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Social Media Problems Can Cost You Millions

The power of social media was on full display during the first round of the NFL draft last night. Laremy Tunsil, an offensive tackle from the University of Mississippi (‘Ole Miss) was projected to be one of the top picks … Continue reading

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Instagram Reverses Revised Privacy Policy; Court Sides With Twitpic Photog

The Chicago Sun-Times explains Instagram’s recent revisions to its privacy policy, which the popular photo-sharing service scaled back after last month’s changes led to user backlash, prominently featuring Kim Kardashian and her loyal followers.  After Instagram was acquired by Facebook, … Continue reading

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New Illinois Laws Affect Online Privacy

Recently enacted Illinois laws are intended to protect the online privacy of both public and private employees in the state. The Judicial Privacy Improvement Act (JPIA) is a legislative response to the 2005 shootings of relatives of a federal judge … Continue reading

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Prosecutors Entitled to Occupy Protester’s Twitter Account

In a hashtag-heavy opinion, a New York judge “#denied” an Occupy Wall Street protester’s motion to quash a subpoena to Twitter for his account records. Twitter informed the protester, Malcolm Harris, upon receiving the subpoena and, once he filed his … Continue reading

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Courts Mull Identifying Anonymous Commenters

Two recent cases deal with the protection of website commenters’ identities, one in a traditional media context and the other dealing with pseudonymous Tweets sought by a grand jury. In re: Indiana Newspapers Inc. involved a comment to a story … Continue reading

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Answer Critics Without Landing in Court

A recent Maritz Research poll found that social media users are not just venting when they take to the internet to complain about overcooked dinners and rude cashiers.  They expect a response.  The poll shows that 83 percent of Twitter … Continue reading

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NBA Star’s Excessive Tweeting Waives Privacy Rights

When not waving guns at teammates or missing about 65% of his field goal attempts, Gilbert Arenas likes to Tweet.  One nugget of wisdom:  “Dont u hate waking up doing the same thing .. wash face .. brush teeth .. … Continue reading

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Overzealous PR Firm Fired over Impulsive Tweet?

A video game company reportedly fired its PR firm after the firm’s president tweeted an apparent threat to withhold free copies of games from critics who don’t behave. The tweet by the president of the PR Firm The Redner Group … Continue reading

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Could Weinergate Lead to Legal Trouble?

Rep. Anthony Weiner’s admission that he is indeed the half-naked congressman of the month may not be enough to put the Weinergate scandal to rest.  What looked like a lesson in data security following Weiner’s statements that his accounts were … Continue reading

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NLRB Attempts to Clarify its Regulation of Social Media

A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Advice Memorandum recently opined (.pdf) that an Arizona newspaper did not violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it fired a reporter for a series of allegedly inappropriate Tweets.   The NLRA protects employees … Continue reading

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Reuters to Allow Freedom of Tweets

Earlier this month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reportedly threatened to take action against Thomson Reuters for its response to a reporter’s critical tweet relating to Reuters’ recently settled dispute with the Newspaper Guild of New York.  As part … Continue reading

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Ref Blows Whistle on Reporter’s Tweet

NBA official Bill Spooner has sued (.pdf) the Associated Press and one of its sports reporters in federal court alleging that the reporter fabricated a tweet recounting a conversation between Spooner and Minnesota Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis during a game … Continue reading

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Social Media Career Obituaries

Jeffrey Cox, Indiana Deputy Attorney General.  Cox reportedly tweeted that Wisconsin pro-union protesters were “thugs” and stated “You’re damned right I advocate deadly force” after encouraging police to “use live ammunition.”  On a blog, he reportedly called president Obama “treasonous” and called a teenager … Continue reading

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Court Upholds Haitian Photog’s Claims in Twitpic Suit

A federal court in New York decided that Twitter and Twitpic’s terms of services do not grant the French news agency Agence France Presse (AFP) a license to use photos uploaded to the sites.  The case arises from AFP and … Continue reading

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Drug Traffickers “Like” Stock Fraud

Some “virtual realities” created on the internet have real world consequences.  Reuters reports that investigators looking into a cocaine trafficking ring uncovered a “pump and dump” stock scam in which numerous websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds were used to … Continue reading

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