Ten Years of Facebook: Where is the “Twibel” equivalent and why Zuckerberg’s creation is different (if, indeed, it is)? – Rhory Robertson and Tom Double

8 03 2014

Facebook logo reflected in eyeLast month, Facebook celebrated its tenth birthday. The customised 10 year anniversary videos shared by many Facebook users, reflecting their (largely positive) experiences since joining the site, paint a rosy picture of the company’s first decade. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Mickle v Farley, $105,000 awarded for defamatory tweets and Facebook posts – Patrick George

7 03 2014

gazetteA former NSW schoolboy who posted abusive and defamatory statements on Twitter and Facebook about a teacher at his school ordered to pay $105,000 damages … NSW District Court Judge Michael Elkaim found “the effect of the publication on the plaintiff was devastating” … Patrick George reports. Read the rest of this entry »





Amber Warnings: Don’t be socially awkward – Amber Melville-Brown

1 03 2014

AMB-imageThere are three legal weapons that you may find in your armoury to protect you against attacks from others in the online environment.  These are weapons which you may find turned on you. They are the laws of defamation, privacy and harassment. Read the rest of this entry »





Social Media Counter – the 2013 version

8 12 2013

Social Media ImageWe have, from time to time, drawn the attention of our readers to Gary Hayes’ remarkable “Social Media Counter” – which provides daily, weekly, monthly and yearly figures for activities on  Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram and other social media. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Northern Ireland: J19 and J20 v Facebook Ireland, “Imprecise” injunctions against Facebook unenforceable – Rosalind English

5 12 2013

FacebookIn the case of J19 and J20 v Facebook Ireland ([2013] NIQB 113) the High Court in Northern Ireland chose to depart from the “robust” Strasbourg approach to service providers and their liability for comments hosted on their sites. Such liability, said the judge, was not consonant with the EC Directive on E-Commerce. Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook’s volte-face: its changing stance on videos showing graphic content – Rhory Robertson and Sophie Pugh

30 10 2013

Facebook SecurityIn May Facebook introduced a temporary ban on a particularly graphic video showing the beheading of a woman in Mexico. The ban was implemented in response to complaints from users and from the Family Online Safety Institute which is a member of Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board. Read the rest of this entry »





Social media crimes on the rise: CPS guidance and the need to balance Article 10 rights – Miranda Ching

27 06 2013

Keir-StarmerIt is perhaps unsurprising, that following the horrific pictures of the “Woolwich murderers”, which lead to the death of soldier Lee Rigby, a surge of anti-Muslim resentment raged across the UK.  What also followed was a dramatic increase in criminal prosecutions made against individuals posting social media comments in connection with this event.  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Ireland: McKeogh v John Doe 1 (No.2), Facebook, Google and mandatory take down injunctions

19 05 2013

EoinIn November 2011, Eoin McKeogh was falsely branded as a thief on YouTube, Google, Facebook and a number of websites.  This was the result of a video and accompanying material which wrongly identified him as a man leaving a taxi without paying the fare in Monkstown, Dublin.  Mr Keogh has, since that date, made great efforts to remove this material from the internet. Read the rest of this entry »





Case law, Northern Ireland, HL (a minor) v Facebook, How can the courts manage the Facebook phenomenon? – Rosalind English

28 04 2013

Facebook logo reflected in eyeHL (A Minor) v Facebook Incorporated, The Northern Health and Social Care Trust, The Department of Justice for Northern Ireland and others  [2013] NIQB 25.  In this somewhat chaotic action, the plaintiff sued ten defendants, in anonymised form by her father and next friend.   Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Northern Ireland, AB Ltd v Facebook Ireland, Libel damages for anonymous posts

5 03 2013

On 6 February 2013 Mr Justice McCloskey in the High Court of Northern Ireland handed down judgment in the case of AB Ltd and Ors v Facebook Ireland Ltd ([2013] NIQB 14).  We had a post about this decision on 9 February 2013.  The case concerned what the judge described as a “campaign of public vilification and harassment of the second, third and fourth named plaintiffs by way of publications made upon the Facebook website.” [5]  The full judgment is now available.  Read the rest of this entry »








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