Two recent U.S. appellate court decisions have clarified the extent to which the First Amendment protects the social media activities of government employees.
People apparently still don’t realize how pervasive social media use is, and why there are certain things that are better left unsaid (if not offline). In this case, chalk one up for the good guys.
As 2013 winds to a close, we take this opportunity to alert you to two significant cases from earlier this year pertaining to the spoliation of social media evidence. In both of these cases, the plaintiffs – either intentionally or accidentally – destroyed evidence on their social media sites resulting in severe sanctions.
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a case challenging the fairness of a cy pres settlement of a class action against Facebook related to Facebook’s “Beacon” program that was launched in late 2007.
A U.S. District court ruled that a UK defendant may be served via Facebook. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Woodward v. Chetvertakov, E.D. Mich., No. 2:13-cv-11943-GER-MKM, ruled it permissible to serve a foreign defendant website operator based in the UK via email and Facebook message, where it was not possible to otherwise locate a physical address for service from the registered address of the defendant’s website.
Facebook Post: “Win a $100 shopping spree to our new store! To enter, simply ‘Like’ (fan) our Page and leave a comment about our fall fashion line. We’ll pick a winner at 1pm EST tomorrow.”
A California federal court recently issued a substantial monetary award in favor of Facebook and permanent injunction against a website that enabled its users to aggregate their data in social networking sites and messaging services.
With around 1.15 billion members, Facebook is a massive, global forum for communicating with friends and the world. For many users, it often feels as if their news feeds are clogged with vapid comments about the weather, meal choices or the ever-present need for coffee.
In 2009, Sheriff BJ Roberts was struggling for re-election. Adding insult to injury, when he went to his opponent’s page on Facebook, he found that six of his deputies had “liked” the page, signing on to the campaign to remove him from office. After he won reelection, he fired all six men. Was it legal?
Privacy Monday: FTC Tangles with Facebook, HIPAAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule Looming, “Small” No Excuse for a Breach
As we previously reported here, Facebook has proposed a number of revisions to its Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. In response to these proposed changes, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez asking her to take a closer look into whether these new proposed policies violate Facebook’s 2011 settlement with the FTC. That same day, the FTC announced that it was investigating Facebook’s new policies.