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Facebook could be forced to sell off Giphy, one of the largest online platforms for animated GIFs, following concerns raised by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The CMA has provisionally found Facebook's $400 million merger with Giphy will harm competition between social media platf

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Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has written to four of the biggest social media platforms to urge them to do more to prevent illegal gatherings being organised on their platforms during the pandemic. Mr Varadkar has sent letters to Facebook, Twitter, Google and TikTok asking them what more they can do

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Proposed legislation to establish a "first-of-its-kind" online safety regulator will undergo pre-legislative scrutiny by an Oireachtas committee starting today. The joint committee on media, tourism, arts, culture, sport and the Gaeltacht, which is progressing the bill "as a priority", will hear a b

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Ireland's data protection watchdog has imposed a €450,000 fine on Twitter following a landmark inquiry regarding a data breach. The Data Protection Commission found that the social media giant infringed Article 33(1) and 33(5) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in terms of a fa

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Apple is in breach of European privacy law by tracking iPhone users without their consent, privacy activist Max Schrems has said. The campaigner, who previously waged a legal war against Facebook, forcing it to change the way it transfers data, has now filed complaints to Spanish and German authorit

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Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) has launched two inquiries into the processing of children's data by Instagram, part of Facebook Ireland Limited. The DPC said it had received a number of complaints concerning the processing of children's personal data on Instagram and had identified poten

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Social media giant Facebook has played down suggestions that it will withdraw from Europe despite suggesting in an Irish court filing that it may have to. Yvonne Cunnane, Facebook's associate general counsel, told the High Court that it was "not clear" how the company could "continue to provide the

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A fashion blogger and social media influencer has launched High Court proceedings against Facebook in a bid to identify online trolls. Lisa McGowan, of Lisa's Lust List, claims that she is being "trolled, defamed and stalked" by anonymous Facebook and Instagram users, the Irish Independent repo

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Belfast lawyer Paul Tweed has been hired to represent German IT giant Northern Data AG in legal proceedings to be brought against Twitter in the Irish courts, according to reports. The company is bringing proceedings following an alleged "smear campaign" by anonymous social media accounts, which led

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Ireland's data protection watchdog has reached significant milestones in separate investigations into Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook. In a statement, the Data Protection Commission (DPC), led by commissioner Helen Dixon, has submitted a draft decision in relation to its inquiry into Twitt

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Legislative plans to establish a "robust regulatory framework" to deal with the spread of harmful online content have been set out by the Government. Communications Minister Richard Bruton today published the general scheme of the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill, which he would be the first

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