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Saturday 1 April 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Facebook

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# Meta
Explainer: Why has Facebook changed its company name?
Facebook has revealed a new company name and brand, Meta.
# face mask
Facebook is changing the company name to Meta
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivered a keynote address during a virtual event.
# Frances Haugen
Facebook whistleblower says social network makes hate ‘unquestionably worse’
Frances Haugen told UK MPs there was a ‘weak spot’ within the tech giant on who you could turn to for escalating concerns.
# Facebook
New whistleblower says Facebook put profits before stopping problematic content, reports say
Facebook has faced a storm of criticism over the past month.
# facelift
Facebook ‘planning company rebrand’ to reflect future plans
Mark Zuckerberg is said to be keen to signal the company’s intent to move beyond just social media and the controversies which have engulfed it.
# Facebook
Facebook to hire 10,000 workers in EU to build ‘the metaverse’
The new computing platform will encompass augmented and virtual reality.
Dr Anna Lembke: The smartphone has become the modern-day hypodermic needle
The Stanford professor examines how social media is driving our digital dependence, and what we can do to break the habit.
# Max Schrems
Facebook should be fined up to €36 million over 'serious' GDPR breaches, says Data Commissioner
The decision comes on foot of a complaint made by Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems.
# Social Media
Facebook apologises as social media users report app outages
Many social media users have this evening complained that Instagram is offline.
# Frances Haugen
Five things we've learned from the Facebook whistleblower
Frances Haugen has called for the social media giant to be regulated.
# Social Media
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp outage caused by error during maintenance work, company says
The social networks and messaging service went offline for more than five hours on Monday.
# logging off
Open Thread: Your tips for quitting or cutting down on social media
A number of Facebook controversies have put the focus on screen time once more.
# Facebook
Zuckerberg says claim Facebook put profits over safety 'just not true'
His comments came after a whistleblower Frances Haugen, gave evidence to US politicians yesterday.
# Too big to fail
What do Irish politicians make of calls to 'nationalise' or 'break up' Facebook?
US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez last night said the company should be broken up.
# Frances Haugen
Whistleblower says Facebook products hurt children and fuel division
Frances Haugen was giving evidence before Congress.
# Explainer
Explainer: Why did Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go down yesterday?
The platforms were down for around six hours yesterday.
# restored
‘Faulty configuration change’ to blame for outage, Facebook says
The platform said it was still working to understand more about the outage.
# Social Media
WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook down with users complaining of outages
Facebook and its subsidiaries have tweeted statements confirming the outage.
# Facebook
Facebook prioritises own interests over public good, whistleblower claims
Facebook’s annual revenue has more than doubled since 2018 to a projected $102.5 billion (£88 billion) this year.
# Your Say
Poll: How often do you use Facebook?
A whistleblower has claimed that Facebook prioritises its own interests over public safety.
# Social Media
Facebook suspends development of Instagram app for children after widespread criticism
Instagram chief Adam Mosseri has complained that the project has been widely misunderstood.
# throwing shade
Ireland's data watchdog raises concerns over new Facebook/Ray-Ban smart glasses
Wearers can take a picture or record video by voice command or by pressing a button.
# Misinformation
The HSE has reported more than 1,000 Covid-19 misinformation posts on social media
Most of the complaints, 739, related to posts on Twitter.
WhatsApp Ireland fights back against Data Protection Commissioner's €225 million fine
The Facebook-owned company has launched judicial review proceedings against the penalty in the High Court.
'Patent ambiguity': WhatsApp's record €225 million fine underlines grave transparency issues
A report by
Ian Curran
The Data Protection Commission’s final 250-plus page decision could be significant for the application of GDPR.
Some of the information provided by WhatsApp to users was described as "unnecessarily ambiguous" and "ill-defined".
Non-users of WhatsApp were given no information about why the company was processing their mobile phone numbers.
Engaging with WhatsApp's Privacy Policy during the inquiry was described as a "needlessly frustrating exercise".
WhatsApp Ireland hit with record €225 million fine by Data Protection Commissioner
The Irish privacy watchdog has also reprimanded the company over its failure to comply with GDPR transparency rules.
# Fazze
Facebook bans Russian firm behind Pfizer and AstraZeneca smear campaign
A network of 65 Facebook accounts and 243 Instagram accounts was traced back to Fazze, an advertising and marketing firm working in Russia.
# disinformation laundromat
Facebook shuts down disinformation operation seeking to spread Covid-19 hoaxes
The operation targeted primarily India and Latin America.
# Social Media
Facebook resolves dispute with Gavin Duffy over ads claiming he was dead
In a joint statement they said the misleading claims in these ads had been published by “malicious third-parties”.
# thorny issues
Explainer: Why bosses could be on shaky legal ground if they ask staff about vaccine status
Asking workers to be fully vaccinated before returning to work raises thorny legal issues.
# one-star reviews
Restaurants dealing with 'malicious, coordinated' campaign of abuse from anti-vaccine cert protesters
A Facebook page is coordinating an online campaign against businesses that reopened indoor dining this week.
A Facebook page is encouraging users to leave negative comments on pubs' and restaurants' reopening posts, and to boycott those businesses.
One-star reviews are also being left for businesses that have reopened indoor dining, with many leaving such reviews on multiple businesses across the country.
The Restaurant Association of Ireland has written a letter to the Government, and is to contact Facebook and Google about fraudulent bookings and reviews.
Don't expect a 'Freedom Day' but Taoiseach says lifting restrictions in September will be discussed next month
'Reasons for optimism' from NPHET as Holohan raises prospect of lifting remaining restrictions
# Violence
Gardaí examining social media posts referring to Michael D Higgins
Anti-lockdown groups on social media and Telegram channels criticised the signing of the law which paves the way for indoor dining.
# Threats
Covid denier is a 'person of interest' in Holohan and Glynn phone harassment investigation
Senator John McGahon said Facebook has “spiralled out of control”.
# Misinformation
Biden says social media misinformation on Covid-19 is 'killing people'
Facebook rejected the criticism saying its efforts to get facts out are ‘saving lives’.
# Your Say
Poll: Should anonymous accounts be banned from social media?
The social media pages of some English players were hit by racist comments following Sunday’s match.
# A taxing matter
Ireland is holding out on the historic global deal on corporate tax. Why? And at what cost?
Ireland is one of just nine countries out of 139 to reject the deal.
# Work From Anywhere
Facebook to make remote working permanent option for staff - even from abroad
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has said he expects the shift to remote work to be a lasting one.
# Donald Trump
Facebook to uphold Trump ban until January 2023
The social media giant will review whether Trump should be allowed to return two years after he was initially banned.
# Probe
EU to examine Facebook's use of advertiser data
The formal probe follows a preliminary investigation focused on Facebook’s Marketplace classifieds service.
# Coronavirus
'I was appalled': Tánaiste asked social media firms to combat 'illegal' gatherings after Grafton St protest
Leo Varadkar contacted the companies following a protest in March.