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# Meta

Last month
January 2023
# Meta
Meta reviewing its oversight board's call to make adult nudity policies more inclusive
It came after the tech giant removed Instagram posts showing transgender and non-binary people with their chests bared.
# 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
# Facebook
Facebook Marketplace breaches EU antitrust laws, says Commission
The Commission said it takes issue with Meta tying Facebook Marketplace to the Facebook social networking service.
# Facebook
Data watchdog fines Meta €265 million over GDPR breaches
An inquiry by the DPC that was ongoing since April 2021 found infringements of two GDPR articles.
# Didier Reynders
EU Justice Commissioner to meet with Meta and Twitter during Ireland visit
The Commissioner will also meet with Justice Minister Helen McEntee and Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What do the layoffs at Meta and Twitter mean for the tech industry?
Listen in to hear Elaine Burke, editor of Silicon Republic, explain to Sinéad O’Carroll.
# 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.
# Facebook status
Government 'will be there to help' as Irish job losses at Meta expected to begin this morning
The Tánaiste says he is ‘confident’ Meta ‘will honour all their legal obligations in relation to redundancy information and consultation’.
# jobs in tech
Government to consult tech giants over Irish job losses, Taoiseach says
It comes as Tánaiste Leo Varadkar met with senior officials from the IDA today for briefings on the tech sector.
# 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.
# Back in business
WhatsApp comes back online after global service outage
Many people took to social media this morning to complain that they were unable to send or receive messages on the platform.
# 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’.
# Facebook Ireland
Instagram hit by record €405 million fine by Data Protection Commissioner
This is the biggest fine ever handed out by the Data Protection Commissioner.
# Facebook
Meta settles case in Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal
The case alleged that Facebook allowed the personal information of millions of users to be fed to Cambridge Analytica.
# High Court
Nora Quoirin’s parents settle lawsuit against Facebook but vow to continue 'quest for truth'
A number of distressing posts relating to the search for Nora were posted on Facebook.
# 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's parent company to launch 'metaverse academy' in France
The school’s goal in its first year will be to train for free around 100 students as specialist immersive technology developers and support and assistance technicians.
# Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg staying at helm of Meta for many years 'makes sense', says Nick Clegg
Succession at the tech giant has been in the headlines recently – but Zuckerberg has shown no sign of giving up the reins.
# 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.
# the good fight
Are the social media platforms doing enough - or anything - to deal with misinformation?
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all say that they’re trying to make their platforms better. What exactly are they doing?
# imposters
Facebook gave user information to hackers who posed as law enforcement
The hackers falsified “emergency data requests” to obtain the information.
# tiktok
Facebook's Meta funded attack campaign against TikTok, report says
The campaign reportedly includes placing letters in major US news outlets and promoting negative stories about TikTok.
# Meta
Data watchdog issues €17 million fine against Facebook
The fine follows a DPC inquiry into 12 data breach notifications received between June and December 2018.
# Meta
Miriam O'Callaghan receives unreserved apology from Facebook over false and misleading ads
The RTÉ presenter says she is happy and relieved that the stressful matter had been resolved after five years.
# Meta
Tánaiste told senior Facebook executives that Ireland 'committed to low tax' before OECD deal
Varadkar virtually met representatives of Facebook on 30 September.
# Lawsuit
Meta agrees $90 million settlement in decade-old Facebook privacy suit
The suit alleged the social network violated privacy guidelines by tracking users online even after they logged off the site.
# the new digital age
A pivotal moment: The internet is in a state of uncertainty right now - what happens next?
Things are changing, and fast. Are Ireland and the EU ready? The Good Information Project is looking into this new digital age.
All time
# Banned
Meta targets 'cyber mercenaries' using Facebook to spy
The company began alerting some 50,000 people likely targeted by the firms accused of spying on activists, dissidents and journalists.
# covid misinformation
Facebook removes page of controversial Covid campaigner Dolores Cahill over misinformation
Cahill has made a number of false or misleading claims about the coronavirus over the course of the pandemic.
# 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.
# Meta
Facebook ends facial recognition over privacy fears
The announcement came as the tech giant battles one of its worst crises ever.
# 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.
# Meta
The real Roddy Collins confronted the fake one after Waterford's victory last night
Much banter ensued.
# Meta
Roy Keane went to see 'I, Keano' last night (seriously)
The assistant boss was joined by members of the Ireland squad for an evening at the theatre.
# Meta
A guy covered 99 Red Balloons using only red balloons and it was amazing
Puts all other covers to shame.
# mugshot
Teenager poses for greatest, most meta mugshot ever
He wore a t-shirt with his previous mugshot printed on it.
# World Wide Web
Website tracks the day's most popular gifs
SPOILER: One Direction are really popular.