Facebook overhauls messaging as it pivots to privacy

Robie de Guzman   •   May 1, 2019   •   1250

Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has revealed a series of changes to the firm’s portfolio of social platforms, including Instagram and Whatsapp.

The new designs and features for its apps are a direct response to widespread criticism of how the firm protects user data.

Zuckerberg said the company plans to put privacy first.

He acknowledged that there was much to do to rebuild trust.

In a speech to developers, Zuckerberg described the firm’s new focus on privacy as “a major shift” in how the company is run.

“As the world gets bigger and more connected, we need that sense of intimacy more than ever, so that’s why I believe that the future is private. This is the next chapter for our services,” Zuckerberg said.

Some of the more visible changes to those who use the firm’s products will include:

Messages sent via messenger will be end-to-end encrypted by default, meaning Facebook itself won’t see the contents, and the platform will be fully integrated with Whatsapp.

Instagram is trialing a “private like counts” feature which would hide the “likes” a post attracts from viewers, but not the account owner.

A whatsapp secure payment service trialled in India is set to be rolled out to other countries later this year.

“It’s going to take time, I’m sure we are going to keep unearthing old issues for a while, so it may feel like we are not making progress at first but I think that we have shown time and time again as a company that we can do what it takes to evolve and build the products that people want,” Zuckerberg said.

Other Facebook executives introduced changes within the Messenger and Instagram apps aimed at helping businesses connect with customers, including appointment booking and enhanced shopping features, as well as a tool to lure customers into direct conversations with companies via ads. (REUTERS)

Istorya: A superhero story of a boy who wants to save his dad

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 16, 2019

Unlike most of the kids his age, Lance Abarquez is not used to playing.

While 12-year-olds like him would run around or play ball, Lance would prefer selling tinapa or smoked fish.

At the tender age of 12, Lance is doing everything he can to succeed in life.

“Hindi po ako sanay maglaro po, iyong nanay ko po kasi mahirap din po (I was never used to playing because my mom was poor),” he said.

Lance started selling when he was eight years old. Similar to some superhero backstory, he never knew his biological parents. Instead, Lance was able to find a home with Soledad Reyes and Eduardo Abarquez.

Unfortunately, his foster mother, Soledad passed away while his father got diagnosed with tuberculosis.

Despite the struggles at an early age, Lance continues to face his everyday life with hope and perseverance—like most superheroes. He wakes up at 6:00 a.m. to study and will go home as late as 9:00 p.m. for selling smoked fish.

His superhero goal? Save up for college and to help his sick father.

Lance said he wanted to give back the love and support he received from his father.

“Masuklian ko siya sa pag-aalaga niya po sa akin dati (I want to repay him for taking care of me),” he said.

Lance recently went viral on social media after a netizen posted his story on Facebook.

Get to know more about Lance’s story on Istorya at 5:00 p.m., Saturday.—AAC

Daing Boy [PLUG]

Sumikat sa social media dahil sa sipag at husay sa pagtitinda ng daing at tinapa. Subalit may iba pang mga bagay na mas kahanga-hanga kay Lance.Tunghayan ang kanyang #Istorya, October 19, 5:00 pm.

Posted by ISTORYA on Tuesday, 15 October 2019

MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago sues 3 Facebook page administrators for cyberlibel

Freema Gloria   •   October 9, 2019

MMDA Spokesperson Asec. Celine Pialago

MMDA Spokesperson Asec. Celine Pialago has filed a complaint before the PNP Anti-cybercrime group against the administrators of three Facebook pages who allegedly have been disseminating false information about her.

In a post of Pinoy laugh page, it stated that Pialago has allegedly advised commuters to better stay at home if they were having difficulty commuting to work.

Pialago vehemently denied saying such a statement.

Aside from the said administrators, the MMDA spokesperson is also planning to hold the twitter page users responsible for spreading fake news about her.

The PNP Anti-cybercrime group is now looking into the identities of the said Facebook page administrators. —FSG (with details from April Cenedoza)

Robber caught on viral video arrested in Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 7, 2019

The man who was caught in a viral video for robbing a trucker in Road-10 Tondo, Manila was arrested by authorities on Sunday (October 6).

The Manila Police District Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (MPD-SMaRT) arrested Christopher Dumapi alias “Toper” during an anti-criminality operation on Mel Lopez Boulevard.

Dumapi is one of the four suspects who robbed a trucker on Saturday (October 5). Authorities identified the remaining suspects as Jack Dumapi, Junjun Barola, and Jimwell Jimenez.

On Monday, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso expressed his gratitude for the netizens who took the video of the crime.

“Maraming salamat sa iyo. Kung hindi dahil sa’yo, hindi mo inupload, hindi natin mabibigyan ng hustisya ang ginawang pang-aabuso sa driver ng truck (Thank you. If not for you, there will be no justice for the truck driver),” he said.

Meanwhile, the Manila Mayor also called out the parents of the suspects to surrender their sons and face justice.

“Sa mga magulang ng mga ito, hawak na po namin ang mga pangalan. Hinahanap na po kayo ng mga alagad ng batas. Hinahanap po kayo (To the parents of these individuals, we have the names [of your sons]. Authorities are now looking for them),” he added.—AAC

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