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# Social Media

Last year
# do not disturb
How Irish sport is trying to tackle social media abuse
Dealing with unwelcome notifications on your phone apps is now a part of being an athlete.
All time
# Disciplined
Five gardaí disciplined over use of social media
Gardaí have in recent years been hit by controversy relating to the sharing of sensitive material.
# Social Media
TikTok, YouTube and Snapchat defend apps impact on kids at US hearing
TikTok and Snapcaht reps argued they are built to protect against the mental health and safety risks present on social media.
# Facebook
New whistleblower says Facebook put profits before stopping problematic content, reports say
Facebook has faced a storm of criticism over the past month.
# truth social
Donald Trump is launching a new media company with its own social media platform
He’s spoken about launching his own social media site ever since he was barred from Twitter and Facebook.
# Offline
'It's a very hostile, toxic place to come into' - Phil Jones explains why he left social media
The Man United defender, who hasn’t played since January 2020, says young players need to be mentally strong to deal with online abuse.
# Social Media
Gareth Southgate: Players can be influenced by vaccine ‘conspiracy theories’
The England manager presented a video after Euro 2020 urging people to get vaccinated and was abused online as a result.
# Social Media
Facebook apologises as social media users report app outages
Many social media users have this evening complained that Instagram is offline.
# Frances Haugen
Five things we've learned from the Facebook whistleblower
Frances Haugen has called for the social media giant to be regulated.
# Social Media
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp outage caused by error during maintenance work, company says
The social networks and messaging service went offline for more than five hours on Monday.
# logging off
Open Thread: Your tips for quitting or cutting down on social media
A number of Facebook controversies have put the focus on screen time once more.
# Frances Haugen
Whistleblower says Facebook products hurt children and fuel division
Frances Haugen was giving evidence before Congress.
# Social Media
WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook down with users complaining of outages
Facebook and its subsidiaries have tweeted statements confirming the outage.
# Misinformation
YouTube to remove anti-vaccine videos from its platform
YouTube has removed more than 130,000 videos since last year for violating its Covid-19 vaccine policies.
# Social Media
Facebook suspends development of Instagram app for children after widespread criticism
Instagram chief Adam Mosseri has complained that the project has been widely misunderstood.
# disinformation
'Critical shortcomings' on social media companies in tackling disinformation, report finds
Research undertaken on behalf of the BAI and published today analysed 47 monthly transparency reports.
# 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?’’
# Blocked
Twitter unveils 'Safety Mode' to temporarily block abuse
The social media giant has begun testing the new tool with a small group of users.
# Twitter
Transport authority contacted gardaí over Twitter account after fake 'free Luas' claims went viral
A viral joke in early August claimed that the light rail service in the capital was now free of charge.
# Social Media
OnlyFans to ban sexually explicit content from its platform
The company said the change from 1 October is being implemented at the request of its financial partners.
# 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.
# Social Media
Facebook resolves dispute with Gavin Duffy over ads claiming he was dead
In a joint statement they said the misleading claims in these ads had been published by “malicious third-parties”.
# Naíscoil na Seolta
Irish-language nursery school in east Belfast to relocate after 'social media hate campaign'
Naíscoil na Seolta is due to open in September but will now do so in another location.
# tiktok
TikTok to open cybersecurity centre in Ireland
The new centre will create over 50 jobs in security, privacy and policy.
# Social Media
Lions will go through 'appropriate channels' as Erasmus' Twitter antics continue
The SA Rugby director of rugby is strongly suspected of having set up a fake profile.
# Misinformation
Biden says social media misinformation on Covid-19 is 'killing people'
Facebook rejected the criticism saying its efforts to get facts out are ‘saving lives’.
# Bernard O'Byrne
Basketball CEO Bernard O'Byrne steps down over Raheem Sterling social media post
O’Byrne was under pressure following a Facebook comment about English player Raheem Sterling.
# Your Say
Poll: Should anonymous accounts be banned from social media?
The social media pages of some English players were hit by racist comments following Sunday’s match.
# trolls
Lions wing Van Der Merwe blocks out social media messages questioning his place
The South Africa-born Scotland wing says the messages also motivate him.
Opinion: The Irish public needs to be involved in the debates about how media is funded and regulated
Dr Eileen Culloty says media plays a central role in democratic and civic life – and media literacy is a vital tool in helping the public understand this.
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.
# media blackout
Explainer: How does a garda media blackout work in the age of social media?
Gardaí requested a media blackout during the Blanchardstown siege on Tuesday night but social media companies did not comply.
Covid-19 and restrictions have had 'devastating impact' on mental health of LGBTI+ young people in Ireland
A new report provides insight into what life is like for LGBTI+ young people.
# debunked
Debunked: Multiple claims on Instagram about vaccines, face masks and Covid-19 tests are false or misleading
The claims have been made in recent weeks.
# Eoghan Harris
Twitter suspends eight accounts linked to anonymous 'Barbara J Pym' account used by Eoghan Harris
Columnist Eoghan Harris was part of a now-suspended Twitter account called ‘Barbara J Pym’.
'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
# Social Media
Trump launches personal communication webpage ahead of Facebook decision on ban
Facebook’s independent oversight board is ruling tomorrow on whether to allow Trump back on the platform.
# Blackout
As football's social media boycott begins, Henry says it's only the start in fight against racism
A number of organisations and clubs will log off for the weekend from 3pm today.
# filtered
Instagram to screen DMs as part of attempts to fight online abuse
The new tool will automatically filter messages deemed offensive.
'I hung up for the last time': How I lost my partner to conspiracy theories
Our reader documents her relationship with a partner who became an advocate of online conspiracy theories.