Social media



Plans for 'first-of-its-kind' online safety regulator published

Legislative plans to establish a "robust regulatory framework" to deal with the spread of harmful online content have been set out by the Government.

Published 10 January 2020

CMA report expresses concern over market position of Google and Facebook

A lack of real competition to tech giants Google and Facebook could mean people are already missing out on the next new idea from a potential rival, the Competition and Markets Authority has said in a new report.

Published 20 December 2019

Contempt of court proceedings against Facebook and Twitter struck out at Central Criminal Court

Contempt of court proceedings against Facebook and Twitter, where the identities of the two boys who murdered schoolgirl Ana Kriegel were shared, have been stuck out, despite the continuation of "alarming posts" online.

Published 25 November 2019

Rules regulating social media giants aim to be 'robust'

New rules governing social media companies based in Ireland aim to be "robust" and equip a media commission with “significant enforcement powers”, the Department of Communications has said.

Published 25 November 2019

Data protection watchdog warns social media giants likely to face significant fines

Social media giants including Facebook and Twitter are likely to face significant fines for misuse of personal data, Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon has warned.

Published 13 September 2019

Facebook to answer to data protection watchdog over human review of audio

Social media giant Facebook has been asked to provide more information to the Data Protection Commission about its now-suspended practice of handing user audio clips to external contractors.

Published 15 August 2019

Nearly a dozen people referred for prosecution in relation to identification of Ana Kriégel killers

Gardaí have referred nearly a dozen people for prosecution in relation to social media posts identifying the killers of schoolgirl Ana Kriégel, according to reports.

Published 8 August 2019

Lawyers claim man's legal entitlement to anonymity breached by Google

Lawyers for a man acquitted of rape last year have told a court that his legal entitlement to anonymity is being breached by Google search results of his name.

Published 2 August 2019

Facebook ordered to pay unprecedented $5bn fine

Facebook has been ordered to pay a record-breaking $5 billion penalty by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for privacy violations following an investigation into its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Published 25 July 2019

US: Trump not allowed under First Amendment to block critics on Twitter

US President Donald Trump is not allowed under the First Amendment of the US Constitution to block his critics on Twitter, judges have ruled.

Published 10 July 2019

Advocate General Szpunar: Facebook must identify all copies of comments found to be defamatory

According to Advocate General Szpunar, Facebook can be ordered to seek and identify all comments identical to a defamatory comment that has been found to be illegal, and equivalent comments in so far as the latter originate from the same user. In the present case, the EU law relied on does not regulate the question whether Facebook can be ordered to delete the comments at issue worldwide.

Published 5 June 2019

Supreme Court: Facebook loses appeal against decision to refer data protection case to CJEU

Facebook has lost an appeal against the decision to refer a complaint about EU-US data transfer to the Court of Justice of the European Union for a preliminary ruling.

Published 4 June 2019

Ciaran O'Shiel: Social media and the 'ordinary reasonable reader'

Ciaran O'Shiel, associate in IP, media and data disputes at A&L Goodbody in Belfast, considers the consequences of a recent judgment of the UK Supreme Court.

Published 21 May 2019

Media lawyers warn of unintended consequences of proposed EU ban on social media anonymity

Proposals backed by a senior European politician to ban anonymity on social media could have an adverse impact on people living under repressive regimes, media lawyers in Ireland have warned.

Published 20 May 2019

Government sets out plans to regulate social media companies and tech firms

The UK Government has proposed the creation of an independent regulator as part of a series of measures to ensure social media companies and tech firms keep their users safe, including possible liability for individual members of senior management.

Published 8 April 2019