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# Social Media

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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.
# Fraud
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.
# reada cronin
'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.
# trolling
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.
# Headlines
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.
# 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.
# Social Media
EU threatens big tech companies with 'stricter' regulation following meeting with Zuckerberg
Zuckerberg has recently asked governments to strengthen how online media is regulated.
# dating apps
Gardaí warn people about 'romance fraud' ahead of Valentine’s Day
In 2019, people in Ireland lost in excess of €1 million through such fraud.
# Your Say
Poll: Do ads on social media impact how you vote?
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have spent over €100,000 between them on adverts on Facebook and Instagram since the start of the general election campaign.
# US elections 2020
Twitter and Pinterest step up efforts to tackle voter misinformation in US elections
Twitter unveiled a new tool that will make it easier for American users to report tweets containing misleading information.
# deleted
Varadkar defends Fine Gael social media video that was deleted following backlash
Varadkar said the video had set out to portray serious issues in a light-hearted way.
# snapchat probe
Gardaí probe social media accounts after vicious gang attack that led to teenager losing finger
He was set upon by up to 20 people, gardaí said, in what was believed to be a planned attack.
The Irish For: Reflecting on the decade Gaeilge and social media found each other
Let’s look back on some of the Irish words of the 2010s.
# internet of everything
From 'two TV' households to ubiquitous smartphones: How Irish media habits have changed this decade
From Taoisigh announcing their resignation on Twitter, to misleading political ads, here’s a quick review of how we’ve changed.
# digital ads
Fine Gael spent over €13,000 promoting by-election candidates on Facebook and Instagram
Facebook data shows Fine Gael outspent all other parties on promoting candidates through Facebook.
# 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, 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.