No more pain, no more suffering: Student in viral post passes away

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 25, 2019   •   5985

Maxine Blanco during happier times | Images taken from Maxine Blanco’s Facebook page

No more pain, no more suffering.

Netizens knew 19-year-old Maxine Blanco from a viral post on Facebook. Her boyfriend, Gab Sta. Ana, shared a post of his journey with her: how love blooms and how it continues to bloom despite trials.

Her smile and kind eyes shined in all her photos, proof that she did #LiveLifeToTheMax. Her smile never changed from when she was still in high school, even until she started battling osteosarcoma or bone cancer.

Maxine inspired netizens with her brave spirit. Now, netizens mourn her passing which occurred on Saturday.

Max fought hard and I'm thankful for everything. No more pain, no more suffering. She might left us, but her spirit will always be here. I love you Maxine

Posted by Gab Sta Ana on Saturday, 23 March 2019

3pm…the hour of the divine mercy.Maxine earned her angel wings and slowly going up in heaven. For sure all the other…

Posted by Live Life To The MAX on Saturday, 23 March 2019

Maxine is among the tens of thousands of Filipinos who succumbed to the disease. Cancer is among the top causes of mortality in the country according to the Department of Health (DOH).

“Cancer remains a national health priority in the country with significant implications for individuals, families, communities and the health system,” said the Philippine Cancer Control Program of the DOH.

President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed Republic Act 11215 or the National Integrated Cancer Control Act in February.

It aims to improve essential programs and increase investments for the prevention of cancer, better screening, prompt and accurate diagnosis, and optimal treatment.—Aileen Cerrudo

‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman dies of colon cancer

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 29, 2020

Chadwick Boseman, the actor most known for his portrayal of the Black Panther, has passed away after battling with colon cancer for four years.

Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and it progressed to stage IV. Reports say, he died in his home with his wife and family by his side.

It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.⁣ ⁣ Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III…

Posted by Chadwick Boseman on Friday, August 28, 2020

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy,” according to the post on his official Facebook page.

Fans are devastated to hear the news and has sent countless of condolences and prayers to Boseman’s family and friends.

Big companies boycott Facebook

UNTV News   •   June 30, 2020

A long list of U.S. companies have pulled advertising from Facebook in support of a campaign that called out the social media giant for not doing enough to stop hate speech on its platforms.

Ice-cream maker Ben & Jerry’s, consumer conglomerate Unilever, and coffee chain Starbucks have nixed ads on the social media network.

And PepsiCo will do so as well, FOX Business News reported citing sources on Sunday (June 28).

The halt on PepsiCo’s advertising will run through July and August, the report said.

PepsiCo did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

Annually, Facebook generates $70 billion in advertising sales and about a quarter of it comes from big companies such as Unilever with the vast majority of its revenue derived from small businesses.

But the publicity around its hate speech policies have hurt its perception and stock.

On Friday (June 26), Facebook’s 8.3% decline in stock price wiped out $56 billion in market capitalization.

Responding to demands for more action, Facebook on Sunday acknowledged it has more work to do and is teaming up with civil rights groups and experts to develop more tools to fight hate speech.

Facebook said its investments in artificial intelligence have allowed it to find 90% of hate speech before users report it.

The boycott has accelerated to include other digital advertising platforms, such as Twitter. REUTERS

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Facebook closes political ads loophole ahead of U.S. presidential election

UNTV News   •   June 18, 2020

Facebook Inc. said on Tuesday (June 17) it would affix labels to political ads shared by users on their own feeds, closing what critics have said for years was a glaring loophole in the company’s election transparency measures.

The world’s biggest social network has attached a “paid for by” disclaimer to political ads since 2018, after facing a backlash for failing to stop Russia from using its platforms to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

But the label disappeared once people shared the ads to their own feeds, which critics said undermined its utility and allowed misinformation to continue spreading unchecked.

Facebook introduced a similar labelling approach for state news media earlier this month, but that label also sometimes drops off with sharing and does not appear when users post their own links to those outlets.

The company has been facing demands to do more to combat false viral information before the Nov. 3 presidential election, including by presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who called Facebooks’s chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on June 11 to reverse his decision to exempt political ads from fact-checking.

Zuckerberg has touted transparency tools in response, arguing that voters should be able to examine statements from would-be political leaders unimpeded.

In a USA Today op-ed on Tuesday, he pledged to display a Voting Information Center at the top of U.S. users’ news feeds. He also said the company would aim to help 4 million people register to vote, double its goal for 2016. (Reuters)

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