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# Social Media

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# warning
Leo Varadkar: 'Crisis of polarisation' developing in Irish politics due to influence of social media
The Tánaiste said he was concerned about where Irish politics was going.
# Social Media
HSE targets TikTok teens in bid to curb spread of Covid-19
The HSE has said it’s “very happy” with the role its advertising has played in keeping people in Ireland “informed and motivated” during the pandemic.
# social spend
Government spends almost €700,000 on social media and digital ads related to Covid-19
A total of €688,805 was spent across nine different campaigns.
# Sunny Side of 40
Kim Kardashian sparks social media meme with trip to private island
Kardashian’s announcement that she surprised her “inner circle” with celebrations for her 40th birthday has attracted a mixed response.
# Social Media
Woman in court over probe into details shared online claiming to identify boy convicted of Ana Kriegel murder
Gardaí said this is the first person to face prosecution in relation to this investigation.
# like
Looking for love in lockdown? Facebook Dating has launched in Ireland
Facebook said Dating had been built with “safety, security and privacy at the forefront”.
# Instagram
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.
# Facebook
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.
# factcheck
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
TikTok: US judge temporarily blocks ban on popular app
The order banning the app was due to take effect at midnight on Sunday.
# misogyny
'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.
# High Court
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
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
# Top tweets
Twitter adds labels to state-backed media accounts
Some senior political officials will also have their accounts labelled.
# Social Media
'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.
# Misinformation
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
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.
# Hacked
Twitter reveals further details about the large-scale hack of celebrity accounts
The company said hackers attempted to mislead certain employees.
# Interview
'Might be the stupidest thing I could possibly do': Irish author John Boyne on his next project
Boyne talks to about his latest novel, the backlash to his 2019 novel My Brother’s Name is Jessica.
# trading
Gardaí conduct search as part of social media foreign exchange trading investigation
Gardaí seized mobile phones and documentation after two premises were searched today.
# Online
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.
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’.
# Roderic O'Gorman
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
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.
# Misinformation
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.
# moderate
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”.
# 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.
# Executive Order
'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.
# tiktok
'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.
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
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.
# disinformation
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.
# Your Say
Poll: Should social media companies do more to tackle the spread of Covid-19 misinformation?
WhatsApp has moved to restrict the forwarding of content to just one person in one go.
# incoming message
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.
# unite by staying apart
'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.
# Tackle Your Feelings
'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.
# Have your say
Open thread: Which four footballers have meant most to you in your life?
The question has been doing the rounds on social media.
# coronoavirus
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.
# Misinformation
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.
# Clare
'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.