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# Social Media

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# Reality actually
Labour's popularity existed online, but not in real life
Social media was a poor indicator of how this year’s UK election played out.
# liked and shared
Gay Byrne, Brexit and Donald Trump: What people were talking about on Facebook in 2019
A list of the Instagram accounts with the most followers has also been released.
# Social Media
Bonnie Greer, Love Island and #WagathaChristie: Here's what got Irish Twitter talking this year
And of course, Irish Twitter talked a lot about Brexit too.
# grey zone
Governments need to work with tech companies to curb hate speech, says Facebook anti-terror chief
In an interview with TheJournal.ie, Facebook’s counterterrorism chief said it was dealing with grey areas at present.
# mullingar court
Men told to desist from posting social media videos in Mullingar court appearance
Judge Flann Brennan granted free legal aid to all three accused.
# Mullingar
Men to appear in court over social media threats to kill
It’s believed the arrests are connected to a machete attack carried out last weekend.
# Athlone
Fermanagh machete attack: Gardaí make three arrests over social media 'threats to kill'
This morning, gardaí conducted a number of planned searches in the Athlone area.
# Terrorism
'An impossible task': Facebook counter-terrorism chief on trying to rid social media of extremist content
Dr Erin Marie Saltman was speaking during a visit to Dublin this afternoon.
# Patrick Street
Extra gardaí deployed in Cork city after plan to rob shop is shared on social media
Up to 100 young people gathered in the area, some of whom were wearing balaclavas.
# Social Media
Former Twitter employees recruited as spies for Saudi Arabia, US court heard
Prosecutors allege the Saudi government was behind the recruitment of the spies.
# Transparency
New legislation will regulate political advertising on social media
The move comes amid an international debate about how social media platforms handle political ads.
# Cavan
Three people arrested after video of alleged assault in Cavan shared on social media
A man was charged and will appear in court today.
# Racism
Twitter defends response to 'absolutely abhorrent' abuse directed at Ryan family
TD Jack Chambers described their response to the situation as “weak”.
# Social Media
Twitter to be challenged by TDs over racist comments which forced Ryan family to leave Ireland
Meath couple Fiona Ryan and Jonathan Mathis spoke of death threats they received on the Late Late show on Friday.
# teach me as me
Government launches competition to promote Irish students' individuality
The Children and Youth Affairs Minister launched the social media campaign and competition today.
# Social Media
'Everybody assumes we're a bunch of hairy-ass loons': What is the Brexit Party up to?
The Brexit Party is preparing for an election – by using a technology called Pericles, in reference to one of Bojo’s historic heroes.
# Bai
Report finds 'lack of consistency' in online political adverts during 2019 European elections
That’s according to ElectCheck, a new research report commissioned by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
# mandatory vaccinations
Harris says social media companies should ban accounts that spread misinformation about vaccines
Facebook says certain hashtags are banned and ads rejected in a bid to stop misinformation from gaining traction.
# HPV
Harris asks social media companies and sporting organisations to help raise vaccine awareness
The health minister sent letters to companies like Facebook and Google in recent weeks.
# Criticism
Lampard takes social media to task after Zouma abuse
The Chelsea boss was not happy after online trolls attacked the player.
# Social Media
Twitter agree to meet with Man United over Pogba racist abuse
Representatives from Kick It Out will also be present, in light of the French midfielder being subjected to racism online this week.
# fake accounts
Twitter and Facebook accuse China of social media campaign against Hong Kong protesters
Facebook and Twitter said they had shut down nearly 1,000 active accounts linked to China.
# Mental Health
Using social media 3 or more times a day may compromise teenage girls' health, study finds
The findings published are part of a major study of over 10,000 13-16 year olds in England.
# messenger kids
Facebook flaw allowed thousands of children to join chats with people not approved by parents
The social network said it has been shutting down the group chats involved.
# Face off
Privacy concerns raised over app that makes you look older through artificial technology
FaceApp uses artificial intelligence to make you look older or younger.
# Social Media
Instagram rolls out test hiding likes on posts for Irish users from today
Instagram said it wants to see if the change will help users to focus less on likes and more on telling their stories.
# Social Media
Facebook set for $5 billion fine in the US over privacy and data protection failings
It’ll be the largest penalty ever imposed by the US Federal Trade Commission over privacy violations.
# ASAI
Complaint of 'racism' against Wexford shop whose owner painted his face black for advert upheld
Smyths Homevalue shared the video on Facebook to promote Black Friday last year.
# Online Safety
Concerns raised over BAI's proposal to police harmful content online
The BAI has proposed that it be given the power to regulate harmful online content on social media platforms.
# Tweet Elite
Wan-Bissaka playing U12s for Palace, Rossies' super-fan Paddy Joe Burke and more Tweets of the Week
Here’s the best of what the world of sport had to offer on Twitter over the past seven days.
Voices
Shane Dunphy: Some things to consider before you post images of your kids on social media
We should all think a little more deeply about the images we share, writes child protection expert Shane Dunphy.
# Contempt of Court
Facebook and Twitter representatives to appear before court after Ana Kriegel murderers identified online
The boys, identified in the media only as Boy A and Boy B, were convicted yesterday of murdering Ana Kriegel last year.
Voices
Opinion: Quitting social media enriched my life hugely - would you dare to hit delete?
I had a thousand Facebook friends but no one begged me to stay, writes Laoighseach Ní Choistealbha.
Voices
Indonesia: Government moves to block social media as fake images lead to violent clashes
Social media hoaxes, including doctored images and fake videos, have contributed to bloodshed in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, writes Barry Dunning.
# Tweet Elite
Shane Ross robs Katie's limelight, GAA referee brings McDonalds to A&E and more Tweets of the Week
Here’s the best of what the world of sport had to offer on Twitter over the past seven days.
# New Rules
Twitter overhauls rules in bid to boost transparency and make it easier to report abuse
Twitter has been repeatedly criticised for failing to police abuse and harassment on the site.
# top trends
These were the most active Irish politicians on Twitter during the European election campaign
More than 33,000 unique Irish Twitter users discussed the European election on the social network in recent weeks.
# Tweet Elite
Rod Stewart's brilliant tribute to Liam Miller, Dick Clerkin down in Castlebar and more Tweets of the Week
Here’s the best of what the world of sport had to offer on Twitter over the past seven days.
# Tweet Elite
Three generations of Meylers, Man City fans leaving early and more Tweets of the Week
Here’s the best of what the world of sport had to offer on Twitter over the past seven days.
# Literature
John Boyne quits Twitter after criticism from trans activists following newspaper article
‘He spoke of his rejection of the term ‘cis’ used to refer to those who are not part of the trans community.