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# Social Media

    # Bavaria
    German woman alleged to have killed a lookalike she found on social media to fake her own death
    According to a daily German newspaper, the woman was a beautician who entrapped the victim via Instagram by offering her cosmetics.
    # factcheck
    Debunked: London Police are not criminally investigating COVID-19 vaccines
    Despite accusations of murder, terrorism, genocide, and torture, no credible evidence was given.
    Therapist: How do we challenge toxic masculinity and its appeal to impressionable young men?
    Geoffrey McCarthy looks at the Andrew Tate case and the troubling message it brings.
    # Human Trafficking
    Andrew Tate due in Romanian court to appeal against continued detention
    The controversial social media influencer is charged with being part of an organised crime group, human trafficking and rape.
    # Artem Lobov
    Injunction judgement reserved over allegedly defamatory social media posts by Conor McGregor
    Retired MMA fighter Artem Lobov claims that he has been the subject of a barrage of harassing and defamatory posts by McGregor.
    # Social Media
    Almost half of adverts posted by social media influencers not labelled as such, research finds
    The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission today published its report on social media influencers.
    # masterplan
    No social media, no milkshakes: How Australia upset World Cup odds
    In the build-up to Qatar, expectations at home were rock-bottom.
    Twitter employee: 'Our jobs are gone but we hope EU and UK law will protect us'
    One former employee says staff are gutted – ‘after 14 interviews in 11 months, I had finally found my dream job’.
    # 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.
    # Dublin
    Taoiseach condemns 'utterly reprehensible' attack on two Gardaí outside pub in Ballyfermot
    The two gardaí were responding to an incident last night when the attack occurred.
    Opinion: As a former Twitter employee, I'm horrified by what Elon Musk is doing
    Declan Cashin used to work at Twitter – he says what is happening to the company is deeply disappointing.
    Twitter's survival is about more than just Elon Musk getting his way - here's why
    Twitter has been shaken to its core since Elon Musk acquired it – does it matter?
    # Your Say
    Poll: Which social media platform do you spend the most time on?
    Let us know.
    # 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.
    # blue tick
    Musk tells staff to brace for ‘difficult times’ as he warns of Twitter’s demise
    Workers who survived last week’s mass layoffs are facing harsher work conditions and growing uncertainty about their ability to keep Twitter running.
    # Explainer
    Could Mastodon take over from Twitter - and how do you join?
    We explain why the decentralised social media site is now in favour, and what makes it different.
    # WhatsApp
    WhatsApp begins rolling out Communities feature to bundle together group chats
    It will be available globally in the next few months, WhatsApp has said.
    # Elon musk
    Musk announces 'content moderation council' for Twitter
    The announcement came as the website’s users wasted no time testing the limits of free speech on the platform.
    # Ye
    Kanye West begins process of buying alternative social media platform Parler
    Parent company Parlement Technologies said it has entered into an agreement in principle for the rapper to acquire the site.
    # factcheck
    Debunked: Figures on Covid-19 deaths and underlying conditions have been taken out of context
    Covid sceptics are misinterpreting CSO data to make inaccurate claims.
    # Banned
    YouTube becomes latest platform to ban Andrew Tate for breaching hate speech rules
    Tate has gained notoriety online for comments about women including suggesting they “bear some responsibility” if they are assaulted.
    # Misinformation
    HSE flagged over 3,000 Covid-19 social media posts due to misinformation
    Most of the flagged posts were on Twitter.
    # Allegations
    Domestic abuser Paul Moody was still active on dating apps days before his sentencing
    Ex-garda Paul Moody is now being investigated for allegations made by a number of people.
    # danger
    Health products regulator warns against unauthorised 'self-tanning' substance
    The HPRA said that social media has had a huge role at popularising the product.
    # 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.
    # 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.
    # Speaking out
    Everton star Dominic Calvert-Lewin reveals struggles and says ‘talking saved my life’
    The England international struggled with injuries in the 2021-22 campaign.
    # choc it down
    No garda involvement in removal of Animal Bars from shelves of Cork shop
    Claims have been made that the Animal Bars, which have foil wrappers, are popular with drug users.
    # Twitter
    Musk says Twitter purchase will not go ahead without clarity on spam accounts
    Musk yesterday responded with a poo emoji after the Twitter CEO defended the social media platform’s handling of bots.
    # Social Media
    Twitter announces hiring freeze and top executives' exit ahead of Elon Musk takeover
    Musk’s $44-billion deal to buy Twitter was announced last month but still needs the backing of shareholders and regulators.
    # Social Media
    President Higgins hits out at attempts of billionaires to control online discussion
    Billionaire Elon Musk last week began the process of acquiring Twitter for $44 billion.
    # 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.
    # Your Say
    Poll: Would you pay to use a social media platform?
    Governments and businesses may have to pay a fee to use Twitter in the future.
    # Changes
    Elon Musk says governments and businesses could face ‘slight cost’ to use Twitter
    The billionaire prospective owner of the platform has suggested a number of changes to the site.
    # Social Media
    EU moves forward with tougher consequences for digital platforms that violate banned content
    Tech giants have been repeatedly called out for failing to police their platforms.
    # Social Media
    Elon Musk no longer joining Twitter’s board of directors
    Twitter chief executive Parag Agrawal revealed the news, which followed a weekend of tweets from Musk suggesting possible changes to the site.
    # na meáin shóisialta
    Like, follow, share: the social media stars making Irish shine
    Young Irish speakers are engaging a whole new audience with the language online.
    # Social Media
    UK's Russian Embassy tweet about bombed Ukrainian hospital removed by Twitter
    The tweet suggested the hospital attacked in the port city of Mariupol was ‘long non-operational’.
    # Out of favour
    Xavi responds after Barcelona star Dembele's angry social media riposte
    The winger’s contract expires in the summer when he will be able to leave the club for free.
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