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From TheJournal.ie Facebook and Twitter defend handling of US election misinformation in heated Senate hearing US Election 2020

Facebook and Twitter defend handling of US election misinformation in heated Senate hearing

The companies have been criticised for their handling of political content recently.

From TheJournal.ie Looking for love in lockdown? Facebook Dating has launched in Ireland Like

Looking for love in lockdown? Facebook Dating has launched in Ireland

Facebook said Dating had been built with “safety, security and privacy at the forefront”.

From TheJournal.ie Facebook to ban content that denies or distorts the Holocaust Facebook

Facebook to ban content that denies or distorts the Holocaust

Facebook vice president of content policy Monika Bickert cautioned that the change will take time.

From TheJournal.ie Privacy activist Max Schrems challenges DPC probe of Facebook EU-US data transfers High Court

Privacy activist Max Schrems challenges DPC probe of Facebook EU-US data transfers

The case was heard before the High Court today.

From TheJournal.ie Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have too much power and abuse their positions, US Congress report says Tech Giants

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have too much power and abuse their positions, US Congress report says

Democrats in the US are hoping to rein in the power of the tech giants.

From TheJournal.ie Gardaí launch crackdown on firework sellers trading on social media Fireworks

Gardaí launch crackdown on firework sellers trading on social media

A garda operation targeting these traders was brought in earlier than usual.

From TheJournal.ie 'The Infodemic': Ireland's weak far-right hopes to gain from online conspiracies and misinformation Far-right Protests

'The Infodemic': Ireland's weak far-right hopes to gain from online conspiracies and misinformation

Fringe groups are feeding off public frustration and misinformation.

From TheJournal.ie Facebook seeks to quash Data Protection Commissioner's decision over transfer of user data High Court

Facebook seeks to quash Data Protection Commissioner's decision over transfer of user data

Facebook Ireland also seeks various declarations including that the DPC has acted unlawfully.

From TheJournal.ie Facebook launches High Court challenge to DPC's order to suspend EU-US data transfers Data Protection

Facebook launches High Court challenge to DPC's order to suspend EU-US data transfers

The DPC told Facebook this week to stop transferring data belonging to European Union users to the US.

Facebook told it can no longer send user data from EU to US

The social media giant said the Data Protection Commission told it the key mechanism it uses to transfer data to the US “cannot in practice be used”.

From TheJournal.ie Debunked: The claims in this Facebook video about suicide figures and number of Covid deaths in Ireland are inaccurate Factcheck

Debunked: The claims in this Facebook video about suicide figures and number of Covid deaths in Ireland are inaccurate

In the video, Ben Gilroy makes a number of false and misleading claims about coronavirus and suicide in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie TikTok working to remove suicide video clips Banned

TikTok working to remove suicide video clips

The video-sharing app has said it will ban users that repeatedly try to share the footage on its platform.

From TheJournal.ie Facebook threatens to block sharing of news stories in Australia Australia

Facebook threatens to block sharing of news stories in Australia

The company said Australian legislation would force it to pay arbitrary and theoretically unlimited sums for content.

From TheJournal.ie Facebook admits 'operational mistake' over posts about Wisconsin protests Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook admits 'operational mistake' over posts about Wisconsin protests

The page for the “Kenosha Guard” violated Facebook’s policies and had been flagged, Zuckerberg said

From TheJournal.ie Facebook blames coronavirus for hampering efforts to remove suicide posts from its platforms Social Media

Facebook blames coronavirus for hampering efforts to remove suicide posts from its platforms

The social network also said it took action on fewer pieces of child nudity and sexual exploitation content on Instagram

From TheJournal.ie Social media giants Facebook and Twitter take action against Trump misinformation online Misinformation

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter take action against Trump misinformation online

Facebook removed a post from the president while Twitter blocked a Trump campaign account.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: TikTok is on the block but why has Donald Trump given Microsoft 45 days to make a bid? Tiktok

Explainer: TikTok is on the block but why has Donald Trump given Microsoft 45 days to make a bid?

A September deadline looms for the blockbuster acquisition.

From TheJournal.ie Head honchos at Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon to face questions from US politicians today Bark Or Byte

Head honchos at Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon to face questions from US politicians today

The tech giants are being investigated for alleged anti-competitive practices.

From TheJournal.ie Europe's highest court rules that data protection arrangement between EU and US is invalid ECJ

Europe's highest court rules that data protection arrangement between EU and US is invalid

The US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said his department was “deeply disappointed” by the court ruling.

