We can’t always stop people saying nasty things, says Instagram boss

Adam Mosseri also responded to Selena Gomez, who recently said the platform made her feel ‘depressed’.

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Elon Musk says he has deleted Twitter account

The Tesla chief executive changed his Twitter display name to Daddy DotCom on Father’s Day.

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Dozens of far-right social media accounts said to be spreading misinformation in Ireland

Dozens of far-right social media accounts are operated from Ireland, and some have as many as 40,000 followers. They spread misinformation and harass specific groups of people.

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Special Report - Far right in Ireland: ‘Dark money’ and the price of democracy

Many associate the murky world of ‘dark money’ with the US political system, but its influence has reached far closer to home, including European elections and Ireland’s anti-abortion movement, says Joyce Fegan

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Russia requires Tinder to provide data on its users

Russia adopted a flurry of legislation in recent years meant to tighten control over online activity.

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These are Ireland's most influential journalists on Twitter

Radio presenter, Matt Cooper and political correspondent Gavan Reilly are the most influential Irish journalists on Twitter, according to research.

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"Social media is not a force for evil. It can and has enriched my life"

Addressing a seminar in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, to mark World Communications Day, Emma Tobin asks those who think the online world is a force for evil to think again and assess the opportunities it has brought to the world.

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Children addicted to screen time: Tightening grip

Virtually every Irish family has experienced addiction in one of its many forms.

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Worrying trends in the effects of internet use among primary school children

We cannot ban the internet for kids, but a structured time allowance that lets them engage with friends, play games, and learn is Diarmuid Hudner’s recommendation.

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Selena Gomez opens up: 'Social media is terrible for young people'

Selena Gomez has opened up about social media and the impact it has had and is having on young people and her generation.

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The human mind is no match for a supercomputer

How can social media prevent harmful content going viral? Serious changes will have to be made which could bring media back in time writes Lionel Laurent.

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Social media boycott floated as way to prompt action over child sex abuse images

Simon Bailey, who heads up the UK’s child protection policing, believes tech companies will only act over fear of reputational damage.

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Instagram cracks down on hashtags spreading misinformation about vaccines

Platform will now block less obvious hashtags used by posts containing ‘verifiably false’ information.

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Teenagers claim social media makes them feel less lonely – report

Research by TalkTalk found that young people are more positive about the impact of technology than their parents.

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Social media firms pledge cash for Samaritans charity in UK in bid to tackle harmful content

Social media giants have pledged hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Samaritans charity in a bid to rid the internet of self-harm videos and other damaging material, the UK's Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.

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Think you’re discreet online? Think again

People concerned about privacy often try to be “careful” online. They stay off social media, or if they’re on it, they post cautiously.

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Social media and democracy: A force moving beyond control

Back in the day, when a public figure could make a suggestion without filtering it through rigorous sensibilities, Theodore Roosevelt, speaking about diplomacy offered: “If you’ve got them by the, em, manhood, their hearts and minds will follow.”

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Snap to it and be app aware: Tips to keep kids safe in a social media world

Taking away your child’s phone will not protect them from the dark underbelly of social media, but educating them from an early age will, writes

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EU urged to impose social media ad laws during poll

Fine Gael’s director of elections has urged the EU to impose strict laws to stop unknown groups undermining elections amid fears over the growing influence of fake news and social media propaganda.

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Facebook ‘likes’ may get shut down for British children under safety plans

The Information Commissioner’s Office code suggests 16 standards that online services must meet.

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Ask an expert: When is the right time to let your kids have an Instagram account?

Social media rules suggest 13, but children half that age can be seen posting online. By Claire Spreadbury.

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Mrs Hinch and Zoella: how internet influencers shot to literary stardom – with a very outdated view of women

Mrs Hinch – aka Sophie Hinchliffe – is an internet sensation, famous for her super bubbly cleaning tips and her regular updates about her husband and imminent first child.

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Australia could jail social media executives over violence streaming

Critics warn that some of the most restrictive laws about online communication in the democratic world could have unforeseen consequences.

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Social media: should you share pictures of your children online?

Teaching our children about consent is important in any aspect of life, and online privacy should be no exception, writes Garfield Benjamin

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Picture of perfection: Cleanfulencers, the latest social media trend, are here to help

By posting endless images of sparkling homes, ‘cleanfluencers’ are building a growing following. But what happens if your own place doesn’t scrub up quite so well, asks Helen O’Callaghan

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Huddersfield midfielder suffers racial abuse on social media

Billing, 22, retweeted an abusive message he had received urging him to leave the Premier League club.

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This Twitter user melts hearts with insightful six rules for marital success

Twitter user Ryan Stephens has become somewhat of an overnight hit after posting a series of tweets in relation to marital success.

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YouTube’s paedophile problem is only a small part of the internet’s issue with child sexual abuse

YouTube has, yet again, failed to protect children online. Recent investigations by Wired and video blogger Matt Watson have alleged that paedophiles were using the site’s comments section to leave predatory messages on videos containing and uploaded by children, and to share links to child sexual abuse material, writes Belinda Winder and Hany Farid.

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How can parents help keep children safe online?

