Viral Video: Car rams into fastfood chain in La Trinidad Benguet

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 23, 2019   •   931

A video of a car that rammed into a fastfood chain in La Trinidad, Benguet on Tuesday (July 23) has gone viral on social media.

According to the video uploader, the incident happened around 12:30 p.m. He also said there were no casualties from the incident including the driver.—AAC

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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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Deped probes face mask-sharing incident at graduation rites in Camarines Norte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2020

The Department of Education (DepEd) has begun the investigation on the face mask-sharing incident at a graduation rite in Camarines Norte.

A video went viral on social media showing students sharing face masks during an informal graduation rites at a public elementary school in Daet, Camarines Norte. The video immediately received ire from concerned citizens saying it violates minimum health standards.

According to DepEd Usec. Jess Mateo the department has already asked the school head and the teacher involved to submit a written explanation regarding the incident.

“Pina-explain din namin in writing iyong guro kung ano ang mga pangyayari na roon (We asked the teacher to explain in writing about what happened during the incident),” he said.

He also added that the results of the investigation may be released by next week.

Meanwhile, the local Deped COVID-19 task force is currently monitoring the health status of the students involved in the incident. The department also reiterated that face-to-face graduation or moving-up rites are temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The department encourages schools to conduct virtual graduation rites to keep the students safe from getting infected by the virus. –AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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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