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A judge has permitted a mass case to proceed against Facebook owner Meta that argues it abused its position. The case, which could be worth up to £3 billion, has been brought by legal academic Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, on behalf of 45 million Facebook users.

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Almost three-quarters of people in the State think social media algorithms should be more strictly regulated, according to research commissioned by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and Uplift. A new poll shows that 74 per cent want more regulation while 82 per cent are in favour of socia

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The EU has opened formal proceedings against X, formerly Twitter, following concerns about disinformation, poor content moderation and other alleged breaches of the bloc's new digital services law. The announcement yesterday marks the first investigation of its kind under the landmark Digital Servic

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Ireland's first draft online safety code should be treated as a model for Europe, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said. Coimisiún na Meán last week began consulting on the draft online safety code for video-sharing platform services, which sets out measures that design

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The Data Protection Commission (DPC) has been ordered to impose a continent-wide ban on Meta's illegal processing of personal data for behavioural advertising on Facebook and Instagram. An urgent binding decision adopted by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) last Friday instructs the DPC to i

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Dozens of US states have come together to launch legal proceedings against Meta, alleging that its Instagram and Facebook platforms are harmful to children and teenagers — which Meta denies. A federal lawsuit has been filed in northern California by a coalition of 33 attorneys general, while e

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TikTok is facing a significant fine over its processing of children's data following a decision by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB). Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) launched an own-volition inquiry into TikTok's processing of personal data of registered users between the ages of

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The Law Society of Ireland's latest free massive open online course (MOOC), dealing with social media and the law, commences today. The five-week course will focus on the Online Safety and Media Regulations Act 2022, online harassment, disinformation/fake news, cancel culture, data privacy, child sa

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TikTok has been fined £12.7 million for a number of breaches of data protection law by the UK regulator, including failing to use children's personal data lawfully. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) estimates that TikTok allowed up to 1.4 million UK children under 13 to use its

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Utah has become the first state in the US to give parents power over their children's social media in an attempt to stem the use of TikTok and Instagram. Signed by the Republican governor Spencer Cox, the measures grant parents full access to their kids' accounts — including private messages.

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A new working group established by government is to draw up a national strategy on countering disinformation by the end of the year, according to reports. Helmed by Martina Chapman, national co-ordinator of Media Literacy Ireland, the working group will also work to improve compliance in Ireland wit

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TikTok has been fined €5 million by France's data protection watchdog over violations of EU cookie rules. Regulator CNIL said users of the tiktok.com website could not refuse cookies as easily as accepting them, and were not informed in a sufficiently precise manner of the purposes of different

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