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# Social Media

This week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# factcheck
Debunked: London Police are not criminally investigating COVID-19 vaccines
Despite accusations of murder, terrorism, genocide, and torture, no credible evidence was given.
Therapist: How do we challenge toxic masculinity and its appeal to impressionable young men?
Geoffrey McCarthy looks at the Andrew Tate case and the troubling message it brings.
This month
January 2023
# Human Trafficking
Andrew Tate due in Romanian court to appeal against continued detention
The controversial social media influencer is charged with being part of an organised crime group, human trafficking and rape.
Last month
December 2022
# Artem Lobov
Injunction judgement reserved over allegedly defamatory social media posts by Conor McGregor
Retired MMA fighter Artem Lobov claims that he has been the subject of a barrage of harassing and defamatory posts by McGregor.
# Social Media
Almost half of adverts posted by social media influencers not labelled as such, research finds
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission today published its report on social media influencers.
# masterplan
No social media, no milkshakes: How Australia upset World Cup odds
In the build-up to Qatar, expectations at home were rock-bottom.
Last year
Twitter employee: 'Our jobs are gone but we hope EU and UK law will protect us'
One former employee says staff are gutted – ‘after 14 interviews in 11 months, I had finally found my dream job’.
# Didier Reynders
EU Justice Commissioner to meet with Meta and Twitter during Ireland visit
The Commissioner will also meet with Justice Minister Helen McEntee and Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon.
# Dublin
Taoiseach condemns 'utterly reprehensible' attack on two Gardaí outside pub in Ballyfermot
The two gardaí were responding to an incident last night when the attack occurred.
Opinion: As a former Twitter employee, I'm horrified by what Elon Musk is doing
Declan Cashin used to work at Twitter – he says what is happening to the company is deeply disappointing.
Twitter's survival is about more than just Elon Musk getting his way - here's why
Twitter has been shaken to its core since Elon Musk acquired it – does it matter?
# Your Say
Poll: Which social media platform do you spend the most time on?
Let us know.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What do the layoffs at Meta and Twitter mean for the tech industry?
Listen in to hear Elaine Burke, editor of Silicon Republic, explain to Sinéad O’Carroll.
# blue tick
Musk tells staff to brace for ‘difficult times’ as he warns of Twitter’s demise
Workers who survived last week’s mass layoffs are facing harsher work conditions and growing uncertainty about their ability to keep Twitter running.
# Explainer
Could Mastodon take over from Twitter - and how do you join?
We explain why the decentralised social media site is now in favour, and what makes it different.
# 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.
# Elon musk
Musk announces 'content moderation council' for Twitter
The announcement came as the website’s users wasted no time testing the limits of free speech on the platform.
# Ye
Kanye West begins process of buying alternative social media platform Parler
Parent company Parlement Technologies said it has entered into an agreement in principle for the rapper to acquire the site.
# factcheck
Debunked: Figures on Covid-19 deaths and underlying conditions have been taken out of context
Covid sceptics are misinterpreting CSO data to make inaccurate claims.
# Banned
YouTube becomes latest platform to ban Andrew Tate for breaching hate speech rules
Tate has gained notoriety online for comments about women including suggesting they “bear some responsibility” if they are assaulted.
# Misinformation
HSE flagged over 3,000 Covid-19 social media posts due to misinformation
Most of the flagged posts were on Twitter.
# Allegations
Domestic abuser Paul Moody was still active on dating apps days before his sentencing
Ex-garda Paul Moody is now being investigated for allegations made by a number of people.
# danger
Health products regulator warns against unauthorised 'self-tanning' substance
The HPRA said that social media has had a huge role at popularising the product.
# watchful eye
Parents of Irish teenage Instagram users can now supervise their child's account
Parents can now send invitations to their teens to initiate supervision tools.
# Meta
Facebook's parent company to launch 'metaverse academy' in France
The school’s goal in its first year will be to train for free around 100 students as specialist immersive technology developers and support and assistance technicians.
# Meta
Facebook and Instagram to reveal more on how ads target users
The announcement follows years of criticism that the social media platforms withhold too much information.
# Speaking out
Everton star Dominic Calvert-Lewin reveals struggles and says ‘talking saved my life’
The England international struggled with injuries in the 2021-22 campaign.
# choc it down
No garda involvement in removal of Animal Bars from shelves of Cork shop
Claims have been made that the Animal Bars, which have foil wrappers, are popular with drug users.
# Twitter
Musk says Twitter purchase will not go ahead without clarity on spam accounts
Musk yesterday responded with a poo emoji after the Twitter CEO defended the social media platform’s handling of bots.
# Social Media
Twitter announces hiring freeze and top executives' exit ahead of Elon Musk takeover
Musk’s $44-billion deal to buy Twitter was announced last month but still needs the backing of shareholders and regulators.
# Social Media
President Higgins hits out at attempts of billionaires to control online discussion
Billionaire Elon Musk last week began the process of acquiring Twitter for $44 billion.
# Social Media
Facebook and Twitter offering supports for TDs and Senators who experience online abuse
The platforms provided briefings to politicians earlier this year and promised enhanced facilities for reporting harassment.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you pay to use a social media platform?
Governments and businesses may have to pay a fee to use Twitter in the future.
# Changes
Elon Musk says governments and businesses could face ‘slight cost’ to use Twitter
The billionaire prospective owner of the platform has suggested a number of changes to the site.
# Social Media
EU moves forward with tougher consequences for digital platforms that violate banned content
Tech giants have been repeatedly called out for failing to police their platforms.
# Social Media
Elon Musk no longer joining Twitter’s board of directors
Twitter chief executive Parag Agrawal revealed the news, which followed a weekend of tweets from Musk suggesting possible changes to the site.
# na meáin shóisialta
Like, follow, share: the social media stars making Irish shine
Young Irish speakers are engaging a whole new audience with the language online.
# Social Media
UK's Russian Embassy tweet about bombed Ukrainian hospital removed by Twitter
The tweet suggested the hospital attacked in the port city of Mariupol was ‘long non-operational’.
# Out of favour
Xavi responds after Barcelona star Dembele's angry social media riposte
The winger’s contract expires in the summer when he will be able to leave the club for free.
# do not disturb
How Irish sport is trying to tackle social media abuse
Dealing with unwelcome notifications on your phone apps is now a part of being an athlete.