Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram back online after outage

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 5, 2021   •   509

Social media giant Facebook has apologized for the outage users experienced on Monday night (October 4).

Social media services Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram are back online after a global outage that lasted for hours. Users reported not being able to access the said social media apps.

Facebook’s chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer announced that Facebook and other social media services are back online but it is still not at 100%. He also apologized for the inconvenience caused by the outage.

“Facebook services coming back online now – may take some time to get to 100%. To every small and large business, family, and individual who depends on us, I’m sorry,” he said in his Twitter account.

Schroepfer reported that Facebook experienced networking issues. AAC

COMELEC warns public vs fake social media accounts of commissioners

Robie de Guzman   •   January 27, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Thursday warned the public against social media users posing as officials of the poll body.

In a statement, the COMELEC advised the public to reject and immediately report for community standards violations any Facebook friend request purporting to be coming from a COMELEC commissioner or other key officials of the poll body

The commission likewise urged the public to report Twitter profiles impersonating COMELEC key officials for violation of the platform’s impersonation policy.

“These blatant attempts to steal the online identity of COMELEC officials are potentially part of a broader attempt to undermine the integrity of the elections,” COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez said.

Jimenez said the poll body is closely coordinating with social media platforms to take down these fake profiles and accounts.

He also said that COMELEC is ready to take legal action against the perpetrators.

BI cautions public against online scammers offering fake entry permits to foreigners

Marje Pelayo   •   September 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) warned the public against scammers victimizing foreign nationals by offering them fake entry permits on Facebook.

The warning comes after a complaint that alerted the BI about an individual offering entry permits.

According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, one victim was asked to contact an alleged immigration officer who would supposedly ensure the smooth entry of foreigners in exchange for grease money.

But based on BI records, the alleged immigration officer is not an employee of the agency.

“There is no such service. We believe that these scammers prey on the people they see on Facebook,” Morente said.

“It is disconcerting to know that there are still those who can take advantage of the vulnerable even during a pandemic,” he added.

At present, only Filipinos, foreign spouses and children of Filipinos, foreign parents of Filipino minors, and foreigners holding immigrant and non-immigrant visas are allowed entry in the Philippines.

The entry of tourists to the country remains restricted.

Entry exemption documents (EED) are issued by foreign posts abroad to foreigners who wish to enter the country with tourist visas.

Afghanistan president flees the country as Taliban forces enter the capital

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 16, 2021

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday (August 15) as Taliban fighters entered the presidential palace.

Ghani, in his Facebook page, said he left the country to avoid bloodshed. Hundreds of Afghans fled the state capital to protect themselves against the Islamist movement group.

According to a Taliban official, the group wishes to bring back the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which was the country’s name under the militant group before United States (US) forces ousted them during the height of the 9/11 attacks.

Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the Taliban and all other parties to exercise utmost restraint in order to protect lives and ensure that humanitarian needs can be addressed.

“Conflict in Afghanistan is forcing hundreds of thousands to flee amid reports of serious human rights violations. All abuses must stop,” he said. AAC

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