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#Misinformation

# misinformation - Last year 2021

Video of patient being encouraged to leave hospital against advice prompts 'concern'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Video of patient being encouraged to leave hospital against advice prompts 'concern'

Updated Sep 16th 2021, 9:00 AM 127,232 Views 0 Comments

A spokesperson for the hospital urged anyone with concerns about care to get in contact.

Facebook shuts down disinformation operation seeking to spread Covid-19 hoaxes
# Disinformation Laundromat
# Disinformation Laundromat

Facebook shuts down disinformation operation seeking to spread Covid-19 hoaxes

Aug 10th 2021, 10:41 PM 16,216 Views 21 Comments

The operation targeted primarily India and Latin America.

Waterford businesses threatened with legal action by anti-mask group using fraudulent letters
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Waterford businesses threatened with legal action by anti-mask group using fraudulent letters

Aug 10th 2021, 1:45 PM 31,820 Views 28 Comments

A solicitor whose name appears on the letters has clarified that he is not involved with the group.

Ronan Glynn: Public health doctors battling 'avalanche of conspiracy theory and misinformation'
# Interview
# Interview

Ronan Glynn: Public health doctors battling 'avalanche of conspiracy theory and misinformation'

Aug 7th 2021, 12:05 AM 70,539 Views 84 Comments
  • The Deputy Chief Medical Officer outlines what actions he has taken since March 2020, Cónal Thomas reports.
  • Glynn says it is critical to act preemptively when false claims are made online.
  • He cautious against speaking with certainty in uncertain times.
Youtube suspends Sky News Australia from uploading content following Covid denial videos
# YouTube
# YouTube

Youtube suspends Sky News Australia from uploading content following Covid denial videos

Aug 1st 2021, 2:45 PM 31,901 Views 61 Comments

YouTube said “numerous” offending videos have now been removed.

Biden says social media misinformation on Covid-19 is 'killing people'
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Biden says social media misinformation on Covid-19 is 'killing people'

Jul 16th 2021, 10:54 PM 13,410 Views 31 Comments

Facebook rejected the criticism saying its efforts to get facts out are ‘saving lives’.

Tánaiste urged tech giants to stop spread of Covid misinformation and help tackle illegal gatherings
# Anti-lockdown Protests
# Anti-lockdown Protests

Tánaiste urged tech giants to stop spread of Covid misinformation and help tackle illegal gatherings

Jul 11th 2021, 1:37 PM 26,589 Views 73 Comments

Leo Varadkar sent letters to Facebook, Twitter, Google, and TikTok following violent protests in Dublin.

Public turned to trustworthy online media during pandemic, with RTÉ and The Journal top
# Public Service
# Public Service

Public turned to trustworthy online media during pandemic, with RTÉ and The Journal top

Jun 23rd 2021, 9:18 AM 18,313 Views 74 Comments

Reuters Digital News Report 2021 shows this publication and State broadcaster were most popular news sources for online audiences.

Opinion: First rule of social media? Don’t engage with The Horrible People
# Shock Sharing
# Shock Sharing

Opinion: First rule of social media? Don’t engage with The Horrible People

Updated Jun 18th 2021, 3:20 PM 12,384 Views 12 Comments

Aoife Gallagher says it’s tempting to share content that horrifies you, but it only serves to amplify the hate.

Facebook deletes former Xposé presenter's Instagram page over 'harmful' misinformation
# Aisling O'Loughlin
# Aisling O'Loughlin

Facebook deletes former Xposé presenter's Instagram page over 'harmful' misinformation

Jun 16th 2021, 1:53 PM 97,276 Views 0 Comments

The platform had deleted several of Aisling O’Loughlin’s posts recently.

'I was appalled': Tánaiste asked social media firms to combat 'illegal' gatherings after Grafton St protest
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'I was appalled': Tánaiste asked social media firms to combat 'illegal' gatherings after Grafton St protest

May 31st 2021, 12:05 AM 69,600 Views 0 Comments

Leo Varadkar contacted the companies following a protest in March.

'My body, my choice': How some Irish wellness Instagram accounts became a hotbed of Covid-19 misinformation
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

'My body, my choice': How some Irish wellness Instagram accounts became a hotbed of Covid-19 misinformation

May 8th 2021, 12:05 AM 89,131 Views 0 Comments

The platform is being used to spread false information about Covid-19 in novel ways,.

Debunked: No, Eamon Ryan's nephew was not awarded a bike hire contract in Offaly
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, Eamon Ryan's nephew was not awarded a bike hire contract in Offaly

May 7th 2021, 3:04 PM 11,426 Views 0 Comments

The misleading article was widely shared on social media before it was removed by Gript.

