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# social-media - Monday 19 October, 2020

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.

# social-media - Monday 12 October, 2020

Facebook to ban content that denies or distorts the Holocaust

Facebook vice president of content policy Monika Bickert cautioned that the change will take time.

# social-media - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

FactFind: Are Fine Gael's claims about Sinn Féin in a video published on social media accurate?

The video on Twitter and Facebook accused Sinn Féin of being “two-faced and hypocritical”. But were the claims in it correct?

# social-media - Monday 28 September, 2020

TikTok: US judge temporarily blocks ban on popular app

The order banning the app was due to take effect at midnight on Sunday.

# social-media - Saturday 19 September, 2020

'These are communities which are extremely violently misogynistic': Investigating the world of incels, pick-up artists and men who hate women

We speak to the author Laura Bates about what she discovered in some of the dark – and not so dark – recesses of the internet.

# social-media - Monday 14 September, 2020

Facebook seeks to quash Data Protection Commissioner's decision over transfer of user data

Facebook Ireland also seeks various declarations including that the DPC has acted unlawfully.

# social-media - Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Facebook blames coronavirus for hampering efforts to remove suicide posts from its platforms

The social network also said it took action on fewer pieces of child nudity and sexual exploitation content on Instagram

# social-media - Thursday 6 August, 2020

Twitter adds labels to state-backed media accounts

Some senior political officials will also have their accounts labelled.

'Hundreds of new jobs' to be created in Ireland as TikTok announces plans for European Data Centre

The €420 million data centre, the company’s first in Europe, is to be operational by 2022.

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter take action against Trump misinformation online

Facebook removed a post from the president while Twitter blocked a Trump campaign account.

# social-media - Sunday 2 August, 2020

Microsoft reportedly in advanced talks to buy US TikTok operation

The reports emerged as US President Donald Trump said he would ban the Chinese-owned app in the US.

# social-media - Saturday 1 August, 2020

Twitter reveals further details about the large-scale hack of celebrity accounts

The company said hackers attempted to mislead certain employees.

# social-media - Sunday 26 July, 2020

'Might be the stupidest thing I could possibly do': Irish author John Boyne on his next project

Boyne talks to TheJournal.ie about his latest novel, the backlash to his 2019 novel My Brother’s Name is Jessica.

# social-media - Wednesday 22 July, 2020

Gardaí conduct search as part of social media foreign exchange trading investigation

Gardaí seized mobile phones and documentation after two premises were searched today.

# social-media - Sunday 19 July, 2020

Twitter and the Taoiseach: Why Fianna Fáil is playing catch-up on social media

Fine Gael is generally seen to have been adept at social media – something heightened during Covid-19 crisis.

# social-media - Friday 10 July, 2020

Opinion: Ireland is in prime position to hold social networks to account - and we must

Lawyer Paul Tweed says it’s ‘absurd’ for such companies to claim they are ‘merely a platform, not a publisher’.

# social-media - Monday 6 July, 2020

Children's minister rejects 'homophobic' online claims linking him to comments about paedophilia

Roderic O’Gorman criticised the claims made on social media in recent days.

# social-media - Saturday 27 June, 2020

Coca Cola suspends ads on social media as platforms come under fire over handling of racist content

Unilver, home to brands like Lipton tea, also said it would suspend ads on social media until the end of 2020.

# social-media - Friday 19 June, 2020

Trump's tweet of 'racist baby' video flagged as manipulative media by Twitter

Twitter has flagged a number of the US President’s tweets in recent weeks.

# social-media - Saturday 6 June, 2020

Zuckerberg vows to review Facebook policies after internal anger over Trump's posts

In a letter to employees, the Facebook CEO said his decisions not to moderate Trump’s controversial posts caused “anger” and “hurt”.

# social-media - Saturday 30 May, 2020

From The42 'I realised at that point that it's not a nice place to be or a healthy thing to do' Reflecting

'I realised at that point that it's not a nice place to be or a healthy thing to do'

Ireland and Ulster wing Jacob Stockdale says the lockdown has been a blessing in disguise for him.

# social-media - Friday 29 May, 2020

'We're fed up with it': Trump signs executive order following factchecking row with Twitter

Trump said the factchecks were ‘editorial decisions’ by Twitter and amounted to political activism.

# social-media - Tuesday 26 May, 2020

'Absolutely crazy': TikTok to investigate Irish videos showing 'dangerous pranks' with farm machinery

IFA president Tim Cullinan called on those recording the videos to show more responsibility.

# social-media - Friday 22 May, 2020

Data Protection Commission completes probe into Twitter's handling of data breach

Fines for breaches of GDPR can reach €20 million or up to 4% of a company’s turnover for the previous year.

# social-media - Wednesday 13 May, 2020

Facebook says it's flagged 50 million misleading coronavirus posts since March

The number of Instagram posts related to suicide or self-harm Facebook took action against increased by 40%, it said.

# social-media - Tuesday 28 April, 2020

Not enough is being done to label fake news on social media sites - report

FuJo Director Jane Suiter said that the “most significant shortcoming of empowering consumers” was labelling trustworthy content.

# social-media - Tuesday 7 April, 2020

New WhatsApp restrictions to curb the spread of misinformation about Covid-19

Volumes of misinformation about coronavirus has been circulated through messaging and social media apps.

# social-media - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

From The42 'The future of our people is in our hands' - 16 iconic Irish sports stars send rallying call to the nation Unite By Staying Apart This post contains videos

'The future of our people is in our hands' - 16 iconic Irish sports stars send rallying call to the nation

A powerful video and a clear message from some household names.

# social-media - Wednesday 25 March, 2020

'After the coach spoke, you'd turn into the corner and type your name into Twitter'

Connacht out-half Jack Carty speaks about his struggles to move past online criticism of his performances.

# social-media - Tuesday 24 March, 2020

Open thread: Which four footballers have meant most to you in your life?

The question has been doing the rounds on social media.

# social-media - Friday 20 March, 2020

Minister: 'Please stop putting messages up online that are frightening young and old'

The government is engaging with social media companies about the spread of misinformation.

# social-media - Thursday 19 March, 2020

Twitter to delete posts which promote fake Covid-19 treatments or deny expert advice

The site said tweets which place people at risk of contracting the illness would contravene its safety rules.

# social-media - Monday 24 February, 2020

'I am traumatised to the core': Girl sexually abused as 12 year-old by teenager she met on Snapchat

The girl’s victim impact statement was read at Ennis Circuit Court today.

# social-media - Thursday 20 February, 2020

Gardaí warn of banking scam targeting social media users

The most recent fraud involves customers of a banking institution being targeted via advertisements on Facebook.

# social-media - Wednesday 19 February, 2020

'Inaccurate, anti-Semitic and racist': Jewish Council condemns newly-elected Sinn Féin TD's 'offensive' tweets

Réada Cronin has apologised for her tweets, saying she never intended to cause hurt or distress.

Facebook policy chief says 'we all have a role to play' tackling online harassment following Caroline Flack death

Monika Bickert spoke in Dublin about the challenge of identifying and removing harmful content on social media.

# social-media - Tuesday 18 February, 2020

Society of editors says it is 'wrong to blame media' for Caroline Flack's death

An inquest into her death is to open on Wednesday.

# social-media - Monday 17 February, 2020

From The42 Barca deny hiring company to criticise Messi and other players on social media Allegations

Barca deny hiring company to criticise Messi and other players on social media

The Blaugrana have released a statement responding to claims they paid for dozens of accounts to be set up on Facebook and Twitter.

EU threatens big tech companies with 'stricter' regulation following meeting with Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg has recently asked governments to strengthen how online media is regulated.

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