on Sunday said the initiative could use cryptocurrencies based on national currencies such as the dollar, instead of the synthetic one it initially proposed.

Over 100 retailers rally with Huawei, offers special warranty program to...

To assure consumers who are interested in Huawei phones, partner retailers and dealers will offer a “Special Warranty Program” for upcoming purchases of any...