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# WhatsApp

Last month
January 2023
WhatsApp Ireland fined €5.5 million for breaches of GDPR
The Data Protection Commission also announced that WhatsApp Ireland has six months to bring its data processing operations into compliance.
Last year
# Meta Misstep
'I got this wrong': Meta's layoffs and what they mean for Ireland
Mark Zuckerberg said things ‘did not play out’ as expected, but Meta has committed to long-term plans in Ireland.
# 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.
# Back in business
WhatsApp comes back online after global service outage
Many people took to social media this morning to complain that they were unable to send or receive messages on the platform.
# group chat
People will be able to leave WhatsApp groups without alerting others under new privacy update
Users will also be able to hide that they are online as part of the new features.
All time
# UK
Wembley murders officers jailed over ‘shameful’ WhatsApp images
Deniz Jaffer and Jamie Lewis took photos of the scene they were assigned to guard after sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman were found dead.
# Court
WhatsApp Ireland allowed to challenge €225m GDPR fine in High Court
WhatsApp claims the fine constitutes the imposition of a criminal sanction
# 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.
# Explainer
Explainer: Why did Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go down yesterday?
The platforms were down for around six hours yesterday.
# Social Media
WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook down with users complaining of outages
Facebook and its subsidiaries have tweeted statements confirming the outage.
# signal app
Five members of Cabinet have downloaded app that allows encrypted messages to be wiped
Unlike WhatsApp, the data from Signal messages is retained on the device only and not backed up in the cloud.
'Patent ambiguity': WhatsApp's record €225 million fine underlines grave transparency issues
A report by
Ian Curran
The Data Protection Commission’s final 250-plus page decision could be significant for the application of GDPR.
Some of the information provided by WhatsApp to users was described as "unnecessarily ambiguous" and "ill-defined".
Non-users of WhatsApp were given no information about why the company was processing their mobile phone numbers.
Engaging with WhatsApp's Privacy Policy during the inquiry was described as a "needlessly frustrating exercise".
WhatsApp Ireland hit with record €225 million fine by Data Protection Commissioner
The Irish privacy watchdog has also reprimanded the company over its failure to comply with GDPR transparency rules.
# Brian Leddin
Eamon Ryan says there's no space for 'demeaning' private messages after Green TD apology
Limerick City TD Brian Leddin apologised at the weekend for messages posted in a WhatsApp group.
# Downing Street
Dominic Cummings steps up criticism of Boris Johnson’s suitability for office
Boris Johnson’s former aide Dominic Cummings criticised the UK Prime Minister for a lack of focus.
# WhatsApp
WhatsApp to roll-out in-app banner in bid to help explain privacy update after concerns raised
It will also display messages in the Status section of the app.
# privacy vs free services
WhatsApp reassures users of privacy as people flock to Signal and Telegram
“We can’t see your private messages or hear your calls, and neither can Facebook,” WhatsApp said in a blog post.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Our favourite explanations of the year
Here’s the best bits of our podcast this year
# United States
Facebook anti-trust lawsuits seek to divest Instagram and WhatsApp
The Federal Trade Commission said Facebook has engaged in a “a systematic strategy” to eliminate its competition
# Joy
'The only person that can hit me up on WhatsApp this time is Klopp' - Wycombe star
The 38-year-old forward gave a jubilant interview following the win over Oxford.
# evening sitdown
Your evening longread: What's wrong with Whatsapp?
It’s a coronavirus-free zone as we bring you an interesting longread each evening to take your mind off the news.
# factcheck
Debunked: No, WhatsApp isn't about to start charging users to send messages
A message circulating WhatsApp claims that the platform is going to start charging users from “Saturday morning”.
# debunked
Debunked: No, this is not a picture of Bulgarian workers outside a supermarket in Dublin this week
The photo has been widely shared on social media and messaging services.
# fake message
Debunked: A video called 'move your cucu' will not format your phone, but people still advised to be wary of scams
The WhatsApp message is reminiscent of a previous hoax text in 2015.
# 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.
# false claims
Debunked: That WhatsApp message with health tips from a doctor in China is false and misleading
A message claiming to be from a friend’s uncle who works in a hospital in China has been circulating lately.
# WHO Health Alert
World Health Organization launches a coronavirus WhatsApp service
This is to fight misinformation that has been spreading like wildfire on social media, mostly on WhatsApp.
# Podcast
The Explainer: How did misinformation about the coronavirus spread on Whatsapp in Ireland?
One of the striking things about the coronavirus outbreak is the sheer scale of misinformation being spread about it. We take a look at why, and what it means.
Simon Coveney criticises WhatsApp messages about lockdown that are spread 'deliberately to cause panic'
No: that WhatsApp message about a military lockdown, that went viral at the weekend, is not true.
# Courts
Explainer: How a woman was prosecuted over deleted child sex abuse images she was sent without consent
The woman believed she had deleted the video, but it had saved automatically to her phone.
# Courts
Woman who was sent child sex abuse images on Whatsapp but deleted video prosecuted for possession
The court heard that Omo Delpin Omorouyi can no longer pursue her career as she cannot get garda vetting.
Senior executive awarded €7k after being sacked over 'very offensive' WhatsApp messages
The Workplace Relations Commission has found that he was unfairly dismissed.
# Circuit Criminal Court
Man convicted of assaulting transgender escort after alleged dispute over payment
Ben O’Reilly was acquitted of robbing Fernanda de Freitas’s cash and phone.
# nso group
WhatsApp sues Israeli firm accusing it of hacking phones of journalists and activists
NSO Group strongly denies the claims.
# Law Society
Law Society claims 'tits and filth' WhatsApp group contained no reference to female students
‘Offensive’ content was allegedly circulated among students at Blackhall Place.
# message encryption
Facebook warned that new privacy rules could aid terrorism and child abuse
The social media network has been dogged by several privacy scandals in recent years.
# Startups and tech
WhatsApp is growing its Irish team that engages with law enforcement
Analysts are responsible for checking requests made by authorities like An Garda Síochána.
# spyware
WhatsApp has identified a 'serious security vulnerability' - Here's what you need to know
The company has officially notified the Data Protection Commission about the breach.
# spyware
Irish users urged to download latest version of WhatsApp after phones infected with spyware through missed calls
The DPC said that it had been informed by WhatsApp about a “serious vulnerability” on its platform.