Donald Trump could be allowed to return to Facebook today - here's what you need to know
# Explainer
# Explainer

Donald Trump could be allowed to return to Facebook today - here's what you need to know

May 5th 2021, 6:10 AM 11,332 Views 0 Comments

The Facebook Oversight Board will rule on Trump’s ongoing ban this afternoon.

'I hung up for the last time': How I lost my partner to conspiracy theories
# Opinion
# Opinion

'I hung up for the last time': How I lost my partner to conspiracy theories

Apr 18th 2021, 12:05 AM 91,333 Views 0 Comments

Our reader documents her relationship with a partner who became an advocate of online conspiracy theories.

The Explainer: From influencers to QAnon - how misinformation changed in Ireland over the past year
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: From influencers to QAnon - how misinformation changed in Ireland over the past year

Apr 15th 2021, 6:30 PM 7,204 Views 0 Comments

From WhatsApp messages to conspiracy theories, we explore how misinformation has evolved over the last 12 months.

Deaths by suicide did not increase internationally during the first wave of the pandemic
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Deaths by suicide did not increase internationally during the first wave of the pandemic

Apr 13th 2021, 7:00 PM 13,419 Views 39 Comments

Flexible mental health supports, monitoring trends, and countering misinformation are of key importance, Ireland’s first professor of public mental health believes.

Move quickly and misinform: How direct provision centres became a catalyst for far-right activism in Ireland
# Eyes Right
# Eyes Right

Move quickly and misinform: How direct provision centres became a catalyst for far-right activism in Ireland

Mar 15th 2021, 12:02 AM 20,823 Views 0 Comments

The first in a four-part investigation into the growth of far-right activity online in Ireland explores how an anti-immigration agenda infiltrated local activism.

Opinion: Lack of trust in politics in a pandemic is a breeding ground for disinformation
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Opinion: Lack of trust in politics in a pandemic is a breeding ground for disinformation

Mar 7th 2021, 8:30 AM 15,685 Views 43 Comments

Joe Galvin outlines how far-right groups are capitalising on current frustrations around Covid restrictions.

Adrenochrome: why was a QAnon conspiracy drug name-checked at Dublin's anti-lockdown protest?
# Adrenochrome
# Adrenochrome

Adrenochrome: why was a QAnon conspiracy drug name-checked at Dublin's anti-lockdown protest?

Mar 3rd 2021, 12:05 AM 58,702 Views 0 Comments

A false claim involving the chemical, RTÉ and dead infants was made at Saturday’s protest.

Twitter to label tweets containing misinformation about coronavirus vaccines
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Twitter to label tweets containing misinformation about coronavirus vaccines

Mar 2nd 2021, 7:19 AM 6,510 Views 13 Comments

Social network will also adopt a strike policy against repeat offenders which could lead to permanent suspension from the platform.

Anti-lockdown protest highlights need to combat misinformation online, says minister
# Social Media
# Social Media

Anti-lockdown protest highlights need to combat misinformation online, says minister

Feb 28th 2021, 6:43 PM 39,193 Views 178 Comments

“The problem is that a lot of this information is put up very quickly, a lot of this information is hidden.”

Opinion: That dodgy Covid story you saw on Facebook here in Ireland? It probably came from abroad first
# False News
# False News

Opinion: That dodgy Covid story you saw on Facebook here in Ireland? It probably came from abroad first

Feb 26th 2021, 7:00 AM 53,594 Views 51 Comments

Misinformation is now local, global and transnational all at the same time, writes Shane Creevy.

Irish Islamic community criticises targeted misinformation campaign
# Vaccine Misinfo
# Vaccine Misinfo

Irish Islamic community criticises targeted misinformation campaign

Feb 10th 2021, 4:45 PM 24,073 Views 18 Comments

The Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council offered the use of a major Dublin Islamic centre for use as a vaccination hub.

Believers in Covid-19 conspiracies in the UK less likely to accept vaccine, study shows
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Believers in Covid-19 conspiracies in the UK less likely to accept vaccine, study shows

Jan 31st 2021, 12:30 PM 15,148 Views 42 Comments

The research was carried out by the University of Bristol and King’s College London.

Debunked: No, a Wexford doctor's death was not related to the Covid-19 vaccine
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, a Wexford doctor's death was not related to the Covid-19 vaccine

Jan 26th 2021, 3:22 PM 36,619 Views 0 Comments

Dr Keshav Sharma died on 11 January.

