Marcos Jr. benefited from Facebook – study

The Marcos network painstakingly seeded disinformation and reshaped the narrative surrounding the Marcos on Facebook over the years prior to build ‘an entire fortress of Marcos supporters’ MANILA, Philippines – From 2014 to 2022, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the son of the late dictator and the presumptive president of the Philippines, astutely made use of … Read more

Meta shares surge after Facebook ekes out user growth

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company would scale back costs and invest in artificial intelligence tools to improve recommendations and ads Facebook rebounded from a drop in users early this year and its parent Meta posted a profit ahead of Wall Street targets, defying low investor expectations with a quarterly report that sent shares … Read more

Non-political Facebook pages used for election disinformation – study

MANILA, Philippines – A new study found that non-political Facebook pages in the Philippines participated in election discourse by sharing content from partisan sources and cascading posts about political candidates. They were also found to be engaged in disinformation and the spread of disguised propaganda. The study, entitled “Cloaked Politics: The political involvement of non-political … Read more

Facebook owner Meta tackles inauthentic behavior, ad transparency ahead of 2022 polls

MANILA, Philippines – Meta Platforms, parent company of Facebook, announced on Thursday, April 7, their plans to protect their platforms for the upcoming 2022 Philippine elections. Facebook remains the most popular social media platform in the Philippines, with 83.85 million users as of early 2022, according to We Are Social. Meta has dedicated a multidisciplinary … Read more

400-account Facebook network amplifying content on PH DDoS attacks taken down

‘The people behind this activity claim to be hacktivists that relied primarily on authentic and duplicate accounts to host and amplify content about distributed denial of service or DDoS attacks,’ Meta says MANILA, Philippines – Facebook owner Meta on Thursday, April 7, announced it had taken down a network of 400 accounts, pages and groups … Read more

Facebook page alleging Smartmatic breach, fraud becomes inaccessible

MANILA, Philippines – The Facebook page called XSOX Group (www.facebook.com/xsoxgroup), which has been posting screenshots and videos alleging electoral fraud by automated elections system provider Smartmatic and the COMELEC, is inaccessible as early as Wednesday, March 23. It is unclear what day or time the page went down, but another page also called XSOX Group … Read more

Facebook owner defends policy on calls for violence that angered Russia

LONDON, United Kingdom – Facebook owner Meta Platforms said on Friday, March 11, that a temporary change in its content policy, only for Ukraine, was needed to let users voice opposition to Russia’s attack, as Russia opened a criminal case after the company said it would allow posts such as “death to the Russian invaders.” … Read more

Facebook threat against Robredo sparks outrage in Negros Occidental

Negros Occidental Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, a Marcos supporter, warning followers of the presidential aspirant against hurling threats or doing any harmful act against Vice President Leni Robredo and her followers BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – A Facebook user who threatened Vice President and presidential candidate Leni Robredo on the eve of her Friday, March 11, … Read more