PLOS One: Reliance on Facebook for news and its influence on political engagement

PLOS One: Reliance on Facebook for news and its influence on political engagement. “This paper examines the link between reliance on Facebook for news, political knowledge, and political engagement in the Philippines. We tested five hypotheses using data gathered from an online survey of 978 Filipinos conducted from February 1 to March 31, 2016. Findings support the hypothesis that those who rely less on social media as a news source exhibit higher levels of perceived knowledge about politics than those who rely more on it for news.”

‘Seeded in social media’: Jailed Philippine journalist says Facebook is partly responsible for her predicament (Washington Post)

Washington Post: ‘Seeded in social media’: Jailed Philippine journalist says Facebook is partly responsible for her predicament. “The arrest this month of Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, which experts say is a retaliatory move for exposing violence-inciting fake accounts on Facebook linked to President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, raises the question of the company’s culpability for her dangerous predicament.”

Understanding Violent Extremism: Messaging and Recruitment Strategies on Social Media in the Philippines (ReliefWeb)

ReliefWeb: Understanding Violent Extremism: Messaging and Recruitment Strategies on Social Media in the Philippines. “The first news that militants had taken to the streets of the Islamic City of Marawi on May 23, 2017, came from Facebook. Pictures of masked men carrying assault rifles and waving the black flag of the Islamic State were swirling across social media well before Philippine and international news channels picked up the story. By the time the military and the media had begun to respond, Marawi’s residents were already streaming out of the city by the tens of thousands to seek refuge from the violence. The fact that news of the siege spread first on Facebook isn’t surprising. Over 60 million Filipinos have access to the internet; of those, 97 percent are on Facebook. For many, Facebook is the internet, a circumstance encouraged by local telecoms that offer free access to the social media site without the need for a paid data plan.”

Gulf News Asia: Philippine passport maker ‘runs away’ with data of applicants

Gulf News Asia: Philippine passport maker ‘runs away’ with data of applicants. “If you’re a Filipino applying to renew your Philippine passport, authorities may require you to bring your original birth certificate. The reason: the previous outsourced ‘passport maker’ contracted by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila ‘took away’ all the applicants’ data, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said.”

Neowin: Facebook’s ban hammer hits marketing firm in the Philippines for inauthentic behavior

Neowin: Facebook’s ban hammer hits marketing firm in the Philippines for inauthentic behavior . “Over the past year, Facebook has swung its ban hammer against plenty of organizations across the world for violating its policies. These groups include fake news outlets in Bangladesh, Myanmar’s top military chief, and bogus pages in Brazil. Today, the social media company enforced the same action against a digital marketing company in the Philippines accused of orchestrating inauthentic activities and using fake accounts.”

Politiko: KWF to create digital archive for Philippine languages

Politiko: KWF to create digital archive for Philippine languages. “The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) is set to develop a digital archive of Philippine languages. ‘Archiving is among our efforts to help preserve languages nationwide,’ KWF Sangay ng Literatura at Araling Kultural Officer-in-Charge Lourdes Hinampas said on Monday. The agency, tasked to promote Philippine languages, held a seminar-workshop on language archiving in Quezon City.”