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Social Media and The Law

People are quick to get on social media share opinions, give advice, sound off, tell off, be tolerant, be intolerant, argue, bully and behave in a number of ways. Media Law is growing and growing fast because some seem to believe that freedom of speech comes with no consequences. There are consequences for the words we use, the way we use them and harm they may cause.

One of the current areas that have become a hot topic is tortious interference. If you are not familiar with the term you may want to stay away from social media and do a little homework. 

People are finding themselves and their livelihoods in peril because of tortious interference.

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What do you think?

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  1. I think it is just common sense to not insult or slander people, especially for their opinions. It happens way too often, and it’s kind of childish.
    However, lately I’ve been thinking that expressing an opinion shouldn’t be a crime by itself, harmful actions in the name of a belief should. I mean: if Rob posts his opinion on social media; John reads and agrees, and does something related that is illegal, it is John’s fault because he acted, not Rob’s as he only spoke.

  2. There’s a lot of aspects to social media that need clarification. It has to be settled whether a platform such as Facebook or Twitter is a publisher or a utility. They are trying to have the best of both options.

    If they are a utility, they cannot ban people for posting anything legal. Both of them have a terrible record for trying to silence conservatives. If they are a utility, they could only ban someone who posted something illegal such as trying to hire a hit man. However, they could not be sued for something posted bu a user.

    If they are a publisher, they can ban anyone they want but they can also be sued.

    They want the right to ban users who post stuff they don’t like but they don’t want people to be able to sue them. They want their cake and eat it too.

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