Facebook and Twitter are actively clamping down posts of Donald Trump about the elections. With more than 31 million followers, the latest posts of @DonaldTrump on Facebook now have warning labels reminding users that votes were still being counted and linking them to its Voting Information Center. On Twitter, the microblogging and social networking service flagged some of the tweets and retweets of the @reaflfDonaldTrump with more than 88 million followers as “could be misleading” and linking users to Twitter’s Help Center. While anti-Trump social media users are celebrating this latest move, pro-Trump supporters are up in arms calling out Facebook on its own platform for its one-sided enforcement of fact-checking. A US-based Filipino Facebook user Bing Suello said that “If your OPINION is not aligned to theirs, then you are considered fake news”.

The label on Facebook could be dismissed by clicking the X button. On Twitter, you could just tap “view” on the right side of the tag to see the flagged Tweet or re-Tweet.

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Just this afternoon, Alvin Echico invited me as a resource person for his new program “Bida Konsyumer” on Teleradyo. The discussion was about Safe Online shopping. I gave five tips to consumers on how to safely shop online.

  1. Use known shopping online platforms like Shopee and Zalora if it’s your first time to do online shopping.
  2. Don’t do online shopping while in public places. Shoulder surfers might see your details.
  3. If the brand you are planning to buy has an App, use it instead of the website in buying a product.
  4. Always check reviews on social media if you’re planning to directly buy.
  5. If you get scammed, don’t stay silent. Report what happened to the PNP Cybercrime group.

I also reminded the listeners and viewers to read carefully the description of the item they would like to buy online.

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I got questions from my social media friends how to see the comments on Twitter hidden by the author. Just recently a former government official has been hiding unfavorable comments on his Twitter posts making many Pinoy Twitter users curious about it.

Last year, Twitter activated a feature called “hide replies” this is to give back the control of the coversation to the original poster of the tweet. Twitter, unlike FB does not delete comments or replies when a user chooses to hide them, the replies are just placed behind an extra click. The author as the owner of the tweet could now decide to stop what he believes as trolls or irrelevant replies from dominating the coversation.

If you want to hide replies to your Tweets do this:

  1. From a reply to one of your Tweets, click or tap the icon.
  2. Select hide reply and confirm.
  3. To view your hidden replies, click or tap the hidden reply icon which will be available in the bottom-right of your original Tweet.

If you want to see the replies hidden by the author:

  1. Go to the tweet.
  2. You will see a grey icon at the right of the time the tweet is posted.
  3. Tap the grey icon to view hidden replies.
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Click the grey icon to show hidden replies. You will be redirected to the screen below.
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The point of hiding replies on the original tweet is to give back the control to the owner of the post. Giving no opportunity for irrelevant replies and what the author believes to be trolls to dominate the conversation.

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