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# Misinformation

This week
26th May 2024 - 30th May 2024
The disinfluencers: How over 150 anonymous 'Irish' accounts are swamping X with extreme views
The accounts could be part of a wider ‘influence operation’ in Ireland.
An analysis of anonymous accounts on the platform formerly known as Twitter found a potential 'influence operation' ahead of the June elections.
Some accounts showed signs of being operated by non-Irish users, despite claiming to be Irish and posting almost exclusively about Irish political issues.
X policy states that accounts should not "pose as someone who doesn’t exist to mislead others".
This month
May 2024
Gardaí 'categorically reject' claims that school group was escorted near canal due to tents
Last month
April 2024
An Rúis inniu: Russian propaganda network sets up Irish-language news website
Builders confronted by anti-immigration protesters 'in shock' after 'intimidating' incident at Aughrim hotel
Construction workers at the site in Aughrim in Co Wicklow were told to “pack up and get the f**k out”.
Rachel Riley apologises for 'ambiguous' tweet about Sydney stabbings
This year
2024
Electoral Commission expected to be given powers to regulate misinformation ahead of June elections
Electoral Commission: Referendum poster by Senator Sharon Keogan 'an incorrect representation'
The poster is one of a number printed by the senator in the lead up to the referendum votes on Friday.
Analysis: Understanding harmful misinformation about an LGBTQ+ ‘agenda’ in Ireland
Ciarán O’Connor
Welfare payments, immigration and throuples: The false claims being made about the March referendums
Voters will go to the polls in the two referendums a month from today.
False claims circulating include that a Yes vote will negatively affect mothers.
Misinformation has also been spread about polygamy, and about changes to child benefit.
Independent legal experts say the proposed changes are symbolic and will have little impact in law.
'It's all about the loser': Australia has some advice for Ireland's new electoral commission
Meta would only meet politicians if Oireachtas hearing was private (but here's what they said anyway)
Three new anti-immigrant parties have registered to stand in Irish elections - but who are they?
Ireland has never elected a candidate from a far-right party.
Tom Felle: Toxic language around migration is not unique to Ireland - it's playing out globally
Tom Felle
Ahead of a big electoral year, sign up to The Journal's newsletter on fake news and misinformation
AI-driven misinformation biggest global risk ahead of major elections, according to WEF report
Conor McGregor: Is the UFC's biggest star becoming a poster boy for Ireland's far-right?
The 35-year-old has hinted at a run for the presidency.
Conor McGregor: Is the UFC's biggest star becoming a poster boy for Ireland's far-right?
Professional misconduct allegations against HSE physio who made false claims about Covid-19 upheld
Last year
2023
Tánaiste says 'no easy answers' to immigration question, but 'no one can take law into their own hands'
Tánaiste accepts need to address people’s fears about immigration with evidence-based approach
European Commission: 'No evidence' that far-right used Irish language online during riots
Debunked: Gardaí have not installed 'watch towers' on O'Connell Street after riots in Dublin
TDs photographed with far-right figures are 'laundering conspiracy theories', Dáil warned
Dublin riots: How a mob in the capital turned to looting, arson and calls to kill
Dublin city centre was largely shut down last night as rioters attacked gardaí, looted shops and set vehicles on fire.
What exactly happened in Dublin city and how did the situation escalate so quickly?
To understand that, we need to explore what has been happening online in terms of anti-immigration rhetoric
As is often the case with a breaking news story, many rumours gained traction yesterday before the truth had time to emerge
Elon Musk's X sues media non-profit over portrayal of site as full of antisemitism
Major analysis shows how Irish disinformation ecosystem has been 'co-opted by far-right actors'
Ireland “a victim of Russian disinformation”, experts on Ukraine war say
YouTube to regulate 'synthetic' content amid fears that AI is spreading misinformation and scams
EU opens disinformation probes into Meta and TikTok over spread of Israel-Hamas content
FactCheck: Misleading claims about sex education found on leaflets about the SPHE curriculum
EU extends warning about disinformation surrounding Israel-Hamas war to YouTube bosses
TikTok dismantles operation that targeted Irish users with 'divisive views' on nationalism
Tom Clonan: There is a real danger now of serious injuries or fatalities at a far-right protest
Tom Clonan
Major internet companies not doing enough to combat misinformation, report finds
Inside Ireland's culture war on gender: Why there's more debate on trans issues than ever before
Debunked: Incompatible athlete death stats continue to be used to mislead about vaccines
Debunked: No, a factory in England is not growing human meat for consumption
Elon Musk has 'ambivalent' stance on misinformation and harassment, ex-Twitter safety chief claims
A global summit on combatting misinformation starts today - sign up here for updates
Opinion: When it comes to news trust, AI presents both opportunities and risks
Dr Kirsty Park