Using parental controls and talking about responsible use of social media can protect youngsters using the internet.

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Instagram grooming of children as young as five triples

Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram were used in 70% of incidents, according to figures obtained by the NSPCC.

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Two-thirds of people do not trust recommendations from influencers online

The study conducted by iReach found that there is a large degree of scepticism among people when it comes to influencers' activity, with 65% feeling that it is not always clear whether someone has been paid to promote a product.

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How to declutter your digital life

Anna O’Donoghue shares her tips on how to tidy up those files, folders and apps on your phone, PC and tablet.

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Too influential: New legislation needed for social media platforms

The relentless growth of social media platforms has driven fundamental change. This year, a Rubicon will be crossed as, for the first time, digital media advertising revenues are expected to outstrip the advertising spend in traditional media. This will usher in change far, far beyond anything imagined in a narrow commercial context.

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Regulations needed to make social-media influencers be clear about #ads

Times, technology and media are changing. For the first time since the advent of the internet, brands' ad spending on digital media is expected to overtake traditional media in 2019, writes Joyce Fegan

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Time to clean up the social media mess

The internet and mobile media have been described as the defining technologies of our age, and with them have come undisputable benefits for societies. They spread knowledge, encourage inquiry and debate, and save lives.

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Instagram removes gay Muslim comic strips after Indonesia warning

The Ministry of Communications said the account under the username Alpatuni was pornographic.

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Yanny or Laurel creators are back with something new to divide the internet

The internet is debating how a baguette would move if it could.Would it wriggle like a worm or rotate like a robot?

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Instagram announces ban on graphic self-harm images

Instagram is banning graphic images of self-harm after the British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said social media companies “need to do more” to curb their impact on teenagers’ mental health.

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Maisie Williams wants networking app to give more power to creative people

The Game Of Thrones star was discussing her social networking app Daisie at a university careers event.

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8-year-olds in daily online chat with strangers

Most eight-year-olds have their own smart device allowing them internet access and one in five have already appeared in a YouTube video, research shows.

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Gardaí, Government, and Eir launch cyberbullying information campaign

The gardaí and the Government have joined forces with Eir to launch a new cyberbullying information campaign.

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Instagram boss says site is 'not yet where it needs to be' on self harm images

Instagram boss Adam Mosseri has said the social media platform is "not yet where it needs to be" on its handling of content around self-harm and suicide.

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Alternative ageing: Author, blogger and Instagrammer walks the talk

Margaret Jennings speaks to Suzi Grant, who combines social media savvy with an upbeat attitude toward getting older.

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Family of M50 crash victim condemn 'immoral' image-sharing

The family of the woman killed on the M50 in Dublin last week have appealed for people to "stop and think".

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Social media users blame victims for online abuse, study finds

But the research also shows if a user is deemed physically or socially attractive, they are less likely to be blamed.

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10 expert tips to help children stay safe and responsible online

Social media and the online world are part of life – but guiding youngsters on using it safely can be tricky. Lisa Salmon seeks some expert advice.

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Ever had a bad interview experience? This Twitter user can top it with her embarrassing pre-interview mishap

Have you ever been so nervous about a job interview that it goes terribly wrong?

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‘Time is not something I acknowledge’: Fans adopt Mariah Carey’s Twitter wisdom

The pop superstar was responding to the #10YearChallenge trend online.

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Katie Piper's inspirational 10-year challenge brings out the good side of social media

The 10-year challenge is the latest social media-based bandwagon to jump on and it's only mid-January.

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#WeSupportToni: WWE wrestler Toni Storm backed after private photos leaked

Social media users created the hashtag after the wrestling star was victim of a privacy attack.

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Study shows shocking scale of online abuse against women

The largest-ever study into online abuse against women has discovered black women and female journalists are the primary targets of abusive tweets.

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Have blog, will travel

Carolyn Moore meets the writers who have made a living out of going on holidays

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Government forum to consider regulation of online political advertising

The Communications Minister Richard Bruton says social media can sometimes be the playground of extremists.

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Twitter dominated by far-right sentiment during key period of refugee crisis, claims report

Refugees were framed as terrorists or rapists in a politicised far-right representation on Twitter that dominated more humanitarian approaches during the 2015-2016 refugee crisis, an academic study has suggested.

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Would you allow your partner access to your social media accounts and private messages?

Would you be happy for your other half to use your phone whenever — along with access to your social media accounts and private messages, asks Geraldine Walsh

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Watchdog wants powers to probe funding of fake news

Ireland’s political watchdog has repeated its call to be given wide-reaching new powers to investigate who is funding online fake news and political adverts in Ireland amid fears the issue could damage the next general election.

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Irish smartphone users check their device 55 times a day, survey finds

97% of Irish consumers have access to some form of mobile phone, according to Deloitte’s annual Mobile Consumer Survey.

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Joyce Fegan: Social media is now a socially accepted addiction

No one is in denial. We are all well aware the effects an hour spent scanning the perfectly presented lives of others has on our mood Joyce Fegan.

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Social media to be next big legal minefield for firms

Like it or loathe it, social media is a key feature of modern life. With every day that passes, we live more of our lives on the internet.

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