From TheJournal.ie Highest European court expected to rule on data privacy case today Max Schrems

Highest European court expected to rule on data privacy case today

The ruling on this case could have significant implications for how data is transferred between the EU and the US.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Ireland is in prime position to hold social networks to account - and we must Opinion

Opinion: Ireland is in prime position to hold social networks to account - and we must

Lawyer Paul Tweed says it’s ‘absurd’ for such companies to claim they are ‘merely a platform, not a publisher’.

From The42 '9 years at the top could make your head swell, but come the first session of the year, they’re nobodies' Humility

'9 years at the top could make your head swell, but come the first session of the year, they’re nobodies'

Read an extract from Relentless: The Inside Story of the Cork Ladies Footballers by Mary White.

From TheJournal.ie Unfriended: Is #StopHateForProfit a tipping point for Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg? Money Talks This post contains videos

Unfriended: Is #StopHateForProfit a tipping point for Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg?

Some of the internet’s biggest advertisers have started to pull their ads from the site.

From TheJournal.ie Coca Cola suspends ads on social media as platforms come under fire over handling of racist content Social Media

Coca Cola suspends ads on social media as platforms come under fire over handling of racist content

Unilver, home to brands like Lipton tea, also said it would suspend ads on social media until the end of 2020.

From TheJournal.ie Debunked: No, all UK residents won't have to get microchipped starting from January 2021 Debunked

Debunked: No, all UK residents won't have to get microchipped starting from January 2021

The letter was confirmed as a fake by the UK Cabinet Office.

From TheJournal.ie HSE was 'gifted' €544,000 in free advertising by Google and Facebook during Covid-19 pandemic Coronavirus

HSE was 'gifted' €544,000 in free advertising by Google and Facebook during Covid-19 pandemic

New figures show the health service spent more than €1 million on advertising in the first two months of the crisis.

From TheJournal.ie Facebook removes Trump campaign ad for use of upside down red triangle used by Nazis Hateful Ideology

Facebook removes Trump campaign ad for use of upside down red triangle used by Nazis

The symbol was used to designate political prisoners in concentration camps.

From TheJournal.ie Facebook launches voter information centre amid concern over Trump posts Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook launches voter information centre amid concern over Trump posts

The platform continues to face criticism for not removing or labelling posts by Trump that that spread misinformation.

From TheJournal.ie Debunked: No, contact tracing apps have not been installed on every Android phone Debunked

Debunked: No, contact tracing apps have not been installed on every Android phone

The Department of Health confirms that the tracing app won’t be made mandatory.

From TheJournal.ie Facebook rejects Australian calls to share advertising revenues with the media No Thanks

Facebook rejects Australian calls to share advertising revenues with the media

Australia is set to unveil plans to force Facebook and Google to share advertising revenue they earn from news featured in their services.

From TheJournal.ie Debunked: No, Leo Varadkar is not going to the Supreme Court to make a coronavirus vaccine mandatory Debunked

Debunked: No, Leo Varadkar is not going to the Supreme Court to make a coronavirus vaccine mandatory

Claims made in a Facebook post are confirmed to be false by Department of An Taoiseach

From TheJournal.ie Zuckerberg vows to review Facebook policies after internal anger over Trump's posts Moderate

Zuckerberg vows to review Facebook policies after internal anger over Trump's posts

In a letter to employees, the Facebook CEO said his decisions not to moderate Trump’s controversial posts caused “anger” and “hurt”.

From TheJournal.ie Debunked: No, some Penneys stores are not reopening on a trial basis this week Covid-19

Debunked: No, some Penneys stores are not reopening on a trial basis this week

It appears as though misinformation about Penneys reopening is being deliberately shared in a bid to dupe people.

From TheJournal.ie Facebook says it's flagged 50 million misleading coronavirus posts since March 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.

From TheJournal.ie Debunked: No, researchers did not 'invent' the coronavirus in 2015 Factcheck

Debunked: No, researchers did not 'invent' the coronavirus in 2015

Posts speculating about the origin of the virus have been widely shared in recent weeks.

From TheJournal.ie Leo Varadkar says charging Google and Facebook for news media content is 'a good idea' Internet Money

Leo Varadkar says charging Google and Facebook for news media content is 'a good idea'

Varadkar said that the social media giants are “sort of free riders on costs incurred by other people”.

From TheJournal.ie Australia to make Google and Facebook pay for news content amid falling advertising revenue Digital Platforms

Australia to make Google and Facebook pay for news content amid falling advertising revenue

The move comes after attempts to negotiate voluntary payments failed.

From TheJournal.ie Debunked: No, this is not a picture of Bulgarian workers outside a supermarket in Dublin this week 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.

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