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CDA Section 230 Immunizes Platform From Liability For Friend And Content Suggestion Algorithms
A recent Second Circuit decision makes clear that the safe harbor that social media and other Internet companies en
United States
9 Sep 2019
The Meme Generation: Social Media Platforms Address Content Curation
It is likely no surprise to regular readers of Socially Aware that posting content to social media can, in some cases, generate significant income.
United States
22 Aug 2019
Legislators Propose Narrowing § 230's Protections
As we have frequently noted on Socially Aware, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects social media sites and other online platforms from liability for user-generated
United States
8 Jul 2019
California Court Finds Section 230 Protects Decision To Suspend And Ban Twitter Account
A California Superior Court's recent ruling in Murphy v. Twitter held that Section 230 of the CDA shielded Twitter from liability for suspending and banning a user's account for violating the platform's policies.
United States
5 Jul 2019
Social Links: Suit Over "Embedded Tweet" With Tom Brady's Photo Settles; Brand Agency Manipulates Wikipedia; Evidence From Instagram Wins French Rock Star's Kids A Share Of His Estate
In March, Socially Aware reported on a lawsuit involving several prominent news outlets' publication of a photo of NFL quarterback Tom Brady on Twitter.
United States
21 Jun 2019
Youth Protection In Germany: Are Online Age Checks & Daytime Blackouts Ahead?
Last week, German regulators decided to no longer accept the widely used "JusProg" software as a sufficient means for online service providers to comply with statutory youth protection requirements.
European Union
7 Jun 2019
What's In A (User)Name?
As consumers increasingly communicate and interact through social media platforms
United States
3 Apr 2019
Social Links: Settlement Declares Fake "Likes" Illegal; Pinterest's Impending IPO; A Bill To Criminalize "Social Media Extortion"
In what is being described as "the first settlement to deem such sales illegally deceptive," New York Attorney General Letitia James has entered into a settlement with a company that had been selling fake followers, likes and views on several social media platforms.
United States
7 Mar 2019
Beware Of Texting While Advising: OCIE Issues An Electronic Messaging Risk Alert
In December 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE)
United States
25 Jan 2019
Section 230 Survives To Fight Another Day Following California Supreme Court Decision
As we have noted previously, the California Court of Appeal's Hassell v. Bird decision in 2016 upholding an injunction requiring Yelp to remove certain user reviews was discouraging to social media companies and other online intermediaries, as well as to fans of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and proponents of Internet free speech generally.
United States
31 Aug 2018
The Law And Business Of Social Media - Status Updates - August 2, 2018
An advertising executive who lost his job after being named on an anonymous Instagram account is suing the now-defunct account for defamation
United States
7 Aug 2018
Copyrights, Internet: YouTube Decision May Obligate Content Check On Upload
On June 6, 2018, the Commercial Court of Vienna decided in favor of private broadcaster Puls4 and determined that YouTube qualified as directly liable for copyright infringing video uploads of its users.
United States
3 Jul 2018
Social Links: Laws Affecting Politicians Using Twitter & Tourists Taking Photos; The GDPR Takes Effect; Lost Bitcoins
Finding that President Trump's Twitter feed constitutes a public forum, a federal judge in New York City held that it's a First Amendment violation when the President or one of his assistants blocks...
United States
4 Jun 2018
Social Links: Revenge Porn Victim Awarded $6.4M; The Discoverability Of Photos Posted To Facebook; Can Users Be Blocked From Government Officials' Social Media Accounts?
Based on copyright infringement, emotional distress and other claims, a federal district court in California awarded $6.4 million to a victim of revenge porn, the posting of explicit material without the subject's consent.
United States
18 Apr 2018
Lawsuit Against Online Dating App Grindr Dismissed Under Section 230 Of The Communications Decency Act
Plaintiff Herrick alleged that his ex-boyfriend set up several fake profiles on Grindr that claimed to be him.
United States
16 Mar 2018
2017: Our Greatest Hits
Last year we covered a wide range of online legal and business subjects intended for readers ranging from Internet entrepreneurs to social media marketers, from online shoppers to e-tailers...
United States
31 Jan 2018
Social Links: Facebook Ups Its Facial Recognition Game; Retracing Twitter's 2017 Missteps; YouTube Stars' Fan Bases Reach Their Saturation Point
In order to comply with a new German law requiring social media sites to take down hate speech, Twitter and Facebook removed anti-Islamic social media posts authored by a German far-right political party.
United States
15 Jan 2018
A List Of Lists
Often derided as clickbait, listicles get a bum rap. They can be light on substantive content, sure, but sometimes that's a good thing, especially for the busy readers of legal blogs, who would do well to treat themselves...
United States
10 Jan 2018
The Law And Business Of Social Media - Status Updates - 20 December 2017
In an effort to deter hate groups from tweeting sanitized versions of their messages, Twitter has began considering account holders' off platform behavior when the platform evaluates...
United States
22 Dec 2017
Social Links: Proposed Legislation To Outlaw "Catfishing" & Protect Young Web Users; Blockchain Technology's Impact On Marketing
The government in Indonesia has warned the world's biggest social media providers that they risk being banned in that country if they don't block pornography and other content deemed obscene.
United States
29 Nov 2017
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