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Facebook runs dozens of ads targeting Irish users with anti-vaccine and Covid-sceptic content
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Facebook runs dozens of ads targeting Irish users with anti-vaccine and Covid-sceptic content

Sun 12:05 AM 35,004 Views 0 Comments
  • A search of Facebook’s ad library this week found 40 ads sharing pandemic-related misinformation or Covid-sceptic slogans, Stephen McDermott writes.
  • Advertisers included a company selling t-shirts, video bloggers promoting and a firm offering a 'vaccine detox' retreat in the south of Spain.
  • A Government TD described the level of misinformation in the ads as "absolutely startling".
‘Trove of racial hatred’ exposed by investigation into online platforms
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‘Trove of racial hatred’ exposed by investigation into online platforms

Jan 12th 2022, 9:05 AM 13,484 Views 18 Comments

The director of the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right said its findings “makes it seem that platforms just don’t care enough” to address online abuse.

Meta targets 'cyber mercenaries' using Facebook to spy
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Meta targets 'cyber mercenaries' using Facebook to spy

Dec 16th 2021, 11:00 PM 13,609 Views 5 Comments

The company began alerting some 50,000 people likely targeted by the firms accused of spying on activists, dissidents and journalists.

Facebook removes page of controversial Covid campaigner Dolores Cahill over misinformation
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# Covid Misinformation

Facebook removes page of controversial Covid campaigner Dolores Cahill over misinformation

Dec 13th 2021, 2:19 PM 41,603 Views 0 Comments

Cahill has made a number of false or misleading claims about the coronavirus over the course of the pandemic.

FactCheck: Did Twitter, Walmart and CNBC's CEOs resign on same day as Ghislaine Maxwell's trial?
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# Factcheck

FactCheck: Did Twitter, Walmart and CNBC's CEOs resign on same day as Ghislaine Maxwell's trial?

Dec 3rd 2021, 6:15 AM 53,499 Views 4 Comments

The highly publicised trial has attracted false internet-based claims before so let’s take a look at the latest allegations.

Facebook removes illegal ads for bespoke college essays which targeted Irish students
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# Essay Mills

Facebook removes illegal ads for bespoke college essays which targeted Irish students

Nov 19th 2021, 12:05 AM 13,007 Views 5 Comments
  • Eight active ads for bespoke essays were identified by The Journal earlier this week.
  • Ads also offered students to supply other forms of college coursework, Stephen McDermott writes.
  • Government TD calls for Facebook to stop hosting ads for college 'essay mills'.
Schull teens travel to Dublin to tell Facebook to 'face up' to impact of algorithms
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Schull teens travel to Dublin to tell Facebook to 'face up' to impact of algorithms

Nov 10th 2021, 3:26 PM 19,132 Views 10 Comments

The students are calling on Minister Catherine Martin to hold an urgent inquiry into the conduct of Facebook.

WhatsApp Ireland allowed to challenge €225m GDPR fine in High Court
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WhatsApp Ireland allowed to challenge €225m GDPR fine in High Court

Nov 8th 2021, 4:59 PM 11,224 Views 0 Comments

WhatsApp claims the fine constitutes the imposition of a criminal sanction

Facebook ends facial recognition over privacy fears
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Facebook ends facial recognition over privacy fears

Nov 2nd 2021, 10:30 PM 12,376 Views 13 Comments

The announcement came as the tech giant battles one of its worst crises ever.

Oireachtas to invite Facebook whistleblower to appear before committee
# Frances Haugen
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# Frances Haugen

Oireachtas to invite Facebook whistleblower to appear before committee

Oct 30th 2021, 7:30 AM 12,581 Views 13 Comments

Francis Haugen has made a number of blistering claims since going public earlier this month.

Explainer: Why has Facebook changed its company name?
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# Meta

Explainer: Why has Facebook changed its company name?

Oct 29th 2021, 1:25 PM 28,925 Views 23 Comments

Facebook has revealed a new company name and brand, Meta.

Facebook is changing the company name to Meta
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# Face Mask

Facebook is changing the company name to Meta

Oct 28th 2021, 7:42 PM 37,717 Views 38 Comments

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivered a keynote address during a virtual event.

