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Free Speech Concerns Not Limited To the Public – Marine Fights Discharge For Disparaging Obama Comments

Thehill.com: “The case of a Marine who is facing discharge for posting disparaging comments about President Obama on Facebook has renewed a debate about free speech rights for members of the military.”  For more about the latest controversy in free speech issues, the entire article is here.

Privacy | Social Media Law

Can Potential Employers Ask For Your Facebook Password?

ABA Journal:  Citing “a distressing increase in reports of employers or others seeking to gain inappropriate access to people’s Facebook profiles,” Facebook’s chief privacy officer warned in a Friday post on the social network’s website that the company could “initiate legal action” against employers who do so. The comment by Erin Egan suggested that information…

Internet & Computer Law | Social Media Law

‘Twittersquatter’ Sued for Sarcastic Tweets

ABA Journal: A company that buys life insurance policies and resells them to investors has sued a so-called Twittersquatter that used its name in sarcastic posts cheering mass disasters. Coventry First has filed a John Doe lawsuit against the person writing under the Twitter handle @conventryfirst, report PaidContent.org and Reuters. The complaint, filed in Philadelphia…

Social Media Law

Social Media Permeate the Employment Life Cycle

National Law Journal:  “Employers must address their use and misuse before, during and after an employee’s tenure.  Social media are any type of Internet-based media created through social interaction in which ­individuals primarily produce, rather than consume, the content. In the workplace, the prevalent social media are video-sharing Web sites (YouTube), social ­networking Web sites…

Internet & Computer Law | Social Media Law

Prying Into a Teen’s Private Facebook Pages

Law.com:  “Imagine gaining access to a teenager’s diary.  Confidentiality is violated when an outsider turns the pages.  These days, those personal thoughts are more likely to be documented electronically on social networking sites rather than on paper.  But the same level of confidentiality can exist if someone wants to restrict access to just one person…