'They're compromised': Washington riots raise thorny questions about policing, disinformation and social media
# US Capitol
# US Capitol

'They're compromised': Washington riots raise thorny questions about policing, disinformation and social media

Jan 7th 2021, 5:18 PM 24,955 Views 0 Comments

Videos from inside the Capitol showing police taking selfies with protestors have been verified.

Opinion: We are drawn to negative emotions like fear - and the infodemic exploits that
# Infodemic
# Infodemic

Opinion: We are drawn to negative emotions like fear - and the infodemic exploits that

Jan 4th 2021, 7:00 AM 14,792 Views 21 Comments

Dr Jane Suiter explores how one of the biggest challenges to public health in 2021 will be conspiracy theories around vaccines.

# misinformation - All time

Opinion: Teaching children digital literacy is a must if we are to combat misinformation
# Education
# Education

Opinion: Teaching children digital literacy is a must if we are to combat misinformation

Dec 26th 2020, 7:00 PM 15,453 Views 27 Comments

Emma DeSouza says children and the wider community must be taught the required skills to navigate a digital world.

Mike Ryan says there's a 'genuine desire to offer people the hope of Christmas' but risks remain
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Mike Ryan says there's a 'genuine desire to offer people the hope of Christmas' but risks remain

Nov 26th 2020, 1:15 PM 17,419 Views 24 Comments

Dr Ryan said he doesn’t “envy” the Irish government and there are “no easy answers”.

Debunked: No, you won't need a 'vaccination passport' to receive social welfare
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, you won't need a 'vaccination passport' to receive social welfare

Nov 23rd 2020, 5:40 PM 25,949 Views 0 Comments

The Department of Social Protection has confirmed that this is incorrect.

Facebook and Twitter defend handling of US election misinformation in heated Senate hearing
# US Election 2020
# US Election 2020

Facebook and Twitter defend handling of US election misinformation in heated Senate hearing

Nov 17th 2020, 10:42 PM 29,567 Views 24 Comments

The companies have been criticised for their handling of political content recently.

Debunked: No, the Army is not going to chip children in schools so they can monitor them
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, the Army is not going to chip children in schools so they can monitor them

Nov 12th 2020, 12:11 PM 16,591 Views 0 Comments

The incorrect claim is being widely shared on social media.

From Sharpies to 'dumped ballots': The misinformation being shared about voting in the US
# Debunk
# Debunk

From Sharpies to 'dumped ballots': The misinformation being shared about voting in the US

Nov 5th 2020, 3:01 PM 25,057 Views 18 Comments

Here are some claims of electoral fraud being spread on social media, and the facts behind those claims.

FactCheck: No, a 6-year-old boy has not been kidnapped in Navan
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: No, a 6-year-old boy has not been kidnapped in Navan

Oct 27th 2020, 2:01 PM 3,174 Views 6 Comments

Posts containing this false claim have been shared on Facebook recently.

Facebook bans all accounts linked to conspiracy group QAnon
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Facebook bans all accounts linked to conspiracy group QAnon

Oct 7th 2020, 7:05 AM 25,446 Views 49 Comments

Campaigners described the move as a “much-needed, if belated, step” from Facebook.

FactCheck: Many of the claims made about Covid-19 in a leaflet sent to Dublin households are false or misleading
# Debunked
# Debunked

FactCheck: Many of the claims made about Covid-19 in a leaflet sent to Dublin households are false or misleading

Oct 2nd 2020, 12:01 AM 87,217 Views 90 Comments

The leaflet was distributed in the name of Anti-Corruption Ireland, an anti-government group.

'I've never felt so low in my life': Jedward speak about impact of pandemic on mental health
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

'I've never felt so low in my life': Jedward speak about impact of pandemic on mental health

Sep 25th 2020, 11:14 PM 89,860 Views 82 Comments

The twins also hit out at conspiracy theorists and people who refuse to wear face masks.

Opinion: People seeking absolutes in times of uncertainty are falling for conspiracies online
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Opinion: People seeking absolutes in times of uncertainty are falling for conspiracies online

Sep 21st 2020, 7:08 AM 31,667 Views 72 Comments

Disinformation analyst Ciaran O’Connor says extremist groups online are offering simple answers to complex questions at a time when many people are frustrated.

'The Infodemic': Ireland's weak far-right hopes to gain from online conspiracies and misinformation
# Far-right Protests
# Far-right Protests

'The Infodemic': Ireland's weak far-right hopes to gain from online conspiracies and misinformation

Sep 19th 2020, 12:05 AM 134,060 Views 0 Comments

Fringe groups are feeding off public frustration and misinformation.