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# Online abuse

Last year
2022
Voices
Opinion: Reflecting on 2022, the LGBT+ community is hopeful of progress in the year ahead
Adam Long of the National LGBT Federation (NXF) takes stock of what 2022 meant for the LGBT+ community, and what the focus should be in 2023.
# Speaking out
'I get death threats every now and then' - F1 driver on social media abuse
The 22-year-old was speaking ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
# statement
Meath GAA air 'disgust' and condemn recent abuse
‘We would question their true intentions and if they are supporters at all.’
# Social Media
Facebook and Twitter offering supports for TDs and Senators who experience online abuse
The platforms provided briefings to politicians earlier this year and promised enhanced facilities for reporting harassment.
# Cathal Crowe
Government TD makes garda complaint about 'threatening' online video
Cathal Crowe made a complaint to gardaí about the video which attacks him over comments he made in the Dáil against hate speech.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you ever reported social media abuse?
New research has found a ‘trove of racial hatred’ on a number of social media and gaming platforms.
# Online abuse
Open Thread: Have you experienced gendered abuse or harassment online?
We want to hear your stories.
All time
# Speaking out
Rio Ferdinand says he encouraged gay male footballer to come out but the player was advised not to
It’s about, ‘are you capable of coming out and being able to withstand that media attention?’’
# Speaking out
'Lucy Quinn didn’t play well today' – and also 'she’s a slag'' - Birmingham forward details online abuse
The 27-year-old says she has received sexist comments on social media.
# 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.
# Kick it out
Police make 11 arrests in relation to racist abuse of England players
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were on the receiving end after missing penalties in Euro 2020 final.
# Online abuse
Four people arrested so far in connection with online abuse of England players
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were targeted by trolls.
# Online abuse
Basketball Ireland condemns 'disgraceful' online comments aimed at women's U20 side
‘Our players and coaching staff have dedicated a lot of time and effort to represent their country.’
# Online abuse
Twitter 'troll' to pay BBC's Stephen Nolan six-figure sum in damages
Nolan, who presents regular shows on BBC Radio Ulster and Radio 5 Live, tracked down the individual who was behind the online campaign.
Voices
Opinion: Online abuse needs to be stopped, but let's not shut down open debate in the process
Adam Hallissey says it’s clear that political discource online is broken, but attempts to change things drastically may backfire.
THE MORNING LEAD
'I got an Instagram message saying 'your days are numbered' - but the thing is, this person was easily traceable'
A report by
Órla Ryan
Online abuse is now widely seen as part of the job of an elected official.
Virtual abuse is now widely seen as part of the job of being an elected official, Órla Ryan and Christina Finn write
A number of politicians speak out about the vile insults directed at them - and their children
Irish politics needs more women and minorities to run for office, Hazel Chu says
New hate crime bill with tough sentences gets government approval
# stamp it out
Football chiefs call for government legislation to tackle online abuse after boycott
Clubs, players and governing bodies observed a social media blackout over the weekend.
# opening up
Karen Carney says she had suicidal thoughts after receiving online abuse
The former England international deleted her Twitter account in December following a barrage of abusive messages.
# enough is enough
United midfielder Fred says racist abuse on social media ‘cannot be accepted’
The 28-year-old is one of several United players to be subjected to abuse in recent weeks.
# Online abuse
'If you see something that you're not happy about, do something about it: call it out, ban it, report it'
David Gillick discusses the rise of online abuse in sport, and the zero-tolerance approach which must be adopted towards it.
# statement
Stoke City vow to 'bring the perpetrators to justice' after vile online abuse of McClean
The Republic of Ireland winger and his wife have highlighted the ‘anti-Irish abuse’ and threats they have received.
# abusive graffiti
Varadkar: 'I'm afraid it will end in violence. I don't mean having a milkshake thrown on you, I mean something much worse'
The Tánaiste reacts to the abusive graffiti about him that was scrawled on a wall in Belfast earlier this month.
# Online abuse
Referee Mike Dean asks to sit out round of Premier League games after death threats
The 52-year-old referee had been involved in two controversial incidents.
# Coco's Law
President Higgins signs legislation criminalising distribution of intimate images without consent into law
The Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill 2017 covers a wide range of offences.
# revenge porn
Pornhub deletes millions of user-generated videos after public backlash
A New York Times investigation revealed that videos on the adult-content site depicted incidents of rape and violence.
# Welfare
Online abuse sees EPCR switch referee Brace's Champions Cup appointment
‘With his welfare and development as a referee to the fore, this course of action was deemed to be appropriate.’
# Kick it out
Premier League launches system for players to report online racist abuse
‘Online discriminatory abuse is unacceptable in any walk of life.’
# Online abuse
'It said ‘I hope your kids get coronavirus' and 'I hope they die in a house fire’' - Patrick McClean defends brother James
The Ireland winger was fined two weeks’ wages by his club Stoke City last week for an ill-judged Instagram post.
# Online abuse
RTÉ journalist experienced racist abuse online for over two years
Zainab Boladale said she has been dealing with much of the abuse since 2017.
# Online abuse
Govt making 'little or no progress' against online abuse and child exploitation, committee told
The Justice Committee is examining issues such as cyberbullying, harassment, stalking and revenge porn.
# Racism
Twitter defends response to 'absolutely abhorrent' abuse directed at Ryan family
TD Jack Chambers described their response to the situation as “weak”.
# Lidl
Couple from supermarket ad campaign 'considering leaving Ireland' after online abuse
They have called for more robust hate-crime legislation to be introduced.
# aoife dooley
Irish comedian subjected to 'dozens' of rape and death threats over article she wrote on Junior Cert paper
Aoife Dooley said she has notified gardaí of the threats made to her online.
# Toxic
Leicester contact police after 'vile and disgusting' online abuse of players
The Premiership club says players’ families have also been targeted.
# Harassment
Garda investigation underway following claims of online abuse targeting Munster rugby players
A probe into the claims has been ongoing for the past few months.
# Online abuse
Fulham vow to take 'strongest possible action' after Kamara suffers racist abuse
The club has spoken out after vile online abuse followed the striker’s penalty miss on Saturday.
# Amnesty International
Abuse on Twitter: Women of colour 34% more likely than white women to be targeted
The study found that an abusive or problematic tweet was sent to the women in the study every 30 seconds on average.
# Online abuse
Donald Trump tweets insult at Stormy Daniels and threatens to 'go after' her
The US President has denied an affair with the former adult actress.
# Online abuse
'Ireland is behind the times in tackling revenge porn'
Labour’s Brendan Howlin said other countries have legislated against revenge porn and secured convictions.
# amnesty survey
'Imagine getting rape threats when you open an app': The toll of online abuse on women
Women in eight different countries reported feeling anxious, less confident and unable to sleep after receiving abuse online.