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Katy Minshall, Head of UK Government, Public Policy and Philanthropy at Twitter; Neil Potts, Public Policy Director at Facebook; and Marco Pancini, Director of Public Policy at YouTube before the Home Affairs Committee in Westminster

This morning.

The UK’s Home Affairs Committee heard from representatives from the big three social media companies, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as part of an inquiry the committee is carrying out into hate crime.

The representatives were Katy Minshall, Head of UK Government, Public Policy and Philanthropy at Twitter; Neil Potts, Public Policy Director at Facebook; and Marco Pancini, Director of Public Policy at YouTube.

Irish journalist Gavin Sheridan followed the meeting and took notes…

The meeting can be watched back in full in video link above or here

Yesterday.

Bríd Sweeney wrote on Facebook:

Every picture tells a story…but this is not a happy one.

These were taken during the gorse fires yesterday [Sunday] and after things settled in Loughanure, Annagry and Belcruit [in Donegal].

A father and son working tiredlessly to maintain this fire…(along with 100s more).

Bríd Sweeney (Facebook)

Air Corps defends Donegal gorse fire response time (The Irish Times)

Full Garda investigation launched into devastating gorse fires (Highland Radio)

Liz Carolan, of Transparent Referendum Initiative, tweetz:

The first Irish political ads have started appearing on Facebook’s ad archive – from today all political ads will need to have additional contact info & Facebook will give information on cost (range not amount) who saw the ad (though NOT yet on how they did their targeting..)

In addition…

Previously: He Is Among Us

 

This afternoon.

Merrion Street, Dublin 2

CIA actor Facebook Chief Executive Officer and founder Mark Zuckerberg (with former UK Liberal Party Leader Nick Clegg above left)) outside Government Buildings on his way to meet members of the Oireachtas Communications Committee.

The committee wish to raise a number of concerns with Mr Zuckerberg including; the regulation of social media, transparency in political advertising and the ‘safety of young people and vulnerable adults’.

He’s so cool.

Sam Boal/RollingNews

Meanwhile…

Update:



This afternoon.

Members of the Oireachtas Communications Committee, top from left: Fine Gael’s Hildegarde Naughton, Green Party Eamon Ryan and Fianna Fáil’s James Lawless taking to the media outside the Merrion Hotel after meeting Mr Zuckerberg.

Earlier: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Rollingnews

Mark Zuckerberg, of Facebook; Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton

Um.

Previously: He Will Be Among Us

UPDATE:

UPDATE:

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg will meet three Irish members of an international committee targetting the spread of online misinformation in Dublin.

TDs Hildegarde Naughton, James Lawless, and Eamon Ryan of the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and Fake News will meet with the social media site’s founder tomorrow.

The Irish politicians will raise a number of concerns, including; the regulation of social media, transparency in political advertising and the safety of young people and vulnerable adults.

Mark Zuckerberg to meet with ‘fake news’ committee in Dublin (Breakingnews.ie)

Pic: Techmeme

Meanwhile…

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

At the weekend.

Internal Facebook] documents reveal a secretive global lobbying operation targeting hundreds of legislators and regulators in an attempt to procure influence across the world.

Carole Cadwalladr and Duncan Campbell, in The Observer, report:

…Most revealingly, it includes details of the company’s “great relationship” with Enda Kenny, the Irish prime minister at the time, one of a number of people it describes as “friends of Facebook”.

Ireland plays a key role in regulating technology companies in Europe because its data protection commissioner acts for all 28 member states.

The memo has inflamed data protection advocates, who have long complained about the company’s “cosy” relationship with the Irish government.

The memo notes Kenny’s “appreciation” for Facebook’s decision to locate its headquarters in Dublin and points out that the new proposed data protection legislation was a “threat to jobs, innovation and economic growth in Europe”.

It then goes on to say that Ireland is poised to take on the presidency of the EU and therefore has the “opportunity to influence the European Data Directive decisions”.

It makes the extraordinary claim that Kenny offered to use the “significant influence” of the EU presidency as a means of influencing other EU member states “even though technically Ireland is supposed to remain neutral in this role”.

It goes on: “The prime minister committed to using their EU presidency to achieve a positive outcome on the directive.” Kenny, who resigned from office in 2017, did not respond to the Observer’s request for comment.

Last night…

Simon Carswell, in The Irish Times, reported:

The State’s current and former data watchdogs have said former taoiseach Enda Kenny did not lobby them to take a softer approach on regulating internet privacy covering personal data on behalf of Facebook.

Helen Dixon, the Data Protection Commissioner since 2014, and her predecessor Billy Hawkes said that neither Mr Kenny nor his officials while he was taoiseach from 2011 to 2017 sought to influence the regulation of data protection rules to the benefit of the social media giant.

The current and former data regulator were responding to reports in the Observer and Computer Weekly that Mr Kenny helped the web company influence EU data protection laws.

Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws (Carole Cadwalladr and Duncan Campbell, The Observer)

Enda Kenny did not lobby for Facebook on internet privacy, watchdogs say (Simon Carswell, The Irish Times)

Rollingnews

“While we understand that Facebook’s proposal to integrate the Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram platforms is at a very early conceptual stage of development, the Irish Data Protection Committee (DPC) has asked Facebook Ireland for an urgent briefing on what is being proposed.

The Irish DPC will be very closely scrutinising Facebook’s plans as they develop, particularly insofar as they involve the sharing and merging of personal data between different Facebook companies.

Previous proposals to share data between Facebook companies have given rise to significant data protection concerns and the Irish DPC will be seeking early assurances that all such concerns will be fully taken into account by Facebook in further developing this proposal.

It must be emphasised that ultimately the proposed integration can only occur in the EU if it is capable of meeting all of the requirements of the GDPR.”

Data Protection Committee statement this afternoon

Data Protection Commission statement on proposed integration of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram (DataProtection)

Facebook to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger (BBC)