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EU backs Twitter in Trump fact-check row

EU backs Twitter in Trump fact-check row

Your browser does not support Javascript. Please turn Javascript on to get the best experience from rte.ieBrussels has waded into the dispute between US President Donald Trump and Twitter, backing the social media giant's decision to fact-check two tweets by the US leader.The European Commission's top official on countering disinformation praised Twitter for tagging two claims made by Mr Trump last month about postal ballots in US elections.The intervention came as the European Union urged web giants, including Twitter, Facebook and Google, to do more to tackle the "massive wave" of harmful...

June 10, 2020
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IBM turns away from facial recognition business

IBM turns away from facial recognition business

Your browser does not support Javascript. Please turn Javascript on to get the best experience from rte.ieIBM has said it is no longer selling general purpose facial recognition software and is opposed to using such technology for racial profiling or mass surveillance.The stance against facial recognition systems that could potentially be used to target minorities or violate human rights was included in a letter IBM's chief executive sent to members of US Congress."IBM no longer offers general purpose IBM facial recognition or analysis software," wrote Arvind Krishna."IBM firmly opposes and...

June 9, 2020
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Up to 26,000 Lufthansa employees at risk of losing jobs

Up to 26,000 Lufthansa employees at risk of losing jobs

Your browser does not support Javascript. Please turn Javascript on to get the best experience from rte.ieLufthansa admitted today the positions of up to 26,000 employees are surplus to requirements, suggesting many more jobs will be cut at the German carrier than a figure of more than 10,000 flagged a few weeks ago. Speaking after a meeting with trade unions, a Lufthansa spokeswoman said the airline estimates that it has a surplus of 22,000 full-time equivalent positions or 26,000 employees. Lufthansa last week pledged a wide-ranging restructuring, from thousands of job cuts to asset...

June 11, 2020
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Contact made with UAE over Daniel Kinahan - Taoiseach

Contact made with UAE over Daniel Kinahan - Taoiseach

Your browser does not support Javascript. Please turn Javascript on to get the best experience from rte.ieThe Taoiseach has confirmed there has been contact between the Department of Foreign Affairs and the United Arab Emirates regarding Daniel Kinahan.Leo Varadkar said he was rather "taken aback" to see heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury in his video just dropping "that name that you mentioned as if this was somebody who did not have quite a chequered history in this State and elsewhere".He said: "While I can't comment on any particular garda operation, I can certainly assure you that there has...

June 11, 2020
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Trump postpones rally after date controversy

Trump postpones rally after date controversy

Your browser does not support Javascript. Please turn Javascript on to get the best experience from rte.ieUS President Donald Trump has postponed a controversial rally scheduled for the same day as a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the US, following fierce criticism, he has announced.The "Make America Great Again" rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma had been due to mark Mr Trump's return to the campaign trail, but he said on Twitter the event had been postponed "out of respect" for the 19 June "Juneteenth" holiday.Critics had slammed Mr Trump's choice of Tulsa - the site of one of the...

June 13, 2020
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James Joyce fans celebrate Bloomsday around the world

James Joyce fans celebrate Bloomsday around the world

Your browser does not support Javascript. Please turn Javascript on to get the best experience from rte.ieActors, writers and fans of James Joyce are coming together across the world to mark this year's Bloomsday.The day honours the date that his novel Ulysses takes place in 1904 and is being celebrated very differently this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.Many traditional events have been cancelled, or have moved online.President Michael D Higgins is hosting a virtual event at Áras an Uachtaráin to mark the day.In what has been a difficult few months for those working in the arts,...

June 16, 2020
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Warning over 'infodemic' as vaccine hopes rise

Warning over 'infodemic' as vaccine hopes rise

Your browser does not support Javascript. Please turn Javascript on to get the best experience from rte.ieDiscoverWatchListenServicesKids & TeensHelpInformationDiscoverWatchListenServicesKids & TeensHelpInformationDiscoverWatchListenServicesKids & TeensHelpInformationAs the potential roll-out of a vaccine for Covid-19 appears on the horizon, those monitoring anti-vaccine disinformation online say they are anticipating a slew of misleading posts on the issue, which could jeopardise vaccine uptake."We've already seen a significant increase in the level of bad information that's out there...

Nov 30
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Late Late Toy Show charity appeal raises €6.2m

Late Late Toy Show charity appeal raises €6.2m

Your browser does not support Javascript. Please turn Javascript on to get the best experience from rte.ieDiscoverWatchListenServicesKids & TeensHelpInformationDiscoverWatchListenServicesKids & TeensHelpInformationDiscoverWatchListenServicesKids & TeensHelpInformationA charity appeal launched during last night's Late Late Toy Show has raised €6.2m.The new RTÉ charity fund, in partnership with The Community Foundation for Ireland, will be used to support children's charities and causes around the country.All funds raised will be distributed by The Community Foundation for Ireland in...

Nov 28
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Ireland sacrifice place for good of 'Medicine Game'

Ireland sacrifice place for good of 'Medicine Game'

Your browser does not support Javascript. Please turn Javascript on to get the best experience from rte.ieDiscoverWatchListenServicesYouthHelpInformationDiscoverWatchListenServicesYouthHelpInformationDiscoverWatchListenServicesYouthHelpInformationGetting one over on your opponent is the norm in sports, stepping aside for the greater good is a rare occurrence.The International World Games is due to take place in Alabama in the summer of 2022, but Ireland's lacrosse team, despite having qualified, won't be there. The Games, which aim to showcase and provide a pathway to the Olympics for...

September 5, 2020
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Irish prisons model best practice on handling Covid-19

Irish prisons model best practice on handling Covid-19

Your browser does not support Javascript. Please turn Javascript on to get the best experience from rte.ieThe Irish Prison Service has submitted a paper to the World Health Organization as a model of best practice for keeping Covid-19 out of prisons.Currently there are 3,705 prisoners nationwide and no detainee that has been screened and tested has had a positive Covid-19 result.So, has the Prison Service managed to keep the virus out of its settings and what can be learned from its management of Covid-19?The Midlands Prison is the biggest in the country and it is currently housing 777...

June 10, 2020
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