Social media

Crazy about Facebook

Nowadays nearly everyone either has a Facebook account or a Twitter account. Many, in fact, have both or even more. Social media has become something that most of the world cannot imagine life without. There are many advantages to using social media. Through social media, information can be obtained at your fingertips and in real-time, awareness of important issues can be spread faster than ever before.

5 July 2019

Selfies: Five times deadlier than shark attacks

Selfies, which have become a global sensation in the last decade or so, have remarkably killed five times more people than shark attacks.And the death toll has crept up incrementally each year as smartphones become more sophisticated and selfie-sticks increase the range at which people can snap themselves, prompting them to take bigger risks for the perfect shot.Between October 2011 and November 2017, at least 259 people died taking selfies around the globe, according to India's Journal

28 June 2019

The Philippines’ fake news busters

In the Philippines – where 76 million Internet users stay online the longest in the world – just a handful of people spend a few hours each day to fight fake news about the upcoming midterm elections.The Commission on Elections has formed a team of 10 government workers to spot and report misleading online posts to Facebook Inc., with whom the poll body has an agreement to quickly take down false information.

6 May 2019

Social media’s all-seeing eye

On 17 January 2001, the Philippines witnessed the Second EDSA Revolution (EDSA II). The EDSA II, also known as the People Power II revolution, was a four-day political protest ending on 20 January 2001, that protest peacefully overthrew the government of Joseph Estrada, the thirteenth President of the Philippines. The main weapon of that revolution? The cell-phone.

7 February 2019

Children and social media

With social media penetration rates among the highest in the world, it should come as no surprise that parents in Southeast Asia are increasingly concerned about their children’s Internet usage. One in three children are Internet users according to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and a fifth of children aged between three and four have their own tablet PCs according to the World Economic Forum (WEF).

3 February 2019

Social media’s journey to Southeast Asia

In March, multiple media outlets broke the news of Cambridge Analytica's business practices. Among some of the things that were reported was that the company had acquired and used personal data about Facebook users from an external researcher who had told Facebook he was collecting it for academic purposes.

11 December 2018

Journalism’s comeback

After years of ill health, the news industry is finally showing signs of a modest recovery. According to the Digital News Report 2018 – the most comprehensive survey of digital media consumption – subscriptions are trending up while consumer confidence has stabilized.

14 September 2018

The dark side of blogging

Social media is big in the Philippines. According to United Kingdom (UK)-based consultancy We Are Social’s Digital 2018 report (which compiles data from various third-party sources), the Philippines topped the world for the third year in a row in terms of social media usage as the average Filipino spends about four hours a day on social media.

1 September 2018

Jokowi’s challenger trails in social media

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s lone challenger in next year’s election, Prabowo Subianto, has a long way to go to catch up with the incumbent’s social media popularity as the candidates seek to seize early campaign momentum.Widodo, known as Jokowi, has 10.2 million followers on his personal Twitter account compared with 3.17 million for Subianto.

14 August 2018

Twitter to predict what you want to see, when it happens

Twitter Inc. will personalize news for users and send them notifications of events, trying to attract a bigger, broader audience with one of its most comprehensive product updates in years.The changes follow several iterations to make the social-media platform less cumbersome for new users, who may find it hard to decide whose opinions to follow and how to engage in conversations. Now, Twitter will predict relevant topics and send breaking-news notifications based on a person’s interests.

14 June 2018

Indonesia takes an important step towards countering terrorism on social media

The launch of Jakarta's new cyber security agency, the National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN) brings Indonesia one step closer to combating the spread of terrorism through online and social media platforms. The new agency will target, among other things, the abuse of social media platforms by terrorist groups to secure much-needed financing as well as to recruit and train members in remote locations.

7 January 2018