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#Misinformation

# misinformation - Sunday 11 July, 2021

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 26,536 Views 73 Comments

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

# misinformation - Wednesday 23 June, 2021

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 18,287 Views 74 Comments

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

# misinformation - Friday 18 June, 2021

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 12,312 Views 12 Comments

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

# misinformation - Wednesday 16 June, 2021

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 97,210 Views 9 Comments

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

# misinformation - Monday 31 May, 2021

'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 69,557 Views 0 Comments

Leo Varadkar contacted the companies following a protest in March.

# misinformation - Saturday 8 May, 2021

'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 89,021 Views 0 Comments

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

# misinformation - Friday 7 May, 2021

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 11,359 Views 0 Comments

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

# misinformation - Wednesday 5 May, 2021

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 11,324 Views 0 Comments

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

# misinformation - Sunday 18 April, 2021

'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 91,151 Views 0 Comments

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

# misinformation - Thursday 15 April, 2021

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 7,185 Views 0 Comments

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

# misinformation - Tuesday 13 April, 2021

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 13,397 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.

# misinformation - Monday 15 March, 2021

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 20,757 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.

# misinformation - Sunday 7 March, 2021

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 15,674 Views 43 Comments

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

# misinformation - Wednesday 3 March, 2021

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 58,285 Views 0 Comments

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

# misinformation - Tuesday 2 March, 2021

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 6,507 Views 13 Comments

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

# misinformation - Sunday 28 February, 2021

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 39,179 Views 178 Comments

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

# misinformation - Friday 26 February, 2021

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 53,574 Views 51 Comments

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

# misinformation - Wednesday 10 February, 2021

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

Irish Islamic community criticises targeted misinformation campaign

Feb 10th 2021, 4:45 PM 24,055 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.

# misinformation - Sunday 31 January, 2021

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 15,136 Views 42 Comments

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

# misinformation - Tuesday 26 January, 2021

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 36,540 Views 0 Comments

Dr Keshav Sharma died on 11 January.

# misinformation - Thursday 7 January, 2021

'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 24,932 Views 0 Comments

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

# misinformation - Monday 4 January, 2021

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 14,773 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 - Saturday 26 December, 2020

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 15,438 Views 27 Comments

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

# misinformation - Thursday 26 November, 2020

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 17,407 Views 24 Comments

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

# misinformation - Monday 23 November, 2020

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 25,936 Views 0 Comments

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

# misinformation - Tuesday 17 November, 2020

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 29,558 Views 24 Comments

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

# misinformation - Thursday 12 November, 2020

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 16,572 Views 1 Comment

The incorrect claim is being widely shared on social media.

# misinformation - Thursday 5 November, 2020

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 25,042 Views 18 Comments

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

# misinformation - Tuesday 27 October, 2020

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 3,161 Views 6 Comments

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

# misinformation - Wednesday 7 October, 2020

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 25,441 Views 49 Comments

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

# misinformation - Friday 2 October, 2020

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 87,178 Views 90 Comments

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

# misinformation - Friday 25 September, 2020

'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 89,822 Views 82 Comments

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

# misinformation - Monday 21 September, 2020

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 31,645 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.

# misinformation - Saturday 19 September, 2020

'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 133,944 Views 0 Comments

Fringe groups are feeding off public frustration and misinformation.

# misinformation - Friday 18 September, 2020

Debunked: No, the Covid-19 swab test cannot enter the brain and cause damage
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, the Covid-19 swab test cannot enter the brain and cause damage

Sep 18th 2020, 5:23 PM 26,980 Views 36 Comments

The Covid-19 swab is not powerful enough to break through bone, a professor said.

# misinformation - Saturday 12 September, 2020

Health Minister says campaigns to erode trust in public health 'deeply concerning' after Dublin protest
# Coronavirus Protest
# Coronavirus Protest

Health Minister says campaigns to erode trust in public health 'deeply concerning' after Dublin protest

Sep 12th 2020, 7:13 PM 92,655 Views 295 Comments

Stephen Donnelly said that misinformation “has been a problem from the outset” of the pandemic.

# misinformation - Friday 11 September, 2020

Debunked: No, there weren't 'only 717 deaths' in Ireland in July
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Debunked: No, there weren't 'only 717 deaths' in Ireland in July

Sep 11th 2020, 5:40 PM 57,057 Views 0 Comments

The figures in question refer to the number of deaths registered for that month so far, not the total number of people who died.

# misinformation - Tuesday 8 September, 2020

FactFind: No, it's not correct to say just 100 people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

FactFind: No, it's not correct to say just 100 people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland

Sep 8th 2020, 4:08 PM 159,358 Views 114 Comments

A widely shared Facebook video incorrectly claims that 100 people, not 1,777, have died because of the virus in Ireland.

# misinformation - Friday 4 September, 2020

FactCheck: Is this widespread claim about the recent number of deaths by suicide in Ireland true?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Is this widespread claim about the recent number of deaths by suicide in Ireland true?

Sep 4th 2020, 12:05 AM 138,973 Views 60 Comments

The claim has spread widely on Facebook and Twitter and has caused significant distress.

# misinformation - Friday 28 August, 2020

Debunked: It's false to claim Irish and Italian death tolls are 'miscalculated' and 'inflated' by up to 90%
# Debunk
# Debunk

Debunked: It's false to claim Irish and Italian death tolls are 'miscalculated' and 'inflated' by up to 90%

Aug 28th 2020, 3:52 PM 2,563 Views 0 Comments

Variations of the same post have been widely shared on Facebook.