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# Instagram

Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# Bavaria
German woman alleged to have killed a lookalike she found on social media to fake her own death
According to a daily German newspaper, the woman was a beautician who entrapped the victim via Instagram by offering her cosmetics.
Last month
January 2023
# Meta
Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta fined €390m by Data Protection Commissioner
The DPC said it has fined Meta Ireland €210 million, for its Facebook service, and €180 million for breaches in relation to its Instagram service.
Last year
2022
# Meta Misstep
'I got this wrong': Meta's layoffs and what they mean for Ireland
Mark Zuckerberg said things ‘did not play out’ as expected, but Meta has committed to long-term plans in Ireland.
# Job Losses
Facebook owner Meta to lay off 13% of its workforce, resulting in 11,000 job losses
Up to 400 people based here could lose their jobs as part of the global cuts.
# insta bug
Instagram investigating issue as 'thousands' told their accounts have been suspended
The social media giant has confirmed it is working to fix the unusual issue.
# Instagram
Instagram launches High Court appeal against record €405 million fine
The fine was issued following an investigation into the way Instagram handled teenagers’ personal data.
# Instagram
DPC defends handling of social media investigations after €405 million Instagram fine
Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said the long-running criticisms are ‘becoming old news’.
# Instagram
Instagram trials AI tool to verify age of users
Users will be asked to send a video selfie to a British tech firm which will use AI to verify their age.
# watchful eye
Parents of Irish teenage Instagram users can now supervise their child's account
Parents can now send invitations to their teens to initiate supervision tools.
# Meta
Facebook and Instagram to reveal more on how ads target users
The announcement follows years of criticism that the social media platforms withhold too much information.
# scam accounts
Warning of scammers impersonating women on Instagram and posting links to pornography
“But when I saw that it followed my dad, my heart sank. And he was like ‘who did this?’ And obviously I didn’t know, I still don’t know.”
Three women tell their stories of how this happened to them
The harmful phenomenon is so under-researched that it doesn't have an official name, but it's been happening on Instagram for several years
"At the start I thought it was a joke, but then it started to follow my family members," one woman told Jamie McCarron
# meta sanctions
Russian court bans Facebook and Instagram as 'extremist'
The court ruled that WhatsApp would not be prohibited because it is not used to post public statements.
Voices
Taryn de Vere: Dressing up as household objects reminded me of the importance of being playful
The artist looks back at her month-long #ObjectDressChallenge and shares the lessons she’s learned.
# Unavailable
Messi takes 'longer than expected' to recover from Covid-19
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has missed two PSG matches while in self-isolation.
All time
# Vile
Irish striker Adam Idah racially abused following Norwich loss
The Corkonian featured as his team were beaten 3-0 by Crystal Palace.
# Court
Man, 26, accused of sexual exploitation and online grooming of boy
The man is accused of using Instagram to sexually exploit and groom the boy.
# factfind
FactFind: Who's behind Instagram stickers promising to plant trees in return for pet photos?
Instagram feeds have been flooded with the stickers – but it seems unlikely that many trees will actually be planted as a result.
Voices
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.
# Social Media
Facebook apologises as social media users report app outages
Many social media users have this evening complained that Instagram is offline.
# 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.
# Explainer
Explainer: Why did Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go down yesterday?
The platforms were down for around six hours yesterday.
# Social Media
WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook down with users complaining of outages
Facebook and its subsidiaries have tweeted statements confirming the outage.
# 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.
# 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.
# Abuse
'This type of hate is so exhausting and never ending' - Sloane Stephens
The 2017 champion lost to Angelique Kerber 5-7 6-2 6-3.
# Blow
Wait for historic Grand Slam continues as Serena Williams withdraws from US Open
The star revealed on Instagram that she has decided to allow her torn hamstring more time to recover fully.
# Social Media
Instagram to release new tools to help protect users from abuse on the platform
The tool will allow users to hide comments and direct message requests from those who only recently started following them.
# Aisling O'Loughlin
Facebook deletes former Xposé presenter's Instagram page over 'harmful' misinformation
The platform had deleted several of Aisling O’Loughlin’s posts recently.
# debunked
Debunked: Multiple claims on Instagram about vaccines, face masks and Covid-19 tests are false or misleading
The claims have been made in recent weeks.
# Covid-19
'My body, my choice': How some Irish wellness Instagram accounts became a hotbed of Covid-19 misinformation
The platform is being used to spread false information about Covid-19 in novel ways,.
# filtered
Instagram to screen DMs as part of attempts to fight online abuse
The new tool will automatically filter messages deemed offensive.
# Kick it out
Tyrone Mings subjected to racist abuse on social media as top-flight clubs consider boycott
The Aston Villa defender was also racially abused in Bulgaria at the end of 2019 on his England debut.
# lockdown rave
Facebook shuts down Instagram accounts advertising illegal St Patricks Day rave
The event would be in breach of Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions if it went ahead.
# Social Media
'Make sure you have strong passwords' Vicky Phelan urges, after her Instagram account is hacked
The mother-of-two flew to the US last month for further treatment for cancer.
# Blocked
Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts blocked 'indefinitely' following Capitol riots
Zuckerberg announced the move this afternoon.
# Ógra Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil investigating claims female youth members were 'compared and ranked' on Zoom calls
Monaghan Ógra Fianna Fáil’s secretary publicised the claims yesterday evening.
# United States
Facebook anti-trust lawsuits seek to divest Instagram and WhatsApp
The Federal Trade Commission said Facebook has engaged in a “a systematic strategy” to eliminate its competition
# jesus mary and joseph
Vatican inquiry after Pope's Instagram account 'likes' racy image by Brazilian model
The ‘like’ was spotted earlier this week but has since been removed.
# Unimpressed
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has dig at international break
Spurs defender Matt Doherty tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Ireland.
# Instagram
Data Protection Commission investigating Instagram over handling of children's personal data
The Data Protection Commission launched an investigation last month following a number of complaints.