# Instagram

Last month
October 2023
Facebook and Instagram to offer €12.99 a month ad-free subscriptions for European users
Only people aged 18 and over will be able to buy subscriptions.
Parenting: When we were growing up, our parents weren't bombarded by images of perfection
Margaret Lynch looks at the effects influencers are having on her personally and her style of parenting.
This year
Far-right posts featuring mock gallows outside Dáil remain online despite Garda investigations
A report by
Stephen McDermott
It follows an analysis of posts across multiple platforms.
The Journal found content targeting TDs after analysing social media pages across multiple platforms.
Imitation gallows prop is being investigated under laws relating to the incitement of hatred.
TikTok dismantles operation that targeted Irish users with 'divisive views' on nationalism
Almost 95,000 users were following the 72 accounts in question.
Debunked: The Canadian government hasn't banned the British outlet GB News
Meta has been blocking all news content in Canada in response to a proposed new law.
The European Union's tough new laws on social media content have officially come into force
Platforms with at least 45 million monthly active users will be subjected to fulfil every new obligation.
Ryan Tubridy teases ‘new beginning’ and tells followers to ‘stay tuned for more’
In a cryptic Instagram post this morning, Tubridy shared a video of a seaside accompanied by Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Don’t Stop’.
Teacher who sexually exploited vulnerable schoolgirl online given 3-year prison sentence
The judge praised the girl’s mother for being vigilant and acting on her ‘very good instinct’ and taking screenshots of the offending texts.
Opinion: 'The endorsement of cars by RTÉ celebs during a climate crisis shows poor judgement'
Seána Glennon says the judgement of ‘influencers’ promoting cars in a climate crisis should be called into question.
Twitter, TikTok and Instagram to face much stricter content rules in EU
19 digital companies with tens of millions of users will have to up their regulation efforts in Europe from August.
Extract: 'I didn't see a future for myself then and never imagined I'd reach where I am today'
Instagram influencer Jennifer Carroll shares a chapter from her new book, ‘Jen’s Journey’.
Facebook and Instagram to introduce paid verification
The monthly subscription will cost the equivalent of €11.20, but it is unclear when the feature could be introduced in Ireland.
Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram pages restored
There hasn’t been any activity on the former president’s Facebook or Instagram accounts since their reinstatement today.
German woman alleged to have killed a lookalike she found on social media to fake her own death
According to a daily German newspaper, the woman was a beautician who entrapped the victim via Instagram by offering her cosmetics.
Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta fined €390m by Data Protection Commissioner
The DPC said it has fined Meta Ireland €210 million, for its Facebook service, and €180 million for breaches in relation to its Instagram service.
Last year
'I got this wrong': Meta's layoffs and what they mean for Ireland
Mark Zuckerberg said things ‘did not play out’ as expected, but Meta has committed to long-term plans in Ireland.
Facebook owner Meta to lay off 13% of its workforce, resulting in 11,000 job losses
Up to 400 people based here could lose their jobs as part of the global cuts.
Instagram investigating issue as 'thousands' told their accounts have been suspended
The social media giant has confirmed it is working to fix the unusual issue.
Instagram launches High Court appeal against record €405 million fine
The fine was issued following an investigation into the way Instagram handled teenagers’ personal data.
DPC defends handling of social media investigations after €405 million Instagram fine
Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said the long-running criticisms are ‘becoming old news’.
Instagram trials AI tool to verify age of users
Users will be asked to send a video selfie to a British tech firm which will use AI to verify their age.
Parents of Irish teenage Instagram users can now supervise their child's account
Parents can now send invitations to their teens to initiate supervision tools.
Facebook and Instagram to reveal more on how ads target users
The announcement follows years of criticism that the social media platforms withhold too much information.
Warning of scammers impersonating women on Instagram and posting links to pornography
“But when I saw that it followed my dad, my heart sank. And he was like ‘who did this?’ And obviously I didn’t know, I still don’t know.”
Three women tell their stories of how this happened to them
The harmful phenomenon is so under-researched that it doesn't have an official name, but it's been happening on Instagram for several years
"At the start I thought it was a joke, but then it started to follow my family members," one woman told Jamie McCarron
Russian court bans Facebook and Instagram as 'extremist'
The court ruled that WhatsApp would not be prohibited because it is not used to post public statements.
Taryn de Vere: Dressing up as household objects reminded me of the importance of being playful
The artist looks back at her month-long #ObjectDressChallenge and shares the lessons she’s learned.
Messi takes 'longer than expected' to recover from Covid-19
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has missed two PSG matches while in self-isolation.
All time
Irish striker Adam Idah racially abused following Norwich loss
The Corkonian featured as his team were beaten 3-0 by Crystal Palace.
Man, 26, accused of sexual exploitation and online grooming of boy
The man is accused of using Instagram to sexually exploit and groom the boy.
FactFind: Who's behind Instagram stickers promising to plant trees in return for pet photos?
Instagram feeds have been flooded with the stickers – but it seems unlikely that many trees will actually be planted as a result.
Dr Anna Lembke: The smartphone has become the modern-day hypodermic needle
The Stanford professor examines how social media is driving our digital dependence, and what we can do to break the habit.
Facebook apologises as social media users report app outages
Many social media users have this evening complained that Instagram is offline.
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp outage caused by error during maintenance work, company says
The social networks and messaging service went offline for more than five hours on Monday.
Explainer: Why did Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go down yesterday?
The platforms were down for around six hours yesterday.
WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook down with users complaining of outages
Facebook and its subsidiaries have tweeted statements confirming the outage.
Facebook suspends development of Instagram app for children after widespread criticism
Instagram chief Adam Mosseri has complained that the project has been widely misunderstood.
The HSE has reported more than 1,000 Covid-19 misinformation posts on social media
Most of the complaints, 739, related to posts on Twitter.
'This type of hate is so exhausting and never ending' - Sloane Stephens
The 2017 champion lost to Angelique Kerber 5-7 6-2 6-3.
Wait for historic Grand Slam continues as Serena Williams withdraws from US Open
The star revealed on Instagram that she has decided to allow her torn hamstring more time to recover fully.
Instagram to release new tools to help protect users from abuse on the platform
The tool will allow users to hide comments and direct message requests from those who only recently started following them.