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# High Court
Privacy activist Max Schrems challenges DPC probe of Facebook EU-US data transfers
The case was heard before the High Court today.
# Tech giants
Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have too much power and abuse their positions, US Congress report says
Democrats in the US are hoping to rein in the power of the tech giants.
# Fireworks
Gardaí launch crackdown on firework sellers trading on social media
A garda operation targeting these traders was brought in earlier than usual.
# far-right protests
'The Infodemic': Ireland's weak far-right hopes to gain from online conspiracies and misinformation
Fringe groups are feeding off public frustration and misinformation.
# High Court
Facebook seeks to quash Data Protection Commissioner's decision over transfer of user data
Facebook Ireland also seeks various declarations including that the DPC has acted unlawfully.
# Data Protection
Facebook launches High Court challenge to DPC's order to suspend EU-US data transfers
The DPC told Facebook this week to stop transferring data belonging to European Union users to the US.
# Data Protection Commission
Facebook told it can no longer send user data from EU to US
The social media giant said the Data Protection Commission told it the key mechanism it uses to transfer data to the US “cannot in practice be used”.
# factcheck
Debunked: The claims in this Facebook video about suicide figures and number of Covid deaths in Ireland are inaccurate
In the video, Ben Gilroy makes a number of false and misleading claims about coronavirus and suicide in Ireland.
# Banned
TikTok working to remove suicide video clips
The video-sharing app has said it will ban users that repeatedly try to share the footage on its platform.
# Australia
Facebook threatens to block sharing of news stories in Australia
The company said Australian legislation would force it to pay arbitrary and theoretically unlimited sums for content.
# Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook admits 'operational mistake' over posts about Wisconsin protests
The page for the “Kenosha Guard” violated Facebook’s policies and had been flagged, Zuckerberg said
# Social Media
Facebook blames coronavirus for hampering efforts to remove suicide posts from its platforms
The social network also said it took action on fewer pieces of child nudity and sexual exploitation content on Instagram
# Misinformation
Social media giants Facebook and Twitter take action against Trump misinformation online
Facebook removed a post from the president while Twitter blocked a Trump campaign account.
# tiktok
Explainer: TikTok is on the block but why has Donald Trump given Microsoft 45 days to make a bid?
A September deadline looms for the blockbuster acquisition.
# bark or byte
Head honchos at Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon to face questions from US politicians today
The tech giants are being investigated for alleged anti-competitive practices.
# Buy and Sell
Gardaí launch crackdown on thieves using Facebook Marketplace to sell stolen high-end cosmetics
Gardaí believe that cosmetics are regularly targeted by thieves as they can easily be resold without attracting too much attention.
# ECJ
Europe's highest court rules that data protection arrangement between EU and US is invalid
The US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said his department was “deeply disappointed” by the court ruling.
# Max Schrems
Highest European court expected to rule on data privacy case today
The ruling on this case could have significant implications for how data is transferred between the EU and the US.
Voices
Opinion: Ireland is in prime position to hold social networks to account - and we must
Lawyer Paul Tweed says it’s ‘absurd’ for such companies to claim they are ‘merely a platform, not a publisher’.
# humility
'9 years at the top could make your head swell, but come the first session of the year, they’re nobodies'
Read an extract from Relentless: The Inside Story of the Cork Ladies Footballers by Mary White.
# Money Talks
Unfriended: Is #StopHateForProfit a tipping point for Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg?
Some of the internet’s biggest advertisers have started to pull their ads from the site.
# Social Media
Coca Cola suspends ads on social media as platforms come under fire over handling of racist content
Unilver, home to brands like Lipton tea, also said it would suspend ads on social media until the end of 2020.
# debunked
Debunked: No, all UK residents won't have to get microchipped starting from January 2021
The letter was confirmed as a fake by the UK Cabinet Office.
# Coronavirus
HSE was 'gifted' €544,000 in free advertising by Google and Facebook during Covid-19 pandemic
New figures show the health service spent more than €1 million on advertising in the first two months of the crisis.
# hateful ideology
Facebook removes Trump campaign ad for use of upside down red triangle used by Nazis
The symbol was used to designate political prisoners in concentration camps.
# Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook launches voter information centre amid concern over Trump posts
The platform continues to face criticism for not removing or labelling posts by Trump that that spread misinformation.
# debunked
Debunked: No, contact tracing apps have not been installed on every Android phone
The Department of Health confirms that the tracing app won’t be made mandatory.
# No thanks
Facebook rejects Australian calls to share advertising revenues with the media
Australia is set to unveil plans to force Facebook and Google to share advertising revenue they earn from news featured in their services.
# debunked
Debunked: No, Leo Varadkar is not going to the Supreme Court to make a coronavirus vaccine mandatory
Claims made in a Facebook post are confirmed to be false by Department of An Taoiseach
# moderate
Zuckerberg vows to review Facebook policies after internal anger over Trump's posts
In a letter to employees, the Facebook CEO said his decisions not to moderate Trump’s controversial posts caused “anger” and “hurt”.
# Covid-19
Debunked: No, some Penneys stores are not reopening on a trial basis this week
It appears as though misinformation about Penneys reopening is being deliberately shared in a bid to dupe people.
# Social Media
Facebook says it's flagged 50 million misleading coronavirus posts since March
The number of Instagram posts related to suicide or self-harm Facebook took action against increased by 40%, it said.
# factcheck
Debunked: No, researchers did not 'invent' the coronavirus in 2015
Posts speculating about the origin of the virus have been widely shared in recent weeks.
# internet money
Leo Varadkar says charging Google and Facebook for news media content is 'a good idea'
Varadkar said that the social media giants are “sort of free riders on costs incurred by other people”.
# digital platforms
Australia to make Google and Facebook pay for news content amid falling advertising revenue
The move comes after attempts to negotiate voluntary payments failed.
# debunked
Debunked: No, this is not a picture of Bulgarian workers outside a supermarket in Dublin this week
The photo has been widely shared on social media and messaging services.
# Facebook
Debunked: No, there is not enough evidence that a malaria drug and an antibiotic can lead to a quick recovery from Covid-19
Donald Trump has said this combination could be “one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine”.
# Your Say
Poll: Should social media companies do more to tackle the spread of Covid-19 misinformation?
WhatsApp has moved to restrict the forwarding of content to just one person in one go.
# incoming message
New WhatsApp restrictions to curb the spread of misinformation about Covid-19
Volumes of misinformation about coronavirus has been circulated through messaging and social media apps.
# Social Media
EU threatens big tech companies with 'stricter' regulation following meeting with Zuckerberg
Zuckerberg has recently asked governments to strengthen how online media is regulated.