Social Media

  • A Digital Safety Commissioner would need to have powers to sanction social media companies over inappropriate content. 

    That's according to members of an Oireachtas Committee who published a report into cyber safety for children this week.

    It recommended further training for teachers and noted more needs to be done by tech companies to protect users. 

    Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Lisa Chambers called for a Digital Safety Commissioner with influence.


    There are urgent calls for the regulation of social media ahead of a meeting on the issue this week.

    The Chair of the Oireachtas Communications Committee, Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton, has written to all Government ministers to try and get their support for tougher laws on social media companies.

    The Committee's expected to hear from Facebook, Google, the ISPCC and CyberSafe Ireland to discuss online regulation and the potential appointment of a Digital Safety Commissioner later this week.

    Deputy Naughton says self-regulation of Social Media can no longer continue.

  • The Taoiseach says social media posts that incite hatred and violence should be taken down by the companies that provide platforms for their publication.

    He was speaking this week, following the fallout from the recent farm eviction in Strokestown in County Roscommon.

    Leo Varadkar says it’s unacceptable that social media companies aren't held accountable for posts that stir up violence and it's something the Government will be looking at in the New Year.