Facebook whistleblower says social network makes hate ‘unquestionably worse’
# Frances Haugen
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# Frances Haugen

Facebook whistleblower says social network makes hate ‘unquestionably worse’

Oct 25th 2021, 5:00 PM 18,002 Views 20 Comments

Frances Haugen told UK MPs there was a ‘weak spot’ within the tech giant on who you could turn to for escalating concerns.

New whistleblower says Facebook put profits before stopping problematic content, reports say
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# Facebook

New whistleblower says Facebook put profits before stopping problematic content, reports say

Oct 23rd 2021, 11:15 AM 9,524 Views 19 Comments

Facebook has faced a storm of criticism over the past month.

Facebook ‘planning company rebrand’ to reflect future plans
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# Facelift

Facebook ‘planning company rebrand’ to reflect future plans

Oct 20th 2021, 11:42 AM 9,710 Views 15 Comments

Mark Zuckerberg is said to be keen to signal the company’s intent to move beyond just social media and the controversies which have engulfed it.

Facebook to hire 10,000 workers in EU to build ‘the metaverse’
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# Facebook

Facebook to hire 10,000 workers in EU to build ‘the metaverse’

Oct 18th 2021, 10:15 AM 22,283 Views 18 Comments

The new computing platform will encompass augmented and virtual reality.

Dr Anna Lembke: The smartphone has become the modern-day hypodermic needle
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# PHONE ADDICTION

Dr Anna Lembke: The smartphone has become the modern-day hypodermic needle

Updated Oct 14th 2021, 3:00 PM 24,586 Views 7 Comments

The Stanford professor examines how social media is driving our digital dependence, and what we can do to break the habit.

Facebook should be fined up to €36 million over 'serious' GDPR breaches, says Data Commissioner
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# Max Schrems

Facebook should be fined up to €36 million over 'serious' GDPR breaches, says Data Commissioner

Oct 13th 2021, 3:18 PM 9,405 Views 11 Comments

The decision comes on foot of a complaint made by Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems.

Facebook apologises as social media users report app outages
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Facebook apologises as social media users report app outages

Oct 8th 2021, 8:27 PM 17,827 Views 10 Comments

Many social media users have this evening complained that Instagram is offline.

Five things we've learned from the Facebook whistleblower
# Frances Haugen
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# Frances Haugen

Five things we've learned from the Facebook whistleblower

Oct 6th 2021, 3:38 PM 25,661 Views 9 Comments

Frances Haugen has called for the social media giant to be regulated.

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp outage caused by error during maintenance work, company says
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# Social Media

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp outage caused by error during maintenance work, company says

Oct 6th 2021, 2:34 PM 10,417 Views 15 Comments

The social networks and messaging service went offline for more than five hours on Monday.

Open Thread: Your tips for quitting or cutting down on social media
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Open Thread: Your tips for quitting or cutting down on social media

Oct 6th 2021, 1:39 PM 6,440 Views 16 Comments

A number of Facebook controversies have put the focus on screen time once more.

Zuckerberg says claim Facebook put profits over safety 'just not true'
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# Facebook

Zuckerberg says claim Facebook put profits over safety 'just not true'

Oct 6th 2021, 8:32 AM 11,747 Views 27 Comments

His comments came after a whistleblower Frances Haugen, gave evidence to US politicians yesterday.

What do Irish politicians make of calls to 'nationalise' or 'break up' Facebook?
# Too Big To Fail
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# Too Big To Fail

What do Irish politicians make of calls to 'nationalise' or 'break up' Facebook?

Oct 5th 2021, 7:13 PM 18,752 Views 26 Comments

US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez last night said the company should be broken up.

Whistleblower says Facebook products hurt children and fuel division
# Frances Haugen
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# Frances Haugen

Whistleblower says Facebook products hurt children and fuel division

Updated Oct 5th 2021, 5:26 PM 20,745 Views 18 Comments

Frances Haugen was giving evidence before Congress.

Explainer: Why did Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go down yesterday?
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# Explainer

Explainer: Why did Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go down yesterday?

Oct 5th 2021, 12:33 PM 37,198 Views 25 Comments

The platforms were down for around six hours yesterday.

‘Faulty configuration change’ to blame for outage, Facebook says
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# Restored

‘Faulty configuration change’ to blame for outage, Facebook says

Oct 5th 2021, 6:41 AM 29,269 Views 32 Comments

The platform said it was still working to understand more about the outage.

WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook down with users complaining of outages
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# Social Media

WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook down with users complaining of outages

Updated Oct 4th 2021, 10:47 PM 219,105 Views 80 Comments

Facebook and its subsidiaries have tweeted statements confirming the outage.

Facebook prioritises own interests over public good, whistleblower claims
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# Facebook

Facebook prioritises own interests over public good, whistleblower claims

Oct 4th 2021, 10:13 AM 20,199 Views 34 Comments

Facebook’s annual revenue has more than doubled since 2018 to a projected $102.5 billion (£88 billion) this year.

Poll: How often do you use Facebook?
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# Your Say

Poll: How often do you use Facebook?

Oct 4th 2021, 9:16 AM 35,453 Views 43 Comments

A whistleblower has claimed that Facebook prioritises its own interests over public safety.

Facebook suspends development of Instagram app for children after widespread criticism
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# Social Media

Facebook suspends development of Instagram app for children after widespread criticism

Sep 27th 2021, 4:07 PM 9,559 Views 5 Comments

Instagram chief Adam Mosseri has complained that the project has been widely misunderstood.

Ireland's data watchdog raises concerns over new Facebook/Ray-Ban smart glasses
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# Throwing Shade

Ireland's data watchdog raises concerns over new Facebook/Ray-Ban smart glasses

Sep 17th 2021, 7:14 PM 49,200 Views 39 Comments

Wearers can take a picture or record video by voice command or by pressing a button.

The HSE has reported more than 1,000 Covid-19 misinformation posts on social media
# Misinformation
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# Misinformation

The HSE has reported more than 1,000 Covid-19 misinformation posts on social media

Sep 17th 2021, 2:15 PM 25,649 Views 48 Comments

Most of the complaints, 739, related to posts on Twitter.

WhatsApp Ireland fights back against Data Protection Commissioner's €225 million fine
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# GDPR

WhatsApp Ireland fights back against Data Protection Commissioner's €225 million fine

Updated Sep 16th 2021, 6:33 PM 15,857 Views 15 Comments

The Facebook-owned company has launched judicial review proceedings against the penalty in the High Court.

'Patent ambiguity': WhatsApp's record €225 million fine underlines grave transparency issues
# A Fine Mess
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# A Fine Mess

'Patent ambiguity': WhatsApp's record €225 million fine underlines grave transparency issues

Sep 5th 2021, 12:05 AM 21,187 Views 19 Comments
  • 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
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# GDPR

WhatsApp Ireland hit with record €225 million fine by Data Protection Commissioner

Sep 2nd 2021, 11:22 AM 71,130 Views 50 Comments

The Irish privacy watchdog has also reprimanded the company over its failure to comply with GDPR transparency rules.

Facebook bans Russian firm behind Pfizer and AstraZeneca smear campaign
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# Fazze

Facebook bans Russian firm behind Pfizer and AstraZeneca smear campaign

Aug 11th 2021, 9:09 AM 19,250 Views 30 Comments

A network of 65 Facebook accounts and 243 Instagram accounts was traced back to Fazze, an advertising and marketing firm working in Russia.

Facebook shuts down disinformation operation seeking to spread Covid-19 hoaxes
# Disinformation Laundromat
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# Disinformation Laundromat

Facebook shuts down disinformation operation seeking to spread Covid-19 hoaxes

Aug 10th 2021, 10:41 PM 16,114 Views 21 Comments

The operation targeted primarily India and Latin America.

Facebook resolves dispute with Gavin Duffy over ads claiming he was dead
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# Social Media

Facebook resolves dispute with Gavin Duffy over ads claiming he was dead

Jul 29th 2021, 6:04 PM 22,291 Views 32 Comments

In a joint statement they said the misleading claims in these ads had been published by “malicious third-parties”.

Explainer: Why bosses could be on shaky legal ground if they ask staff about vaccine status
# Thorny Issues
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# Thorny Issues

Explainer: Why bosses could be on shaky legal ground if they ask staff about vaccine status

Jul 29th 2021, 1:50 PM 22,769 Views 39 Comments

Asking workers to be fully vaccinated before returning to work raises thorny legal issues.

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